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What If I’m Injured During the Kentucky Derby?

Published on Apr 23, 2019 at 10:13 am in Personal Injury.

The Kentucky Derby is an exciting event where thousands of people gather at Churchill Downs to place bets, enjoy mint juleps, and watch the horse races. However, with any large, popular event, there are always risks that come along with it. With so many people around, negligent behavior can possibly result in injury. If you’ve been injured because of someone’s negligence at the Kentucky Derby, you may not know what to do next. The best way to protect your rights is with the help of a personal injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices.

What Injuries Can Happen at the Kentucky Derby?

You may not expect to get an injury at the Kentucky Derby, but because there are so many people, there are a few accidents that can happen.

The first is car accidents, which can cause severe injuries as well as damages.  Many people will be driving to the track, so highways will be busy. They may also be full of drivers who don’t know where they’re going. A driver could be distracted if they’re looking at their phone because they are depending on a navigation app. There’s also the danger of accidents happening in parking lots, which will be full of cars looking for a place to park and pedestrians walking to the track. Drivers who aren’t keeping a watchful eye for people walking close to their vehicle could hit them. Pedestrians have little to no protection against a car and the accident could be fatal.

Then, there’s the track itself. You’ll need to watch out for where you’re walking. There could be obstructions or slippery areas that could cause you to have a slip and fall accident. The weather could also play a factor into this. Rain could make dirt areas muddy and full of puddles, which are prime areas for a slip and fall accident.

The injuries from both motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls can be serious. The main worry is head injuries, which can possibly cause concussions or injuries that are more severe. When you need medical care, the costs can be high. You’ll want to do everything possible to protect your rights and give yourself the best chance of getting compensation that will cover any past bills and costs of care you’ll need in the future.

What Should You Do After an Injury?

Depending on where your accident occurred, you should get the information if other people were involved, and report it to staff if available. For example, if you’re involved in a car accident in the parking lot, you’ll need to do a few things. First, call for medical attention. Then, if you can, you need to get the other person’s information for insurance purposes. Their name, car make and model, vehicle identification number, and insurance policy number. You may also want to get information on how to contact them.

In a slip and fall accident, you should make a report of what happened. You may need to ask someone who you should go to, but it’s important to have an official record of what happened. Write down the incident as accurately as possible and include every detail you remember. It may be a good idea to get names and numbers of eyewitnesses if they’re willing to give you that information. They could provide details that you didn’t notice before or could corroborate your story.

Then, you should contact a personal injury lawyer if you have reason to believe that the incident could have been prevented. They’ll be able to tell you if you have a valid claim and if you do, what you can expect to happen. You’ll also get a general idea of what damages you can possibly recover. When you get a lawyer at your side as soon as possible, they may be able to recover more physical evidence that can help your claim.

Seek Help from Thomas Law Offices

Getting injured at a large event can be confusing because you don’t know who was at fault. It may be a party that you didn’t expect would be liable. This is why you need a personal injury attorney from Louisville at your side. You don’t need to deal with harassing calls from insurance adjusters and won’t have to worry about figuring this out on your own.

Our lawyers will look into what happened, how it happened, and your injuries. From there, we’ll be able to determine who caused your injuries and we’ll do everything to get you the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

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Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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