Premises liability cases can arise from a great deal of circumstances but, more often than not, they occur after someone slips and falls while visiting a public property as a patron or an invited guest. Despite how commonplace and straightforward slip and fall accidents might seem on the surface, they are notorious for their tendency to result in complex insurance claims and back-and-forth negotiations. If a settlement cannot be reached fairly, the whole matter may even be pushed onwards to courtroom litigation.
If you have slipped or tripped and fallen on someone else’s property, you should do all you can now to prepare for any potential complications ahead. You should also not accept a settlement offer of any amount without first reviewing it with a trustworthy personal injury lawyer. Contact the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed today and work with our Knoxville premises liability attorney to discover the true value of your claim, not what an insurance company wants you to accept.
Time and time again, careful investigation reveals that the injured party is typically not the one responsible for a slip and fall accident. While they alone are in control of where they are walking, the hazard that led to their injury, though unforeseeable to them, is usually something the property controller should have known about. The result is a fall that should have been prevented.
Slick tiles from water or oil
Loose cables and wiring
Pointing out who is liable for a slip and fall accident with confidence can be a problematic procedure. Negligent property owners may be fast to deny any responsibility, and others still might try to accuse the injured party of fraud. For your own slip and fall accident case, you need to be as thorough as possible when it comes to collecting evidence, both immediately after the incident and days and weeks afterwards.
Photographs of the scene
Closed-circuit television feeds (retail locations)
History of safety inspections onsite
Medical records of your injury and likely causes of it
Serious injury can be the direct result of a single slip and fall accident. Depending on where you fell, you could suffer catastrophic injuries such as permanent brain damage, a spinal cord injury, or chronic pain due to damaged nerves. Treatments and alleviations for such injuries are unlikely to be inexpensive, especially if you require them for the rest of your life. Let our Knoxville personal injury attorney review your case for free, explain your legal options, and get to work on your case so you can have confidence that all of the expenses related to your recovery will not come out of your own pocket.