Communities in Tennessee work best when everyone does their part. Individuals have personal responsibility for their actions, and when they fail to live up to that responsibility, they should be held accountable by others. This is particularly true when a person's actions, or failure to act, causes injury to another person, as with the case of premises liability.
Premises liability may sound like a difficult legal concept, but in reality, it simply means that individuals who own property have a legal duty to keep that property safe for others. Safety issues can arise in many ways, including when sidewalks are uneven, when stairs are not properly maintained or even when floors are wet and not marked with proper warning signs. While these hazardous conditions may seem relatively minor at first, they can cause serious harm to other individuals who happen to be on the property, as is the case with a slip and fall that leaves a person with serious physical injury like broken bones or even traumatic brain injuries.
No matter what the safety condition at issue, the important thing is for injured persons to hold the property owners accountable for their actions, or inactions, that caused the injury. However, accountability can mean many different things. In certain cases, it might mean taking an insurance payout and settling the claim early on. In other cases, these insurance offers may be far too low to truly compensate the injured person, and therefore it is necessary to bring a lawsuit for the person's injuries. Even once a lawsuit is commenced, there are strategic choices that need to be made between negotiation and continuing litigation.
Our firm specializes in helping individuals make these difficult choices in order to find what works best for the individual. We can help identify the extent of the person's injuries by working with medical professionals, and collaborating with the individual to figure out what is in his or her best interest in obtaining relief. For more information on how our firm can find a solution that fits your individual needs, please visit our premises liability page.