Premises Liability Attorneys in St Louis
Premises liability encompasses injuries arising out of a dangerous condition on someone's property such as injuries caused by slip and falls, inadequate security, construction accidents, fires, explosions, exposure to hazardous materials, animal bites, and workplace injuries to name a few.
Missouri premises liability claims may arise from a number of types of accidents. A few common examples of premises liability accidents include:
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents: All floors and walkways should be properly maintained. When there is a dangerous crack or hole it is the responsibility of the property owner to clearly mark the dangerous area and to fix the problem in a reasonable amount of time.
- Falls: Steps should have railings, should be well lit and should be clearly marked when damaged.
- Swimming Pool Accidents: Owners of swimming pools must have protective barriers to prevent accidental falls.
- Injuries Related To Criminal Activities: Property owners must provide adequate security on their property to protect all visitors. A failure to recognize dangerous activity or to react to criminal activity complaints may result in serious incidents and subsequent premises liability claims.
- Construction Site Accidents: Accidents involving open trenches and falling objects may result in a premises liability claim against the property owner.
Owners and occupiers of property have a duty to protect persons lawfully on their property from injuries resulting from hazardous conditions that the owner or occupier knew or should have known existed. When owners or occupiers of property act irresponsibly by failing to adequately protect persons from such hazards, they should be held accountable.
A thorough understanding of the ever-changing and fact-specific law regarding the various and numerous incidents that result in premises liability is essential to successful legal representation. For example, it is usually easy to determine who is the owner of the premises. However, the situation often becomes less clear when determining the the duty that owner owes to others on his or property. This is because the law distinguishes between three classes of people who come onto another's property. These three classes are invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Accordingly, the owner of the property is obligated by law to take different levels of precaution for each classification of persons on the property.
Simply being injured on someone's property is not enough to constitute a valid premises liability claim. Victims must prove that the property owner's negligence contributed to the accident in some way. A fall related to a crack in the floor, for example, does not constitute a valid premises liability claim unless the property owner is aware of the crack and failed to properly repair or mark it. A skilled attorney can review a history of the location, the accidents that have occurred there and the safety procedures on the property to show a history of negligence.
Over the years, I have handled numerous premises liability cases and I have a full and complex understanding of the law in this area. If you were injured while on someone else's property, please contact me for a free evaluation of your case.
I will evaluate your case free of charge. In addition, you will not pay any fees or costs unless I recover money for you. Please call for an immediate response from me or contact me online.