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Nashville, Tennessee Premises Liability Attorneys

Making Tennessee a safer place, one case at a time

Property owners in Tennessee have the duty to maintain their properties and keep the public safe from harm. If they fail to do so, they may be liable for any injury that occurs on their land.

The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm in Nashville takes pride in holding property owners accountable for their actions, and can help you recover the financial compensation you need to heal from your injuries. Our firm views each premises liability case as a way to improve public safety. We aggressively advocate on your behalf to make sure that this never happens to you or to anyone else ever again.

How Rocky can help you

Property owners may try to repair the premises to avoid being liable for your injuries. However, Rocky McElhaney acts swiftly to prevent this from happening. Rocky hires experts to investigate the site and take photographs of the scene. We also make sure you file accident reports and see doctors to determine the full extent of your injuries. We analyze housing and municipal codes to hold landlords and property owners accountable for dangerous conditions. At trial, our attorneys rely on this evidence to secure the maximum compensation available for our clients.

What Is a Premises Liability Case in Tennessee?

A premises liability case means you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property. It could be a hospital, a grocery store, an apartment complex. It could be on a government sidewalk. If something on the property causes you to be hurt, whether it’s a dangerous condition or a defective condition, then you have a right to bring your premises liability case.

Protect yourself from negligent property owners

Rocky McElhaney and his team of attorneys represent clients throughout Tennessee in premises liability cases involving:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Assaults, rape and robbery due to negligent security
  • Retail store and mall injuries
  • Hotel injuries
  • Amusement park injuries
  • School and day care injuries
  • Improper maintenance of sidewalks and stairs
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Animal attacks
  • Injuries due to mold and chemicals

Property owners are responsible for any hazards that may be present on their premises. This includes apparent hazards, like a guard dog or uneven pavement, as well as hidden hazards, like shards of glass or asbestos. Moreover, if a dangerous condition exists on their properties that they should have known about, they can be held accountable for any injury that occurs. This includes temporary hazards as well, like a wet floor or a snow-covered sidewalk.

Premises liability cases also arise from the failure to provide proper security measures. If a property owner’s negligence results in a third-party attack on a visitor, they can be held responsible. This commonly occurs in apartment buildings, where broken doors and windows may allow criminals to gain access.

Injuries from Inadequate Building and Grounds Maintenance

Your life is busy, and as you go into and out of buildings, both public and private, you unconsciously take for granted that you will be safe. You don’t worry that someone might come around the corner and hold you up at gunpoint, or that you might lean on the railing of a steep flight of stairs and feel the railing give way, causing you to stumble. Property owners whose buildings and grounds are open to the public owe a duty of care to keep their premises in safe condition. When they fail to do so, and a visitor suffers an injury, the property owner may be held responsible.

Under Tennessee law, property owners owe different levels of responsibility depending on their purpose for being on the property:

  • Business invitees such as clients, customers, colleagues are afforded the highest level of responsibility.
  • Social invitees such as visitors to a private home for a party or even to share a cup of coffee on the porch, represent the next level of responsibility.
  • Illegal trespassers are those who gain entry to the property illegally. A property owner may not cause intentional harm to a trespasser, but any injury a trespasser incurs are their own responsibility.

Examples of premises liability caused by inadequate building maintenance

Whether you are a customer entering a store, or the tenant in a private residence or commercial business, if the owner of the property where you were injured failed to maintain their property in safe condition, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit in the following types of cases:

  • Failure to maintain stairways and railings
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Failure to repair uneven flooring
  • Failure to warn about property defects that might not be immediately apparent
  • Lead paint poisoning
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Gas leak or explosion
  • Failure to comply with building codes
  • Defective elevators or escalators
  • Unfilled holes

Injuries from slips and falls on wet or uneven surfaces, injuries on stairways from defective railings, deck failures and other mishaps caused by negligent building maintenance are some of the most common types of personal injuries. Premises liability cases can be quite complicated, so you may want to consider consulting with an experienced Nashville premises liability attorney from the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, who will discuss your case and offer sound, legal guidance based on the facts of your case.

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Deliver a knockout punch to negligent property owners. Call Rocky today.

Call Rocky at 615-425-2500 or contact the firm online to schedule a free  initial consultation. From our offices on world famous Music Row in Nashville, the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm represents clients throughout the state of Tennessee, including Knoxville, Memphis, Hendersonville, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga and Kingsport.

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