What is a Premises Liability Injury Case?
You may be able to win thousands of dollars in damages if you are injured on someone else’s property, such as slipping down a flight of stairs or getting cut from a museum exhibit. We help clients in St. Louis and Illinois seek reparations under premises liability. The trick to this sort of law is proving who was liable for said accident. Usually, this is the property owner who is primarily responsible for maintaining a safe, injury-free environment. Put another way, figuring out if the injury was foreseeable.
To win a case, a premises liability lawyer will need to determine the legal status of the visitor ( victim), the condition of the property (was it unsafe? was it neglected?), and who was at fault. If you are a property owner and know there is a chance that children (or an “attractive nuisance“) might sneak into your backyard and fall into your pool, you have a duty to remove that dangerous condition or take preventative measures to avoid it. The same goes for a restaurant owner that is missing a stairwell railing, or a shopkeeper with a dangerous electrical outlet. There are exceptions for lessors or landlords, however, given that they have little control once they’ve rented out a property.
Common Examples of Premises Liability
A significant portion of personal injury claims fall under premises liability. It’s one of our goals at the Dixon Injury Firm to investigate your potential case and guide you through the process and, just as importantly, determine if your case is worth pursuing.
Here are a few of the most common reasons to reach out to a premises liability lawyer in St. Louis and Southern Illinois:
- Slips and Falls
- Dog Bites
- Swimming Pools
- Dangerous Walkways
- Poor Construction
- Fires, Fumes, Toxins
- Commercial Accidents
As you can see, these premise-based accidents can lead to a number of outcomes like broken bones, head injuries, a loss in comfort of life, lost wages due to time off work, and even death. An important thing to note is that many of these accidents are due to negligence, i.e. they’re usually avoidable if the owner of the premises displayed caution signage or took better care of the location. For example, a child wanders into a dilapidated house that didn’t have locks or warning signs. Or, unchecked flood damage caused a stairwell to become moldy and unsafe.
Finding a Premises Liability Attorney
It’s crucial for you or a family member to reach out to a St. Louis Premises Liability Lawyer as soon as possible if you think you have a case. Here are 3 reasons why:
- Depending on the state, legal complications involving who is responsible (landowners, trespassers, or completely legal visitors) can become entangled. A premise liability lawyer can sort this out during discovery.
- The quicker you secure legal counsel, the better chance you have of winning a case in a reasonable timeframe. This is critical when you or a family member is dealing with financial trouble such as paying medical bills or taking time off work during recovery.
- A premises liability lawyer worth their salt knows how to run a case. Independently, it can take a self-represented person several months to identify a negligent part and secure (if any) reparations. It’s better to retain a lawyer than risk a losing a case.
The Premises Liability Lawyers at Dixon use what’s known as a contingency payment plan. This means that legal counsel is free, and you’ll only pay a percentage of any reward if you win the case. This allows struggling victims and their families to seek immediate justice and begin the process as soon as possible.
Call a St. Louis Premises Liability Lawyer Now
Were you invited to a property as a guest and were electrocuted? Did you fall in a public space like a park? Are you a plumber or replacing an air conditioning unit in a basement with dangerous steps? Did you suffer a herniated disc due to malfunctioning equipment in a gym? These are all questions we can answer.
Call the Dixon Injury Firm today at (314) 409-7060 for a free case review and consultation. We’re here to set you on the right track.