St. Louis Slip & Fall Attorney
Slip & Fall Accident Claims in Missouri
Compensation for slip and fall injuries in the United States costs more than $70 billion per year. The percentage of slip, trip, and fall accidents dramatically rises with age and occupation, though other risk factors exist that can put anyone in danger of injuring themselves in a fall.
If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident in Missouri or Illinois, you’ll likely be facing sudden medical expenses and time away from work. To make up for these hardships, the St. Louis slip and fall lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm are here to provide experienced legal representation to slip and fall victims and their families.
Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with an attorney.
Common Slip & Fall Injuries
Slip and fall cases can lead to a number of injuries ranging from mild to severe. Such accidents can even be fatal. Below, we list some of the most common injuries in slip and fall injury claims.
Slip and fall injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Joint injuries
- Knee injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (like concussions)
- Internal injuries
If you are injured from a slip or a fall, it is crucial to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The faster you start the process, the faster and easier you can win compensation for medical expenses, lost time at work, and other financial hardships.
Proving Fault in Slip & Fall Accidents
As with other premises liability cases, an important factor is proving negligence to determine who is at fault. In slip and fall accidents, the property or business owner usually isn’t at fault as long as they made slipping, falling, or tripping “unlikely” to happen.
If there are puddles, uneven walkways, or other obstacles that the owner was aware of but proved negligent by not addressing those problems with signs or repairs, they are likely at fault. However, a victim may have been careless putting them at fault for the accident. Texting while walking, running down steep steps, or knowingly entering dangerous premises may flip the blame. Ice, snow, and poor lighting are other factors to consider.
In order to establish the fact that a property owner is negligent, a slip and fall lawyer needs to establish at least one of the following:
- The property owner caused the dangerous condition or hazard (uneven floors, holes, etc.)
- The property owner knew about the dangerous condition and failed to repair it
- The hazard had been around for a long time and the possessor/owner should have corrected it but didn’t
In this type of premises liability case, there must be a responsible party that caused the injury (i.e. can be proven to have been negligent). Accidents caused by carelessness don’t make good personal injury cases, but it is important to reach out and contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you think you are a victim of negligence for more information.
Regarding landlords, there is little a tenant can do if they are injured in a slip and fall unless the landlord can be proven beyond a doubt to have been negligent concerning a known or obvious danger. Proving a landlord’s failure to take reasonable precautions is how you win residential slip and fall cases.
Slip & Fall Cases on Commercial Property
It’s important to note that slip and falls on commercial property are different than, say, tripping over a neighbor’s garden hose. A restaurant, business, or store owner is usually held responsible concerning things like a spill or dangerous walkway. If you were to submit a slip and fall claim, your lawyer would look for proof of negligence such as the owner knowing about a dangerous area and doing nothing about it. Another way to look at it is if the hazard would be taken care of or cleaned up by a “reasonable” business owner or employee.
Contact a Slip & Fall Injury Lawyer Today
The Dixon Injury Firm specializes in personal injury cases. Whether you’ve been in a car accident, have a workers’ compensation case, or have suffered from a slip and fall injury in St. Louis, call a lawyer at Dixon today for a free consultation and case review.