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The Fleck Firm assists clients with slip and fall injuries, motor vehicle accidents and more.
Sustaining a Slip and Fall Accident in Kentucky
Every year, emergency rooms treat approximately 800,000 slip and fall accidents each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of the falls are preventable and a direct result of someone else’s fault. Head traumas account for a third of those injuries and often have serious long-lasting effects or can lead to death. As a person ages, they are at an even more increased risk of falling and can sustain back injuries or hip fractures. Staying safe is difficult and even more trying when faced with the negligence of a business or some other individual.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you suffer a slip and fall accident at a business or on someone else’s property in Kentucky, then it is important to know your legal rights. You will want to seek the advice of skilled attorneys who have previously handled similar cases and achieved acceptable results. If the property owner is at fault then they often must compensate you for any of your accident-related costs and losses to help cover your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere but the most common locations are:
- Retail stores
- Retirement homes
- Private residences
If you fall on someone else’s property then you can pursue legal action against the property owner, even if the residence is renter occupied. In some cases, you can also file against the renter if they were negligent and did not fix something on the property or properly warn you of a hazard.
Typically, businesses and homeowners carry liability insurance which covers the expense of slip and fall accidents. A skilled attorney will work with the insurance company to negotiate acceptable compensation for your losses. Please remember, you will face no out-of-pocket expenses to seek legal help. Instead, all expenses are taking out of the compensation that you receive from the insurance settlement, so you do not have to worry about having up-front money.
Kentucky Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall
Kentucky Revised Statutes section 413,140(1)(a) outlines that you have one year to file in the state’s civil court system for a personal injury case that was caused by someone else’s negligence. The time starts on the day that the accident occurred. If you had any personal property damaged during the slip and fall then you have two years to file to seek the repair or the replacement of the property that was damaged. If you fail to file within the time frame, then the property owner can petition to have the case dismissed. On some rare occasions, you can also ‘pause’ the time so you have enough time to get your lawsuit ready, but you must meet certain criteria.
If you have been a victim in a slip and fall accident then please contact the Fleck Firm to discuss schedule a no-cost consultation to discuss your rights.