A poorly maintained grocery store floor, a stairwell with missing or broken handrails, or even an office building with cracked or uneven walkways — these are just a few of the places that people commonly slip or trip.
At Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, we understand that a slip, trip, or fall accident can have unexpected and even catastrophic results. If a property owner’s negligence leads to medical expenses, time lost from work, long-term disability, or even a wrongful death, our firm can help you and your family get results.
For many people, a slip and fall accident is an annoyance at worst. The result may be little more than a bruise or scrape; but fall the wrong way or fall from a height, and the injury can be much more serious. If you have experienced significant injury or financial damages, talk to a slip and fall attorney in Memphis.
Call us at (901) 466-2006 for your free initial consultation.
Stores that are open for customers to come in and shop, such as a grocery store or retail shop, have the duty to keep the property reasonably safe. Victims of an unsafe condition that has led to a slip and fall accident are permitted to file an injury claim against the negligent business. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, whether the liable party is a large chain or a small local grocery store.
Any property owner, whether a business, retail company, or homeowner, has certain safety standards he or she is expected to live up to. People who fail to live up to these standards can be held liable for slip and fall injuries associated with any negligence. In most cases, when you sue for damages in a slip and fall case, you are actually suing the property owner’s insurance company for the compensation owed.
We help you take on insurance providers to get the money you are owed for cases involving:
Insurance companies profit by minimizing their payouts, so their first priority is to deny or reduce valid claims. By putting an experienced attorney on your side, you significantly increase your bargaining, negotiating, and litigating power when dealing with companies that make money by denying compensation to the injured.
Slip and fall accidents can occur at any time and in any place. These seemingly harmless accidents have been determined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as the leading cause of head injuries in children under 18 and adults over 60 years of age, and the leading cause of wrist, knee, hip, and tailbone injuries of people in the 18-60 year age group. Slip and fall accidents also account for a significant amount of injuries to the spine.
In an effort to help clear up any questions you may have about slip and fall accidents, our firm has compiled a list of common questions with accompanying answers below.
In most cases, the local municipality is responsible for the care and maintenance of public sidewalks and, therefore, is responsible for any injuries suffered as a result of their disrepair.
Every property owner has an obligation to keep their premises safe, even in poor weather conditions. This includes putting out water mats, wet floor signs, and mopping the floor to keep it dry when it is raining or snowing, or ensuring that there is proper snow or ice removal in areas that have this type of weather.
Even if you have been warned that there is a potential danger and then you fall, you have the right to seek compensation for your injury and losses. The fact that the building owner/manager warned you that there was danger implies that they knew that danger existed and did not take steps to correct the situation.
You should notify the owner or management of the company immediately if you have fallen on their property. If you have fallen in a public place, such as a city sidewalk or parking area, notify emergency services immediately and have a report filed. You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Yes. Property owners have a duty to keep stairwells maintained for public safety. This includes making sure the stairs are free from debris, the stairway is well lit, and the handrails are in working condition.
This is a question that can be very tricky to answer. In many cases, the homeowner who invited you to their house is responsible for the accident if there was no way that you knew there was a danger.
The court will examine the evidence and determine if the owner of the property knew or should have known of the danger that caused the accident and your resulting injuries. They will look at things such as what caused the accident and if it is something that was obvious or should have been obvious to the owner.
Seek medical attention immediately. Sprains, strains, and fractures may appear to just be sore or achy at the scene of the accident. It is always in your best interest to get an exam, especially if you hit your head.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims varies by jurisdiction. In Tennessee, however, you will have one year from the date of the incident that caused your injuries to file a claim for your losses.
Because the statute of limitations can vary, it is important to consult an experienced slip and fall attorney in Memphis as soon as possible after the accident to protect your rights to seek compensation.
If you have lost wages, medical expenses, or other financial damages, we can help you fight for compensation. You owe us nothing until our Memphis slip and fall lawyers recover a settlement or verdict in your favor.
Whether you come to see us in Memphis or we travel to meet with you in your home, the consultation is free — no strings attached. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. You can also contact us online at any time. Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi’s other office is located in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
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We utilize expert investigators, medical specialists & accident reconstructionists.
We will do whatever it takes to get you the money that you deserve, as quickly as possible.
We have an over 40-year track record of successful verdicts & settlements.
We'll guide you through each step of the process, from the moment you make the first call to the moment you get paid.
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