Downtown Louisville is a popular spot for shoppers and tourists alike, with many boutiques and storefronts attracting visitors from all over the region.
While shoppers understand that if an accident occurs inside a store, the owner may be held responsible, not many know that shop owners are also expected to maintain the property outside of their stores. Failure to do so is a violation of the law.
Storefront Laws in Kentucky
In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, property owners are expected to protect their customers from hazardous conditions. They need to mend or clean areas that could pose risks. This includes conditions such as standing water, ice, torn or frayed carpet, uneven walking surfaces, low-hanging obstacles, and more. Failure to do so could lead to their customers suffering slip-and-fall accidents.
This rule applies even to public spaces in front of entrances, such as sidewalks and parking spaces. Municipal property that abuts a shop owner’s premises is also expected to be maintained by the shop owner in a reasonable manner, for instance, shoveling snow in the winter or clearing out leaves in the fall.
Responsibility in a Slip-and-Fall Accident
The responsibility for a slip-and-fall does not fall upon the property owner alone. The manager of a property might be found responsible in addition to or instead of the owner. If the property was being leased by the owner to another tenant, then the court will have to determine who was ultimately responsible for the hazard in question.
Do you need a slip and fall accident lawyer?
The process of proving liability is extremely complex and depends on a number of factors. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a slip-and-fall accident, you need an advocate with the experience and resources to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries. Call (502) 458-5555 to contact the legal team at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, and schedule a free consultation today.