With more than 20 years of experience, Nashville premises liability lawyer Eric Beasley is committed to helping people who have been hurt by a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall or a similar accident, you may be able to pursue damages in a premises liability lawsuit. The guidance of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can make a critical difference in protecting your rights.Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
A premises liability lawsuit may be appropriate if a hazardous condition on someone else's property caused an accident in which you were hurt. Property owners have a general duty to maintain their premises for visitors and guests. Similar to other negligence claims, the four factors of duty, breach, causation, and damages must be demonstrated.
A plaintiff in a premises liability claim would first need to show that he or she was lawfully on the property. Common examples include customers at a store, diners at a restaurant, guests at a hotel, or people attending a social occasion at a friend’s house. The owner or business proprietor must have known or should have known about an unsafe condition on the premises. Additionally, the owner must have failed to adequately repair or block off the condition, or have failed to provide an adequate warning about it. Finally, the unsafe condition must have directly caused the accident that injured the victim.
While trespassers generally are entitled to only minimal protections, child trespassers may be an exception. Children who have trespassed onto a certain area due to an “attractive nuisance” there that the property owner knows or should know would entice children are generally entitled to a higher duty of care than a trespassing adult.
Many premises liability cases stem from certain common types of dangerous conditions on the property. These include slips and trips or falls caused by uneven pavement or flooring. Other dangers may involve unsecured objects or insufficient lighting. Ramps that are poorly designed or stairs in need of repair may be deemed a hazard as well.
Since premises liability law is litigated under a negligence theory, it relies on a standard of reasonableness. If a reasonable landowner could not have known of a dangerous condition and fixed it, the landowner may not be liable. Only harm that is preventable and foreseeable must be addressed by a landowner. The reason behind this rule of law is that a property owner cannot insure all individuals who come onto their premises. However, a risk that is preventable and foreseeable must be addressed.Enlist a Nashville Lawyer for Your Premises Liability Claim
Nashville premises liability attorney Eric Beasley is experienced in slip and fall accident claims. As an experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyer, he assists victims in many Tennessee cities, including Metro Nashville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, as well as communities throughout Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties and across Middle Tennessee. We provide a free consultation to discuss the details of your situation and your legal options. Call us at (615) 859-2223 or use our online form to set up an appointment.