Premises Liability Attorneys in St. Joseph, MO
Vigorously fighting for victims of premises liability accidents in Missouri
A lot of our day-to-day life is spent on another person’s property. Whether it be visiting a friend for coffee or going shopping. The moment you enter another person's property you may be in danger and the property owner should be the one who creates a safe environment. If there is a dangerous condition present on the property and an accident happens this can lead to a premises liability claim.
The track record for Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys speaks for itself. We have secured strong settlements and verdicts for victims of negligent property owners. Call our St. Joseph premises liability attorneys today if you have been the victim of a premises liability accident.
What are some examples of unsafe premises accidents in St. Joseph?
As we go about our day, there are several properties we will enter and this, in turn, means there are many ways we can be injured, including:
- Trips, slips, and falls
- Construction site hazards
- Negligent security
- Falling objects and other unsafe conditions
- Animal attacks
The truth is that an accident can happen in several ways that may not be listed here, and it is important to hold negligent parties responsible for their role. When you have a St. Joseph premises liability attorney fighting for you this becomes easier to do.
Why you were on the property matters
You may not think that the reason you were on the property makes a difference in a case, but it does. Personal injury cases are based on the fact that a party owes another party a duty of care. When it comes to premises liability, the duty that is owed to parties on the premises is different depending on what their role is. There are different types of people who enter properties such as:
- Licensees: These are people who are allowed to be on the premises but have not been invited for a business purpose.
- Invitees: When a person is explicitly invited onto the property, they are known as an invitee. In a restaurant or grocery store, this pertains to anyone who has entered the premises to use business services such as eating dinner or buying a product. This group of individuals is often owed the highest duty of care.
- Trespassers: Any person who has not been invited onto the property and has no business purpose would be considered a trespasser.
Essentially, property owners do not owe trespassers a duty of care except in an attractive nuisance case. These cases are very contentious because it means that the property owner had something on their property that attracted trespassers such as a swimming pool. Using the swimming pool as an example, if a neighboring child enters the property without the explicit consent or invitation of the homeowner and they are injured, the property owner can be held liable. It is important that property owners secure their premises especially when there is an attractive nuance present.
Premises liability cases can be a challenge because your St. Joseph premises liability attorney must work to prove that there was an unsafe condition that caused your injuries. Property owners will try to disprove this and will often say they were not aware of the dangerous situation or did not owe you a duty of care.
What kinds of injuries can be sustained due to dangerous premises?
While you may think that a premise is safe and that injuries would only be minor. This is incorrect since injuries are life-threatening in some cases. While many premises liability accidents result in minor injuries others do not. Some of the most common injuries sustained on unsafe premises include:
- Burn injuries
- Neck injuries
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Bruise and lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Loss of limb
- Nerve and tissue damage
In the worst of cases, a person can pass away from a premises liability accident. If this does happen, we will need to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the serving family members.
Who can be held liable for an unsafe property in St. Joseph?
When it comes to a property there may be several moving parts. This is especially seen in grocery or retail stores. These stores may have a property owned outright or the store can be leasing the space from another property owner. When this happens, they will try to shift the blame on each other. When you have an experienced St. Joseph premises liability attorney on your side this becomes more difficult. With so many complexities related to premises liability, you may be left wondering who can actually be held responsible for these cases. There are multiple potential defendants for these cases. This would include:
- Property owners
- Maintenance companies
- Repair businesses
- Nursing home facilities
Our St. Joseph premises liability attorney will need to conduct a thorough investigation to determine who the negligent party was. In some cases, there are multiple negligent parties that can be held responsible. Our attorneys will work to hold each negligent party responsible for their contribution to the unsafe condition on the property.
What damages can accident victims seek?
While it may be difficult to fathom seeking damages after an accident, it is part of the legal implications that results from these accidents. When you are involved in an accident you will have medical bills that continue to pile up. Over time it may no longer be financially feasible to keep up with these bills. Our St. Joseph premises liability attorney will seek damages for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of consortium
- Medical bills past and future that are related to the accident
- Punitive damages in cases of intentional negligence
The damages you may be entitled to will depend on the factors of your case. Once there is a clear picture of your medical needs and your future, we will be able to determine what compensation to seek. The amount of compensation will also vary depending on a variety of factors surrounding the case. Your St. Joseph premises liability attorney will be able to discuss all your options with you during a consultation and throughout your case.
Do you have a car accident attorney near me?
Our St. Joseph office is located at 2501 Frederick Avenue Suite 100 by appointment. We also see clients throughout Missouri and Kansas.
Contact a St. Joseph premises liability attorney today
When you enter another person's property you do so with the safe assumption that you will be able to leave without incident. When that is not the case and you suffer an injury, you might be left worried and confused. You now must contend with ongoing medical treatments and care and may be unable to return to your daily routine. A St. Joseph premises liability accident attorney can help you build a case.
Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys will guide you through each and every step of a personal injury claim. We will build a strong case and investigate your claim thoroughly. Property owners owe you a duty of care upon entering their premises. When that duty is breached this can result in serious injury. You should not be left to pay out of pocket for your injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Call Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 816-471-5111, or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
St. Joseph Office
2501 Frederick Avenue,
St. Joseph, MO 64506