Slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents, and they can lead to surprisingly serious financial, physical, and emotional damages. If a property owner’s negligence leaves you injured in a slip and fall accident, don’t put off consulting with an experienced Nashville personal injury attorney. The fact is that the window to bring a successful claim that compensates you for your full array of damages is quite limited, which makes moving forward sooner rather than later well-advised.
The Weather Can Affect Your Slip and Fall Case
While Tennessee generally experiences fairly mild winters, we do get ice and snow – in addition to our fair share of rain. The fact is that precipitation in any form can contribute significantly to slip and fall accidents (including accidents that happen indoors). Consider the following:
- Ice, sleet, and snow make outdoor walkways and parking lots more slippery and more difficult to traverse safely.
- Rain can similarly leave these walking surfaces slippery and dangerous.
- Falling leaves and other kinds of natural debris are also a consideration, and when they mix with wet conditions, it can intensify the effects.
- While the weather is an outdoor concern, rain, sleet, ice, and snow can all be tracked indoors and can make entryways, walkways, aisles, and staircases far more slippery and prone to causing dangerous slip and fall accidents.
While property owners obviously can’t control the weather, they can and should help protect their customers, clients, and other guests from its dangerous effects. For example, if a store owner knows that the store’s entryway becomes especially slippery whenever there’s inclement weather, he or she may be found at fault for any ensuing slip and falls that happen as a result of lack of warning or insufficient cleanup.
The Elements of a Successful Slip and Fall Case
Every slip and fall case hinges upon its own strengths and challenges, but the necessary elements of a successful slip and fall case include all of the following:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care (such as a store, restaurant, or business owner does). This duty of care amounts to the level of care that other reasonable property owners extend in similar situations.
- The property owner failed to meet this duty of care (such as by not clearing away the ice, snow, or debris and/or by not warning guests like you about the slipping danger known to him or her).
- This dereliction in the duty of care on the property owner caused you to slip and fall.
- Your slip and fall accident caused you to suffer losses (such as physical, financial, and/or emotional damages).
You Need an Experienced Nashville Slip and Fall Attorney on Your Side
Slip and fall accidents can be extremely injurious, but the accomplished Nashville personal injury attorneys atBednarz Law are well prepared to provide you with the robust legal counsel you need. Our stellar track record speaks for itself, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 615-256-0100 for more information about how we can help you today.