MEMPHIS PREMISES LIABILITY LAWYERS
The personal injury attorneys at Taylor & Toon, PLLC, in Memphis advocate for injured parties in personal injury lawsuits. We work to recover the full amount you are owed following an injury accident that was caused by disrepair, poor maintenance or another unacceptable endangerment by a property owner or manager. Common examples of these cases include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Trip-and-fall accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Swimming pool accidents
- Poorly lit steps or other inadequate lighting
- Insufficient security in public or commercial property
- Building code or housing code violations
- Illness resulting from mold or chemicals
- Fire and smoke injuries
Property Owners’ And Managers’ Responsibilities
Tennessee law requires all property owners and managers to perform routine maintenance in order to keep the property in safe condition. The party sued in a premises liability lawsuit could be a property owner, property manager or landlord, or a public entity.
In Tennessee, there are three broad categories of visitors to a property. A property owner or manager owes varying levels of protection to each:
Business invitee — The law provides this category the highest level of care. It includes any person who is invited to conduct business on the property, such as a store, restaurant, bank or other place of business.
Social visitors — This category is given the second-highest level of care by law. Social visitors (also referred to as “invitees”) are invited on to someone’s property for social reasons (a neighbor, a friend or a relative, for example). Social invitees can be at private residences or places of business if they are there to visit someone rather than conduct business. The law states that a property owner or manager must not intentionally injure a social visitor and must warn any visitor about a dangerous condition.
Illegal trespassers — Are given the lowest level of care and protection. A trespasser is someone who has not been invited on to the property. Property owners or managers are only legally bound to not intentionally harm or place an adult trespasser at risk. The law protects trespassers who are children, however, by stating that additional steps must be taken if there is a danger that may attract children such as a swimming pool.
Contact Taylor & Toon, PLLC
Premises liability lawsuits can be complicated cases to prove. Our personal injury lawyers have more than 30 years of cumulative experience, including numerous premises liability cases. Our clients work directly with an attorney from the initial consultation through the resolution of the case.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation in which we will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment. Our premises liability attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you will only pay attorney fees if we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you.