Chattanooga Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers
When we go out to restaurants or to the grocery store or even to a movie, we expect that our safety and well-being are being thought of. Unfortunately, sometimes if people are cleaning the floor, they may forget to put a sign up and we may slip and fall and this can lead to serious injuries. If you or someone you care about has slipped and fallen on property owned by a business, you should speak to a Chattanooga slip and fall injury lawyer with Higgins Firm right away. We will work with you to get the compensation you need for your injuries and make sure the business responsible is held liable for their failure to provide adequate safety measures.Where are Some Common Places a Slip and Fall Injury May Occur?
Slip and fall cases are more common then you might think. They can occur anywhere that there is hazardous conditions. Some of the most common places a slip and fall injury may occur include but are not limited to:
- stairs and sidewalks that are icy or covered in snow in winter
- restaurants, grocery stores or malls that have wet floors or food on them
- stairs or walkways that may have cracks or other problems and lack the proper maintenance
- stairways or in buildings that do not have adequate lighting to prevent falls
- any other objects or items being left on the stairs or obstructing the walk and pathways for people
When you at a restaurant or business, it is important that you pay attention to your surroundings and use cation if you feel a floor may be wet and unsafe to walk on. However, if you used a reasonable amount of caution and still slipped or fell, then businesses and owners of the property have a legal responsibility to make sure conditions are safe and free from hazards and danger, it is crucial to your claim to be able to prove that they knew about the hazardous situation ahead of time and failed to take proper action to fix the problem. If you have slipped or fell, the first thing you should do is to get medical treatment for any injury you may have suffered. Then you should tell the business or property owner about the fall right away so a report can be filed. It is also a good idea to get any names of any witnesses that may have seen the fall occur. It is important to take pictures of where the fall occurred before the owner has it fixed so there is evidence of the problem. You may also want to keep any clothing or shoes you were wearing when you fell and to take pictures of your injuries if you can.Who is at Fault for a Slip and Fall Accident?
As a Chattanooga slip and fall injury lawyer might explain to you, most of these accidents are a result of negligence. However, proving this in a legal case can be cumbersome, and difficult without an investigation. That being said, you should know that the owner of a premise, or company, (or their managers) have a duty to ensure the property is kept safe. For instance, if there was a spill and the floor is wet, a sign should be posted. If a sign was not posted, a lawyer might ask when the spill happened, and at what point was it noticed. From there, a slip and fall injury lawyer in Chattanooga, TN would need to prove that the alleged party was aware of the spill and failed to fix it in a reasonable time. On the other hand, if the spill just happened 2 minutes prior to the fall, there may not be grounds for negligence. Likewise, if you were illegally trespassing, you could be liable and in this case would likely be unable to pursue damages.
Only a slip and fall lawyer in Tennessee will be able to help you understand who is liable. This can be done through a case review, and investigation. If you would like to know more, please call The Higgins Firm.FREE CASE REVIEW
Once you have done these things, you should contact a Chattanooga slip and fall injury lawyer at the Higgins Firm about your case. We will review your case and any evidence you may have. We also may gather our own evidence or ask any additional questions if needed for the case. We will fight for you to make sure you receive any compensation you may be entitled to for medical expenses, loss of income and any pain and suffering. We will also work with you to make sure the businesses or property owners are held accountable for their failure to make sure conditions were safe and free of danger.
You can contact us online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your case and any questions you might have.