Memphis Premises Liability Lawyers
Have you been hurt due to an unsafe environment or defective condition on someone else’s’ property? If so, you could seek compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and other losses by filing a premises liability claim.
When people take ownership of or agree to manage a property, they take on several duties and responsibilities. One of the most important ones is maintaining safe conditions on their land. When a property owner fails in this duty, it creates a hazardous environment. If someone is hurt due to a hazard that the property owner knew about (or should have reasonably been aware of), the owner could owe them compensation.
At Gold Law Firm, we have a team of seasoned Memphis personal injury attorneys ready to advocate on your behalf. For over 20 years, we have helped people like you get the justice and compensation they deserve for accidents in the Memphis area. Your first call should be to us, and if an insurance company contacts you before you have representation, politely refuse to speak to them until you’ve hired a lawyer. We are interested in seeking justice on your behalf while they are only looking to protect their profits. We will help guide you through the legal process and be there for you in your time of need.
Contact us today for a free consultation with no up-front fee or out of pocket expense to you. Call us or text us at (901) 244-5003, fill out our email form, or chat live.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer After Being Injured On Someone Else’s Property?
Property owners are responsible for maintaining reasonable and safe conditions. When they fail to do so, owners can be held responsible for accidents that happen on the property. However, proving the owner was negligent (also called “premises liability”) can be time-consuming and confusing. While you and your loved ones are focusing on physically and emotionally healing, the last thing on your mind should be gathering evidence. Partnering with a dependable law firm can help ease your mind while you are recovering and is crucial to get the most money for your injuries.
If this scenario sounds like the one that led to your injury, let our team at Gold Law Firm do the hard work to prove the owner’s negligence and get the justice you deserve.
Why Should I Choose Gold Law Firm?
Gold Law Firm has become a trusted institution in Tennessee law, and we have the client testimonials to prove it. We have fought for our clients for over 20 years and will do the same for you.
We will help you deal with your insurance company and be the advocate you deserve in legal proceedings. Our lawyers have a passion for justice, and we will never take the easy road out by accepting low-ball settlement offers. Our team will use all our knowledge and resources from decades of experience to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Our firm is committed to giving you peace of mind to recover after your injury. To discuss the details of your case, call or text us today at (901) 244-5003, fill out our email form, or chat live for a free consultation.
What Compensation Is Available?
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while on someone else’s property, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. If the property owner is deemed to have been negligent, you should not have to take on the financial responsibility for your injuries. If a negligent property owner caused your injury, compensation might include:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Long-term medical care
- Emotional pain and suffering
We will aggressively pursue compensation on behalf of you and your loved ones, and we won’t take a fee unless we win your case.
Common Injuries in Premises Liability Cases
Our attorneys have experience handling a broad range of premises liability claims, including cases involving:
- Slips, trips, or falls
- Inadequate maintenance
- Negligent/Inadequate Security
- Defective conditions
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Snow and ice injuries
- Water leaks or flooding
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Fires or explosions
- Toxic fumes and chemicals
- Day Care Injury
- Playground Injury
Severe injuries can impact your quality of life, earning capacity, and more. If a property owner failed to take the necessary steps to keep visitors safe and you are hurt as a result, you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for the expenses and losses that you’ve suffered. Instead, turn to an experienced premises liability lawyer for help.
What is a Property Owner’s Duty of Care?
The law requires that property owners maintain reasonable safety standards on their land, which is called the owners’ “duty of care” to any parties on the property legally. However, the duty of care that is owed to an individual changes based on the visitor’s status. The law separates visitors on a property into three categories:
- Invitees: An invitee is usually someone like a friend, family member, neighbor, or anyone else that an owner invited to a property. The property owner owes this group the most protection from harm. The owner of the property is legally required to maintain safe conditions. Failure to do so could be considered negligence and can be the basis of an injury lawsuit.
- Licensees: A licensee is someone to whom the property owner legally granted permission to use the property but is not the owner. The property owner still owes them a duty of care under the law, but it is not as strict as it is for invitees. To prove that a property owner was negligent and therefore responsible for the injuries suffered by a licensee, certain elements must be proven:
- the property owner knew about the unsafe condition
- the licensee was unlikely to be aware of the hazardous condition themselves
- Trespassers: Conditions are rare when a property owner would owe a trespasser a duty of care. Under certain conditions, a duty of care may be owed to minors if the owner did not prevent easily foreseeable injuries through proper precautions. Swimming pool accidents are an example where a minor trespasser may be owed a duty of care.
The laws surrounding the duty of care can be complicated and confusing. If you or a loved one was injured on someone else’s property, consulting an attorney is the best way to get justice.
What Should I Do After an Accident on Someone’s Property?
If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property, seek medical attention right away. Report the accident and injuries to the property owner or manager, and make sure to take pictures (or have someone you trust to do it for you) right way to capture the conditions at the time of the accident. Remember that the owner might try to address the issue quickly or remove the hazard to avoid accepting responsibility for your injuries, so get as much proof as possible before evidence is cleaned up or disappears. Save your shoes and clothing and don’t wash or clean them. Instead, preserve them and give them to your lawyer.
Be sure to keep all of your medical bills and save receipts for expenses related to your accident. Any documentation of your injuries, treatment, and the impact the accident had on your life will be essential to recovering the full compensation you’re owed. Give this documentation to your legal team, and let them help you secure the money you need to rebuild your life.
What if I am Partially to Blame for My Injury?
Even if you are partially responsible for your injury that took place on someone else’s property, you might still be entitled to compensation. Property owners are tasked with maintaining safety on their land. If they fail in that duty, they can be liable for your injuries even if you are partially responsible.
In Tennessee, ‘modified comparative negligence’ laws are followed. This means that the court will look at the situation and divvy up blame as a percentage. For example, if you are found to be 25% responsible for your injury, you can recover up to 75% of potential compensation. That means if the court decides your claim is worth $10,000, you can claim up to $7,500 in damages.
This system allows for fair allocation of fault and financial responsibility. However, if the court deems that you are 51% or more responsible for the injury, you cannot pursue compensation.
At Gold Law Firm, we care about the rights of those in our community, and we want to stand up for you. If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you should not be held financially responsible. We will work tirelessly for you and your loved ones and pursue your just compensation. Partnering with our Memphis-based firm will allow you to recover in peace while having faith that we are diligently pursuing a fair settlement on your behalf. For a free assessment of your case, call or text us today at (901) 244-5003, fill out our email form, or chat live.