Experienced Kansas City Premises Liability Lawyers
Experienced representation for MO and KS clients hurt on others’ properties
When you go shopping, you look at the items you want to buy. When you have a professional appointment with a doctor or accountant, you’re thinking about your health or your taxes. When you go to visit a friend, you’re thinking about enjoying your friend’s companionship. What most people are not thinking about while they’re out and about is whether the property they’re visiting is safe.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our premises liability lawyers have the experience and resources to help you get justice. We understand what precautions property owners in Missouri and Kansas should take. 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 anyone injured on the property of another. Call today to learn more.
What are some examples of unsafe premises accidents?
Most people who are hurt or die due to an accident at a store, restaurant, business office, apartment, nonprofit organization, or someone’s home are injured for one of the following reasons:
- Slips, trips, and falls. Property owners should regularly inspect their premises (inside and out) for hazards that can cause someone to slip or trip and fall. Failure to address poor conditions, or to at least issue a warning about potential dangers, could leave them liable for your injuries.
- Falling objects and other unstable conditions. Anyone can suffer injury if parts of the building or facility, other than the floor, are unsafe. You may be hurt if:
- The elevators or escalators are not in working order
- Inventory falls from the shelves
- Debris falls from above
- Parts of the building structure were poorly designed
- Construction site hazards. Construction companies have a duty to ensure nobody who isn’t a construction worker comes onto the property, when the work is being done or after hours. This means the construction site owner should secure the property so only workers can enter or provide warnings about the dangers of entering the property.
- Negligent security. Property owners, especially at places like banks where attacks to obtain money may occur – or at places known for prior attacks – should take steps to secure their premises. These steps can include:
- Hiring security guards
- Installing video cameras
- Installing fencing
- Installing lights and making sure they work
- Setting alarms
- Reinforcing doors, especially on the first floor
- Dog bites. Dog owners have a duty to protect children and adults from attacks or bites by their dog. Missouri has a strict liability law that does not require that victims show the dog had a propensity to bite. Kansas does not have a dog bite statute, which generally means the victim must show the dog owner should have expected the dog might bite someone.
Why does the reason you’re on someone else’s property matter?
In Missouri and Kansas, property owners owe a duty of care to people they invite onto their property and people they give permission to be on their property. Property owners generally do not owe a duty of care to trespassers.
- Invitees are people property owners invite onto their property, usually so the property owner can sell a product or provide a service. Common examples of invitees include shoppers, patients, hotel guests, and diners. Invitees are entitled to the highest duty of care.
- Licensees are people who have permission to be on the property but are not invited for business purposes. Technically, licensees include party guests and similar people.
- Trespassers are people who do not have permission to be on someone else’s property. Trespassers generally assume the risk that property may be unsafe.
Exceptions for “attractive nuisances”
While trespassers may not be able to make a claim if they are hurt on your property, there is an exception if the property is an “attractive nuisance.” An attractive nuisance means that something on your property, such as a swimming pool or trampoline, will attract people to use those objects. If a child comes onto a neighbor’s property without permission and drowns in the pool, or gets injured on a trampoline, the property owner may still be liable, even if they had no idea the child entered the property.
Who can be held liable for an unsafe property accident in Missouri or Kansas?
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we work aggressively to hold everyone who causes your injuries accountable for the harm they caused. Some of the defendants we file claims against include:
- The owners of the property, including any parent or subsidiary companies
- Repair businesses
- Maintenance companies
- Nursing homes that fail to design or monitor their facilities properly
What kinds of injuries happen due to dangerous premises?
Unsafe properties can cause serious, even life-threatening injuries. Some of the more common serious injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage, including paralysis
- Neck injuries
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Head trauma
- Traumatic amputation
- Burn injuries
- Toxic exposure
- Broken bones
- Nerve, ligament, tissue, and muscle damage
- Bruises and lacerations
- Internal organ damage
In the most tragic cases, someone loses their life from a slip and fall, an assault, a dog bite that becomes infected, or a construction accident. In such a case, we would file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party or parties.
What damages can you seek in a premises liability claim?
Our lawyers file personal injury 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
- Punitive damages, if the property knew of a known danger and deliberately failed to protect you
Injured on someone’s property? Call our Kansas City premises liability lawyers today
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we’ll guide you through each step of the process of a personal injury claim. We work to hold all responsible defendants liable for causing your life-changing injury. We encourage you to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 000-000-000 or use our contact form. From our headquarters in Kansas City, we proudly represent injured victims throughout Missouri and Kansas. We also have offices Lee's Summit, Parkville, and St. Joseph, MO, as well as in Overland Park or Olathe, KS, by appointment only.