Slip and Falls
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY SLIP AND FALL LAWYER
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
When people think about a slip and fall accident, they might imagine a wet floor in a supermarket. But these kinds of accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. They can occur at any type of restaurant (including fast food restaurants), shopping malls, outside on the street sidewalk, or even in someone’s home or at your apartment complex. And the cause can also run the gamut from water on the floor, to an uneven sidewalk, to liquid from a broken container in a grocery store. In a number of these cases, another person or entity is at fault, and their negligence caused or contributed to your injuries.
There is an infinite number of possible scenarios in which a trip and fall accident can occur, and lead to an injury. Here are some of the more common situations:
Supermarket and restaurant falls. Slip and fall accidents in supermarkets and restaurants are not at all unusual. Anything spilled onto the floor like water, spilled food or any other liquid could spell disaster for a customer. Produce departments in supermarkets often have misting systems that periodically wet the vegetables on the shelves; in the process, they can also wet the floor in that area. In establishing negligence, sometimes the fault is in creating the situation in the first place, for example, when an employee mops the floor, and fails to place warning signs to alert customers to the danger of slipping. In other cases, such as when liquid is spilled on the floor by a customer, the unsafe condition may not have been caused initially by the store, but failure to alert customers and clean up the spill promptly may have contributed to your accident and therefore to your injuries. On the other hand, a customer at a supermarket may have knocked over a jar filled with liquid, but the manner in which the jars were displayed effectively invited an accidental spill in the first place.
Slip and fall accidents in retail stores, hotels and offices. Supermarkets and restaurants are not the only retail establishments where conditions can lead to a fall which in turn results in injuries. Additional places where these conditions commonly occur include hotels, automotive and other stores, as well as office buildings, and the causes of the unsafe conditions include spilled water, oil, and other fluids; torn or loose carpeting; unsecured wires and cables on the floor, steps that are unlit and/or unmarked, and the list goes on. The creation of, the failure to prevent, and/or the failure to remediate such conditions, in most cases, means that the tenant, owner, building manager, or some other person or entity has been negligent, and may therefore be liable to you for the injuries you suffered in their premises.
Parking lot slip and fall accidents. Injuries occur in parking lots on a regular basis. The causes, however, are not always the same. The most common reasons that someone would fall in a parking lot include spills, debris, uneven pavement, loose pavement, snow and ice (primarily in the higher elevations) and inadequate lighting. Any of these conditions can lead to an unsuspecting person (often carrying packages or perhaps holding a small child) to trip, fall and suffer injuries.
Sidewalk slip and fall accidents. The causes of trip and fall accidents on sidewalks are similar to those in parking lots. Uneven surfaces, debris, loose concrete or other sidewalk material, among others, can all lead to falls which result in injuries. A Kentucky slip and fall accident attorney will be able to advise you who may be responsible for the condition, and therefore who could be liable to you. In some cases, it may be the homeowner, tenant or manager of the premises. In others, a governmental agency or department may bear some or all of the responsibility. It is essential, in every case, that your attorney identify all possible parties who might be liable to you in your claim for compensation for your injuries.
Apartment Complex Falls. People are injured at apartment complexes frequently, and many apartment complex injuries occur as a result of property management/landlord negligence or failure to maintain acceptable safety standards. Commonly falls occur due to ice/snow in parking lots, defective sidewalks within the apartment complex, defective stairs, or other defective conditions in areas commonly used and shared by numerous tenants within the apartment complex. Careless property owners should be held accountable for the injuries caused by their failure to maintain safe premises.
For any slip and fall incident, it’s important that the incident is reported to a store management or landlord/building manager as soon as possible. It is also important that any potential evidence is gathered right away. Helpful evidence can include taking pictures of whatever caused your to slip, trip, or fall (e.g., uneven concrete, broken steps, holes, puddled water, etc.). You should also take pictures of the shoes you were wearing at the time of the incident (if applicable), as well as any injuries you suffered as a result. This evidence can be critical to proving your claim and obtaining compensation.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall incident, Don’t Wait, Call Tate at (502) 309-9213 to schedule a free consultation now.