Frankfort Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

How long does one have to sue after a car accident in Kentucky?

When a Kentucky resident is injured due to no fault of their own, such as in a car accident, they may not realize that they may have the right to file a lawsuit. Kentucky law allows an injured person to sue the negligent party for damages. These damages may include medical expenses and future medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

The statute of limitations dictates how long a person has to file a lawsuit arising from an injury they suffered. In Kentucky, the injured party has one year from the date of the accident to file the lawsuit with the state's civil court system. If a lawsuit is not brought within one year, then the person will not be able to ever bring it at all.

Don't navigate car accidents alone

Many Frankfort area residents have been involved in a car accident. Although most car accidents are not serious, many families have been affected by a car accident that caused critical injuries to their loved ones. A car accident can lead to many unexpected expenses and emotional trauma.

Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye. In 2015, there were over 161,000 traffic accidents in Kentucky with over 700 people killed in these accidents. Thousands of families had their lives turned upside down because of a car accident. Car accidents are caused by many factors which include distracted drivers, drunk drivers, speeding drivers, older drivers, aggressive drivers, inexperienced drivers, among others.

Seniors in Kentucky are at risk of falling in public places

Frankfort area seniors understand the importance of not falling. Falling is one of the leading causes of injuries seniors can face, and often it results in serious injuries. Older people are usually more fragile, and recovering from a fall can take much longer. If a senior falls in a public place, it could be as a result of negligence on the part of the property owner.

Seniors are at an increased risk of falling. A fall for a senior can be a serious event with broken bones that take months to recover from. In addition, seniors also have a risk of dying from a fall. Falls are the most common causes of injury for senior citizens and account for 87 percent of fractures for those 65 years of age and older. Thirty percent of falls occur in public places.

Steps to take after a Kentucky truck accident

Kentucky drivers know there are many trucks in the commonwealth. Our interstates are full of trucks moving goods across the country in all directions. Most of the time cars are able to share the roads safely, but occasionally a truck accident occurs. These accidents are often serious due to the size difference in trucks versus every other vehicle on the road. If a person has been involved in an accident with a truck, there are certain things they should do.

Truck accidents can seriously affect a family. A truck accident can bring serious injuries and thousands of dollars of unexpected medical expenses. If a person has been involved in a truck accident it is important that they remain at the scene and wait until law enforcement arrives. A person, if they're able, should check on others involved in the accident and offer reasonable assistance. An accident victim also needs to notify law enforcement of the accident if there are fatalities, injuries or vehicles that cannot be moved.

Kentucky has strict liability for dog bites

There are many residents of Kentucky who are scared of dogs. Whether they had a bad experience as a child or just find them scary, they go out of their way to avoid meeting up with a dog. While most dogs are friendly and will just lick you all over, some dogs can bite even if they are unprovoked. In these situations, a dog owner should be held responsible for a victim's injuries.

When a dog unexpectedly bites another person it is a scary situation. Over 4 million Americans are bit by a dog each year with 39 people dying in 2017. Thousands of other victims had to visit the emergency room for their injuries. When a person is facing an unexpected dog bite, they have medical expenses that they didn't plan for. They can also have severe emotional trauma from the incident.

What should you do after a dog bite in Kentucky?

Kentucky is an interesting state. It is one where dog bites fall under strict liability. The owner of the dog is completely liable for whatever the dog does. If a dog bites a person, then the owner is responsible for that person's medical bills and other losses. Similarly, if a dog attacks an animal, the owner is responsible for any vet bills.

While Kentucky is a strict liability state, the interesting thing is that the courts don't always treat these cases as if the owner is 100 percent responsible. Instead, some courts look at the cases as comparative negligence cases.

What should you do after a slip and fall accident in Kentucky?

Every day, people are out and about in Frankfort and across Kentucky. They need to go to places to buy groceries, do banking, shopping and more. Most of the time, they are able to do it safely, but occasionally they slip and fall, which could lead to a premises liability case. If a person slips and falls, there are certain things they should do.

If a person has slipped and fallen down in public, they should stay down and try not to move too much in case they are injured. If a person comes over to assist, they should ask for their contact information and for the manager of the store. A person should also seek out medical attention even if they don't think they are badly injured. Sometimes, injuries aren't apparent for a few days. The store should also fill out an accident report. Surveillance video may also be available and should be requested. If the victim has a camera or phone, they should take pictures of the area and try and determine why they fell. Was there water on the floor? Uneven surfaces? Or maybe the floor had just been cleaned and had a slippery cleaner applied.

A surgical error can lead to an unexpected death

Many Kentucky residents will undergo surgery during their lifetime. Most of the time, a surgery goes as expected and the patient receives good results. But, occasionally a surgical error occurs which is not expected it can lead to very serious results for the patient, including death. In these situations, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.

Surgical errors affect thousands of patients across the United States each year. It may seem crazy that these events occur, but for many families, this has become a reality. Although most surgeons are careful not to cause harm to their patient, unexpected negligence still exists. Some more common surgical errors including operating on the wrong body part, a patient can develop a serious post-surgical infection, foreign surgical objects like sponges, scalpels, etc. can be left inside a patient, among many other situations. Any of these situations can cause a patient serious harm, including death.

Kentucky police warn drivers of 'In My Feelings' challenge

Distracted driving and dangerous driving continue to be a problem in Kentucky. Cellphones, passengers and other distractions offer many opportunities for drivers to cause motor vehicle accidents that injure themselves, their passengers and others they meet along the road. For example, a popular new social media craze is making local law enforcement concerned that it will cause car accidents.

The singer, Drake, has started a social media craze called "In My Feelings." The point of the dance routine is having people jump out of moving vehicles and dance while the car is still moving. Law enforcement officials argue that this craze is dangerous. They believe that someone will get run over, hit a pedestrian, or cause a car accident. Filming this challenge can be considered distracted driving and those who engage in the activity could face reckless endangerment charges.

Survivor of duck boat tragedy wants vehicles banned

Duck boats are popular at many tourist destinations that Kentucky residents frequent. But, these duck boats have been involved in many accidents recently which is causing some people to question their safety. The most recent wrongful death accident has motivated some to demand that these vehicle be banned.

A recent accident in popular tourist destination, Branson, MO, has shed light on duck boats and whether they are safe to operate. The boats are vehicles that can drive on land and water, making them a unique and popular experience in areas all over the United States. But, a survivor of the Branson tragedy, where 17 people died when a duck boat capsized, is asking people to sign a petition to ban these vehicles. The survivor believes that the boats are unsafe and have design problems. She is asking federal officials to ban the vehicles in order to prevent more tragedies.

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