Tennessee premises liability

Tennessee Lawsuit Questions Security Measures at Brentwood Church

by Staff Blogger | December 11th, 2015

Tennessee law requires property owners to ensure the health and safety of visitors. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always occur, and premises liability lawsuits can result when someone is injured due to negligence. One of the most common types of premises liability claims is failure to provide adequate security.

A church in Brentwood, Tennessee, is currently facing allegations that it failed to provide enough security measures at its facilities after a 3-year-old child was sexually assaulted by a volunteer. The lawsuit is seeking a total of $37.5 million in damages.

An article from The Tennessean explains the child was left in the care of the perpetrator while the boy’s parents attended services. They discovered the child had been assaulted after he was hesitant to return to the church the following week.

The family of the victim field suit against the church, claiming it failed to adequately screen and supervise volunteers at the facility. Furthermore, proper security measures were not put in place in the classroom where the incident took place.

The lawsuit requests $22.5 million in compensatory damages for the victim, as well as $15 million for the victim’s father, mother, and sibling.

The Goodlettsville premises liability lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful the resolution of this matter helps bring closure to the victim and his family.

Goodlettsville Premises Liability Attorneys Discuss Common Property Dangers

by Staff Blogger | March 18th, 2015

In Tennessee, owners of public and private property have a legal responsibility to address hazards that can potentially cause accidents. Failure to fix such issues or warn visitors of  dangers can leave property owners responsible for damages in the event of injuries.

Unfortunately, property owners put citizens at risk more often than they may believe. The Goodlettsville premises liability attorneys at Ponce Law point out three property dangers commonly reported in Middle Tennessee:

  1. Slip, Trip, and Fall Hazards– Slick floors, unsecured cords and wires, and even an unmarked step down or up could result in an individual falling and being injured.
  2. Falling Objects– Falling objects can cause significant harm. Take, for instance, a lawsuit recently filed against Sumner County schools. An article from The Tennessean reports a 10-year-old boy suffered massive injuries after being struck by a falling speaker in the gym at Indian Lake Elementary School in Hendersonville. The boy’s parents filed a lawsuit claiming the school and staff’s negligence was  responsible for the child’s injuries.
  3. Crowd Capacity Issues- Large crowds in confined areas can lead to crushing injuries and the inability to safely exit in the event of an emergency.

At Ponce Law, our staff recognizes just how dangerous a property owner’s negligence can be to others. That’s why our Goodlettsville personal injury lawyers urge you to keep safety in mind as you maintain your property this spring.