London, KY Slip & Fall Lawyer
Slip & Fall Accident Claims in Kentucky
Have you or a loved one been injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident? Falls are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 and up, the top cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in people of all ages, and a leading cause of unintentional injury deaths each year in the United States.
At Bruce Bentley, Attorney At Law, our London slip and fall attorneys have decades of experiencing fighting for the rights of wrongfully injured clients throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky. We will work together to come up with the best legal strategy based on your personal needs and fight for your right to compensation—even against large corporations and in court if we have to.
To learn more, contact us to schedule your free case evaluation.
Who Is Liable for Slip & Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents fall under the legal category of premises liability, which holds property owners responsible for maintaining their premises. Property owners owe what is known as a “duty of care” to anyone who visits their space for any reason. What this means is that homeowners, grocery store chains, apartment complex managers, and any other person or company who owns and/or manages property must do their best to keep the premises safe and in good repair. If something does go wrong, they are responsible for either fixing it right away or putting up warning signs and/or barricades to keep people away from the danger. If they neglect to do so and this negligence results in injury or death, then they can be sued.
Slip and falls claims can be made against individuals, commercial businesses, and government agencies. You may also be able to sue for damages if you were injured by a slip and fall at work; however, unless extremely gross negligence was involved in your accident, your best route to seek compensation as an employee is to apply for workers’ comp benefits.
Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents, also known as trips and falls, occur when someone slips, trips, and/or falls at no fault of their own. Such accidents are often caused by low visibility, slippery surfaces, obstructions in walkways, and disrepair.
Factors that often contribute to slip and fall accidents include:
- Changes in flooring surfaces
- Cracks in sidewalks or flooring
- Debris and other obstructions in walkways
- Electrical cables and wires running across walkways
- Ice and snow
- Insufficient lighting
- Slippery or slick floors
- Stairs that have broken handrails
- Uneven flooring, pavement, or gravel
What to Do After a Slip & Fall
Falls should not be taken lightly. They can cause broken bones, serious head injuries, and even catastrophic injury and death. While people over the age of 55 are most susceptible to falls and their consequences, slip and falls can seriously injure people of all ages.
The three most important things to do immediately after a slip and fall accident are:
- Seek medical attention,
- File an accident report, and
- Contact a lawyer.
By undergoing a thorough medical examination, your doctor can diagnose and treat your injuries, which may include internal fractures, bleeding, or mild to severe brain damage. Not only is visiting a doctor often the only way to promptly detect and treat such injuries, but it will also add more credibility to your case—if you don’t have medical records on file detailing your slip and fall injury, your claim may come under suspicion. If your injuries are severe, head to the emergency room immediately; otherwise, schedule an appointment the same day or as soon as possible with a doctor.
Next, file an accident report. If you were hurt in a commercial space, such as a grocery store, there is likely a company policy in place for accident reporting, so talk to an employee. If there is no such system in place, contact the police. Ask any witnesses to remain at the scene so that their account of what happened can be added to the report. Otherwise, unless there is surveillance footage, it might be your word against a large corporation’s.
Finally, reach out to a lawyer before talking to anyone else about the accident—that includes discussions with close family members and posts on social media. An attorney will help you get a handle on your situation and can determine whether pursuing legal action is right for you. An experienced slip and fall accident attorney can also help with paperwork, determine who is liable for the accident, and fight for your right to just compensation.
The statute of limitations for slip and fall claims in Kentucky is two years, but we advise you to start the claims process right away. If you wait too long, it may be difficult to collect concrete evidence.