In a Tennessee slip and fall case, the court will consider whether any carelessness on your part contributed to your accident and resulting injury. Tennessee is a comparative negligence state, so the amount of compensation to which you are entitled could decrease in proportion to the amount of fault you shared for the accident.
The following are a few questions the court may consider when analyzing your potential share of the blame:
If the court determines that you did share some fault for the accident, you may not be able to collect the full amount of damages you otherwise would have received. Instead, your total will reduce by the percentage of fault you share. For example, if the court determines you were 20 percent at fault and the total damages in the case were worth $5,000, you would only collect $4,000, losing 20 percent of the overall value of the claim. If you’re determined to be 40 percent at fault, you’d only collect $3000. If you’re determined to be 50 percent at fault or more, you will get nothing!
For further legal guidance after a slip and fall accident, contact a Bristol personal injury attorney. You can call Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. today at 423-797-6022 to schedule your free initial consultation, or contact us online.