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Johnson City Slip and Fall Attorney

A slip and fall accident can occur in almost any setting and can often cause far more significant harm than momentary embarrassment. A fall can lead to devastating injuries that require lengthy terms of recovery and rehabilitation.

Many people are hurt in slip and fall accidents because of another party’s negligence, such as a property manager’s failure to correct or warn the victim about a hazard, such as uneven or wet flooring. Slip and fall injuries can lead to enormous medical expenses, and victims are sometimes unable to return to work for several months or longer.

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one killed in a slip and fall accident in the Johnson City area, you need to retain legal counsel quickly. It will be crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side for help holding the negligent party accountable. The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC represent residents of and visitors to Upper East Tennessee. Call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

Do I Need a Slip and Fall Lawyer?

In many cases, it’s likely that both the property owner and their insurance company will argue that the victim was at fault. When that happens, you’re immediately outnumbered. In some severe injury cases, an insurance company may quickly offer a victim a lump-sum settlement to resolve the matter. You should know that these offers are almost always well short of what victims are entitled to.

When you hire an attorney, they will conduct an independent investigation of your accident that allows them to determine the cause, collect key evidence, and identify the liable parties. A lawyer will know how to prove another party was at fault. The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC will be able to step in and immediately deal with insurers for you. We can immediately begin negotiating for a just settlement to your case that covers your past, present, and future expenses.

Why Choose the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC to Handle My Case?

Tony Seaton is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trial Practice and has more than 30 years of legal experience. He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence, and he was the recipient of the Tennessee Association for Justice Paladin Award in 2012.

Robert Bates was a Dean’s Scholar who graduated in the top five of his class at the Appalachian School of Law. He was named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2015 and is a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.

The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC understand the critical steps to take in slip and fall cases, such as preserving video surveillance footage, which is often recorded over soon after an accident. Our firm will quickly take all the necessary steps to help you recover as much compensation as possible.

We also provide legal representation on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay any fees until you obtain a financial award. The Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC can negotiate a settlement to your case, and we will file a lawsuit if an insurance company fails to make a satisfactory offer.

Types of Slip and Fall Cases We Handle

Slip and fall accidents can happen on any property, public or private. Whether your accident occurred in a grocery store, a department store, a gas station, a restaurant, or elsewhere, the property owner is typically liable for your injuries. However, they often dispute a victim’s claim and try to place the blame on the injured party to avoid paying for the accident. You’ll need an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your interests.

Sometimes the cause of a slip and fall accident is clear; other times, they are more difficult to determine. In general, some of the most frequent causes of slip and fall injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Broken handrails
  • Wet, slippery flooring
  • Torn floor mats
  • Exposed electrical cords and wires
  • Potholes
  • Pavement defects
  • Cracked or uneven flooring
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Dirty or trash-covered floors

Your ability to recover compensation depends on the unique circumstances of your accident and your classification as a visitor. Invitees, who are on the property for the economic benefit of the owner, are afforded the highest level of protection. Licensees, who are on the property for their own benefit, are afforded a lesser level of protection than invitees, but should still be warned about any hazards. Trespassers, who are on the property without permission, are generally not afforded any protection, except in unique circumstances if the trespasser is a child.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

There are times when a person is lucky enough to walk away unharmed from a slip and fall accident. Other slip and fall injuries can range from minor sprains to severe injuries that require hospitalization and rehabilitation. Some of the various injuries people might sustain in slip and fall accidents include but are not limited to:

  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Pulled muscles
  • Sprains
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis

Unfortunately, some falls can result in fatal injuries. In these cases, the deceased’s family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent parties, through which they may recover financial compensation for funeral expenses and loss of support, among other losses.

Frequently Asked Questions About Slip and Fall Injuries

If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, you likely have many questions about your claim. We have provided the answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently below.

Whenever you are involved in any slip and fall accident, your first step should always be to seek medical care. Even if you do not think you were hurt, go to the hospital to be examined, as specific injuries may present delayed symptoms. Also, try to collect relevant evidence from the accident. If you have a camera on your cell phone, take multiple pictures of the hazard that caused your fall before it is corrected. If you can, get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. If your accident occurred at a place of business, make sure to file a report with the manager or another supervisor, and ask for a copy of the document. Do not speak to anybody about your accident (especially an insurance company) until you have a personal injury attorney.
Under Tennessee Code § 28-3-104(a)(1)(B), a victim has one year from the date of a slip and fall accident to begin a civil action. These cases require a quick response, so don’t assume you have the full year to wait. In fatal slip and fall cases, the date that the limitations period begins is different. While the date of the accident determines the beginning of the limitations period in an injury action, the date of a person’s death determines the beginning of the limitations period for a wrongful death claim, and that death could be weeks, months, or even years after an accident occurred.
Tennessee now uses a system of comparative fault because of a Supreme Court of Tennessee decision in McIntyre v. Balentine, 833 S.W.2d 52 (Tenn. 1992). Under comparative fault, a plaintiff can recover damages when their negligence is less than the defendant's. The damages will also be reduced in proportion to the plaintiff’s percentage of total negligence, meaning that a person awarded $100,000 in a motorcycle accident case but found to be 30 percent at fault will have their damages reduced by $30,000 and ultimately receive $70,000.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission information shows that floors and flooring materials directly contributed to over 2 million fall injuries annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 15,000 people older than 65 years of age died because of falls, and 1.8 million people older than 65 years of age were treated in emergency rooms after falling.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, 1 in every 3 persons over 65 years of age experience a fall annually in the United States, with half of the people falling more than once. Additionally, the organization reports that falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for people 85 or older and the second leading cause of injury-related death for people between ages 65 and 84. Falls accounted for 60 percent of deaths in people 75 years of age or older.

The NSFI reported that falls account for 87 percent of fractures among people over age 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injuries. They also account for 40 percent of all nursing home admissions and are the sixth leading cause of death among people 70 years of age or older.

Falls were the leading cause of emergency room visits, with over 8 million slips and falls accounting for more than 1 million visits. Fractures were the most severe type of injury in these cases, with the NFSI reporting that slip and falls were the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and occupational injury for people 55 years of age or older and the primary cause of lost days from work.

Industrial Safety & Occupational Health's 5th edition reported that 85 percent of workers’ compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors. Employee slip and fall accidents are associated with almost $70 billion in compensation and medical costs annually, according to the National Safety Council.

Contact a Johnson City Slip and Fall Attorney Today

If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a slip and fall accident caused by another party’s negligence in Johnson City, you do not have to suffer alone. Quickly contact a personal injury lawyer so you can get the help you need recovering all the compensation you are entitled.

Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC handles all kinds of slip and fall cases, whether the incident occurred on private or public property. You can have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (423) 282-1041 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

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