Slip and Fall
In Blount County and throughout Tennessee, property owners or people who occupy a property have a duty to keep that property in a reasonably safe condition, in order to prevent injuries to other people who are lawfully present there. If a person is injured as a result of a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, that person may seek compensation from the property owner (or, in some cases, the property’s tenant) under the theory of premises liability.
A typical case addressed by premises liability is the slip and fall, or trip and fall situation. People are often injured, sometimes severely, when they slip on a wet floor or an icy sidewalk, trip on a cracked or uneven surface, or slip and fall down poorly lit stairs. If the property owner in such circumstances was aware of the dangerous condition or should have discovered it by inspecting the property, and had enough time to correct it but failed to do so (or to warn of the danger), the property owner may be held liable and have to compensate the injured victim for his or her medical bills, wages lost due to the injury, pain and suffering, and more.
In Tennessee, however, if the injured person is determined to have been negligent as well, the amount of compensation that he or she can receive will be reduced in proportion to his or her share of the fault. If the defendant bears less than 50% of the fault, the injured person will not be able to recover any compensation at all. This is true even in cases where the victim suffered catastrophic consequences, such as brain injuries or shattered bones.
Thus, every slip-and-fall case in Tennessee requires extensive investigation into the circumstances of the accident. Evidence must be collected and preserved as soon as possible—and such evidence includes any statements made by any of the people involved.
If you or someone you love was injured severely in a slip and fall or trip and fall incident in Blount County, and you are interested in seeking compensation for the resulting harm, please contact the Hartsoe Law Firm as soon as possible. A long-time resident of Blount County, Attorney Mark C. Hartsoe has been representing injured parties in complex personal injuries cases for more than two decades. His in-depth knowledge of the law and experience in dealing with local insurance companies and local courts make him an effective negotiator and advocate. Even if you’ve already been contacted by an insurance company representative, or have already been offered a settlement, Mr. Hartsoe would be glad to discuss your case and help you determine the best way to proceed in order to ensure that you receive full compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Please contact the Hartsoe Law Firm today by calling (865) 524-5657, or by filling out and submitting our online “Contact Us” form.