Most people have an implicit expectation that the stores, office buildings, and residences they visit are maintained to ensure basic safety. In fact, Kentuckians are entitled to this expectation under state law, which requires property owners to take reasonable precautions to prevent injuries to patrons, tenants, and visitors. When property owners fail to create or maintain a safe environment, they may be held liable for accidents, injuries, and other damages that occur as a result of their negligence.
If you sustained severe injuries in a slip-and-fall or other premises liability accident that occurred on someone else's property, you may be entitled to compensation. Read on to learn more about premises liability personal injury litigation in Kentucky to determine if reaching out to an attorney and initiating legal action is right for you.
Types of Premises Liability Accidents
While slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall cases are the most common types of premises liability accidents in Kentucky, they're far from the only types of premises liability cases we handle. This segment of personal injury law covers a wide variety of negligence-related incidents that might happen on another person's property, such as:
- Swimming pool accidents and injuries
- Animal attacks and dog bites
- Assaults and batteries
- Rapes and other sexual assaults
Injuries Associated With Kentucky Premises Liability Accidents
While some people may mistakenly assume that premises liability injuries are mere bumps and bruises, the injuries associated with these accidents can actually be quite serious. After a premises liability accident, some of the most common injuries victims seek compensation for include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
- Electrocution injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries that may result in varying degrees of paralysis
- Illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemicals and substances
Injuries sustained in premises liability accidents may require extensive medical treatment and a long absence from work. In some cases, accident-related disabilities may make it impossible for victims to hold a job or even care for themselves.
Issues That Can Lead to Premises Liability Incidents
Common hazards and unsafe conditions can lead to devastating premises liability accidents on private property. Often, these accidents are linked to these common issues:
- Defective design. A poorly designed property that fails to include sufficient lighting, adequate drainage, and safety features like handrails creates conditions that can lead to slips and falls, and other premises liability incidents.
- Insufficient upkeep and maintenance. All properties require periodic maintenance to ensure continued safety. Owners should inspect properties regularly and address issues like uneven flooring, torn carpeting, broken stairs, crumbling concrete, and inadequate lighting as soon as possible.
- Inadequate warnings. Not all maintenance issues can be fixed as soon as they're discovered. In cases like these, property owners should use cones or caution tape to block off the area of the potential hazard, and warn patrons, tenants, or visitors of possible danger. Property owners who fail to sufficiently warn people of known hazards may be held liable for injuries and other losses.
- Negligent security. Property owners must take precautions to protect visitors and guests from known hazards, including robberies and violent crime in the area. While property owners may not be able to prevent crime entirely, they can take reasonable steps to deter it on the premises, such as installing locks, hiring security personnel, and running background checks on employees during the hiring process.
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney About Your Premises Liability Case
If you were injured in a premises liability accident, our accomplished Kentucky attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options, and gather the evidence necessary to build a strong case. We can help you seek compensation for a wide range of accident-related losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today to request a free initial case consultation.