Springfield Premises Liability Lawyer
What is Premises Liability?
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 Law, P.C. We know how to pursue maximum compensation from even the most stubborn of property owners and insurance companies.
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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How long do I have to file a personal injury case in Missouri?Every state has a time limit for how long you have to file a personal injury claim called the statute of limitations. In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is five years from the date the injury occurred or could have been reasonably discovered. If you fail to file your personal injury lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires then the defendant will most certainly file a motion to dismiss the case.
What does a personal injury lawyer do?
Personal injury lawyers are legal experts dedicated to helping those who have been injured in an accident navigate the complex issues on their road to recovery. They specialize in tort law, protecting the rights of victims and ensuring they receive compensation for their suffering.
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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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