What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is the legal concept that property owners and managers have a duty to make sure that their property is safe for anyone who visits, whether that means invited guests to a private home or customers stepping onto a commercial property. When property owners fail to make visitors safe, they can be held responsible for any injuries that occur on their property.
Examples of premises liability claims might include slipping on a wet floor, falling on stairs because of a loose railing, tripping over uneven paving stones, suffering submersion injuries at a pool, or being the victim of crime due to negligent security.
If you were injured on someone else’s property because the property owner was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and the pain you suffered.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
We have the legal knowledge and experience to handle a variety of premises liability claims, including those resulting from:
- Defective Construction
Broken stairs, loose railings, and uneven floors can cause serious injuries to guests and visitors.
- Inadequate Maintenance
Property owners must ensure their properties are safe for others by preventing or removing safety hazards, such as ice and snow or fallen tree branches.
- Negligent Security
Parking garages, swimming pools, and businesses in areas prone to crime should have the proper supervision and lighting to ensure the safety of guests and customers.
- Dangerous Conditions
Property owners and maintenance companies should post signs to warn people of slick or dangerous floors caused by cleaning, leaks, or spills.
Our Nashville slip and fall attorneys can help you get the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if you’ve slipped and fallen in a store or suffered due to inadequate security.
What You Need to Prove in a Premises Liability or “Slip and Fall” Case
There are major factors you will need to prove in a premises liability lawsuit. These are:
- The defendant owned, leased, or resided on the property where the injury occurred at the time it occurred.
- The defendant was negligent in maintaining the property. This typically means the owner was aware or should have been aware that their property was dangerous and hadn’t done anything to warn visitors about the danger or to remove the dangerous conditions.
- You were harmed on the property.
- Your injury would not have happened if the defendant hadn’t been negligent.
How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Claim?
In the state of Tennessee, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is one year. This means that you only have one year from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit, even if you didn’t realize how serious your injuries from the accident were until much later.
A year can fly by much quicker than you think, and if you wait too long to contact a lawyer, you may lose your right to seek compensation. This is why it’s important to speak to an attorney as quickly as possible after an accident that results in an injury.
How Much Does a Premises Liability Lawyer Cost?
The slip and fall injury lawyers at Ponce Law work under the No Fee Guarantee®. This means that when we take on your case, you pay us nothing unless we get money for you. That includes a free case review, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting an injury lawyer if you were hurt on someone else’s property.
Experienced Legal Help
Talk to Ponce Law before you accept an insurance company’s settlement offer for your premises liability injuries. We have more than 20 years of experience helping injured victims in Tennessee, and we want to help you, too. We serve clients in Nashville metro, Goodlettsville, and surrounding areas. Contact us 24/7 to get started with a free and confidential consultation!