Premises Liability

If You Were Hurt on Someone Else’s Property, You Need a Lawyer

by Staff Blogger | September 2nd, 2020

Accidents happen—that’s an inescapable fact of life. But not all accidents are created equal in the eyes of the law.

For example, there’s a big difference between an accident where you lose your balance and fall and an accident where you slip on a wet floor and fall. One is difficult to foresee or prevent, while the other could be considered someone else’s fault.

When the second type of accident occurs, we work hard to help those victims get compensation. In Tennessee, property owners owe everyone who legally steps onto the premises some degree of safety and security. This is called premises liability, and it includes both public and private buildings, as well as land.

That means that any injuries you suffered at someone else’s home or business could be considered the property owner’s fault, especially if they were aware of the potential dangers or should have been aware of them, but didn’t take any actions to reduce those threats to safety.

Countless serious injuries occur on properties that go unreported or unchallenged. Victims still suffer severe complications and rack up huge medical bills, but they may not even be aware that they can file claims against the property owners’ insurance policies. That can leave the victims paying out of pocket for medical bills they can’t afford, especially if their injuries put them out of work.

If you or someone you love suffered an injury on someone else’s property, you need compensation, and having a lawyer on your side can help you get it. Contact the Nashville premises liability lawyers at Ponce Law today for a free consultation.

Crash alert: Lawsuit filed over fire that killed 2 in Nashville

by Ponce Law | July 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A lawsuit has been filed regarding an apartment fire that killed two brothers in Nashville last year, according to a report by WKRN.

24-year-old Jamarcus Carney and 20-year-old Cedric Fitzgerald died in the blaze that broke out just before 3 a.m. on June 29, 2019 at a housing complex on Edgehill Avenue and 14th Avenue.

The family of the two victims has filed a lawsuit against Metro Nashville, citing deficiencies that posed potential safety hazards at the complex, including code violations.  Among the problems cited were smoke detectors and alarms that were not functioning or were functioning improperly.


If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville wrongful death lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Vigil held for teen killed in fall at Nashville construction site

by Ponce Law | June 25th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A vigil was held Wednesday night for a teenager killed in an accident at a construction site in East Nashville, according to WSMV.

This is an update to a previous story.

Family and friends gathered to remember 16-year-old Gustavo Enrique Ramirez of Springfield, and called for an investigation into his death.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon as he was working at the site of a new hotel on the 300 block of Interstate Drive.  Ramirez fell from scaffolding about 120 feet from the ground. No foul play was involved, police said.

Another vigil for Ramirez was set for Thursday night on the soccer field at Franklin-Simpson High School.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Teen killed in fall at construction site for new hotel

by Ponce Law | June 24th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A teenage worker was killed in an accident at an East Nashville construction site Tuesday afternoon, according to a report by WATE.

The incident happened at 315 Interstate Drive at the job site for a new hotel, the La Quinta Inn. 16-year-old Gustavo Enrique Ramirez was on scaffolding when he fell 120 feet to the ground, according to Metro police. Ramirez’s 18-year-old brother who was with him on the scaffolding turned around after hearing a noise and witnessed the fatal fall, police said.

Authorities classified the case as an accident.  Detectives looking into Ramirez’s death said that they did not see a safety harness on him.

Gustavo Enrique Ramirez worked part-time for a subcontractor at the site, Cortez Plastering, police said.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

We Help Slip and Fall Victims Get Compensation

by Staff Blogger | April 20th, 2020

When you walk onto someone else’s property, whether it’s a private home, an office building, a governmental building, a restaurant, or any other property, you expect to be safe from potential hazards. In fact, the law mandates that property owners and managers keep people safe from hazards and do everything in their power to fix, repair, or minimize the risks posed by potential hazards as soon as they’re aware of them.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Many people get seriously injured every day throughout Tennessee due to things like broken steps, loose rugs, slick floors, poorly lit paths, and more. Falls can be devastating and result in serious injuries and complications, and that’s true for everyone, including young children all the way up to senior citizens.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville premises liability lawyers hold negligent property owners accountable when their inaction puts innocent people at risk and results in preventable injuries. If you or someone you love slipped and fell on someone else’s property, whether it’s owned by a private individual, a company, or even the government, we want to help you get compensation.

You may have suffered injuries that result in expensive medical bills. Worse yet, you may be unable to work and earn the paychecks you and your loved ones depend on. We believe that innocent victims like you shouldn’t face serious financial hardships for accidents that weren’t your fault. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you during this difficult time. It’s our goal to get you maximum compensation for what you’ve gone through.

Hurt on Someone Else’s Property? Get a Lawyer Today.

by Staff Blogger | October 24th, 2018

People who own or manage properties are obligated to keep their premises free from hazards for guests and invitees. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur.

If you or someone you love were hurt on public or private property due to unaddressed safety hazards, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced Nashville premises liability lawyer right away. Slip and fall injuries can be devastating and disabling. Victims often suffer from complications due to broken bones, head and neck injuries, and even spinal cord damage.

Without a lawyer on your side, you’ll be on the hook for paying for your medical bills out of pocket—all without earning the paycheck you and your loved ones depend on. Proving liability and negligence in slip and fall claims can be difficult, but the legal team at Ponce Law is up to the challenge. In fact, we’ve helped many victims just like you who were hurt through no fault of their own in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee for many years.

When you choose us to handle your claim, we’ll provide two invaluable services to you and your family:

  • We’ll prove the property owner failed to uphold his or her responsibilities—Whether your injury was caused by a wet floor, a broken step, or a poorly lit walkway, we’ll leave no doubt that the property owner didn’t take the necessary steps to provide you and other guests with a safe environment.
  • We’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation—Insurance companies are in business to make money, and that means they offer lowball settlements to most claimants. We’ll negotiate to maximize your chances of getting the damages you need for your medical bills and lost wages.

We’re ready to fight for your rights. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why should you get a lawyer after a slip and fall injury?

by Staff Blogger | July 4th, 2018

Losing your balance or tripping over something in your path usually causes only minor injuries, but for some people, the consequences of slip and fall injuries can be devastating.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville premises liability lawyers have helped many people who were hurt when they fell in public or private spaces. We’ve seen the devastation of slip and fall injuries firsthand, and we know that some victims may experience permanent pain, reduced mobility, and even paralysis.

Premises liability laws require that property owners and managers keep their premises safe for everyone, but the definitions of “safe” and the requirements that they must follow can sometimes be subjective—especially when insurance companies are involved.

It’s common for insurance companies to play hardball when victims pursue compensation, and they may build strong cases of their own to reduce or deny victims’ claims.

After a slip and fall injury, a lawyer may be able to help you by:

  1. Proving the property owner or manager was negligent—Whether the property owner or manager was aware of the potential dangers or should have been aware of them, we know how to find and present evidence that conclusively proves their negligence led to your injuries.
  2. Proving your injuries were caused by your slip and fall—Insurance companies are often skeptical of injury claims, and they often deny that injuries are linked to specific accidents. We can use your medical records and even expert testimony to leave no doubt about the origin of your injuries.

Get the help you deserve today. Call now for a free consultation, and let us put our years of experience to work for you.

Slip and Fall Injuries Can Be Disabling

by Staff Blogger | April 18th, 2018

The world is full of safety features that help us stay upright when we’re walking. Whether it’s handrails, wet floor signs, or rubber grip backings on carpets and rugs, there are many things we count on to avoid slipping and falling when we’re at home or in public.

Unfortunately, not all property owners safeguard their premises effectively. That means when guests arrive, they can be in danger of suffering serious slip and fall injuries. Everything from spills and pooling rainwater to broken steps and ripped carpet can pose serious risks to people, regardless of their age, activity level, or mobility.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville premises liability lawyers know how dangerous, painful, and disabling slip and fall injuries can be and often are for victims. Common slip and fall injuries include:

  • Torn ligaments and muscles – When people unexpectedly fall, they can suffer serious damage to ligaments and muscles in their legs and backs. That can result in debilitating pain and reduce range of motion, making it difficult or impossible for them to work.
  • Broken bones – Serious slips and falls can also cause broken bones. Simple fractures are painful and require prolonged healing periods, while compound fractures involve parts of broken bones penetrating the skin. Victims require immediate medical attention, and they may suffer from significant blood loss and be at risk of infection.

Other potential complications include spinal injuries, head injuries, and brain injuries. If you or someone you love were hurt in a slip and fall accident, get an experienced legal team on your side right away to help protect your rights to the compensation you deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation.

Slip and Fall in a Store? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | February 12th, 2018

When you walk into a retail store, restaurant, or other business that provides goods or services to the public, you expect it to be free from hazards. Tennessee law requires that property owners keep their premises in safe condition for anyone who may enter, especially when the public can freely come and go throughout the day.

Unfortunately, some businesses pose dangers to members of the public. Whether it’s a slick floor, a loose step, or a trip hazard that was left in a walking path, many scenarios and situations can cause people to suffer serious injuries when they visit retail establishments.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville premises liability lawyers have helped many victims like you get compensation for their injuries after they were hurt in private businesses by proving the following facts:

  • An employee or the property owner knew about the danger and didn’t rectify it – When business owners, managers, or employees see spills, loose flooring, or other slip and fall hazards and don’t report them or fix them, the business can be held liable.
  • The dangerous conditions caused you to suffer an injury – Falling can lead to devastating injuries, especially for older adults. We can collect evidence to help prove that the fall was caused by hazardous walking conditions and that an injury occurred as a result.

It’s important to speak with a legal team right away after a slip and fall injury. You may be facing expensive medical bills and a long time away from work, and it’s our goal to help you maximize your chances of getting compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.

The Three Levels of Responsibility for Tennessee Property Owners

by Staff Blogger | October 25th, 2017

Anyone who owns property in Tennessee is responsible for making sure it’s safe for visitors. To achieve that, property owners are required to do everything in their power to remove or repair any potential dangers before visitors encounter them.

Premises liability extends to all property owners in the state, including homeowners, land owners, and business owners. However, the levels of responsibility they must uphold to keep guests and visitors safe vary depending on who is on their properties.

The three classifications of people who enter properties and the levels of responsibility property owners owe them include:

  • Invitees – These visitors are owed the highest duty of care and include people who visit properties for business purposes, including customers in stores or restaurants.
  • Licensees – These visitors are owed the second-highest duty of care and include social guests at both businesses and private residences.
  • Trespassers – Although they’re uninvited and may be entering a property illegally, property owners still must attend to situations or conditions that could potentially harm trespassers.

Additionally, property owners are responsible for making sure all children—including uninvited children—won’t encounter harm or danger on their properties.

Were you or a loved one injured on someone else’s property? If so, it’s vital to get an experienced and trusted Nashville slip and fall lawyer on your side.

Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Call Ponce Law today for a free consultation.