Legal Help from a Murfreesboro Personal Injury Lawyer
If you sustain injuries by tripping over an unseen crack in a sidewalk or slipping on a water puddle in a restaurant, you may be eligible to receive compensation via a premises liability claim. In short, this statute says that property owners are required to either repair or warn any visitors to the presence of any dangerous conditions on their property.
If you have been injured as a result of a danger on someone else's property, the time to seek counsel is now. The skilled Murfreesboro personal injury attorney at The Clarke Law Firm may be able to help you secure the relief you need to cover medical bills and other burdens. Attorney David L. Clarke has been named to the National Trial Lawyers list of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” a testament to his professional excellence and dedication to his clients.
If you have been hurt on someone else's property, contact The Clarke Law Firm today to explore your legal options.
Three Types of Liability
The state of Tennessee recognizes three different types of visitors to a property and legally requires that a certain level of care must be afforded to each type. However, regardless of which type of visitor you are, if a clear danger causes an injury to someone on your property, you could be eligible to receive compensation.
The three types of recognized visitors to a property are:
- Invitees - Also called business invitees, these types of visitors are expressly invited to be on a property for business purposes, like customers to a retail store or patients to a medical facility. These people are legally granted the highest level of required care, including the mending of all repairable dangers and clear indications (signage, warnings, etc.) of any unrepairable dangers.
- Licensees - These are social visitors, such as a neighbor dropping by a residence or an unannounced routine inspection of an electric meter by the utility company. Licensees are afforded the second-highest level of legal care, and must still be warned of any unrepaired dangers on your property to avoid injury.
- Trespassers - These are people who do not have permission to be on your property, however you still do not have the right to harm them. If you were a trespasser who has been harmed by dangerous conditions, it is still worth speaking with legal counsel to see whether you have a viable claim against the property owners.
Whenever children are involved, property owners are required to take an extra degree of care around “attractive nuisance” features, such as swimming pools or playground equipment. If the proper barriers or precautionary measures are not taken for these features and a child is injured, the degree of liability increases significantly.
Believe you have a legitimate premises liability claim? Call The Clarke Law Firm today at (615) 645-1501 and request a free initial consultation of your personal injury case.