Premises Liability

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.

Property Owners’ Duties of Care

by Staff Blogger | October 11th, 2017

Whether it’s a private or public space, property owners in Tennessee must make sure their properties are safe for everyone. However, the levels of safety and the levels of care required by property owners can differ for each of those three parties, which include:

  • Business invitees – Property owners owe the highest level of care to business invitees. This group includes people who are invited onto properties for business reasons, including customers of commercial establishments.
  • Social visitors and licensees – Property owners owe the second-highest level of care to people who are invited onto their properties for social reasons with or without formal invitations. This level of care can apply at both private residences and at businesses.
  • Illegal trespassers – Property owners owe the least amount of care to people who enter their properties without permission. While property owners typically aren’t held liable if illegal trespassers get injured by slipping, tripping, or falling, they can be held liable if they knowingly attempt to injure trespassers. However, the level of responsibility changes for children, as property owners must make proper arrangements to decrease the dangers they might face if they enter their properties without permission.

If you or your child were injured on someone else’s property, it’s important to get an experienced Nashville premises liability attorney on your side as soon as possible. Evidence can quickly disappear, making it difficult to prove the property owners failed to uphold their duty of care.

Call Ponce Law today. Our consultations are always free.

Property Owners Are Responsible for Dangerous Conditions

by Staff Blogger | August 4th, 2017

Whether they own homes, rental properties, retail stores, industrial sites, or even undeveloped land, property owners are responsible for the safety of anyone who enters the premises of those locations.

And when people get hurt because of dangerous conditions that property owners should have been aware of, they can file claims for compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.

If you were injured due to dangerous conditions on a property, it’s important to speak with an experienced Nashville premises liability lawyer, especially if the injury occurred due to:

  • Wet or slick floors – Pooling rain water, spills that aren’t immediately cleaned up, or recently mopped floors with inadequate warnings can lead to slips and falls and severe injuries.
  • Uneven walking surfaces – When rugs or carpets are torn, stairs are broken or chipped, and sidewalks are cracked or loose, people can suffer lower extremity injuries, head injuries, and spinal injuries.
  • Poor lighting conditions – Not being able to see where you’re going is a major risk factor for slip and fall accidents. When property owners fail to install adequate lighting, serious accidents can occur.

At Ponce Law, we’ve helped many victims who were injured due to dangerous conditions on other people’s properties. You can count on our legal team to work tirelessly on your behalf and to maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn about your options.

4 Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

by Staff Blogger | April 3rd, 2017

You should be safe wherever you go in Nashville. All of us can agree on that point. Of course that safety can’t be guaranteed, but as a fundamental right, you should feel secure no matter where you are. Unfortunately, that safety can be compromised in the most unexpected places, often due to someone else’s carelessness. Whether it happens in a place of business, on someone’s property, or on a Nashville sidewalk, you have a right to seek justice for an accident that results in injury.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you may have a premises liability claim. There are several types of premises liability claims, including:

Defective Construction–A construction site or poor construction practices lead to hazardous conditions which result in your injuries.

Inadequate Maintenance–A property is not adequate maintained resulting in dangerous conditions that can lead to injury.

Negligent Security–Careless or negligent security puts occupants and visitors at risk.

Dangerous Conditions–Common spills or other hazards aren’t properly contained and eliminated before serious injuries occur.

No matter the circumstances of your accident, it’s a good idea to call an experienced premises liability attorney before making any decisions. At Ponce Law, we have years of experience helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries, and we’re ready to help you too. Call us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.

Premises Liability: You Have a Right to Your Safety

by Staff Blogger | December 16th, 2016

You have rights as a consumer, and at Ponce Law, we work to protect those rights. Whether securing financial compensation for the injury victims of defective products to class action lawsuits filed on behalf of drug injury victims, our personal injury attorneys are always ready to step in when your consumer rights have been violated.

You also have the right to safety in Nashville businesses and institutions. Every time you step foot in a store, on a college campus, or government property, your safety becomes the property owners’ responsibility. When injuries result from unsafe conditions or poor construction, you have a right to seek compensation for those injuries. It’s called premises liability.

Some common premises liability conditions include:

  • Defective construction
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Negligent security
  • Other dangerous conditions

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, call our Nashville premises liability attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll fully investigate the cause of your injuries and work to hold the responsible party accountable. Then we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. You’ve been injured and you deserve justice. Call us today, and let us put our experience to work for you.

Nashville Businesses Have a Responsibility

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2016

Owning a business is a big responsibility. Your employees and their families depend on a paycheck every week or two. Keeping the lights on and everyone paid is a full time endeavor for every business owner, but their responsibilities don’t stop there. They also have a responsibility for the safety of those who use their products or visit their businesses. When they fail to live up to that responsibility, the results can be significant.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “slip and fall accident” before. It refers to the most common type of premises liability case in personal injury law. A premises liability claim involves a business or individual who fails to maintain a safe environment for their customers, resulting in an accident that causes injuries to the victim. Some common types of premises liability cases involve:

  • Construction zone accidents
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Negligent security

If you’ve been the victim of a premises liability accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our experienced Nashville premises liability attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of your accident and help hold those responsible accountable for their negligence.