The holiday season is quickly approaching and with it brings an influx of shoppers to Kentucky stores. With more people in stores, business owners need to be aware of the risks that can be present in their stores. Shoppers don’t expect they will suffer an unexpected injury while out and about, but unfortunately, not all property owners are diligent about upkeep and safety. When a person is injured unexpectedly, there are elements that need to be present in order to bring a premises liability case.
Although no one expects they will be injured when they’re at a store, mall, parking lot, or other public place, these accidents occur every day in Kentucky and across the United States. If a person has been injured, the State of Kentucky requires five elements to be present in order to bring a premises liability case. The first element is that the injured party must prove that the property owner had a duty to protect the plaintiff from injury. Then it must be shown that the property owner breached the duty to keep the plaintiff safe. The breach must then be the cause of the plaintiff’s injury and the property owner should have known that the unsafe conditions on their property may hurt someone. Finally, the injured party needs to show that they suffered injury because of the accident.
Property owners need to be careful that people are safe on their property. There are many ways in which a person can be injured, most of them are preventable. When a person is injured on a property they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can review the situations surrounding the accident and determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Premises liability is a serious problem in Kentucky and across the United States. Those who are injured on another person’s property have the legal right to hold the property owner responsible.