Do you have a personal injury case after your slip-and-fall?

If you fall on someone else’s property, your resulting injury could have costly implications for your life. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip-and-fall accidents result in 1 million emergency room visits each year. The resulting medical bills can present a financial hardship.

In certain circumstances, you may be able to recover damages related to your injury. Make sure you understand the basics of premises liability to determine if you have a personal injury case for your slip-and-fall accident.

Negligence of a property owner

In Tennessee, premises liability refers to the responsibility of property owners to reasonably provide for the safety of people on their premises. However, an injury on someone else’s property does not mean you necessarily have a case. You must show that the property owner was negligent with their property and that this negligence caused your injury.

Comparative fault

The owner or manager may try to place some blame on you for the accident. For example, if a hazard should have been obvious to a reasonable person, you may share some fault for the injury. To pursue a premises liability case, your own level of negligence must be less than that of the owner.

Duty of care

How much care a property owner owes you is dependent on the circumstances of your visit to their premises. For example, an owner has a greater duty to an invitee than to a trespasser.

Negligence can be difficult to prove. If you suffer harm from a slip-and-fall accident, document the scene and collect witness statements. This evidence is essential to making your case.