Slip & Fall Injury Attorney in Radcliff & Elizabethtown, KY
An unexpected fall can result in damaged property – especially if you were carrying fragile items – and serious physical injury, especially if you landed on a sharp or hard surface. These types of injuries can occur on either residential or commercial properties and are a type of premises liability claim. Regardless of the severity of the damages, you may be entitled to compensation if the fall occurred due to the negligence of the property owner.
Common Causes of Slip & Falls
Slip and fall injuries can be caused by:
- Wet and slippery floors, such as in a commercial environment like a grocery store
- Uneven or loose flooring that do not have warning signs
- Unsafe or damaged handrails
- Worn or warped steps on stairs
- Loose floorboards
- Torn carpeting, which can cause trips
- Stray cords and electrical wires
If you slipped on a wet floor in a grocery store, it is the responsibility of the business entity to maintain a safe environment for customers. Messes that contribute to slippery surfaces should be promptly cleaned or cordoned off with cones or warning signs. If none of these elements were in place at the time of your fall, there is a good chance you have a case.
Who Is At Fault If Someone Is Injured in a Slip & Fall Accident?
The state of Kentucky evaluates slip and fall claims in terms of comparative negligence, meaning they will seek to determine the percentages of fault between the two parties. Understanding comparative negligence is important, as it impacts how much you can potentially recover in a lawsuit. Going back to the grocery store example, if the business is found to be 70% at fault, you can only recover 70% of your total damages if successful in your lawsuit.
If you were the victim of a slip and fall accident, you might be wondering how the offending individual or business could be found only partially accountable. Unfortunately, offenders will try and use every trick in the book to avoid culpability. They claim that there were obvious signs of danger that you should have recognized, that you ventured into an area you should not have been in, or were not paying sufficient attention while walking. Our Radcliff slip and fall attorneys can defend you against these types of arguments and work to maximize the damages you can recover.
Learn More About Filing a Claim
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and would like to learn your rights, contact our team Musselwhite Meinhart & Staples to discuss your case. We can review the details of what caused your accident, the potential parties that may be responsible, and how to navigate the injury claims process.
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