CHATTANOOGA SLIP & FALL ATTORNEYS
Law firm specializing in premises liability cases
Cartoons often depict characters slipping on a banana peel, falling head over feet, then getting back up as if nothing happened. Unfortunately, this rarely happens in real life, and such a mishap could have damaging — even tragic — consequences. When you’re hurt due to the negligence of a property owner, you may be entitled to significant compensation to pay for lost wages, medical bills and other related expenses.
What constitutes a slip and fall?
A slip and fall accident doesn’t necessarily include both of these factors. Though you might slide briefly on a slick floor before falling, you could also trip over something on the ground, causing the fall. Residential property owners can be just as negligent in the eyes of Tennessee courts. You could suffer injuries in a fall while visiting a relative, friend or even neighbor.
Reasons for a Fall
Many conditions could lead to a fall with injuries. One of the most common is a lack of maintenance on the exterior of the owner’s property. A broken sidewalk, overgrown weeds or potholes in a parking lot can all cause slips and falls. Property owners also are responsible for interior maintenance. Rips or tears in a carpet, a wet shop floor or objects scattered across the floor could cause you to trip or slip and fall. A lack of warning signs near dangerous areas or inadequate lighting also could cause these mishaps.
Many victims of slip and fall accidents initially are more embarrassed than they are sore. They might rush to leave the area, fueled by adrenaline, only to find out hours – or even days and weeks later – that they suffered a concussion or other serious injuries that weren’t apparent at the time. Many victims break bones or sprain muscles due to the abrupt movement. A fall could cause damage to the sciatic nerve, which could cause massive shooting pains in your lower body and intense pain in your lower back.
The premise liability statue states that an injured person must prove that one of three things is true. You can show that the person who owns the property or someone who lives or works there caused the issue that led to your fall such as an employee destroying a piece of carpet or a homeowner deliberately leaving slick spots on a driveway. You can instead show that the property owner knew about the problem and did not take steps to fix it or that the owner had a maintenance worker who ignored the problem.
Why Pursue Compensation?
Some victims refuse to file civil lawsuits in slip and fall cases due to embarrassment, or because they don’t want to sue a friend or a favorite store. Their mindset often changes. Even if you have health insurance, you’ll still pay more out of pocket than you ever expected for your medical bills, which can include an emergency room visit and continuing appointments with your primary care physician as well as rehabilitation specialists. You could be out of work for an extended period of time, unable to pay your rent or mortgage, along with other bills. The money you receive from the negligent party or parties could pay for these expenses, and even future expenses, should it be determined that your injuries are severe.
At Ramer & Hedrick, P.C., we know how drastically your life can change after a fall. If you’re hurt due to the carelessness of a property owner, call us as soon as possible after your accident. If you’re not able to come to our office for a free consultation, we’ll come to your home, or even visit you in the hospital. Let our slip and fall attorneys work to get you compensated while you focus on your recovery.