Slip and fall accidents can happen nearly anywhere, from office buildings to retail locations. Falls account for over 8 million visits to hospital emergency rooms every year. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries, including bone fractures, back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Kentucky, you may be entitled to damages. Under Kentucky premises liability law, property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties reasonably safe for their guests.
The experienced premises liability lawyers at Hessig & Pohl have obtained millions of dollars of compensation on behalf of our clients. Our lawyers know how to negotiate assertively with insurance companies and defendants to obtain the most compensation possible for our clients. Contact our Kentucky law firm today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can help you fight for the conversation you deserve.
Common Causes of Kentucky Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur in nearly any open space, including apartments, hotels, amusement parks, parking lots, businesses, and retail stores. Slip and fall accidents involve any injuries caused by a dangerous condition that leads a victim to trip or slip and fall and become injured. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents include the following:
- Crowded aisles in a store
- The accumulation of snow or ice
- Defective staircases
- Broken or loose floorboards, steps, sidewalks, or stairs
- Unsecured carpets or rugs
- Wet floors
- Hidden extension cords
- Debris in the middle of a walkway
- Cracked sidewalks
- Icey or wet steps leading into a building
- A lack of warning signs for dangerous walkways
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Premises liability cases involve accidents that occur on the defendant’s property, causing a victim to experience bodily injury. Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of premises liability cases. The type of injuries experienced by a slip and fall accident victim depends on how the victim landed and the surface on which he or she fell. Some slip and fall accidents cause minor bumps and bruises. Other slip and fall accidents cause severe injuries, including the following:
- Broken bones, including broken hip bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries that can cause partial or complete paralysis
- Muscle strains and strains
Why Hire a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
If you or your loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you will need a personal injury lawyer to take your case to court. You will need to file a lawsuit to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Many personal injury lawsuits settle before they reach court. Your lawyer will be able to negotiate with the defendant to obtain the best settlement offer available. If the defendant will not settle or will not provide a fair settlement amount, you will need to proceed to trial.
At Hessig & Pohl, our Kentucky personal injury lawyers are trial-ready and have extensive experience representing clients in personal injury lawsuits. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation and gather evidence related to your slip and fall accident. We will interview witnesses, obtain the police report, and conduct depositions with employees working at the time of your slip and fall accident. After gathering evidence proving the defendant’s liability, we will represent you in court.
Insurance Settlements in Slip and Fall Accidents
Depending on where your accident took place, you may be able to file an insurance claim for compensation. Most commercial building owners carry commercial liability insurance that covers slip and fall accidents. For example, if you slipped and fell in a grocery store, you can file a claim with the grocery store’s insurance policy. Working with an experienced lawyer is essential to obtaining the amount of compensation you deserve.
Insurance companies are notorious for denying claims unfairly or offering initial settlement agreements that are far too low. At Hessig & Pohl, we will negotiate aggressively with the insurance company and make sure they do not take advantage of you. Should the insurance company act in bad faith, we will take them to court.
Proving Liability in a Kentucky Slip and Fall Case
As the plaintiff in a premises liability lawsuit, you will need to prove that the landowner breached his or her duty to keep the premises reasonably safe. Commercial landowners in Kentucky have a legal obligation to provide a reasonably safe location for their visitors and customers. The injured plaintiff needs to prove that a dangerous condition on the property caused his or her injuries. The dangerous condition cannot have been open or obvious. As the plaintiff, you will need to present evidence demonstrating the following:
- The condition on the property was dangerous
- The property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused your injury or injuries
- The property owner had a reasonable opportunity to warn you about the dangerous condition can condition that was not open and obvious to you at the time of the accident
Contact a Kentucky Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Today
At Hessig & Pohl, we have an experienced team of premises liability lawyers who are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you need. As the victim of a slip and fall accident, you are probably concerned about how you will pay your growing medical bills while you take time off work to recover.
We will advocate for you to obtain the total amount of compensation you need to cover the costs of your future and present medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our clients do not pay anything in terms of legal fees until we secure a settlement or verdict on their behalf. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn how we can help you.
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