Premises liability cases stem from an injury sustained on someone else’s property. Every property has hazardous conditions that could cause a personal injury, but property owners have a duty to maintain their properties so they are safe for the public.
Here are just some of the common conditions that could lead to personal injury and potentially the need for a premises liability lawyer:
Icy or wet walking surfaces • Damaged pavement • Missing or unlit steps • Defective seating • Poor lighting • Poor security • Open construction zones • Falling objects • Unsecured pools • Animal attacks • Elevator malfunctions • And more
There are many reasons the owner of a property might be held liable for an injury on their property. Some of the most common include:
- Failure to maintain stairways and railings
- Failure to repair uneven flooring
- Failure to warn about property defects that might not be immediately apparent
- Failure to comply with building codes
- Exposure to harmful chemicals
- Exposure to carbon monoxide
- Exposure to a gas leak or explosion
Premises liability cases can be complex, particularly if your injury occurred on private rather than public property. Your premises liability lawyer at Reasonover Law Firm has extensive experience in premise liability cases, and can help you navigate the legal process. We offer free case evaluations and will do everything possible to help you recover financial compensation.
In order to pursue a legal claim, the injured party must prove three things:
- That the defendant is the legal owner of the property
- That the injured party is either an invitee or licensee to the property
- That there was negligence on behalf of the property owner that contributed to the injury. If these criteria are met, the injured party might be entitled to financial compensation and/or damages.
Sometimes, proving these things is difficult. Which is why if you have been injured on someone else’s property, you should understand the unique role that a premises liability lawyer can play.
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Most of us spend plenty of time every day outside our homes, often on another person’s property. There are four basic reasons for being on property other than your own. Under Tennessee law, property owners owe different levels of responsibility, depending on your purpose for being on the property. You could be one of the following:
- Invitee: You were invited to someone else’s property as a client, customer, or colleague.
- Social Guest: You are there with the permission of the property owner, like a guest for coffee or at a party.
- Licensee: You are on the property by authority of law or consent. A police officer being called to action is a great example.
- Trespasser: You have entered the property with no right to do so. In these cases, the property owner has the lowest level of responsibility.
Every premise liability case is different, but proving negligence by the property owner is the most important factor. It’s now always easy to prove that the property owner failed to keep his or her property in a safe condition and failed to do so. This is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney. We will work hard to determine if the property owner directly caused the area to be unsafe, or whether they knew about the unsafe condition but did not address it, or whether they should have known about the situation.
At Reasonover Law Firm, we are experienced in all sort of Tennessee premises liability cases. We understand the pain and suffering that can come with personal injury or the death of a loved one. We will evaluate your case with compassion for what you’ve been through, take great care while pursuing your claim or suit, and will fight hard to hold the negligible party responsible for your damages.