It was just a routine trip to the grocery store or a seemingly easy visit to an office building. But you slipped and fell because of a bad bump in the parking lot or a slippery spot on the floor. You suffered a broken bone, and now you need ongoing medical treatment.
Because your fall happened on private property, you may be entitled to compensation to get financially back up again. If you needed medical treatment or missed time from work after your accident, the Kentucky slip and fall lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer are here to help.
When you are feeling vulnerable due to an injury, our dedicated slip and fall lawyers give you the Kentucky Courage you need to stay strong. Our skilled team has the experience and the resources to take on business establishments and insurance companies, demanding the full compensation you need to get back on your feet.
Contact us now for your free consultation.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip and Fall Claim?
To get all the payment you need to recover in a slip and fall case, you need to prove negligence. This is where your attorney helps.
For example, if you were visiting the pharmacy to pick up your prescription and you fell on an icy sidewalk that wasn’t shoveled or salted, the owner of the pharmacy may be negligent. It’s a business owner’s duty to maintain safe conditions on his or her property, which includes salting the walk or putting up a sign when it’s icy.
You can also be partially responsible for your own injury and still receive personal injury payment. In that case, you and the property owner will be assigned percentages of fault. For example:
Say there was a sign about the ice but you ignored it. If the damages totaled $100,000, and a court finds you 20 percent at fault, you would receive the remaining 80 percent of the damages, or $80,000.
You need an attorney who knows how to prove fault and how to navigate levels of fault. An experienced slip and fall lawyer will collect evidence like medical bills and witness accounts and work to reduce your percentage of fault.
It takes courage to stand up for your financial future after a harmful fall on someone else’s property. At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we put Kentucky Courage to work every day for our deserving clients.
How Can Our Slip and Fall Attorneys Make a Difference for You?
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the negligent party or their insurance company will accept the blame and pay you what you are owed without a fight. Remember, insurance companies are businesses, so their top priority is profit, not people.
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, our top priority is you. When you choose a skilled premises liability lawyer from our firm to represent you, we will work diligently to:
Determine and document exactly what happened in your accident. We will conduct an exhaustive investigation into your accident right away. We will work to identify the specific cause of the accident and collect all of the necessary evidence to support your claim.
Establish liability and identify all potential sources of compensation. Our attorneys will work to determine who should be held responsible for your injuries and what insurance policies may apply. If you suffered a permanent disability from your fall, we can also help you pursue Social Security Disability benefits.
Find you the medical care you need. It can sometimes be difficult to find a doctor or specialist to treat you after a slip and fall accident. We can assist with finding much-needed medical care if you are having any issues finding or affording treatment. We can also help you secure a medical lien that will allow you to continue receiving all the treatment you need under the agreement that payment will come out of your personal injury settlement or judgment later.
Negotiate for maximum payment. Our slip and fall injury lawyers will handle all settlement discussions on your behalf to ensure insurance companies do not take advantage of you during this stressful time. You could be offered a lump-sum settlement to resolve your case quickly. However, in most cases, the initial settlement offers are only enough to cover existing bills, not future expenses. We will make sure all of your losses are accounted for as we negotiate for full payment.
Take your case to trial. Although most cases can be resolved with a fair settlement, our attorneys will be prepared to go to court if necessary. We have the Kentucky Courage to fight for you at trial and tell your story to a jury of your fellow Kentuckians.
Compensation Available After a Slip and Fall Accident
Many people wonder exactly how much they are entitled to for a slip and fall accident. The amount can vary depending on many specific factors relating to your case. The severity of your injuries and the degree of the property owner’s negligence are just two of the many factors that could impact your case.
Our slip and fall accident attorneys will thoroughly evaluate all the losses you have suffered ─ and will continue to suffer ─ as a result of your injuries. This will include both economic damages, which have a clear dollar value, and noneconomic damages, which are more complicated to assess.
Economic damages may include payment for:
- Hospital bills
- Surgery expenses
- Follow-up doctor visits
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Future medical care
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity for the future
Noneconomic damages may include payment for:
- Pain and suffering
- Post-traumatic stress
- Other emotional trauma
It is important that you save all medical bills and receipts related to your treatment, and keep track of the time you have missed from work due to your injury. This will be helpful as we document your losses for your claim.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Fall
You fell, and you’re hurt. Now what should you do? The steps you take immediately after a slip and fall accident will be very important for your personal injury claim.
Get medical treatment. Medical care is incredibly important ─ both for your health and for your claim for compensation. Do not put off seeing a doctor for your injuries. The sooner you begin receiving treatment and documenting your injuries, the better.
Take photos of the scene. Use any kind of camera, such as the one on your cellphone, to take as many pictures as you can of everything involved in your accident. Get photographs of whatever caused your fall and try to get pictures from various angles and distances.
Talk to witnesses. When there were other people who saw your accident, ask them for their contact information in case they are needed as witnesses.
Don’t rush to talk to an insurance company. If a business or insurance company contacts you after your fall, do not sign anything, make a recorded statement, or accept a payment.
Talk to an attorney. Finally, be sure that you seek the help of a personal injury attorney as soon as you are able. You need to move fast because personal injury claims have time limits.
How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
In Kentucky, you have a year from the date of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
This does not mean that you should wait that long to talk to a lawyer, though. Building a case takes time. Our Kentucky slip and fall accident lawyers will want to begin working on your claim as soon as possible.
Contact us today for your free consultation.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Most slip and fall accidents stem from some kind of negligence by a property owner, such as a failure to remove, correct, or warn about a potential hazard. Even when the property owners were wholly unaware of the possible dangers, they remain responsible for ensuring that their premises are safe for all invited guests.
Some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors caused by inclement weather such as snow or rain
- Torn floor mats
- Stray electrical cords and wires
- Cluttered walking spaces
- Unsafe or hazardous premises/property
- Broken handrails
- Slippery floors
- Loose floorboards
- Inadequate lighting
- Ripped or torn carpeting
- Cracked, defective, or broken sidewalks
- Dirty and/or trash-covered floors
You should be prepared to have a property owner argue that you were at fault for your fall. Insurance companies for these property owners are also likely to argue that your own negligence contributed to or directly caused your accident. This is why you need a slip and fall accident attorney who has experience with these types of claims and knows how to fight back.
Common Places Where Slip and Fall Accidents Occur
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. Some of the common types of premises liability cases our firm handles involve falls at:
- Grocery Stores
- Retail Stores
- Public Spaces
- Hotels and Resorts
- Office Buildings
- Apartment Complexes
- Parking Lots and Garages
- Escalators and Elevators
- Movie Theaters
- Amusement Parks
When a slip and fall accident occurs in a place of business, you should always be sure to file a report with a manager or other supervisor on duty. Ask for a copy of this report.
If a slip and fall accident happens on private property, you will simply want to make sure you have the contact information for the property owner. Try to avoid getting into any arguments about the accident with the property owner.
Talk to a Kentucky Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Now
If you suffered serious or catastrophic injuries in a slip and fall accident in Kentucky, you should contact Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer as soon as possible. Our law firm is committed to helping hardworking Kentuckians recover every dollar they deserve after devastating accidents.
With law offices in Lexington, Somerset, Manchester, London, Hazard, Paducah, and Paintsville, our law firm is positioned to serve you no matter where in Kentucky you were hurt. Our attorneys can meet with you at one of our offices, at your home, or anywhere else that is convenient.
Let us get started on your case today. Contact us now for your free consultation.