Chattanooga Premises Liability Overview
Premises liability is a legal term that refers to the liability of landowners or those who are responsible for maintaining the property and conditions on the property. In the state of Tennessee, when a person is injured while on another person’s property, the property owner can be held liable.
Property Owner Liability and Premises Liability
When a person has been injured while on another person’s property, they may have the right to hold the property owner liable by taking legal action. However, before any person can move forward with a premises liability case, they must be able to prove several factors before the property owner can be held responsible. First, the person must be able to prove that the property owner was accountable for the unsafe condition. For example, if a person is in a grocery store and the floor is wet and the person falls and is injured, the store owner may be held responsible for not cleaning the wet floor. Second, the injured person must be able to prove that the property owner knew that the dangerous condition existed, but did nothing to correct it. Finally, the injured victim must be able to prove that because the property owner did not remedy the hazardous condition, he/she sustained a serious injury.
Due to the fact that these elements can be very difficult to prove, it is important that premises liability victims work with skilled personal injury lawyers knowledgeable with the laws surrounding premises liability in their state.