Hold Property Owners Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries
Is it possible to hold property owners financially responsible for slip and fall injuries in a business, store or public place? Kentucky property owners have a responsibility under the law to maintain a safe and hazard free environment for those who visit their property. This law applies to retail stores and businesses as well as the owners of private residences.
If proper care is not taken to ensure the inspection, cleaning and safety of aisles, walkways and exterior elements such as sidewalks and even ramps a visitor can sustain personal injury from a slip or fall. According to medical experts and healthcare professionals – who treat a large number of slip and fall injuries each year – property owners should take action to protect those who visit their property.
What is Premises Liability?
The legal term for this area of the law in Kentucky is called “premises liability. Property owners are required to regularly inspect and clean up or remove hazards to prevent slip and fall injuries. Some of these risks include:
- Uneven walkways
- Step up or step down locations which are not carefully marked or protected with railing and other safety aids
- Spilled liquids
- Lack of regular documented inspection and cleaning
- Failure to secure high-risk areas such as chemical storage and swimming pools
- Failure to secure merchandise which may fall and hurt a visitor
- Failure to restrain dogs and other animals who may bite a customer or visitor
Once a store manager, business or property owner becomes aware of an existing hazard they have a responsibility to make every effort to protect visitors from slip and fall injuries which might occur. For example, the location might post a warning sign or cones to alert people to a spill or slippery floor or deploy caution tape to secure an area until repairs can be made.
You Need an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney to Review Your Case
Not every wet floor or icy patch will qualify as a slip and fall hazard. The Roberts Law Office will investigate your slip and fall injuries claim to determine whether the property owner knew about or should have been aware of a dangerous condition and took no action to remedy it. Many stores use extensive video cameras to prevent shoplifting and to monitor their property. This footage and the associated maintenance records are a valuable source of evidence to demonstrate the existence of a hazard and the owner’s failure to take prompt action.
Contact an Experienced Murray and Southwestern Kentucky Slip and Fall Injuries Lawyer
Have you or someone you love been injured due to a premises liability issue in Murray, Paducah or Southwestern Kentucky? The Roberts Law Office brings more than 25 years of experience to personal injury cases and is highly recommended by our former clients. They value our skill, responsiveness and the compassion with which we handle their cases as well as the positive outcome we achieve.
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Jeff Roberts will help you to understand the legal and financial issues associated with your case and aggressively pursue the fair compensation you deserve. We invite you to contact us or call (270) 753-0053 for a free consultation and speak personally with an experienced and personable Murray car premises liability and injury attorney. Learn how we will work to protect you and your family and seek just compensation so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and moving forward with your life.