Slipping on a wet, slick, or icy surface, or tripping over an unsecured rug or broken step can be embarrassing, but it can also be extremely dangerous.
The results of a slip and fall may be much greater than a bruised ego—often, injuries may include sprains, broken bones, and even severe head trauma. A Louisville injury lawyer can help seek compensation for your injuries.
In Kentucky, property owners are responsible for maintaining their property to minimize the risk of injury to guests. Negligent maintenance can make a homeowner or business owner liable for any injuries that occur as a result of a trip or slip and fall. To learn more about how to hold a negligent property owner accountable, contact a Louisville slip and fall attorney.
Who is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents are typically grouped under the umbrella of “premises liability.” This refers to a property owner’s legal obligation to keep his or her home, property, or business free from obstructions and hazards that can injure a customer or visitor to the property.
A business owner may be held liable if:
- He or she fails to clear ice from walkways before employees and customers arrive
- Employees fail to clean up spills quickly
- Rugs and carpets are loose and unsecured
- Obstructions (product and merchandise, for example) are left in walkways
- Stairs and handrails are inadequate, not clearly marked, or in disrepair
A homeowner or landlord may be held liable for similar hazards that can cause a guest or resident to slip, trip, or fall. Clearing sidewalks, repairing broken steps or handrails, and other types of property maintenance are necessary to protect the safety of guests and visitors to the property.
If a property owner’s negligence leads to an injury accident, he or she can and should be held liable for any resulting damages. In order to be fairly compensated for injuries sustained on inadequately maintained property, it is important to seek legal representation from a Louisville slip and fall lawyer.
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Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Fall injuries are often quite serious, ranging from sprains and broken bones to nerve damage and serious head trauma. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), each year more than eight million people visit emergency rooms for treatment of fall injuries. Falls comprise more than 21 percent of all ER visits and are the leading cause of visits to the emergency room.
While a fall from a ladder, scaffolding, or other height can certainly cause serious trauma, even slip and fall accidents take their toll. NFSI statistics say that more than one million of those fall-related ER visits are due to slip and fall accidents.
The NFSI also reports that slip and fall accidents are the primary cause of lost work days and the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims.
Missed work accompanied by expensive medical bills can quickly take a toll. Speak to an attorney about how you may be able to find financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
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