Property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe from dangerous conditions that could cause injuries. At the very least, property owners should warn people of any hazards they might encounter. When property owners or managers fail to take reasonable measures to protect lawful visitors, those who suffer injuries should seek legal help immediately.
St. Louis Premises Liability Lawyer
If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, let the St. Louis premises liability lawyers of Sumner Law Group, LLC, explain your legal rights. Our team has more than 50 years of combined experience representing injured accident victims throughout St. Louis and Missouri. Our firm has the skills and the resources to take on deep-pocketed property owners and insurers. We have a proven track record of recovering millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Contact us now to get the legal advice you need. Our St. Louis premises liability attorneys will review your case for free.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Premises Liability Claim?
Not all injuries that occur on someone else’s property will give rise to a premises liability claim. You will need to establish that you were injured by a dangerous or defective condition due to the negligence of the owner or possessor of the property.
Property and business owners owe lawful visitors a duty of care. Unlawful visitors, also known as trespassers, are owed no duty of care except that property owners may not intentionally inflict injury on a trespasser through a created condition on the property, such as a trap.
Lawful visitors fall into two categories under Missouri law:
- Invitees. Invitees include individuals who visit for the benefit of the property or business owner. Examples of invitees include customers.
- Licensees. Licensees visit for their own benefit. Examples include delivery workers.
Property and business owners owe invitees a duty when hazardous conditions on the property are known to the owner or should be discovered through reasonable diligence. The owner must take reasonable efforts to remedy those conditions or warn invitees of their existence.
When dealing with licensees, owners have a duty to remedy hazardous conditions that are known to the owner or warn licensees of those conditions.
If a property owner or manager violates this duty of care, and you are injured as a result, you can pursue compensation for your losses through a premises liability claim.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
The St. Louis premises liability attorneys at Sumner Law Group, LLC, have extensive experience helping clients injured in these types of cases:
- Negligent security. We can help you hold property owners accountable for negligent or inadequate security that facilitates the commission of a crime resulting in your injuries. Negligent security includes inadequate lighting, lack of surveillance, broken locks, or insufficient numbers of trained security personnel.
- School and campus violence. Our firm can help your family if your child suffers an injury due to violence at school. That violence includes bullying or a more serious failure to prevent violent activity on campus.
- Sexual abuse and assault. If you have been the victim of sexual assault or abuse, especially when committed by someone in a position of authority or trust, we can help you hold the managing businesses or companies accountable for your physical and emotional trauma.
- MetroLink crime. You may be entitled to financial compensation if you suffer injury due to criminal activity on St. Louis’s MetroLink public transit system, whether in and around bus and transit stations or on vehicles and trains.
- Slip and fall accidents. When property or business owners allow slipping or tripping hazards to remain on their premises for an unreasonably long period, you may be entitled to pursue compensation if you are injured due to one of those hazards.
- Toxic exposure. When you are injured by toxic or environmental contamination from someone else’s property, we can fight to hold the owner responsible to provide you with financial compensation for your injuries and damages.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning. Our legal team can help you hold landlords or residential complex managers responsible for your injuries from exposure to carbon monoxide, especially if your leased residence failed to have appropriate detectors and alarms.
How Can a Premises Liability Attorney Help?
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, a premises liability lawyer in St. Louis can help you by:
- Investigating the accident and injuries and securing all available evidence, including accident reports, scene photos, surveillance footage, and eyewitness statements
- Bringing in accident reconstruction and engineering experts to help us evaluate the evidence and build a persuasive argument as to how your accident occurred and who should be held liable for your injuries and damages
- Helping you document the full extent of your damages, including the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and future anticipated losses
- Filing your claim with the at-fault parties and their insurance companies, and dealing with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers for you so that you can focus on your recovery
- Fully preparing your case so that we can aggressively pursue a negotiated settlement or, if necessary, take your claim to trial to secure a verdict in your favor
At Sumner Law Group, LLC, we understand how daunting the legal process might seem. That is why you will always have direct communication with the attorney handling your case. Our attorneys will make arrangements to meet or speak with you whenever you need us.
We also know the financial difficulties that can come with recovering from injuries. With our firm, you never have to pay any fees unless and until we win compensation on your behalf.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt
on Someone Else’s Property
After your accident, take these steps to help protect your legal rights and options for pursuing a financial recovery:
- Notify the owner or occupier of the property about your accident and injuries Stick to the basic facts. If you are injured at a business or on a commercial property, the owner or manager may complete an accident or incident report. Request a copy of this report for your records.
- If possible, take photographs or video of the accident scene Including these details: what you believe caused your injury, weather or lighting conditions (if relevant), and nearby warning signs or safety equipment. Also document any visible injuries you suffered.
- Talk to any bystanders who may have witnessed your accident Ask for their contact information so that your attorney can reach out to them later, if necessary.
- Note if any surveillance cameras may have captured your accident and injury If so, ask the property or business owner to preserve any footage from those cameras.
- Get examined by your primary doctor or at your local emergency room or urgent care clinic Promptly identifying your injuries will ensure you receive necessary treatment and that your injuries are documented.
Finally, schedule a free case evaluation with a premises liability lawyer from Sumner Law Group, LLC. We can discuss your legal options and outline the next steps to take.
Time Limit on Premises Liability Claims
Under Missouri’s statute of limitations, you typically have five years from the date of your injury to file a premises liability lawsuit. For minor children injured in a premises liability accident, the five-year period begins to run at age 21. If your accident took place on government property, the time period for filing a claim is much shorter.
If you fail to timely file your notice or lawsuit, the court can permanently dismiss your claim. When that happens, you cannot pursue compensation in court. This is why it is important to speak with an experienced premises liability attorney in St. Louis as soon as possible after your accident.
Talk to a St. Louis Premises Liability Attorney Now
If you have been injured due to dangerous or defective conditions on someone else’s property, contact a St. Louis premises liability attorney from Sumner Law Group, LLC.