Premises Liability Attorney In St. Louis, MO
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Premises liability refers to a type of carelessness or negligence that involves property owners (or their agents) accountable for the injuries that a patron or visitor sustains on the property. When an individual is injured on the property because of something the owner didn’t fix or properly maintain, the individual can file a claim seeking damages. If you are searching for a premises liability attorney in St. Louis, MO, Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers can help. Our personal injury law firm is based in St. Louis and has represented more than 8,000 clients during our tenure. Our partners have a combined 90 years’ worth of experience practicing personal injury law, including premises liability. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, let us preserve your rights and fight for fair compensation.
About Premises Liability
In Missouri, property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises and ensure that it is reasonably safe for visitors or customers. Premises liability is a broad term; it encompasses cases that involve slip and fall accidents, but also swimming pool accidents, dog bites and attacks, fire, toxic fumes, inadequate building security, snow and ice accidents, amusement park accidents, and more. To achieve a compensation award, claimants must show that the property owner (or their managers) was negligent in their responsibility to maintain the safety of the property. Injuries in these situations range from minor to severe; sometimes they cause permanent disability or death.
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Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers has won lucrative settlements and compensation awards for clients who have been injured on someone’s else’s property. As a small law firm, we provide our clients with personalized care and representation that is tailored to the particulars of their cases. We get to know each client and their story because we care about them; our compassion and outrage for injustice is what drives us to so diligently represent those who have been injured because of another’s negligence, carelessness, or wrong-doing. Our attorneys have the experience to take on all types of premises liability cases. We are experienced negotiators and litigators. We will fight tenaciously for your right to fair compensation.
Missouri Property Owners Have a Duty of Care
Under Missouri law, property owners are responsible for maintaining their property so that it’s reasonably safe for visitors and patrons. They must:
- Take reasonable care to identify and repair dangers that exist on the property
- Warn guests or patrons of existing dangers (i.e. post signs, erect temporary fencing)
If they do not take these measures, they may be liable for a claimant’s injuries. These types of cases can be complex; that’s why it’s essential to contract with an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law.
In order for claimants to win compensation for the injuries they suffered on someone else’s property, they must demonstrate:
- A dangerous or hazardous condition existed on the property
- The property owner or management knew or should have known about the hazard
- The owner failed to exercise ordinary care to fix the dangerous situation or warn visitors of its existence
- The claimant sustained injuries as a result of the property’s hazard
Some common types of examples of owner negligence include:
- Unsecured extension cords
- Unsecured carpeting
- Unsecured swimming pools
- Loose railings
- Damaged sidewalks or steps
- Ice / snow accumulation
- Broken locks
If the plaintiff in the case can prove that the property owner or their managers were aware that an unsafe condition existed and failed to take ordinary care to address it, they may be liable for the damages.
During the course of our investigation into claims like these, we will attempt to establish how long the danger existed on the premises, whether the property owner has a record of maintenance for addressing safety concerns on the premises, and whether or not the property owner attempted to prevent patrons from coming into contact with the hazard.
What Should a Person Do If They’re Injured on Someone’s Property?
If you suffer an injury on someone else’s property, you should first have a medical provider evaluate your condition. You may initially think that the injuries you sustained are minor, but many injuries don’t reveal symptoms for some time. How do you know if you have a concussion? Many people don’t. In fact, sometimes victims don’t even know if they’ve fractured their neck or seriously injured their back for days or longer. Even a condition as serious as internal bleeding may not be immediately suspected. Your medical treatment also establishes that you did, in fact, sustain injuries and describes the nature of those injuries and their treatments. This record can serve as important evidence to support your claim.
If you are injured and a manager or staff member is present, request an incident or accident report. If police or emergency technicians are called to the premises, they can generate an accident report as well. This, too, becomes vital evidence for a case. It’s not essential to have these reports to win a claim, but they can certainly help to support the facts of the case. If witnesses are present at the accident, it’s helpful to get their names and addresses so they can be contacted for statements about what they witnessed. If you or an accompanying friend or family member has a cellphone, you should consider taking pictures of the accident scene that demonstrates exactly where the accident took place.
After taking these steps, we advise you to contact us. It’s always helpful to have your premises liability attorney investigate the incident right at the start. The sooner we talk to witnesses, for instance, the better. We may procure video evidence if it exists. We can ensure that the incident report is correct. We’ll even communicate with insurers on your behalf.
Contact Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers if you’ve suffered injuries on someone else’s property. We offer a free initial consultation. We can discuss your claim so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. If you choose to hire our firm, we’ll work diligently to fight for your fair compensation.