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A premises liability case can arise whenever someone is injured on someone else’s property. Landowners, property owners, lessees, and municipalities have a legal duty to their customers and other guests to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition.
If you or a loved one was injured due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property in St. Louis, you may be able to bring a premises liability claim against the negligent property owner or occupant to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
Contact Miller & Hine at (314) 413-2053 to arrange a free consultation with an experienced St. Louis premises liability attorney. We can help.
Where Do Premises Liability Incidents Occur?
A premises liability case can arise from an incident on property owned, leased, or occupied by a private party, such as a grocery store, restaurant, or the home of a friend. Likewise, a premises liability claim may arise from an incident on property owned by the government, such as a public park, a sidewalk, a street, or a government building.
A premises liability incident can occur anywhere, indoors or outdoors, including:
- Apartment complexes
- Shopping centers or malls
- Bars and restaurants
- Sports stadiums
- Swimming pool and hot tubs
- Parking lots
- Construction sites
What’s more, premises liability incidents can be caused by a wide variety of hazardous conditions, such as:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Torn carpets
- Uneven/cracked sidewalk or walkway
- Dog attacks
- Poor lighting
- Insufficient security
A skilled St. Louis premises liability lawyer can assist you with collecting the evidence you need to prove where and how the injurious incident occurred. They will use expert witnesses to evaluate the incident and explain to the at-fault party’s insurance company, or a jury at trial, how the hazardous condition resulted in the harm you suffered.
Common Premises Liability Injuries?
A premises liability accident can result in any number of injuries. Some of the most common injuries that the Missouri premises liability attorneys at our law firm help clients with include:
- Broken bones
- Severe lacerations
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Open head wounds
- Strains and sprains
Even a minor injury can require you to work with a skilled attorney to recover the cost of necessary medical treatment, time missed from work, and other out-of-pocket costs.
Compensation For a Missouri Premises Liability Case
Typically, there is more liability coverage available to cover a premises liability accident than an automobile accident. For example, the state mandatory minimum for automobile insurance coverage is $25,000 per person, while the coverage available under the standard homeowner’s policy is $250,000, and the commercial general liability insurance policy is $1 million.
More insurance coverage means the possibility of a much larger settlement for your claim, including compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses related to your injuries
- Lost wages and income if you cannot work while recovering from your injuries
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Possible punitive damages
An experienced Missouri premises liability attorney from our law firm can help you evaluate and document all of your losses, and ensure that you recover all the compensation to which you are entitled.
What Do I Need To Prove in a Missouri Premises Liability Case?
In general, four basic elements need to be proven for a premises liability case to succeed in Missouri:
- The defendant (property owner, manager, lessee, or municipality) owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty to you
- The defendant’s breach of duty caused your injuries
- Your injuries led to economic or non-economic damages that you suffered
In addition, an injured person must prove that the property owner, manager, or occupant knew about the hazardous conditions on the property or should have known about it, and had enough time to warn you of the danger or fix it, but failed to do so before you were injured.
Contact Miller & Hine: St. Louis Premises Liability Attorneys
If you have been injured by a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, you should not underestimate the value of a St. Louis premises liability attorney in these cases. For your best chance at a successful resolution, we highly encourage you to contact us for a free case evaluation.
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, and we charge no fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf.