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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Business owners owe the highest duty of care in premises liability law to maintain safety for customers and others(invitees)they invite onto their property. Employees such as managers and store clerks should receive special training in accident prevention to ensure that customers will not be injured by unsafe conditions in a store.
The law is different for different states, but generally, liability rests on whether the store owner or an agent, such as an employee, knew or should have known that a hazardous condition existed and did nothing to fix it or to warn others. It isn’t enough to ignore a hazard and plead ignorance, the owner or agent must take reasonable precautions, such as regular checks, to ensure safety is maintained.
Landmark Kentucky Slip and Fall Lawsuit
The landmark 2003 case, Lanier v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., shifted the burden of proof from a customer to the store owner to prove that they took reasonable precautions to keep the store safe. The case was originally ruled in favor of the defendant (Wal-Mart), but on appeal, the Supreme Court of Kentucky reversed that decision.
Despite the burden of proof being on the store-owner, a plaintiff still has to prove the unsafe condition was a substantial factor in causing them to fall and sustain injuries. This may seem relatively easy to do, but it is not. Juries are not quick to side with plaintiffs in these kinds of accidents. There are steps to take immediately when you have had a slip and fall accident to protect your claim or case.
Call the Accident Lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs for Help
Insurance companies do not like paying large slip, trip and fall claims. The business’s insurance company will begin to investigate the accident as soon as they are notified by a store manager. Falling accidents are unpredictable and may cause the victim grave injuries. Their investigators will show up at the accident scene to ask you questions or offer assistance. Do not be fooled. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to refuse to answer any questions, and refer the asker to speak with your attorney.
Call Isaacs & Isaacs as soon as you possibly can after your accident. An experienced slip and fall lawyer will be at your side rapidly to protect you from their insurance people and will stay with you throughout your ordeal to make sure that you receive every penny of the compensation you need and deserve. Call our hotline number at 800-800-8888 for help any time of the day or night, or fill out our online form for your free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury lawyers.