When going for a walk, walking to a vehicle after exiting a store, shopping or visiting a place of business, most customers are likely not considering the personal risks they are facing. However, there are various risks to be found in public places, and some of them can lead to falls that may cause serious injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents happen for many reasons, and a Kentucky victim may be suffering because of factors beyond his or her control.
If there is an accumulation of ice and snow outside of a store that is substantial, the store owner should remove the hazard or he or she may be found liable if a customer falls. Additionally, outdoor lighting outside of public places, such as government buildings or stores, should be adequate and appropriate for the space. In some cases, the property owner is financially responsible for safety issues and accidents that happen because of inadequate lighting.
Parking lots must be properly maintained, and depending on the specific circumstances, a claim may be appropriate if someone suffers injuries after falling on a sidewalk. And accidents that happen because of dangerous conditions within a store are the responsibility of the property owner and/or manager. This includes falling items, wet floors, unmarked hazards and more.
Victims of slip-and-fall accidents in Kentucky may have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a civil claim. It is in the interests of the injured party to seek an evaluation of his or her case by an experienced personal injury attorney. These cases are time sensitive, and quick action is important for a successful claim.