Individuals and entities that own property are responsible for keeping their premises in a reasonably safe condition at all times.
When premises owners fail to maintain their premises and allow them to become rundown and defective, serious accidents can happen. These accidents, in turn, can lead to significant injuries, pain, suffering, and other consequences. If you sustained an injury on premises belonging to someone else, you have legal options that are available to you in your case.
The skilled team of St. Louis premises liability attorneys at Dixon Injury Firm can explain those options to you and help you decide on the best legal course of action to take in your specific case. In some instances, we can file a personal injury claim with the premises owner’s insurance company or file a lawsuit against the responsible person or entity on your behalf.
When you let us handle your premises liability legal claim, you can rest assured that we will give it all of the time and attention that it deserves—and that we will fight for your right to recover satisfactory monetary compensation and damages for the injuries you suffered.
Please call us today to find out more about how we can assist you with pursuing compensation for your premises liability injuries. We assist clients throughout the St. Louis metro area, including the Metro East, and we know how to seek justice under both Missouri and Illinois premises liability laws.
Where Do Premises Accidents Take Place in St. Louis?
St. Louis premises accidents can take place nearly everywhere, from Lacledes Landing to Soulard, from Grand Avenue in Tower Grove to the University City Loop, from Ballpark Village to the Hill and Dogtown.
We see many accidents at:
- The City Museum
- Grocery stores and shopping centers (from Schnuck’s, Target, and Walmart to Union Station, Westport Plaza, and the Galleria)
- Stadiums and arenas (including Busch Stadium, the Enterprise Center, Chaifetz Arena, and Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
- Hotels (Hilton, Hyatt, Drury, Days Inn, and Holiday Inn)
If you were hurt at any of those locations, or anywhere else in the city, call us.
Types of Premises Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are common occurrences on both business and residential premises. These accidents typically happen when a person trips and falls on an indoor or outdoor surface—usually because of a wet or slippery substance that is on the ground. The substance can be water, food, or something else that is slippery. These types of accidents are especially common at restaurants and supermarkets, where foods and liquids routinely spill onto the floor.
The types of injuries that can result from a slip and fall accident depend upon how the accident victim falls to the ground, as well as the force with which the accident victim strikes the ground.
Slip and fall accidents can also occur outdoors, especially in areas that are not maintained properly, such as sidewalks, parking lots, and parking garages. For example, the accident victim may trip and fall over a pothole or a large crack in the concrete, suffering serious injuries as a result.
Although slips and falls are common on business and residential premises, many other types of premises accidents can occur.
Those premises accidents include:
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Falls on stairs
- Electrical accident
- Toxic exposure
- Accidents that occur as a result of negligent security on the premises.
An example of negligent security is when a shopping mall or shopping center lacks proper monitoring, or the necessary security personnel are not on-site and available, and a person suffers an injury as a result of someone else’s intentional act. Then, the premises owner can be fully or partially to blame for the incident and resulting injuries.
If you or a person you love suffered injuries in one of these types of accidents, a knowledgeable St. Louis premises liability lawyer at Dixon Injury Firm can help. We can get to the bottom of exactly how your accident occurred and can pursue the necessary compensation that you need.
Injuries Suffered in Premises Accidents
When premises owners do not take care of and manage their properties adequately, serious injuries and accidents can sometimes happen. When a person injures themselves on property belonging to someone else, the property owner may share in some or all of the legal blame. Injuries can result in medical treatment, surgeries, and physical therapy—all of which costs a significant amount of money.
The responsible premises owner or the owner’s insurance company can be responsible for paying these damages. Common injuries suffered in a premises accident include soft tissue injuries, broken bones, head injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, and others.
If you have suffered one or more of these injuries in an accident that happened on someone else’s premises, a knowledgeable St. Louis premises liability attorney at Dixon Injury Firm can go over your legal options with you and help you pursue the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you suffered in your premises accident.
Duty of Care Owed by Premises Owners to Property Visitors
Property owners and managers owe a duty of care to individuals who visit their properties. The duty of care owners owe to a property visitor depends upon the visitor’s status on the property. Business invitees, or those who are on the property for a business purpose, deserve the highest duty of care under the law.
A property owner must warn business invitees about or correct known dangerous hazards that exist on the property to protect them from suffering injuries. Property owners are also required to inspect their premises regularly and look for unknown dangers that might be lurking about somewhere. Once the danger is uncovered, the property owner must remedy it or at the very least warn about it.
Licensees, or social guests, are not on someone else’s property to benefit the owner. However, a property owner must still warn about or correct all known dangerous conditions that exist on the property, and that can result in accidents and injuries.
Trespassers, on the other hand, are individuals who do not have permission to be or remain on the property. However, if the property owner knows a particular trespasser, then the owner may owe them a duty of care to protect against dangerous conditions and hazards on the property.
For a property owner to be responsible for injuries sustained on their premises, the owner must also know about the defect, and they must have reasonable time to warn about or correct the defect. If the property owner was unaware of the defect, then they might try to use that as a defense against their responsibility for the accident and injuries that resulted on their premises.
In St. Louis and Metro East premises accident cases, the accident victim has the legal burden of proof. A knowledgeable St. Louis premises liability attorney at Dixon Injury Firm can assist you with satisfying this legal burden and pursuing damages from the property owner’s insurance company.
Steps to Take Following a Premises Accident
If you sustained an injury on someone else’s premises, there are several steps that you should take. First of all, you should notify a manager or some other agent of the premises owner about the accident and your injuries. If the accident occurred on business premises, such as in a store or restaurant, a store employee or manager will typically have you fill out a form describing the incident and what happened.
Next, you should make sure that you receive follow-up medical care and treatment for your injuries. You should obtain this medical treatment even if you’re not sure how severe your injuries from the accident are because injury symptoms do not always show up right away. They may take several days, or even weeks, to manifest. Therefore, it is a good idea to receive follow-up treatment at a hospital emergency room or urgent care center as soon as you can. A healthcare provider can ascertain your medical condition and can recommend follow-up care if appropriate.
Lastly, you should reach out to a St. Louis premises liability attorney at Dixon Injury Firm as soon as possible after your accident. Your attorney can take the legal steps necessary to ensure that the premises owner, or the premises owner’s insurance company, is placed on notice of a potential claim. Your lawyer can also gather your medical treatment records and bills to date and can begin the claims-filing process on your behalf—all while you finish your medical treatment and concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
Pursuing a Claim or Lawsuit for Monetary Compensation and Damages
If you have suffered an injury on someone else’s premises, you can file a claim with the property owner’s insurance company. A St. Louis premises liability attorney at Dixon Injury Firm can help you file a claim for compensation by preparing a settlement demand letter and a demand package on your behalf. The demand letter will make a monetary demand for settlement.
In addition to the settlement demand letter, the demand package will include various types of documentation, including your medical records and bills, loss wage documentation if applicable, photographs of the premises where the incident occurred, camera footage of the incident scene (if available), incident reports prepared by management, police reports, and sometimes a victim impact statement. The victim impact statement will describe the effects that the premises accident has had on the accident victim’s life.
A St. Louis premises liability lawyer can then reach out to the insurance company who will assign an adjuster to oversee your case. Once the insurance company adjuster reviews all of the documentation, along with the demand letter, they may make an offer to resolve your case in the event liability is accepted. Sometimes, however, initial settlement offers are inadequate to reasonably compensate the accident victim for their injuries. The accident victim might need to file a lawsuit in the court system for the insurance company to take the case seriously and offer appropriate compensation to settle.
Moreover, just because you or your attorney file a lawsuit in your case, it does not necessarily mean that it will have to go to trial. Many cases resolve at some point along the way. Moreover, alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation or arbitration, might be available in your case.
Recovering the Compensation That You Deserve for Your Premises Accident Injuries
If you have suffered an injury in a premises accident, a St. Louis premises liability attorney at Dixon Injury Firm can assist you with zealously pursuing the compensation that you need to feel whole again. The damages that you may receive depend upon several factors, including the nature and extent of the injuries that you suffered in the accident, as well as the cost of your medical treatment and other damages.
First of all, following a premises accident, you might be eligible to recover compensation for all of your related medical expenses and treatment bills, including hospital stays and physical therapy. You can also recover compensation for surgery or another medical procedure that you needed, even if your health insurance paid for some or all of that medical treatment. In addition to medical expenses, you can claim lost earnings if you had to miss work after your accident.
In addition to your economic damages, you can also claim non-economic compensation. These damages should compensate premises accident victims for all of their pain, suffering, and inconvenience stemming from their accident. Premises accident victims can also claim loss of enjoyment of life or use of a body part that relates to injuries suffered in the accident.
A knowledgeable and experienced St. Louis premises liability attorney at Dixon Injury Firm can help you pursue and recover these damages through a settlement, jury verdict, or arbitration award.
Talk With an Experienced St. Louis Premises Liability Lawyer Today
The experienced legal team at Dixon Injury Firm can assist you with every aspect of your premises accident legal matter—from filing a claim, to pursuing litigation, to trying your case to a favorable conclusion in the Missouri state court system. Our zealous team of attorneys will advocate for your legal interests with the premises owner’s insurance company, and if necessary, in court, to pursue and recover the compensation that you deserve for all of your injuries.
For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with a knowledgeable St. Louis premises liability attorney, please call us today at (314) 208-2808 or contact us online for more information about how we can assist.
The Dixon Injury Firm
9666 Olive Blvd #202,
St. Louis, MO 63132