Trip and Fall Lawyer Kansas City, MO
Property owners have a responsibility to all others who legally visit their property. And while the rules and expectations differ slightly, the responsibilities exist whether the property is commercial, residential or government owned. As a result, if someone trips and falls while visiting another’s property because the owners of that property were negligent in their maintenance of it, the accident victim may have reason to file an insurance claim and/or legal action against the property owner.
If you’ve been injured in a trip and fall accident on another’s property, please consider scheduling a consultation with a premises liability lawyer Kansas City, MO residents trust. The experienced Kansas City, MO trip and fall lawyer team at Royce Injury Attorneys LLC can advise you of your legal options so that you can make an informed decision about whether to file a claim or not.
Injuries in Stores, Restaurants and Other Commercial Properties
These are perhaps the most common types of trip and fall claims. They may stem from a mopped floor that didn’t have proper signage, uneven surfaces, poor lighting or spilled liquids. In order to hold the property owner liable, you need to demonstrate that the owner (or employee) knew or should have known about the dangerous situation (whether or not they caused it) and failed to take reasonable steps to address it or warn others.
Residential Properties: Owned and Rented
A homeowner or landowner may have fewer visitors than the owner of a commercial property, especially if their land is located in a more rural area of Missouri. However, even with few visitors, residential land owners are still responsible for ensuring that their property is safe for them. The same liability standards listed above apply even to private owners of residential property. As a result, it’s important to explore your options with the assistance of our Kansas City, MO trip and fall lawyer team, whether you fell on commercial land or residential land. All property owners have a duty to their visitors.
Rental properties come with even more responsibilities for property owners, landlords and building managers. They know that paying tenants will be using the property all the time, and therefore need to ensure that hazards are identified and mitigated quickly.
If you want to bring a claim against a landlord, you will need to demonstrate the following:
- The condition leading to the trip and fall was within the landlord’s control
- Repairing said condition would not have been unduly difficult or expensive
- Any reasonable person could predict that failure to address the condition could result in injury
- The victim’s injury was a direct result of the landlord’s failure to take reasonable steps to address the hazard
What About Government Buildings?
You can sue the government in Missouri for injuries occurring on government property. This wasn’t always the case, but it is now. One thing you should know, however, is that your window of opportunity in which to sue a city, municipality or the state is very limited. You must give the government entity formal notice that you intend to sue, and it must be delivered within 90 days of the date of your accident. That is far less than the two-year statute of limitations you would have if suing a non-governmental entity.
The takeaway is simple: If you were injured on government property, speak with an experienced Kansas City, MO trip and fall lawyer as soon as reasonably possible to preserve your options.
Working with the Right Lawyer Is Key
Slip and fall, trip and fall and other premises liability claims often seem straightforward, but property owners and property insurers often work very hard to discredit victims and deny responsibility for their own negligence. For this and other reasons, it is important to work with a Kansas City, MO trip and fall lawyer who will advocate for your interests with dedication and focus.
Our trip and fall lawyers are ready to hear your story and discuss your rights and legal options during a confidential initial consultation. To get started, call our office for more information. We look forward to speaking with you.