Injured on Another Individual’s Property? We’ll Fight for You.
If you suffered an injury while visiting someone else’s home or business in Nashville or surrounding areas of Tennessee, you may have a valid premises liability claim. Property owners and other responsible parties are expected to maintain their properties in a manner that is safe for visitors or to provide clear warnings of any known dangers. This requirement applies to all types of property owners, including businesses, landlords, and homeowners.
As a team of dedicated personal injury attorneys with more than 25 years of collective experience in personal injury law, we are prepared to take on any premises liability case. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers at Bill Easterly & Associates firmly believe that individuals should not be held responsible for the injuries and damages caused by a negligent property owner, and we do everything we can to make sure justice is restored for our clients.
Our Approach to Premises Liability Claims
At Bill Easterly & Associates, we want to lift the burden off your shoulders during this stressful time. Healing from an injury suffered on someone else’s property can put a lot of stress on you and your family. You do not need to worry about dealing with an insurance company or trying to gather evidence for your claim.
At Bill Easterly & Associates, our dedicated premises liability lawyers stand like a shield between you and the chaos that can follow a tragic accident. Our experienced legal team will:
- Collect evidence from all parties documenting your accident.
- Request medical records and special evaluations if necessary to document the extent of your injuries.
- Talk to eyewitnesses to build a solid account of what happened and who was to blame.
- Call on our team of experts to reconstruct the accident or provide special insights that could prove valuable in your case.
- Manage all communications and negotiations with the other party’s insurance company, keeping you safely out of the crossfire.
- Pursue every avenue for maximum compensation to demand justice from all responsible parties.
When you are at your most vulnerable, you can trust that the aggressive Nashville premises liability attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates will fight ferociously for the compensation you need and deserve.
What Is Premises Liability?
The legal term “premises liability” simply refers to the responsibility property owners and other responsible parties (landlords, businesses, etc.) have for accidents that occur because of unsafe conditions on the property.
If you are hurt because of an unreasonably dangerous condition on someone else’s property, you may have a premises liability claim. In many of these premise liability cases, insurance companies pay the compensation. This is especially true with accidents that occur at private homes. Most likely the homeowners policy will cover your losses. That means you can bring a claim for an accident at a friend, neighbor or relative’s house without worrying about the money coming out of their pocket.
Premises Liability Cases We Handle
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owner – or, more likely, the insurance company that covered the property.
As a visitor, you are not responsible for the safe maintenance of the property you are visiting, nor should you be responsible for the financial burden of any injuries you sustain while there. We are dedicated to helping individuals like you fight to hold property owners accountable for failing to take necessary measures to ensure your safety or warn you of any potential dangers.
Grounds for premises liability claims include:
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective stairways, balconies, decks or walkways
- Injuries resulting from inadequate security
- Injuries resulting from improper lighting
- Building code or housing code violations
- Unprotected holes or uneven surfaces
- Swimming pool injuries
- Accidents on elevators and escalators
- Playground and amusement park injuries
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Premises Liability Case?
Depending on the specifics of your circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation to cover:
- Payment of medical bills, both past and future, including reimbursement for medication, assistive mobility devices, and modifications you may need to make to your home
- Lost wages due to time missed from work, as well as diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to the job you had before the accident
- Compensation for the pain and suffering your injury has caused
- Punitive damages, which are awarded in extreme cases to punish the at-fault party
Our attorneys will collect all of your medical bills and other documents to build a strong case for full and fair compensation. We may also ask you to keep a journal detailing how your injuries are affecting your day-to-day life. The goal is to paint a complete picture of how this injury has changed you.
I Have Been Injured on Someone Else’s Property. What Should I Do?
If you have been hurt in an accident on someone else’s property, here are some important steps to take:
- Get immediate emergency medical treatment.
- Photograph the scene, including the hazardous condition that caused your accident and the injuries it caused.
- Get names and contact information from anyone who saw the accident.
- If you were injured on a commercial property, report it to the manager on duty and try to get an incident report.
- Keep all stained, soiled or torn clothing and shoes that you wore at the time of the accident. Do not wash them or wear them again.
- Follow all of your doctor’s orders for treatment of your injuries.
- Retain copies of all medical bills (even those paid by insurance) and document your missed days from work.
- Keep a journal about how your injuries affect your daily life.
How Will It Be Determined If I Have a Premises Liability Case?
Premises liability can be complicated and difficult to prove, as it relies on numerous factors relating to both you and the owner of the property. Our team of premises liability lawyers has extensive knowledge of the Tennessee premises liability law that govern premises liability and will analyze the circumstances of your injury to build an aggressive case.
In premises liability cases, judges will consider the following elements:
- Your legal status as a visitor – Tennessee courts are trending toward distinguishing between legal and illegal visitors. If you were a lawful visitor (an invitee or social guest), you will likely be able to recover more than you would if you had trespassed.
- An owner’s maintenance of the property – The owner has a lawful duty to uphold his or her property in a manner that ensures the safety of its visitors. Thus, if a property owner or a tenant had knowledge of a dangerous condition on his or her property and failed to take action or provide adequate warning, he or she can be found liable for any resulting injuries.
- Your use of the property – A court will analyze the manner in which you used the defendant’s property. If they believe that your injury resulted in any way from your own dangerous or careless behavior, you may be found comparatively liable and ineligible to recover the full amount of damages.
Our team has the experience and skills to argue these factors in your favor. We will take the time to comprehensively investigate your case and help you fight for the justice you deserve.
We’re Devoted to Restoring Justice for Our Clients
Bill Easterly & Associates operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay us unless we are able to help you win compensation in your case. Let our premises liability injury attorneys help you receive the fair compensation that you deserve.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
At Bill Easterly & Associates, we understand that a serious injury can put a serious financial strain on you and your family. That’s why we do not charge anything for an initial consultation on your claim, and we do not charge any legal fees upfront to get started on your case.
Instead, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay us unless we are able to help you win compensation in your case. After all, our goal is to take as much of the burden off you as possible, so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
Schedule a Free Consultation Now
Do not try to take on a large insurance company on your own. Let the experienced Nashville premises liability attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free case evaluation, call or fill out our online contact form today.