Have you been injured on someone else’s property in St. Louis, MO? The Bradley Law Firm has over 20 years of experience helping clients pursue compensation for premises liability accidents. Contact our law office at (314) 400-0000 for a free consultation with a St. Louis premises liability lawyer.
You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other damages through a premises liability claim. However, premises liability cases are notoriously complex. We will help you determine if you have a case and how to proceed.
How The Bradley Law Firm Can Help with a Premises Liability Case in St. Louis
When you have suffered a serious injury due to a negligent property owner, they deserve to be held accountable. Contact the best personal injury attorneys in St. Louis to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for the pain, medical bills, and lost earnings you have suffered.
Founding attorney E. Ryan Bradley has over 20 years of legal experience, including years representing insurance companies. He puts this insight to work on your behalf to build the strongest claim possible.
Our mission statement is fighting for the maximum recovery for all your injuries, and from all possible sources, to the fullest extent of the law. For this reason, The Bradley Law Firm has secured some of the largest settlements and jury verdicts in Missouri history.
Choose our law firm to represent you in your St. Louis, Missouri premises liability case, and we will:
- Offer insightful legal advice, guidance, and support
- Conduct a thorough investigation into your accident to gather evidence and identify all sources of compensation
- Work with experts as needed to assess evidence, accurately value your damages, and offer expert testimony to strengthen your negligence case
- Handle all administrative tasks and negotiate on your behalf
We are not afraid to take your case before a jury if the insurance company will not make a fair offer. In fact, numerous times, we have recovered jury verdicts far exceeding the insurance company’s offer – in one case, the verdict was nearly 8x higher than the offer!
Call The Bradley Law Firm today for a free consultation to discuss your case.
What is Premises Liability in St. Louis, MO?
Premises liability law in Missouri holds property owners accountable for not maintaining safe premises and providing adequate security to visitors. Property owners and managers are held to a high standard to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. They must identify and repair defects and warn visitors of known hazards which are not obvious.
Property owners owe a different duty of care to different classifications of visitors.
Under Missouri law, there are three types of visitors for premises liability purposes:
- Invitees. These are people invited onto the property, such as customers or contractors performing work.
- Licensees. These are social guests allowed on the property.
- Trespassers. These are people who do not have permission to be on the property.
Property owners have a duty to invitees to warn of known dangers and inspect the property for possible hazards. Property owners owe licensees a duty to warn about potential dangers, but they are not required to inspect the premises or fix hazards. Trespassers are owed minimal duty.
Sometimes a danger is clear such as a broken handrail or slippery floors, but a dangerous condition isn’t always obvious. These claims can become more complex when they involve negligent security. If someone is the victim of crime perpetrated by a third party, the property owner can be liable if they failed to provide adequate security against a foreseeable crime.
What Is My Premises Liability Case Worth?
All premises liability cases are unique. There is no simple way to estimate your claim’s value, but it may help to understand the relevant factors.
To help you estimate your claim’s value, we will explore the answers to these questions.
- Did you contribute to your accident?
- How much insurance coverage is available?
- How strong is your negligence case?
- What type of injuries did you sustain?
- Have you suffered long-term or permanent impairment or disability?
- Will you need future medical treatment?
- Will you be able to return to work?
A premises liability claim can be worth less than $10,000 or millions, depending on the circumstances. Contact a St. Louis personal injury lawyer at The Bradley Law Firm for a free case review to discuss what your claim may be worth.
What Kind of Damages Are Available in Premises Liability Cases in St. Louis?
A premises liability claim allows you to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages. This includes all the financial damages you suffered as well as personal, non-financial losses.
You may be entitled to money for:
- Medical bills, including reasonable future medical expenses related to your injuries.
- Lost wages, including future lost wages and benefits of employment due to impairment or disability.
- Non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
At The Bradley Law Firm, we are fully committed to fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve.
We Represent Clients in All Types of Premises Liability Cases in Missouri
Premises liability cases can involve any type of accident or third-party crime attributed to a property owner’s negligence.
The Bradley Law Firm represents clients in all types of premises liability cases, including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Inadequate maintenance and defective conditions
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Defective stairways, elevators, and escalators
Premises liability cases don’t just involve many scenarios; these accidents can also happen anywhere. This includes public, private, commercial, and residential property.
Premises liability claims often involve accidents in the following places:
- Sidewalks and parking lots
- Bars and nightclubs
- Concert venues, sports arenas, and other entertainment venues
- Hotels and motels
- Shopping centers and retail stores
- Apartment buildings
- Office buildings
- Schools and universities
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may have a premises liability case if negligence was to blame. Contact The Bradley Law Firm to discuss your case with our St. Louis personal injury attorneys.
How Do I Prove Negligence in a Premises Liability Case in St. Louis, Missouri?
A successful premises liability case requires proving:
- The property owner owed you a duty
- There was a dangerous condition on the property
- The property owner or manager knew or should have known about the condition or defect
- The property owner failed to exercise reasonable care to fix or warn of the danger
- You suffered an injury due to the defect
Note that Missouri law differentiates between invitees and licensees. If you were an invitee, the property owner had a duty to take reasonable steps to protect you against known defects and dangerous conditions discoverable through inspection. If you were a licensee, you were only owed a duty to be warned about or protected against known dangers.
After determining the duty of care you were owed, The Bradley Law Firm will investigate your case to gather evidence proving negligence. This requires proving how your accident occurred, whether the property owner knew or should have known about the condition that caused your accident, whether the defect was obvious, and whether reasonable steps could have been taken to protect you.
There are many forms of evidence that may strengthen a premises liability case, including:
- Property inspection and maintenance reports
- Previous claims against the property owner
- Evidence the property owner had been informed about the defect, or it had existed long enough that a prudent property owner or manager would have known it existed
- History of crime in the area
- Photos of the hazard responsible for your accident
- Accident report made to the property manager, owner, or police
- Witness statements
- Expert testimony from specialists who can testify about how a hazard may cause injury and how the defect could have been addressed to demonstrate it was reasonable to fix
Premises liability claims can be very complex to prove without the help of an experienced premises liability lawyer. The Bradley Law Firm will put decades of experience in personal injury law and insurance defense to work to build a strong negligence case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in Missouri?
The Missouri statute of limitations gives you five years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your premises liability case is not filed before this deadline, you will not be entitled to any damages for your injuries.
If your accident involves a government tort or a claim against the state of Missouri or the city of St. Louis, there are different rules. You must file your claim within just 90 days in civil court and with the Office of Administration’s Risk Management Division.
Contact a St. Louis Premises Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Have you been hurt on someone else’s property? When a property owner is negligent and allows a visitor to be hurt or the victim of crime, they should be held accountable. The Bradley Law Firm will help you seek the maximum compensation allowed under the law.
Contact our law office today for a free case review with a St. Louis premises liability lawyer ready to fight for you.