Part of owning a piece of real estate is accepting the responsibility of keeping the property well maintained and free of potentially dangerous hazards. An owner or property manager who fails to ensure the safety of guests, customers, and visitors could be liable for any injuries that happen on that property. If a visitor becomes injured or loses their life in an accident that could have been prevented, the property owner can be held liable for failing in their duty of care.
If you have been hurt on another person’s property, you may be able to seek compensatory damages by filing a premises liability claim. We invite you to contact the Springfield premises liability attorneys at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. We know how to pursue maximum compensation from even the most stubborn of property owners and insurance companies.
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Premises Liability Accidents Caused by Owner Negligence
Common maintenance-related issues that can lead to accidents and injuries include:
- Failing to promptly clean debris or liquid spills from floors
- Uneven flooring or carpeting
- Stairwells with missing handrails
- Icy stairwells or sidewalks
- Dangerous electrical systems
- Improperly maintained escalators or elevators
- Unfenced pools
- Unrestrained dogs and other animals
- Dim lighting in common areas
- Inadequate security measures
Hazards on a piece of real estate – be it a residential, commercial, or industrial plot – can lead to a variety of injuries to guests, including bruises, lacerations, neck and back problems, head injuries, electrocutions, bone fractures, and more. Because the circumstances surrounding each case vary, we encourage you to consult with one of our premises liability attorneys to investigate your case. We can figure out what damages you can seek under Missouri’s premises liability laws.
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Invitees, Licensees & Trespassers
In a premises liability case, it is important to establish the relationship between the property owner and the injured party. It might not be obvious at first, but this relationship will greatly influence whether or not you have a strong premises liability claim.
Under the law, someone who visits someone else’s property can be a:
- Invitee: An invitee is on the property for business purposes that benefit the property owner. Common types of invitees are customers in a store and home service specialists in a customer’s house, such as a plumber who has been called to fix a leaky sink. Property owners owe a significant duty of care to invitees. Essentially, the proprietor must check for onsite hazards and address them before an invitee encounters them, within reason.
- Licensee: A licensee is on the property for a social or recreational purpose that benefits them as much as the property owner. A common type of licensee is a friend that has been invited into the home. Property owners owe a moderate duty of care to licensees, which usually involves warning them about known hazards but not necessarily requiring them to take immediate action to fix those hazards.
- Trespasser: A trespasser is on the property without permission or to complete an illegal activity like theft. Property owners owe little to no duty of care to trespassers. In most cases, a property owner must hang signs warning about a dangerous dog on the property and not intentionally set traps to hurt trespassers, but no other precautions are owed.
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Medical costs can quickly become overwhelming after a serious premises liability accident. You should not have to suffer for the carelessness of another person. Allow a member of our team to hold the property manager who caused your accident accountable for their failure to maintain their property in a safe and responsible manner.
Our Springfield premises liability lawyers at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. have handled countless premises liability cases for more than 45 years. We are fully committed to helping our clients obtain justice by guiding them through their cases from start to finish and seeking all possible ways to maximize their compensation.
Missouri law allows only five years to file a personal injury claim, so get started today by contacting our firm.
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