Tennessee Slip and Fall Injury
Each year, more than 20,000 Tennessee residents are injured in slip and fall accidents and about 350 die as a result of their injuries. If you've slipped, fallen and hurt yourself on someone else's property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Talk to a local personal injury lawyer or slip and fall attorney to understand your legal options.
Tennessee Premises Liability Law
Under Tennessee law, property owners and their tenants have a legal obligation to address potential hazards on their property, fix the hazards and/or warn visitors about hazards. If a visitor is injured in a slip and fall accident and the property owner has failed to take the necessary steps to prevent the accident, then the visitor may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.
For your slip and fall claim or personal injury lawsuit to be successful, you must show you exercised reasonable care when walking on the dangerous surface. In defending the lawsuit, the real estate owner will try to show he or she took reasonable care to keep the property safe.
The judge or jury hearing your case will look at the comparative fault of each party: How much responsibility do you bear for your accident? How much responsibility does the tenant or real estate owner bear for your accident?
This percentage of liability is then used to calculate how much the property owner must pay in damages or compensation and how much of the cost you will have to bear. If it is determined that you were more than 49 percent responsible for your accident, you cannot recover any money from the other party.
Compensation for Your Injuries
If you win your personal injury lawsuit, you may receive compensation for:
- Your medical bills
- The cost of hiring someone to do household chores that you're unable to do because of your injury
- The repair or replacement of any property (such as eyeglasses) that was damaged or destroyed when you fell
- Lost wages for time off from work
- Permanent disability and disfigurement stemming from the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Any other costs you've incurred because of the accident
Time Limits on Lawsuits
Tennessee law gives you one year from the date of your accident to file a claim against the party at fault. (This is known as the statute of limitations.)
If you and your lawyer are unable to negotiate a settlement with the property's owner or tenant (or with their insurance company), you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out. If you wait more than one year to file a lawsuit, you will give up your right to sue the property owner or tenant for damages.
Find & Hire Local Tennessee Slip & Fall Attorneys
Because you have only a year from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit, it's important to hire a slip and fall lawyer as quickly as possible. If you need help locating personal injury lawyers in your area, then Attorneys.com can help. Our free legal referral service can quickly connect you with lawyers in Memphis, Knoxville and across Tennessee. Complete the form on this page to get matched with a lawyer today, or call us at 877-913-7222.