If you've been in a slip and fall or premises liability accident, you may have some questions that the personal injury attorneys at The Schafer Law Office can answer!
- What To Do After Your Premises Liability Accident
- What Are Common Causes For Premises Liability Accidents?
- Who's At-Fault?
- After Your Kentucky Premises Liability Accident
What To Do After Your Premises Liability Accident
If you have been injured on someone else's property, there are pieces of evidence you can collect before you leave to see a doctor. Only collect evidence if you are able and will not be putting yourself in danger. While you are at the accident scene, here are some things you should do:
- Make sure you file a report with the property owner. This will document the incident.
- Take pictures of the area where the accident occurred. If you slipped on a wet floor and there was no ‘Wet Floor’ sign, make sure to get a picture of the whole area.
- Just like in a car accident, you will want to exchange information with the property owner. Get their name, phone number and address if possible.
- Go to see a doctor.
What Are Common Causes For Premises Liability Accidents?
When someone slips and falls in a public area, like a mall or restaurant, the person who fell may take the blame for the injury. However, there are some instances where the property owner is at fault. For example, the property owner would be held responsible if they failed to use a wet floor sign when a floor is wet or slippery. The most common causes of a slip and fall or premises liability accident include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven floors
- Obstructions in a person’s walkway (like holes, cracks, wires, etc.)
Owners may fail to properly maintain the premises or equipment, such as doors or floors. This failure to maintain can cause an injury. The owner may be liable. If you have been injured on someone else’s property or business, you should always call a personal injury attorney to see if there is legal action you can take against the at-fault party.
Who's At Fault?
Determining who’s at fault can be very challenging in premises liability cases. Two key factors in determining liability are whether or not the property owner knew about the dangerous condition and if the injured party was careless with their actions. In general, property owners cannot be held liable if they didn’t know about the dangerous condition. However, property owners who don’t routinely inspect their buildings can be held accountable for your injury.
After Your Kentucky Premises Liability Accident
If you’ve been injured in a premises liability accident, you need to get legal advice as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure any evidence that will help your case can still be gathered. You’ll want to make sure that the evidence is not destroyed. A premises liability accident attorney can help you understand your case and Kentucky law. You want an attorney who cares about you. You'll find all that and much more in Mike Schafer, Chris Rogers, and The Schafer Law Office.
With Mike Schafer and Chris Rogers on your side, you’ll be in good hands. The Schafer Law Office has been helping personal injury victims get compensated for more than 25 years. Unlike big law firms who will have other people work on your case, Mike or Chris is personally involved in every case.
The Schafer Law Office knows the challenges and pitfalls of personal injury cases (especially in Kentucky), all the tactics of the “other” side and how to best present the facts. They can handle the brutal tactics of the insurance companies. In fact, before Mike opened The Schafer Law Office in personal injury and accident law, Mike worked for an insurance defense firm and Chris worked for a global insurance company. They really know all the tactics the insurance companies have up their sleeves.