St. Louis Premises Liability Attorney
Legal help when you are injured on another’s property in MO and IL
Although everyone has heard the saying “accidents happen,” it is not an accident when you’re injured because of someone else’s carelessness. This includes when you’re a visitor on someone’s property. When you are a guest – whether in a public or private place – you have the reasonable expectation that you and your loved ones are safe from hazards.
If you are injured due to unsafe premises, you may be unsure about where to start or who is even liable for your injuries. When you need strong legal representation, turn to The Hayden Law Firm for tenacity dedication, and experience. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability law goes into effect when a property owner is negligent in their duty to prevent an avoidable accident and, therefore, someone is harmed as a result. We all know that everyone must follow the law when visiting public places, but what about the property owner’s legal responsibilities to visitors?
Premises liability law dictates that property hosts are required to maintain their property to keep it clean, hazard-free, and safe. Furthermore, this extends to not only consistently inspecting their property and repairing hazards, but also providing sufficient warning of any of these safety risks to guests. If the owner fails to do any of these things, they have violated the duty of care they owe to you.
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Who is liable in a premises liability case?
The courts determine premises liability by the level of duty a property owner owes the victim. In Missouri and Illinois, there are three types of visitors and three levels of duty of care.
- Invitee. An invitee is what it sounds like; someone invited onto the property. This could be a customer in a shop, a mail carrier on the job, church congregants, or pedestrians in parking lots. Owners owe invitees a high duty of care that their property is safe from hazards.
- Licensee. Licensees are social guests allowed on the property by the owner. With licensees, the owner isn’t necessarily required to keep their property free from hazards, but they ARE required to warn their guests about potential dangers and hazards.
- Trespasser. Trespassers do not have permission to be on an owner’s property, and therefore an owner owes them a much lower duty of care.
A note about children: Children are owed a higher duty of care under the law. For example, if a child trespasses and suffers injury or death due to an “attractive nuisance” – like a swimming pool or trampoline – the property owner is likely to be held liable for not keeping their property safe.
What are some examples of St. Louis premises liability accidents?
The hard truth is that most premises liability accidents and injuries are preventable. A simple “Caution” or “Danger” sign can help you avoid pain and suffering, as well as losing thousands of dollars to medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages. A successful premises liability action can help get the coverage you need to pay for these expenses.
Premises liability accidents can occur at many different types of establishments and for many different reasons. The most common types of cases we handle include:
- Foodborne illnesses
- Fires or electrocution
- Negligent security
- Occupational exposure
- Broken equipment, inadequate lighting, inadequate snow and ice removal, etc.
In these types of cases, it is important to remember that not only are you pursuing justice for yourself, but you’re also ensuring that no one else is injured in the same way again. The Hayden Law Firm handles all manner of premises liability claims, including sexual assault claims stemming from attacks on private and public property.
What are common premises liability injuries?
Unfortunately, there are countless dangers that can happen on someone’s property and, as a result, The Hayden Law Firm has seen a wide array of devastating injuries to innocent people including burns, lacerations, and other bodily injuries, including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Bruises and broken bones
- Injuries to the hands, wrists, knees, ankles or feet
- Internal bleeding or other injuries
- Loss of limb
- Traumatic brain injuries
Whether it’s a slip and fall on snow and ice, an object falling off a shelf, or a fire started by shoddy workmanship, experienced attorneys can help you secure the compensation you need to heal from your injuries.
Is your premises liability lawyer near me?
The Hayden Law Firm is located in the historic St. Louis neighborhood of Clayton-Tamm, but we serve all Missouri and Illinois.
Rest assured, however, that if you are critically injured and unable to come to St. Louis, we will travel to visit you in the hospital or rehabilitation center. We also offer virtual conferences and telephone consultations.
What is the statute of limitations on a Missouri premises liability claim?
The statute of limitations to bring a premises liability claim against an at-fault party in Missouri is five years from the date of the incident or accident. This also applies to any property damage from the incident. If you wrecked your car or broke a pricey watch in the accident, you may seek compensation for these losses as well.
If you miss this five-year deadline, you will almost certainly lose your right to seek compensation. This is why it’s so important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured on another person’s property. An attorney can begin working on your case while all of the details are fresh in your mind and evidence is still present, give you the best chance for a successful outcome.
How can a St. Louis premises liability lawyer help?
It can be intimidating to face large businesses and their even larger insurance companies on your own — both will try to fight your claim every step of the way. For this reason, you need an experienced St. Louis premises liability lawyer guiding you along the way to protect your best interests. At The Hayden Law Firm, our experience extends to a deep understanding of complex Missouri premises liability laws so that we can effectively negotiate on your behalf.
Amanda Hayden, founder of The Hayden Law Firm, is a strategic and experienced personal injury attorney who understands that evidence must be collected to show how the operator or owner of the property failed in their responsibility to take care of the dangers present. This often involves collecting photos, interviewing key witnesses, scrutinizing maintenance reports, identifying all negligent parties, and more in order to meticulously build a strong case from the ground up.
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At The Hayden Law Firm, our goal is to fiercely defend your rights after you are injured due to another’s negligence. Founder Amanda Hayden works to reclaim what you’ve lost and secure the compensation you need. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We proudly serve clients in St. Louis, and throughout Missouri and Illinois.