Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents in Tennessee

by mdp | November 12th, 2010

Slip and Fall Lawsuits in Retail Stores and Restaurants in Tennessee:

The most easily recognized indicator of dangerous conditions in a retail store or restaurant is the “Careful: Slippery When Wet” sign often posted outside bathrooms and kitchens. This sign warns passersby that the floor may or may not be slippery and to proceed with caution. If this sign is not present and a patron loses his footing on the wet floor, that would be considered negligence on the part of the business owner. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents occur with alarming regularity. Victims of this type of accident due to negligence by an owner or manager of a retail store or restaurant should contact a Nashville injury liability attorney for a consultation.

 

Instances of Slip and Fall Accidents

Retail stores and restaurants are common environments for slip and fall accidents to occur, due to heavy foot traffic and the amount of products being handled and changing hands. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries and can sometimes be fatal. Business owners and managers are responsible for the safety of their patrons to a reasonable degree. Aisles, restrooms and walking paths should be free of spills and debris. If there are any dangerous circumstances, patrons should be immediately warned.

Unreasonable Dangerous Condition

When it comes to slip and fall accidents at a restaurant or a retail store, negligence is the key to determining liability. The victim of the accident must prove that the owner or manager of the business knew or should have known about the dangerous conditions that caused the accident. For example, a fall resulting from spilled water on the business’ bathroom floor could have easily been prevented. Water can be expected to be spilled on a bathroom floor and should be immediately cleaned up to prevent accidents and necessary precautions should be taken.

Our Nashville Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

A business owner has two responsibilities to the patrons of his property: to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn patrons of any dangers that may exist on the property. If a business owner fails to provide this necessary courtesy to his patrons, his negligence can cause easily avoidable injuries. If your or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from the negligence of a restaurant or retail store, contact our Nashville personal injury lawyer for help in seeking the appropriate compensation.