A summertime fall can take you by surprise. After all, most people tend to think about falls as something that typically occurs in the icy winter months. However, slip and fall accidents occur all year long, and there are special risks to summertime activities to be aware of. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it doesn’t matter when the accident occurred. What matters is who is at fault.
Are you wondering what to do after a slip and fall accident? People who have fallen in Central Kentucky can seek the assistance of McCoy & Sparks, the state’s best personal injury attorneys.
Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents in the Summertime
Slip-and-fall accidents can occur anywhere, but let’s take a look at some locations of frequent summertime incidents.
Shopping centers are a common site for falls. Wet floors should always be marked with appropriate signage, regardless of what caused the issue. Retail centers need to clean their floors, of course, but they can’t do so recklessly.
On rainy summer days, other shoppers can track in water, leaving surfaces slick and dangerous.
Amusement Parks & Water Parks
Going to the amusement park or water park is a favorite summer activity for many families! There are inherent risks in visiting these places, like riding roller coasters and being outside in the blistering heat.
A slip and fall shouldn’t be something you need to worry about, but unfortunately, it can be. Always wear appropriate footwear and follow all of the posted safety rules.
If you fell because of uneven pavement, poor or missing signage, negligent cleaning practices, or another person’s misbehavior, you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer to discuss compensation for your injuries.
Similar to amusement parks and water parks, swimming pools are accompanied by known risks. It is important to follow posted safety signs, watch children closely, and obey lifeguard instructions.
Swimming pools are surrounded by hard, wet surfaces. If you fall near a pool because of a slippery or uneven surface, you will likely face injuries like broken bones, a head injury, or even possible drowning.
Outdoor Home & Property Improvements
Summer is a great time for businesses and homeowners to make improvements to their properties. Watch out for debris that may have been scattered around from these construction processes. It is easier to trip and fall when there is unexpected debris in the walkway, or when you are in a construction area.
Types of Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls can cause minor to serious injuries. Sometimes, they can even be fatal. Depending on the health and age of the individual who fell, the complications that occur after a fall can be lifelong.
Some frequent injury types include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Soft tissue damage
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Nerve damage
- Broken & fractured bones
- Spinal injuries
Determining Fault After a Summertime Fall
At McCoy & Sparks, we have helped countless Central Kentucky residents navigate the legal system after a slip and fall accident.
Anyone who required medical treatment for injuries related to a slip and fall or had to miss work while recovering is likely able to recover compensation in a personal injury claim, presuming the accident was due to someone else’s negligent behavior.
Additional damages that may be recovered include medical expenses, out-of-pocket spending, lost wages, future medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and punitive damages.
Central Kentucky’s Premier Personal Injury Attorneys–McCoy & Sparks
When it is determined that a property owner or individual was responsible for the conditions that led to your slip and fall, one of our experienced slip and fall accident attorneys assists with tasks that include:
- Communicating with the property owner, even if they are difficult to work with
- Investigating documentation like inspection and police reports
- Demanding access to public records
- Explaining Kentucky law to our clients
- Helping slip and fall victims gather evidence like photos and videos
- Presenting and evaluating our clients’ legal options
- Negotiating a settlement
- Taking the case to court if it becomes necessary
We are only happy when we see our clients awarded the compensation they are entitled to under the Kentucky legal system.
If you have been injured from a slip and fall incident, please contact us today for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We’ll find out more about your specific situation and help you understand your options for moving forward.