Did you recently get hurt on someone else’s property in St. Louis, Missouri? The property owner may be financially responsible for your injuries and suffering. Contact Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers to discover how our St. Louis premises liability lawyers can help you fight to get maximum compensation.
For years, our AV-rated trial attorneys have been dedicated to helping injury victims and families in St. Louis, MO. We work tirelessly to get the best results for our clients – and it shows. Our law firm has successfully obtained over $50 million in settlements and verdicts for injury victims like you.
Don’t let property owners walk away without paying you the money you deserve. Get our award-winning legal team in your corner. Contact our St. Louis law office at (314) 444-4444 to learn more and arrange a time for your free consultation today.
How Our St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Premises Liability Case
Property owners – especially large corporations or businesses – will not be eager to accept responsibility if you get hurt on their premises. Whether you slip and fall, get bitten by a dog, or are the victim of an assault, they’ll fight you tooth and nail if you decide to file a claim for damages. In order to win – and maximize your financial recovery – you’ll need to level the playing field.
That’s where a personal injury attorney can help.
Our practice is exclusively dedicated to getting financial justice for injury victims in St. Louis. We’ve been recognized as Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and honored to be listed as some of the Best Lawyers in St. Louis by St. Louis Magazine. We work hard and get top results for our clients time and time again.
When you choose us to represent you in a premises liability matter, you’ll have the time you need to get better.
While you focus on your recovery, our respected litigators will:
- Investigate the circumstances of your accident to determine why it happened, how it could have been avoided, and who’s at fault
- Identify the ways in which the property owner failed to take reasonable steps or precautions to keep you safe as a guest on their premises
- Gather evidence, such as accident reports, photographs, video footage, witness statements, medical records, expert input, and more
- Limit the effectiveness of claims that you caused or share fault for your accident and injuries
- Take care of settlement negotiations with the owner and their insurance company
- Be ready to reject lowball settlement offers and bring your case to trial, if necessary
With Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, you don’t have to worry about the upfront cost of a personal injury attorney. We work on contingency, meaning you pay nothing unless we win your case.
Give us a call or reach out to our caring legal team online today to schedule your free consultation. We’re always standing by to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What is Premises Liability?
Under Missouri state law, property owners have an obligation to exercise ordinary care to keep invited (or expected) guests and visitors safe.
The specific duty of care that’s owed to a guest depends on their purpose for visiting. When it comes to invited guests, there are two primary classifications: invitees and licensees.
Invitees are individuals who are explicitly or implicitly invited onto premises. Their visit serves a business purpose or benefits the property owner in some way. Examples include patrons at a restaurant or bar, fans at a Cardinals game or Blues game, and tourists at the Arch.
Most premises liability cases involve invitees.
To protect invitees, owners must use ordinary care to identify hazards or dangerous conditions. Once an owner knows or should know about a hazard, they have a duty to use ordinary care to fix the problem or provide a reasonable warning before it can be repaired.
Licensees are individuals who are invited onto premises for a purpose that doesn’t extend a business benefit to the property owner.
You’d be considered an invitee if you ran into the grocery store and bought a few items. You’d be considered a licensee if you ran into the same store for the sole purpose of using the bathroom. The reason for your visit alters your status. In turn, it changes the obligation that’s owed to you.
To protect licensees, owners must use ordinary care to repair or provide adequate warning about a known dangerous condition.
The primary difference between the duty owed to licensees and invitees is the owner’s duty to use ordinary care to inspect the premises to find potentially dangerous conditions. There’s no duty to inspect when it comes to licensees.
It’s important to note that property owners generally have no duty to protect unknown trespassers against hazards or dangerous conditions on their premises.
However, there are some exceptions – especially when children are involved. If an owner has an attractive nuisance on their property or knows that there are conditions that could cause a child to get hurt, they have an obligation to take precautions to prevent accidents and injuries.
We Handle All Premises Liability Matters in St. Louis, MO
At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries in premises liability cases involving:
- Sexual assaults
- Negligent security
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or substances
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced St. Louis premises liability attorneys for help if you or a loved one has been hurt on someone else’s property. We’re always available to take your call and provide the guidance you need.
What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Missouri Premises Liability Case?
Premises liability cases are typically a matter of negligence. You claim that you got hurt because the property owner was negligent in maintaining their property in a reasonably safe condition.
Negligence means that the property owner owed you a duty of care (based on your classification as an invitee or licensee), failed to act with ordinary care, and you were injured as a result. You must be able to point to some identifiable harm and damages to win your case.
In Missouri, you have the burden of proving these things by a preponderance of the evidence. Essentially, your argument has to be more likely true than not.
What Damages Can I Get If I File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in St. Louis?
If you get hurt on another person’s property in Missouri, they may be on the hook for your economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are paid to make up for the monetary expenses and losses you experience, such as:
- Hospitalization, medical treatment, and other current medical expenses
- Future medical bills
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lost wages and income
- Lost benefits
Non-economic damages are awarded to compensate for your pain and suffering, which might include:
- Chronic physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Depression and anxiety
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Our personal injury attorneys in St. Louis will carefully assess your case to ensure that we demand all of the money you’re entitled to under Missouri state law.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After I Get Hurt on Someone’s Property in Missouri?
Missouri typically has a five-year statute of limitations that applies to premises liability matters. This will give you up to five years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit for damages. You’ll have three years to file a wrongful death claim if a loved one is killed in a fatal accident on someone else’s property.
This might seem like a lot of time – but it will go by quickly. And the longer you take to jump into action, the less likely it is that you’ll maximize your financial recovery. Evidence can fade away or disappear quickly. Taking prompt action – something as simple as calling our law firm for help – can ensure that your rights are protected and that you get all of the money you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced St. Louis Premises Liability Lawyer
Property owners will be quick to deny liability. They might even try to blame you for getting hurt on their premises. Don’t let these tactics work. Contact Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers and discover how our St. Louis premises liability lawyers can help you stand up and fight to get every cent you need and deserve.
We’re here for you during your time of need. Give our law office serving St. Louis, Missouri a call to discover why we’re the attorneys you’ll want standing beside you for this legal fight. We provide a free initial case evaluation, so contact us to get started now.