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Premises Liability Claims in Missouri

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By law, every property or store owner is required to maintain the safety of their premises. When property owners or managers fail to provide a safe environment for their neighbors, guests, or customers, it can cause injury-causing accidents.

Unfortunately, many property managers fail to maintain such standards, either choosing to ignore them or neglecting to check up on them. In some cases, this can lead to debilitating personal injuries. This is why our Missouri injury lawyers are here: to represent those who have been injured in premises liability cases and other personal injury claims.

Get in touch with a Missouri premises liability lawyer at Kolker & Labovitz today at (314) 684-8285 to discuss your legal options in full detail.

What Qualifies As "Premises Liability"?

Premises liability is a term used to describe the legal responsibility that property owners have for accidents or injuries that occur on their property. There are various categories of premises liability claims, including defective conditions and security issues. Defective conditions can lead to accidental injuries caused by slip and falls or other accidents. This could be anything from an icy walkway to a liquid spill.

The second main cause of premises liability claims is inadequate security coverage. Victims may be attacked, assaulted, or mugged due to the lack of security provided by the owner. This means visitors are left vulnerable due to a preventable security issue. This may mean poor lighting in a dark parking lot or walkway, or even a lack of security or warnings.

Duty of Care in Missouri: Invitees, Licensees & Trespassers

As mentioned earlier, property owners owe a "duty of care" to take reasonable steps to prevent injury to individuals who may visit their property. This duty will vary depending on whether an injured person is an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.

  • Invitees are individuals who are invited onto a property, usually for business purposes.
  • Licensees are individuals who are invited onto a property for social purposes.
  • Trespassers are individuals who are not invited onto a property and are present without permission.

Invitees and licensees in Missouri are owed a greater duty of reasonable care than trespassers, but there are still certain circumstances where an injured trespasser may have a valid premises liability claim. For example, property owners may be held liable for injuries to trespassing children if the hazard that caused the injury was one that would reasonably attract a child's curiosity, such as an unsecured swimming pool or an abandoned refrigerator. This is commonly known as the "attractive nuisance doctrine."

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Our attorneys boast multiple decades of combined legal experience, equipping us with the resources and skills needed to take on even the most complex cases. We represent individuals dealing with everything from medical malpractice to motorcycle accidents.

Kolker & Labovitz strives to provide every client with compassionate, caring, and understanding legal support. We know this can be a difficult and emotional time, which is why we stand by you every step of the way when you enlist our services.

Are you a victim of a property owner's negligence? Contact Kolker & Labovitz today. We provide the legal support our clients need!

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