If you fell because of a hazardous condition on someone else’s property in Franklin, Tennessee or a nearby area, you might be eligible to pursue money damages for your injuries. A Franklin slip and fall accident lawyer from the Cochran Firm – Nashville can help you hold the negligent property owner responsible for your losses.
We handle slip and fall accident cases on a contingent fee basis. You do not have to pay upfront legal fees. We get paid out of the settlement proceeds or a court award at the end of the matter.
While the claim is pending, you can use your resources to pay your bills and buy groceries instead of having to pay legal fees. Since many people miss work because of slip and fall accident injuries, this arrangement can help you if you are currently unable to work due to your injuries.
The initial consultation is free. You can call the Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 to get started. There is no obligation.
What We Have to Prove in a Slip and Fall Accident Claim
We cannot sue the property owner merely because someone got hurt on the premises. The landowner must have done something wrong (or failed to fix something within their scope to repair) in order to be held responsible when people get injured.
Tennessee law defines negligence in the context of slip and fall accidents as a situation that satisfies all four of these elements:
- There was a hazardous condition on the property.
- The property owner knew or should have known about the danger.
- The owner did not take reasonable measures to protect people from injury, like fixing the problem, posting warnings, or blocking off the area.
- Someone got hurt because of the dangerous situation.
If a child fell in a slippery puddle at an ice cream store—and the owner failed to clean up the mess (after several other customers already complained about the puddle)—the owner could be liable for any injuries the child suffered in their fall, because:
- The slippery puddle at the entry to the store was a hazardous condition.
- The store manager knew about the problem.
- The manager did not take reasonable steps to protect people from injury by cleaning up the spill, placing an absorbent mat over the substance, posting warning signs, or blocking off the puddle area with cones.
- The child slipped in the sticky spill and suffered injuries.
Slip and fall accident cases are fact-driven. The Cochran Firm – Nashville can evaluate what happened and let you know if you might qualify to pursue compensation. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation.
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Three Things to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
The actions that you take after a slip and fall accident can have an impact on the value of your injury claim. You should always do what makes sense in your situation. Here are a few suggestions of steps to consider taking:
See a Doctor or Visit the Emergency Room
Get medical attention immediately. Your wounds will have a lower chance of complications like infection if you receive prompt, professional medical treatment. Also, you might have injuries that are not causing symptoms. Trained trauma medicine personnel know how to look for these wounds.
Inform a Medical Professional That You Were Injured Due to a Slip and Fall
Be sure to tell the emergency room intake staff that you got hurt from a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, and the location of the property where the accident occurred. Your medical records will link your injuries to the accident, which will help us hold the negligent landowner responsible for your losses.
These are but a few examples of actions you might want to take after getting hurt in a slip and fall accident. Depending on the facts of your circumstances, you might need to take additional steps. For instance, you may want to talk to a Franklin slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible. When you work with a lawyer from the beginning, you can avoid the pitfalls that can occur when individuals unfamiliar with the law pursue these injury claims on their own.
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Pitfalls to Avoid After a Slip and Fall Accident
Many people think that the worst is behind them when they get treatment for their injuries. Things that happen after the fact, however, can reduce the amount of money damages you can collect. Here are a few of those pitfalls:
Avoid Letting the Statute of Limitations Expire
You might miss important deadlines while negotiating with the landowner’s liability insurance company. For instance, under TN Code § 28-3-104, you generally have to file a lawsuit for your injuries within one year of the day you get injured. If you miss the deadline, you may lose the right to seek compensation.
Do Not Let the Insurance Company Pay You Too Little to Cover Your Expenses
The claims adjuster may throw you a lowball offer, to see if they can settle your claim for too little damages to cover your losses. People who settle their injury cases before they complete their medical treatment sometimes find out later that they will need additional procedures, like surgery. The liability insurance company will not pay for that surgery. The injured person can end up with a stack of medical bills he cannot afford to pay.
You can protect yourself from these and other undesirable outcomes by working with a Franklin slip and fall accident lawyer from the beginning.
Getting Legal Help for Your Franklin Slip and Fall Accident Injury Claim
The Cochran Firm – Nashville wants to help you all the money damages they deserve. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 to get started. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that “one out of five falls causes a serious injury.” Do not let your chance to pursue damages for your potentially serious injury slip by.