What is negligent security?

 There are many forms of dangerous premises. Negligent security is just one. Unfortunately, in many cases, negligent security can result in serious injury or even death. The experienced St. Louis premises liability Lawyers of Sumner Law Group, have effectively represented injured clients in nearly every type of dangerous premises case, and no two are alike.When discussing crimes such as negligent security, it’s important to remember that property owners are responsible for the safety of their premises. When security is inadequate on unsafe premises, people can often get hurt and killed. With the assistance of one of our St. Louis negligent security Lawyers, victims of such negligence can sue property owners for financial compensation. This compensation can cover medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of life, and other damages. Our St. Louis negligent security Lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and your options for moving forward if you have a case related to negligent security.If you or a loved one was injured due to a problem caused by negligent security or a lack of security, talk to the St. Louis negligent security Lawyers at Sumner Law Group. Our firm devotes itself to helping injured people and their families, and we have many years of experience winning cases stemming from serious injuries involving:Assaults, Robberies and Other Crimes at gas stations, bars, restaurants, convenience stores and community centersThird-Party Responsibility for injuries on premisesDeaths or Injuries that could have been prevented with adequate security guardsDeaths or Injuries that could have been prevented with proper lighting, surveillance or other procedures  Our firm has successfully sued cities, bars, nightclubs, hotels, commercial facilities and many other entities that acted negligently. We can help you understand if you have a case.​

the difference between good and great personal injury lawyers

 Capable personal injury lawyers are easy to find. A good personal injury attorney understands the law, implements systems to avoid missing deadlines, and has experience negotiating settlements. They handle routine cases competently and efficiently. They don’t drop the ball. Great personal injury attorneys, on the other hand, are less common. Four important qualities separate the good from the great: Compassion The trait that defines a great personal injury lawyer is compassion. Great lawyers care about their clients. They understand the pain and suffering that their clients endure. Because they empathize with injury victims, they are able to communicate that suffering to juries and to insurance adjusters. Clients refer friends to great personal injury attorneys not only because those lawyers achieve excellent results, but because they treat clients with dignity and respect. Great lawyers view their clients as people, not as sources of fees. Outstanding personal injury lawyers care about achieving justice for injury victims more than they care about money. They want clients to receive fair compensation so that clients can rebuild their lives, get the medical care they need, and overcome their injuries to the greatest possible degree. Communication Great lawyers talk to their clients. The number one complaint about lawyers is that they ignore their clients. They fail to return telephone calls. They never answer emails. It takes weeks to get an answer to a simple question. The lawyer might be doing a good job for his or her clients but the clients are frustrated because they do not know what is happening with their cases. Great personal injury lawyers keep their clients fully informed. They send copies of every letter they write on the client’s behalf. They give clients regular progress reports. They return telephone calls and respond to emails promptly. If they are busy with a trial, they make sure that a paralegal or secretary gets back to the client and relays an answer or tells the client when the attorney will be available. Clients know that great lawyers are working hard on their behalf because great lawyers communicate with their clients. Willingness to Take Risks Good personal injury lawyers are always willing to take cases when a negligent party is obviously at fault and significant injuries are clear. They may be less willing to help a severely injured person when there is doubt about the ability to establish that another person’s negligence caused the injuries. Even great lawyers turn down cases when the facts or the law are not on the side of the injury victim. But when a great lawyer believes that an injury victim was seriously harmed because another person or corporation behaved carelessly, that lawyer will work hard to obtain the compensation that the client deserves. When other lawyers say no because they think it will be too difficult to win the case, a great lawyer will say yes. Great lawyers take risks by investing time in cases they might not win if they believe that the case cries out for justice. Fearlessness A great personal injury lawyer is never afraid to take a case to trial. That does not mean that great lawyers never advise clients to settle. A fair settlement is usually preferable to leaving the fate of an injury victim in the hands of the strangers who sit on a jury. Great lawyers evaluate cases carefully. They know whether an insurance company’s final settlement offer should be accepted or rejected and they advise clients accordingly. At the same time, a great personal injury lawyer is never afraid to try a case. Good lawyers might be comfortable taking strong cases to trial but worry that they might lose when liability is in doubt. Great lawyers understand that juries are unpredictable and that verdicts are not always favorable, but they are willing to take cases to trial when insurance companies refuse to make reasonable settlement offers. They never pressure clients to take an inadequate offer because they fear that losing a case will make them look bad. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact The Sumner Law Group today!​

drowsy drivers can be deadly

 Virtually every driver has felt too tired to drive home at some point in their life. However, some drivers still get behind the wheel and attempt to make it home before they get some rest or sleep. Drivers may believe that turning on the radio, opening the windows, drinking coffee, or talking on the phone will keep them awake. That’s not necessarily true.The reality is that drowsy driving is always dangerous and can result in car accidents and injuries to others. In fact, over 800 people lost their lives and thousands more suffered injuries due to drowsy drivers in a single year in the U.S.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 25 drivers admitted to falling asleep while driving—and just within the prior month! Falling asleep while driving often results in a complete loss of control of the vehicle, and a driver may not jolt awake until it is too late to avoid a crash.A driver does not have to fully fall asleep for drowsy driving to be dangerous. Drowsiness can result in any of the following:-Decreased ability to focus on the road -Slower reaction times to sudden risks or obstacles -Ability to use proper judgment  If you ever miss an exit, start yawning and feel heavy eyes, hit a rumble strip, or start to drift from your lane, you should pull over immediately and not return to the road until you get some rest. These warning signs are not enough to deter some drivers, however, and many people remain on the road and eventually crash into another vehicle; harming or potentially killing an innocent driver.If a driver knew they were drowsy and stayed on the road, any injured accident victims have the right to seek compensation from the negligent driver. You should not hesitate to contact Sumner Law Group. Drowsy Commercial Drivers Perhaps the most dangerous drowsy drivers are commercial drivers who operate large semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, these are some of the most common drowsy drivers. Truck drivers often drive long, monotonous shifts, sleep in their vehicles, and drive during the night to avoid heavy traffic. All of these factors can lead to sleepiness behind the wheel.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict limits on shift lengths for drivers to try to curb drowsy driving. Some drivers fail to comply with these limits and risk falling asleep on the highway. Others may follow the regulations but may become drowsy for other reasons and may not make the right judgment call to pull over. Instead, drivers may try to use coffee, energy drinks, and even drugs to stay awake, putting everyone on the road at risk of serious injuries.If you or a family member has been injured by a drowsy driver, contact Sumner Law Group for free today at 314-500-HELP​

when is a bar liable for over serving?

 Bars and advertisements for alcoholic products often encourage people to “drink responsibly,” but in many cases, the establishments or bartenders serving these drinks may be at least partially liable for a patron’s alcohol-related injury or death. Under certain circumstances, bars can—and should—be held responsible for over-serving patrons. Many states have “dram shop” laws (named after an 18th century term for pubs or taverns), and Missouri is no exception. It can also be challenging to determine whether a bartender or establishment “knowingly” served to someone who had no business drinking, which is why it’s important to work with a skilled St. Louis personal injury attorney like Sumner Law Group if you or someone you love was harmed by or was an over-served bar patron.  When a Bartender Continues Serving a Customer In Spite of Obvious Intoxication: A bar may be liable for over-serving if a bartender continues to serve drinks to a customer who is very clearly intoxicated to the point that he or she may be a danger to themselves or others. If, for example, a person is slurring their speech, acting confused, or having trouble standing up and walking, a bartender should make the decision to stop serving drinks to that customer. If the bartender continues giving that person drinks, they are knowingly increasing the chances of an accident, especially if the patron is planning on driving home from the bar.  When an Over-served Bar Patron Causes a Car Accident:It is possible for a bar to be found liable for injuries or deaths caused by a drunk patron who drove, especially if a bartender was aware or could reasonably have inferred that the patron was planning to drive home. There have been a number of successful wrongful death claims filed against bars for drunk driving accidents in recent years. including:     •    A Five Points, SC bar paying a $975,000 settlement to the family of a 24-year-old man who was struck and killed by one of the bar’s patrons while crossing the street at a crosswalk (the patron had a BAC of .22 at the time).    •    An Austell, GA sports bar paying a $1 million settlement to the widow of a man killed by a patron who drove drunk (the settlement was awarded after a Cobb County judge sanctioned the bar for destroying four hours of incriminating video evidence showing the patron drinking).    •    A Pittsburgh, PA bar paying a $6.6 million settlement to a man who became a quadriplegic after driving drunk and crashing into a tree (the plaintiff alleged that the bar gave him free drinks and that one of the bartenders told him that he could keep drinking when he asked for seltzer water because she would drive him home later). Proving That a Bar Is At-Fault for Over-serving: As previously mentioned, it can be challenging to prove fault even if you believe that a bar’s staff should be held responsible for an accident that resulted from their over-serving a patron. Bartenders might argue that they only served a patron a couple drinks, but that the patron had been drinking before coming to the bar, was drinking on an empty stomach, or had a low tolerance for alcohol. If the bar staff can prove that they could not reasonably be expected to know a patron was drunk, the bar will most likely not be held liable for any accidents or injuries resulting from that patron’s drunkenness. However, that does not mean that you should just sit back if you’ve been harmed or have lost a loved one due to a bar staff’s inexperience or negligence. If you believe that you may have a case against a bar, contact Sumner Law Group soon as possible to learn more about how you can prove fault at 314-500-HELP or email us today @ brent@sumnerlawgroup.com ​

termination after getting injured on the job

 Most employees in Missouri are considered to be "at-will" employees. In essence, this means that an employee may be terminated at any time and for any reason. However, employers must follow the law when it comes to firing employees. If you have been threatened with termination after getting injured on the job, or if you were fired for seeking workers' compensation benefits following an injury, you may have a legal claim against your employer.At Sumner Law Group, have been protecting the rights of injured workers since we began our practice. We can provide you with a free consultation so you know your rights after you have been injured in a workplace accident.It doesn't matter whether the employer or the employee is to blame when an on-the-job injury occurs. The injured employee is still entitled to pursue workers' comp benefits. As such, it is against the law for an employer to interfere with an employee's quest for benefits, including terminating an employee following an on-the-job injury as a result of the employee filing a workers' compensation claim.Most employers will never admit that they terminated an employee because he or she was injured at work. They will often point to some unrelated, usually performance-based reason for why the employee was terminated. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your termination. We will look for any previous performance issues and how the employer has treated similar employees in the past. You can rest assured that we will get to the root cause of your termination and if your employer has violated the law we can work to hold them accountable.You only have a short period of time in which to pursue a claim against your employer. That is why it is important to seek the skilled legal advice from Sumner Law Group as soon as possible. Call us today at 314-500-HELP for a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you with your workers' comp case.   ​

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