Maryville Premises Liability Attorneys
Holding negligent East Tennessee property owner accountable for your injuries
When you or a loved one suffers an injury on a property that isn’t your own, you might have the legal basis for a claim against that property owner depending on a few different factors. The laws that govern being injured on someone else’s property in Tennessee are known as premises liability laws. At Shepherd & Long, P.C. our Maryville premises liability lawyers help clients who have been injured on dangerous properties in East Tennessee. If someone else’s actions or inactions caused you harm, we want to help.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability is the liability that a property owner has for various damages that are caused by hazardous conditions on their property. The most common hazardous conditions that might lead to a premises liability claim include:
- Damaged or uneven pavement
- Poor security
- Poor lighting
- Falling objects
- Icy conditions
- Defective seats
- Wet walking surfaces or standing water
- Open excavations
- Broken or missing stairs
- Unsecured cords or wires
- Improperly secured rugs or flooring
This is not an exhaustive list. There are many different conditions that can lead to a person suffering a slip, trip, and fall accident on someone else’s property. If you are injured by any of these conditions, and the hazard could have been prevented with routine maintenance or repairs, premises liability law goes into effect.
How are visitors categorized under Tennessee law?
We are often on someone else’s property throughout the day for one reason or another. Whether you are visiting a friend’s house, going to the post office, going to the grocery store, or visiting the doctor’s office; the law governing premises liability must decide the reason why we were on that property and if the property owner can be held liable for injuries we suffer. There are four main reasons why we might be on someone else’s property:
- Invitee: If you are invited to someone’s home or office. For example, if you go to a friend’s home or are grocery shopping and you slip on a wet floor that wasn’t properly marked, you are viewed as an invitee in the eyes of the law.
- Social guest: You are visiting a property at the invitation or permission of the owner.
- Licensee: You are on a property because of consent or by the authority of the law. For example, you are a firefighter at someone’s home to put out a fire.
- Trespasser: This is a person who enters any type of property without being invited. They are trespassing on the premises. It’s still possible for a property owner to be held liable when a trespasser is injured. This often happens when the owner knew trespassing might be a problem and there was a hazardous condition present on the property.
In order for you to be successful in a premises liability claim against a property owner, the victim must be able to prove the following:
- The defendant named in the claim is the owner of the property.
- You were either invited to the property or are viewed as a licensee.
- Negligence was present that directly led to your injury.
Where do most Maryville premises liability cases occur?
Premises liability cases can occur at any type of property. They most often happen at the following locations:
- Private residences
- Hotels, motels, and inns
- Restaurants and bars
- Stores (grocery and retail)
- Farmer’s markets
- Shopping malls
- Amusement parks
- Apartment buildings
- Parking lots and garages
Common types of East Tennessee premises liability cases
A premises liability case falls under the broader spectrum of personal injury cases, but can be categorized into the following:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Animal attacks and dog bites
- Fires that lead to burn injuries
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Inadequate security
- Inadequate maintenance
What you should know about the dangers of slips, trips, and falls
A dangerous property can lead to serious injuries. Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common types of claims, and they often lead to sprains, strains, and broken bones. However, a fall from a height (such as off a faulty scaffold or over the side of a stairwell) or a trip over a broken piece of sidewalk into oncoming traffic can lead to a much more severe injury, with a much longer recovery time. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and internal organ damage are all possible. In some cases, a victim may suffer spinal cord damage leading to paralysis, or a crushing injury that leads to amputation.
What damages can I recover in a premises liability case?
If you are injured on someone else’s property and were legally permitted to be there, you should speak with an attorney about filing a claim. You are well within your rights to be compensated for damages associated with your injuries, including medical costs, lost wages, and compensation for your pain and suffering. If your loved one dies as a result of his or her injuries, you could be entitled to these damages as well as funeral and burial costs through a wrongful death claim.
What to do if you are injured on a dangerous property in Blount County
There are 5 steps should take if you are injured on a dangerous property:
- Get medical attention immediately. Avoiding medical care might make your injuries worse.
- Avoid admitting fault. Never blame yourself or think you could have avoided injury when the property owner should have conducted maintenance to keep their property safe.
- Acquire information from anyone who might have witnessed the incident. Ask for their names and their contact information.
- Do not sign an incident report presented to you by a property owner or a store manager. Ask for a copy of the report and tell them you need to review it with your attorney.
- Call a Maryville premises liability attorney. Even if you think the injuries you suffered are minor in nature, an attorney can review your case and determine if you have the basis for a claim.
At Shepherd & Long P.C., we have experience handling premises liability cases. We understand that pain and suffering come with any type of injury and that you might not be able to return to work. We also know the pain that comes with losing a loved one in such a tragic accident. We offer comfort in knowing that the responsible party will be held accountable for the damages you incur.
Speak with a Maryville premises liability attorney today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on the property of another, you might have the basis for a premises liability lawsuit. The team at Shepherd & Long P.C. knows the laws governing premises liability and how to navigate the legal waters. We are compassionate, skilled attorneys who review all areas of premises liability law for our clients to ensure they are properly compensated for their injuries. Call our office at call 865-982-8060 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.