When Frankfort residents are out and about they expect they will remain safe. Most of the time, the places we enjoy are safe and well-maintained. But, occasionally a serious accident occurs through no fault of our own. Slip and fall accidents are one form of premises liability that can have serious consequences for those who are injured.
There are many dangerous conditions in which a person can suffer a fall. Slip and fall cases usually occur on property owned by someone else that is not properly maintained. They may occur because of cracked sidewalks, torn carpeting, poor lighting, wet floor, or improper snow removal. In order for a person to collect compensation, they must have sustained an injury from the fall. The injury also needs to occur on someone else's property where there was a dangerous condition that was known by the owner but not addressed.
In order to hold someone else liable for a slip and fall accident, there must be a responsible party who caused the injury. The injury cannot be caused because of the injured party's carelessness. The owner or employee of the business must have caused the dangerous condition (wet floor, slippery floor, etc.), they must have known about the condition and not done anything about it, or they should have known about the dangerous situation that a reasonable person would have fixed.
A legal professional who specializes in personal injury can help their client determine if they have a case regarding their slip and fall injury. An attorney understands these accidents can cause their clients unexpected medical bills and pain and suffering. Compensation may be available to cover these medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Source: findlaw.com, "Slip and fall accidents overview", accessed on Nov. 5, 2017