A dangerous property can pose a threat to anybody who steps foot on it. Poorly maintained landscaping, exposed wires, and other unremedied hazards can result in life-threatening injuries. If you were injured or a loved one was killed due to dangers on an unsafe property, you have legal options.
A property owner, government agency, or both could be liable for your losses if:
- They were aware of a hazard on their property but failed to repair the threat or inform you of the potential danger.
- They reasonably should have been aware of a hazard and did not take steps to remedy it.
- They did not employ safety measures, such as handrails, adequate lighting, or non-slip flooring throughout their property.
Speaking with an Antioch premises liability lawyer can provide you with clarity as you enter the legal proceedings. You may be able to pursue compensation through a settlement arrangement or court award. Call our team at The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation.
No Property Is Immune From Premises Liability Law
Any property on which individuals are invited, either explicitly or implicitly, may be subject to premises liability laws.
Some of the types of properties that may be the subject of a related lawsuit include:
- Properties intended to serve as shelters, such as apartments, homes, hotels, and rental properties
- Businesses, where customers are implicitly invited and have a reasonable expectation of safety
- Government properties, such as the state of Tennessee, could be liable for harm that befalls you on government-owned properties, according to the Tennessee Department of Treasury
- Any other property owned or managed by an identifiable person or entity which you were permitted to visit
It may not be immediately clear who is legally at fault for any injuries that befell you or a loved one on a hazardous property. The specific circumstances of your accident and whoever owned the property will play a role in determining liability.
Various Hazards Can Threaten the Safety of Others
When a property owner allows guests, either for personal or commercial purposes, they must constantly monitor the premises for any hazards that endanger the safety of others. If they encounter a potential danger, they must remove or isolate the threat. Failure to do so could qualify as the basis of a premises liability claim.
Some of the possible hazards on a property that could cause an injury include:
- Puddles, which may arise because of leaks or condensation
- Icy walkways, which may be prevalent during winter months
- Cracked tile or concrete flooring
- Carpet that is either not properly attached to the floor beneath, bunched up, or frayed in a way that could lead to slipping or tripping
- Lack of handrails along stairwells
- Poor lighting
- Changes in elevation that are not clearly marked or otherwise apparent
- Exposed pipes, especially if they are hot
- Exposed electrical wiring
You or a loved one may have been injured by a hazard not included here. If so, share those details with your Antioch premises liability lawyer. To get started, call our team at The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at (615) 651-7451.
You May Bring a Premises Liability Lawsuit
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of every five falls results in a serious injury. Depending on your age, quality of health, and other external factors will determine the severity of your resulting injuries.
An accident suffered by an unremedied hazard could result in:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe burns
- Internal or external bleeding
- Damage to critical organs
- Cuts and lacerations
In severe cases, these injuries may cause death. If you have lost a loved one due to a property owner’s negligence, you could have the basis of a wrongful death claim.
A Lawyer Can Help You Bring Legal Action Against Responsible Parties
Liability for your damages will ultimately rest on who was responsible for the property where you or your loved one was injured.
Those who could be named as defendants in your lawsuit include:
- Business owners
- Apartment owners
- Federal, local, or state government entities
- Anybody who manages the property where you were injured
A lawyer will help you identify all of the parties who may be responsible for you or your loved one’s injuries.
Services Your Antioch Premises Liability Lawyer Can Provide
Your lawyer will be tasked with many responsibilities when it comes to resolving your case.
In addition to identifying defendants to be named in your lawsuit, your legal team may:
- Collect evidence pertaining to your case, which may include examining and documenting the premises where you sustained your injury
- Calculate your losses and assign value accordingly
- Handle all of the legal aspects necessary to file your lawsuit and complete your case
- Negotiate any settlement offers extended to you
- Represent you at trial should your case necessitate it
- Defend your rights
You could receive monetary compensation for medical costs, lost income, and any other losses you have sustained as a result of dangerous conditions. Keep in mind that under Tennessee’s statute of limitations, you have a limited time to take your case to court.
Call Our Team at The Cochran Firm - Nashville Today
Our dedicated team wants to set your case in motion today. We understand that when you left the safety of your home to visit another party’s property, there was no way that you could have foreseen this event. We know what you are going through and want to help.
When you give us a call, you will enter into a free consultation regarding your accident. We encourage you to be open and honest with us about the details of your injuries so that we can better assist you.
Call our team at The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 to learn how an Antioch premises liability lawyer could assist your case.