Getting Help After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you got hurt in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, contact Bill Easterly & Associates, and we’ll help you pursue financial compensation. Property owners are supposed to ensure that their property is free from hazards that could harm their visitors, or they must warn visitors about any hazards, so they can be avoided. It’s their responsibility to perform routine maintenance, repair damage, and remove or address dangerous conditions.

If a hazard on someone’s property led to your injury, you have legal options. We believe in holding people accountable for their carelessness. Bill Easterly & Associates has the experience, resources, and knowledge to perform a thorough investigation and collect vital evidence that proves fault. When you hire us, we’ll take care of each step of the legal process, so you can focus on the important task of getting better.

Our Nashville premises liability attorneys will fight zealously for the justice you deserve. Call us at (615) 244-2222 today to find out more about how we can help.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

People typically slip and fall on someone’s commercial or private property when it isn’t adequately maintained. There are many hazards, defects, and damage that could create a dangerous situation for anyone who enters. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Debris
  • Icy sidewalk or pavement
  • Lack of handrails
  • Loose carpeting or rug
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Damaged staircase
  • Loose handrail
  • Wet floor
  • Defective escalator or elevator
  • Cracked or uneven walkway
  • Pothole in a parking lot

If you got hurt because another person’s actions were negligent, you might be able to pursue compensation from their liability insurance company. Business owners usually purchase general liability insurance that covers the injured party’s expenses. Depending on their coverage amount, you could receive a settlement that compensates you for your lost wages, medical bills, out-of-pocket costs, and other expenses associated with the accident.

How to Prove Negligence After a Slip and Fall Accident

When you sustain injuries on someone’s property, you have to prove negligence existed at the time of the accident in order to be eligible for a financial reward. Negligence is the legal theory that one party’s failure to provide a reasonable duty of care led to someone’s injury and resulting expenses. There are five elements you’ll need to establish when you file an insurance claim or lawsuit:

  1. Duty: The owner owed you a legal duty of care to prevent harm;
  2. Breach of duty: They breached their duty;
  3. Cause in fact: If it wasn’t for their actions, you wouldn’t have gotten hurt;
  4. Proximate cause: Their breach was the direct cause of your injury; and
  5. Damages: You incurred damages.

Unfortunately, another type of negligence rule could impact the value of your case. Modified comparative negligence applies to incidents where the victim is partially responsible for their injury. In this scenario, your compensation would be reduced by the same percentage of fault that you share.

For example, if your total damages are $100,000, but you’re 20% to blame for the slip and fall accident, you would only be entitled to a maximum of $80,000. If you are 50% or more at fault for the accident, you would not be entitled to recover any amount of compensation.

Factors Determining the Value of a Case

Damages are a key factor in calculating the amount of compensation you deserve. They include actual expenses and intangible losses associated with an accident. The damages you can seek in an insurance claim or lawsuit may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Out of pocket costs
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life

Besides total damages, other elements of a slip and fall case could affect the monetary value. The following might contribute to the final amount you receive:

  • Type and severity of the injury
  • Duration of medically necessary treatment
  • Disfigurement, impairment, or disability caused by the injury
  • Impact of the accident on daily routine
  • Time missed from work
  • Relevant medical evidence provided during the case
  • Insurance coverage on the liability policy
  • Emotional or psychological trauma experienced
  • Total medical costs

Another type of damage only available in a lawsuit is punitive damages. Instead of compensating for an injured party’s losses, it punishes the individual responsible for causing harm. A jury will only award it if you’re able to prove with clear and convincing evidence that the at-fault party acted with malice, intention, fraud, or recklessness.

When determining the right number to award to the victim, jury members will use the following factors:

  • At-fault party’s financial standing and net worth
  • Nature of the actions that caused the injury
  • Impact of their misconduct on the injured party
  • At-fault party’s knowledge or awareness of how much harm was caused and their motivation to cause it
  • The duration of the at-fault party’s actions and whether they tried to hide it from others
  • Total damages the victim incurred
  • If the at-fault party profited from their misconduct

Bill Easterly & Associates understands every element of a slip and fall case and how to prove that a victim deserves the maximum available financial compensation. Your Nashville slip and fall attorney will work hard to ensure the insurance company pays what they owe you and the property owner takes responsibility for their actions.

Why You Need to Hire a Lawyer

One of the biggest mistakes you could make is choosing not to hire a lawyer. Many people decide they don’t want to seek legal representation because it’ll cost too much money. They already had to pay for medical treatment and other expenses. The financial burden is overwhelming and stressful. Unfortunately, individuals who don’t let an attorney handle their case end up with significantly lower compensation than those who do.

Insurance companies are notorious for trying to save money. They’re not on the victim’s side. They want to ensure they don’t have to pay out much money when someone files a liability claim. They will investigate your accident and look for any reason to deny your claim or provide a low settlement offer. You need an experienced Nashville slip and fall attorney who won’t let the insurance company take advantage of you.

We have the resources, knowledge, and skills to thoroughly investigate every case we take and locate relevant evidence that proves fault. We use aggressive negotiation tactics to recover a fair settlement, so our clients are fully compensated for their damages. If the insurance company refuses to settle for an appropriate amount, we have the experience to move forward with a lawsuit and fight with them in court.

When you hire Bill Easterly & Associates, we’ll handle each step of the legal process below:

Investigate: We will open a complete investigation into how the slip and fall accident occurred and who caused it. After reviewing the facts, we’ll determine if we should proceed with an insurance claim or lawsuit.

Evidence: We know where to look for vital evidence that increases the value of a case, such as:

  • Incident/police report
  • Security video footage
  • Accident scene photos
  • Company’s maintenance and repair logs
  • Liability insurance information
  • Injured party’s medical records and bills
  • Names of employees working at the time the incident occurred

Witnesses: An insurance company will speak with anyone involved in the accident, including witnesses. If anyone saw what happened, we’ll track them down and ask for their version of events. If they can confirm what happened to you, an insurance company will have difficulty disputing the fact that the property owner was at fault.

Send notice: After a slip and fall accident, it’s best to mail the at-fault party a notice of claim informing them of the intent to recover compensation. We’ll also request a copy of their liability insurance policy to determine how much coverage is available.

Value of the case: After reviewing everything we find, we’ll come up with the right number to demand from the insurance company.

Lawsuit: If the insurance company denies your claim or offers an unfair settlement, we’ll move forward with filing a lawsuit.

Civil Statute of Limitations in Tennessee

There’s a strict deadline you must comply with if you want to file a civil lawsuit. It’s known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for a slip and fall accident in Tennessee is one year. That means you only have one year from the accident date to file, or you’ll lose your right to sue for compensation.

You might think that’s enough time to prepare your case, but anything can happen that delays the process, especially if you’re working on an insurance claim first. Some claims take years to resolve. By then, you could lose the opportunity to sue the at-fault party.

There are two exceptions to this rule that could potentially pause the clock if they apply to your case. They include the following:

  • The property owner temporarily left the state before you had a chance to file your lawsuit. The clock would pause until they return, and their absence wouldn’t count towards the one-year statute.
  • You were a minor or mentally incompetent at the time of the accident. The clock wouldn’t start until you turn 18 years old or become mentally competent.

Contact Bill Easterly & Associates

Our Nashville slip and fall lawyers will stay by your side in the fight for justice. You deserve to hold the negligent party liable for the harm they caused. You won’t be alone during this difficult time in your life. We’ll provide you with the one-on-one attention you deserve from start to finish of your case.

If you were the victim of a slip and fall accident, call Bill Easterly & Associates at (615) 244-2222 for a free consultation.

Immediate Help. Exceptional Outcomes.

How Our Tennessee Attorneys Can Help You

No case is too small or too large for our team of experienced attorneys. We have the skills and resources it takes to pursue all types of personal injury cases. If you’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent party, we want to make sure you are compensated, and the negligent party is held responsible. We start by getting to you know and the facts surrounding your case.

Every case is unique, and we treat them as such, priding ourselves on making sure you have our full attention and focusing our efforts on building a successful case for you. Here’s how we can help:

INVESTIGATE YOUR INJURY

Investigate Your Claim: We want to get to the bottom of the “how” and “why” of your accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your incident. This allows us to gather evidence that can strengthen your case and help us identify all responsible parties involved. Leave all the legwork and paperwork to our team.

BUILD A COMPELLING CASE

Build a Compelling Case: With evidence in hand, we work to build a strong and compelling case in your favor. Whether we are going to court or negotiating with an insurance company, by building a solid case, we can help you maximize the amount of damages you may be able to recover.

MAXIMIZE YOUR RECOVERY

We Are Your Advocate: Unfortunately, insurance companies and negligent parties will not take you seriously unless you have an aggressive attorney on your side who fights for your rights. These parties may use tactics that manipulate or take advantage of a victim in order to keep from paying out hefty compensation packages. Having an attorney backing you up signals to these parties you are serious about getting everything you are entitled to.

FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH

Focus on What’s Important: You. Your health and safety are what’s most important. Let us tackle the paperwork, the negotiating, and the back and forth, while you focus on your health and the well-being of your family. Trusting the team at Bill Easterly & Associates takes an immense weight off of your shoulders.

DEDICATED. AGGRESSIVE. RESPECTED.

Demand the Full Compensation You Deserve

We genuinely believe that you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligent and dangerous wrongdoing. For this reason, you can trust our legal team to do everything within our professional power to make sure you are not stuck with the financial repercussions of a serious injury-causing accident. We are ready to put decades of experience and practice to work for you! To schedule your free consultation, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

Immediate Help. Exceptional Outcomes.

Hear From Our Clients
Tristan Vogel

Bill & his team handled my injury case with total professionalism and respect. I was never left out of the conversation and if I had a question, they had an answer. Never having been through anything like this before I was worried it would be a stressful headache. Fortunately this wasn’t the case. Between his team and the other party’s insurance we settled for higher than I expected/demanded. I highly recommend his office and will be sure to send anyone I know in need of help their way. Many thanks you all!

Jeffrey L.

“I endorse this lawyer. I went to school with Bill and he is truly among the best and brightest lawyers out there.”

Marcus H.

“When I hired Bill to represent me in my workers’ compensation claim, I was receiving $238 per week while out of work. Bill found an error in the way the insurance company calculated my wages, and he got my weekly check raised to $352 almost immediately. This couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Michael L.

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“I worked for a company for 36 years when I was severely injured on the job. I spent over a year working with the state to get my worker’s compensation case taken care of & wasn’t having much luck. I decided to ask for help. I called Bill Easterly & Associates, & spoke with Bill, who was very friendly. Right away Bill & his staff began to work on my case. After just a few short months Bill & his team reached a settlement I was more than pleased with! I am thankful for Bill & his team; without them I would not have been able to receive the assistance I needed.”

Steve S.

“Bill Easterly & Associates, took care of every detail from start to finish with my case. If not for their extreme persistence, I would not have received any medical help nor assistance with all the bills that my employer refused to help me with when they were legally responsible. I was shocked when my settlement was reached for the sum they told me I would receive from the first day I chose them. I was able to relocate to Florida & join my family with a new lease on life.”

James C.

“Bill, I want to thank both you, Craig, and Jim for all the work that was put into yesterday’s trial. I realize that the Judge’s ruling was a direct reflection of the work that you put into my case. I thank you and can’t wait to share your name with others!!!!!”

Sam K.

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Tracy T.

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Nellie G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates was very helpful to me when I needed someone. I just want to thank him for getting all the bills paid & taking care of my needs. I want to let you know how grateful I was for your staff’s assistance. Whenever I called or left messages they were quick to call me back, as well as very helpful & knowledgeable.”

Mia G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates have been wonderful to our family. The firm fought for a fair settlement for my case and took away all of the stress that came with my accident. Bill and our assigned paralegal were very nice and kept me informed and updated on my case. Bill Easterly himself was available to answer questions that I had and that made me feel special and that he truly cared about my case. This firm shows total professionalism. Great job! I highly recommend this firm!”

James

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Kathy

“Several years ago I suffered an injury which required surgery and many weeks of additional hospitalization, as well as months of painful recovery. Feeling that I had a real legal issue, I began to dial up some of the more ‘well-known’ legal firms in the Nashville area. However, with each cold, harsh rejection, my heart and hopes sank deeper….until my niece said, “What about this guy, Bill Easterly?”

From the moment Bill & I spoke, I knew I had reached the right person for the job. Bill went to bat for me immediately and stayed with me the whole way, He and his staff answered all my questions knowledgeably and honestly and were always considerate of my needs and wishes. They guided me through a confusing and sometimes frustrating process with the utmost care and professionalism; I felt I couldn’t have been in better hands.

When my case was finally resolved, I was pleased with results. I can truthfully say that now, should the need ever arise again, Bill Easterly and Associates will be the ONLY telephone number I will call for my legal work.”

Craig

“Bill and his team went above and beyond for me in two different cases. His office was always able to answer my questions or return my calls. Bill was always happy to help with anything he could, case involved or not. I have and will continue to highly recommend the services of Bill Easterly & Associates to anyone in need!”

James

“I never worked with an attorney before Bill. After I got hurt at work it took the insurance company several weeks to get me in to see a doctor, and while I was out of work my checks were always late, so a friend suggested I call Bill. He took my case and I immediately began to see my situation get better. His staff took care of scheduling my doctor appointments and made sure that my checks came on time. After the doctor released me to return to work, Bill was able to settle my case in less than three months, and for more money than I ever thought I would get. I highly recommend Bill Easterly & Associates.”

Chris E.

“I had the pleasure of having Bill Easterly and Associates represent me during a worker’s comp. case back in the spring of 2009. During the entire ordeal which involved surgery, and an arduous road to recover, Mr. Easterly and his staff were professional, kind, and worked very hard on my behalf. Mr. Easterly himself worked directly for me, and handled the entire situation with a high degree of care and expertise to the point where I felt like I was the only case he was working on. Furthermore, if I ever had any questions, I knew I could contact Mr. Easterly himself directly to get any issues resolved. I would recommend Mr. Easterly and Associates to anyone looking for excellent legal counsel especially if it involves a worker’s comp. case.”

Randon W.

“Bill Easterly and his team of associates including: Whitney, Annbern, and Bethany are amazing, they have all been like family to me and represented me and my case as if it were their very own. I cannot express how truly thankful I am for the effort and amount of time and work they have put into my case, even through my being impatient under some circumstances. Even though I rarely spoke with them every time I received a phone call or E-mail from Mr. Bill or his associates it has been nothing but great news. I would strongly recommend Bill Easterly and Associates to any and everyone with any type of Workers Comp. or personal injury case to them. I’ve had such a wonderful experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better job. Thank you guys so much.”

P. Burns

“Bill Easterly and Associate are awesome they took my case and did all they could do to make sure I was stress free and I really appreciate their professionalism and the patience they showed me when I became frustrated. I want to thank you for the work you provided but most of all you and the staff Annbern you are a true angel so mild mannered Whitney your patience Bethany your cheery disposition on the telephone and Mr. Bill Easterly your determination and fight on my behalf thank and may you all continue to be a blessing to all you meet. True Angels here on earth. If you need a team that will fight for you BILL EASTERLY AND ASSOCIATES IS THE BEST WAY TO GO.”

Leslie H.

“GREAT People!!!! GREAT Service!!!!!”

Shannon B.

“I called Mr. Easterly a little over a month ago to take over my case because the attorney I started off with had not even looked at my emails in the three months he was supposed to be working for me… Bill has settled my case/claim already and I could not be happier with the outcome. He had personally made calls to me, which made me feel like a person and not just dollar signs. His paralegal, Whitney, is also amazing. She always returned my emails and calls immediately, and was more than patient with me asking a million questions. I hope no one I know is seriously hurt in an accident like we were, but if so I highly recommend you call Bill Easterly and Associates. Not to mention, Bill Easterly is pretty hot ;).”

Ron M.

“Bill has been my attorney for many years on many cases. I have always been pleased with him and his staff for all they have helped me with. Very professional.”

Mark M.

“Bill Easterly handled my case better and faster than I was told to expect, due to the circumstances of the case. He definitely exceeded my personal expectations and I am more than satisfied with the outcome. Would recommend him to anyone. He’s a great guy.”

Shelley

“I called several accident law firms and none were as knowledgeable and sincere as this firm. Mr. Easterly and his associates were amazing! They took the time to listen and answer any questions I had. I’m also grateful they helped me deal with the not so helpful insurance company. They went above and beyond! Very pleased!”

Keith R.

“Throughout my entire case, Mr. Easterly and his staff were supportive and diligent in handling my claim. Mr. Easterly provided the one-on-one attention that I needed. Thank you for everything!”

Nicole P.

“Bill Easterly and his staff were very courteous and friendly. They made me feel like family. When I walked into the office you would’ve thought I had known them before. When it came to them assisting with my case they were awesome. If they told you that they were going to do something or call you back they did. Mr. Easterly and staff took care of my case in an effective and timely manner making me feel like I was the only client. This is the kind of attention you need when you are hurt. If I needed assistance again, I would definitely use them. I would recommend him without hesitation! They should be the first and only attorneys you call when in need! Great group of people! Thank you!”

Muyala M.

“Mr. Bill Easterly and his staff are very friendly and reliable. They are ready to answer any questions that I have and let me know step by step what is going on with my case. I really recommend them to anybody.”

Irene F.

“Bill Easterly and his staff are amazing to work with. I met Bill years ago when my little girl got hurt and he has been my go to lawyer ever since. If he doesn’t specialize in something I have questions about he always takes the time to send me in the right direction. His staff is very professional and on top of things at all time. Thank you Bill for everything you have done for my family.”

Valerie C.

“Bill is knowledgeable and professional. The staff is helpful, friendly and prompt to respond to questions or concerns. Would recommend without reservation.”

Brenda B.

“When I interviewed attorneys for my case, Bill Easterly was hands down the best choice! Not only was he straight to the point, his confidence was contagious! Bethany was on top of my case every step of the way! Every step was explained to me and I was prepared for what would happen throughout the process. I told a friend that I loved my attorneys, she said,

“You don’t hear anyone say that, ever!” But I can recommend Easterly and Associates without hesitation!”

Norma B.

“Bill Easterly and Associates took my case when no one else would and got me a decent settlement. I highly recommend them.”

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