Premises Liability Attorneys in Lee’s Summit, MO
Seasoned counsel when you’re injured on dangerous property in Missouri
Whether you enter someone else’s home, restaurant, or office, you should not have to worry about having an accident while on their property. Yet, there are many scenarios where visitors can suffer injury due to a property owner’s negligence, even if the visitor was on the premises for a short amount of time. It is the responsibility of property owners to consistently maintain a safe place for visitors to frequent, no matter the reason. Just like anyone, property owners who fail to maintain a safe space for visitors must be held accountable for their negligence.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our Lee’s Summit premises liability lawyers have the experience and resources to help you after a serious injury. We understand the laws around dangerous and hazardous property and hold owners accountable when their negligence causes you harm. We work aggressively to show that your injuries are due to their failure to put your safety ahead of their profits or their convenience. We have a strong track record of success obtaining settlements and verdicts for our clients and want to help you, too.
What are some examples of premises liability accidents?
When people think of premises liability accidents, one of the common examples is the slip and fall accident. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common premises liability accidents, and are responsible for injuring thousands of visitors each year.
Another common type of premises liability accident is swimming pool accidents. Whether pools are placed in a person’s home or in a residential neighborhood, pool owners owe a duty of care to all visitors to prevent certain accidents like drowning to happen on the premises. Although these two types of accidents are among the most common premises liability accidents, there are many more.
Elevator and escalator accidents
According to data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, incidents that occurred on elevators and escalators accounted for 30 deaths and 17,000 injured visitors in the United States. Elevators are responsible for 90 percent of these deaths and nearly 60 percent of the serious injuries.
Property owners and operators are responsible for ensuring that all elevators and escalators pass a routine inspection and are regularly maintained. In fact, falling elevators are the primary cause of elevator accidents. Elevators are in danger of falling when the cables become overstretched, making the elevator nonfunctional.
Another type of premises liability accident are dog attacks. Many people have mixed emotions when it comes to dogs. Some love dogs and other animals, while others fear them. No matter the viewpoint, in the eyes of the law a dog is considered another form of an owner’s property. This means that when a dog attacks another person, the owner of the dog can be held liable for the victim’s injuries. There are several ways that a victim of a dog attack can prove an owner’s negligence:
- The dog owner owed a duty of reasonable care to control the dog’s behavior. An example of this duty would be an owner’s requirement to keep his or her dog on a leash at all times while outside.
- The owner was negligent in upholding that duty. An example of this element would be an owner failing to keep an eye on his or her dog, leading to the dog becoming loose from their leash.
- The negligence directly caused the victim harm. An example of this element would be the victim suffering a bruise or laceration after the dog attacked the victim.
Amusement park accidents
Another type of premises liability accident are amusement park accidents. Everyone loves amusement park rides during the warmer seasons; however, there are many occasions where visitors can become seriously injured. Amusement park owners have an obligation to properly maintain and ensure that all rides are safe for visitors to use.
When visitors – especially children – suffer injury on amusement park rides, owners can be held liable. However, in the case of some park and fair rides, injury does not always mean that the amusement park owner is instantly liable. Other factors, such as whether the visitor followed the proper safety precautions or not, can play a significant role in determining liability.
What types of visitors can frequent an establishment?
Site visitors can generally be classified in three ways in Missouri:
- Invitees are visitors that a property owner invites on his or her property. Some examples would be customers and patients.
- Licensees are visitors who are invited on a person’s property but for reasons outside of business. An example of a licensee would be a party guest.
- Trespassers are visitors who do not have permission to enter someone else’s property.
The type of visitor you are matters because typically only licensees and invitees are owed a duty of care. A trespasser who is injured on a property may be barred from collecting compensation for any injuries he or she sustains on that property unless an exception pursuant to R.S.M.O § 537.351 applies to the facts of the case.
Who is liable for my Lee’s Summit premises liability accident and injury?
Just like many personal injury claims, property owners are found liable for your injuries in premises liability claims through evidence of negligent actions. Our attorneys will show that they owed you a duty of care and violated that duty of care. There are two ways that property owners can be found liable for premises liability claims:
- Ownership. In some cases, the owner of the property can be held liable if a visitor was injured on his or her property, whether the property owner was aware of the incident or not.
- Maintenance. Property owners also have a duty to maintain the conditions of the property. If there are safety hazards on the premises, it is the responsibility of the property owner to rectify the hazard as soon as possible, or at the very least warn any visitors of any potential safety hazards. Property owners who fail to maintain the safety standards of the premises can be held liable if visitors are injured on the premises.
What is the value of my Lee’s Summit premises liability claim?
Our lawyers file premises liability claims on behalf of individuals throughout Missouri and Kansas, seeking damages for losses including:
- All necessary medical bills
- Lost income, past and future
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Is there a premises liability lawyer near me?
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys has offices in Lee’s Summit at 200 NE Missouri Road, Suite 200 in Missouri. Please call for an appointment. Our law firm also has offices throughout Missouri and Kansas for your convenience.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, our Lee’s Summit premises liability attorneys can help
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our Lee’s Summit premises liability lawyers have the experience and resources to help with your case. We understand what precautions property owners in Missouri and Kansas should take. We’ll guide you through each step of the process of a premises liability claim, and work to hold all responsible defendants liable for causing your life-changing injury. To discuss your claim today, call us at 816-471-5111 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation.
Lee's Summit Office
200 NE Missouri Rd, #200
Lee's Summit, MO 64086