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Slip & Fall Accident Injury Attorneys in Chattanooga

Slip and Fall Attorneys ChattanoogaSlip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of visits to the hospital emergency room in Tennessee (and around the country).

Where they are preventable and caused by tripping, falling or slipping in a business, you may have a valid premises liability case.

However, many people are not even aware that they may have solid legal grounds for a lawsuit.

The experienced slip and fall attorneys at Houston & Alexander, PLLC can advise and represent you if you have been the victim of such an accident in Tennessee or Northern Georgia.

We will assess your case and, if necessary, seek the compensation you deserve.

What are the most common injuries resulting from slips & falls?

You do not need to be incapacitated as a result of your slip and fall accident to file a lawsuit.

Even cuts and bruises may qualify as grounds to make a claim but most victims are not aware that such injuries entitle them to compensation.

The people we represent in slip and fall accident lawsuits generally suffer the following types of injuries:

  • Second- or third-degree burns
  • Cuts, scrapes, bruises or lacerations
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Bone or joint dislocation
  • Concussion
  • Neck and back injuries (including herniated discs)

What are the common causes of slip & fall injuries?

Slip and fall injuries can occur on public or private premises. Most commonly, they occur in businesses where adequate steps have not been taken to safeguard people against unsafe or hazardous situations.

Following are some common examples of slip and fall accidents in Tennessee:

  • Wet floor accidents
  • Accidents due to poor flooring or stairs
  • Poorly-lit or unmarked step-offs
  • Elevator accidents
  • Escalator accidents
  • Poorly-labeled hot liquids or foods causing burns
  • Items placed directly in the way of where people walk
  • Lack of “warning” or “hazard” signs to alert people to unsafe conditions

When is a Tennessee property owner liable for slip & fall injuries?

If you’ve suffered a slip and fall accident in Tennessee, you may be wondering if the property owner could be liable for your injuries.

There are particular circumstances when this is more likely to be the case than others.

For instance, in each of the following circumstances, the owner of the premises would generally be liable for your slip and fall injuries:

  • Your accident was a direct result of the property owner failing to perform regular maintenance and inspections to keep the premises safe
  • Your accident was a direct result of the presence of a dangerous surface (like a broken step or wet surface) which the owner had failed to correct
  • Your accident resulted from an object being placed where it should not have been
  • A situation was hazardous but there was no warning sign or barrier to make you aware of it
  • Your accident was caused by inadequate lighting in an area of the property

If the accident happened for any of the above reasons – rather than your own carelessness – you may be able to hold the property owner liable.

If you blame yourself for being careless but one or more of the above conditions contributed to your accident, you may still have a case of “comparative negligence”. This is where you and the property owner share liability.

It is best to speak to one of our slip and fall attorneys as soon as possible after your accident, while the details are still fresh in your mind, for a professional assessment of your case.

How to determine slip & fall injury liability

As well as the precise circumstances of your slip and fall accident outlined above, the location of the accident and why you were in that location are key factors in determining liability.

The following are two common situations that will help you determine whether you are due compensation for your injuries.

Slip & fall injury of invited guests

If you are a customer at a business, you are considered an “invited guest”.

As such, the property owner is expected to conduct inspections and take normal precautions to prevent hazards. Customers should be warned of potential hazards and the owner should make suitable repairs in any situation that could be regarded as dangerous for guests.

Where a situation is temporary (like a light bulb going out causing an area to be poorly lit and hazardous) it is usually treated differently to a more permanent situation like a long-term broken handrail on a staircase causing a fall.

In the latter case, holding the property owner liable would be more straightforward because he or she should have repaired it.

Slip & fall injury from temporary hazardous conditions

Sometimes, temporary hazardous conditions like bad weather conditions cloud the issue of liability in slip and fall cases.

Whether or not the property owner can be held liable for accidents in such cases may depend on how much notice he or she had to take adequate steps to prevent accidents from occurring.

If the property owner was aware of the hazardous condition and had time to take evasive action but did not, he or she may be liable.

Protect Your Rights: Call Houston & Alexander, PLLC

As you can see, slip and fall accidents can be complex and must be examined on a case-by-case basis.

However, if you have been injured through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation so that you can move on with your life.

During your free initial consultation, an attorney at our firm can review your case and discuss possible legal strategies with you.

If you retain us, we will represent you on a contingency basis. This means you will owe attorneys’ fees only if we obtain compensation for you.

Call us at our Chattanooga office today at 423-267-6715 or contact us online.

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TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew… I knew I won.

If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars.

– Antonio

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together.

-Colleen

We’ve been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can’t speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He’s an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You!

– Trish

I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help.

– C Pugh

I won’t go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts!

-Karen A.

My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can’t say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough!

– Alice

Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny’s efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny!

– Client

I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else.

– Karen M.

I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind.

– Kate

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence . I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it.

– Colleen

Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home-feeling. With Mrs Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr Houston and Mr Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!!

– WARDELL

We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! Hetook the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny.

– Tana

TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew… I knew I won.

If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars.

– Antonio

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together.

-Colleen

We’ve been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can’t speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He’s an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You!

– Trish

I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help.

– C Pugh

I won’t go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts!

-Karen A.

My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can’t say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough!

– Alice

Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny’s efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny!

– Client

I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else.

– Karen M.

I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind.

– Kate

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence . I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it.

– Colleen

Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home-feeling. With Mrs Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr Houston and Mr Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!!

– WARDELL

We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! Hetook the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny.

– Tana

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