St. Louis Premises Liability Attorney
Each time you lawfully entire someone else’s property, whether it is private, public, or government, you have every legal right to expect that the property owner has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that your visit will be free of accidents or injuries caused by avoidable hazards. If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to something like a slip and fall on a wet floor, injuries from a dangerous swimming pool, a broken stairway, or other hazards that they should have addressed before your visit, then you may be entitled to compensation through a St. Louis premises liability claim.
The team at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC understands that these early days and weeks are complicated and confusing after a premises liability injury, which is why we offer a free consultation so that we can help you make sense of your situation and provide you with legal advice to keep you from becoming overwhelmed. The most important step to take after having your immediate medical concerns addressed is to partner with an experienced St. Louis premises liability lawyer, and our consultation makes that step simple.
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The sooner we are working together, the sooner we can make sense of your personal injury and begin to build a case meant to get you the money you deserve for your injuries. We will need to establish liability in the accident, typically falling on the St. Louis property owner or manager of the premises, and then quantify the extent of your damages in order to have a figure to negotiate towards during the premises liability claims process. Trying to handle this process on your own, especially while injured, can be overwhelming and confusing, which is why we encourage you to contact the premises liability lawyers at our firm as soon as possible.
Read more below about St. Louis premises liability claims, and contact us now to work with the St. Louis premises liability attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC as soon as possible. We understand that this is likely a stressful time for you as you watch your medical bills mount, you keep missing work because of your injuries or medical obligations, and your personal needs fall to the side as you focus on getting the care that you need to get back on your feet.
Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents
The following are just a few of the most common premises liability accidents that our St. Louis premises liability attorneys are experienced with handling. Whether or not you see your own accident or injuries listed below, contact us as soon as possible to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options to move forward with a claim or lawsuit in order to recover compensation for your injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
The term “slip and fall” or “slip, trip, and fall” is a catch-all for a range of accidents that are caused by slippery floors or dangerous obstacles on the premises. The most common causes of these accidents are wet floors from things like spills in a grocery aisle or slick tiles in a freshly-cleaned bathroom where the cleaners failed to put out a warning sign. However, your injuries may have been caused by a leaky pipe in the ceiling or a number of other circumstances.
Stairways are constructed according to a building code that sets the tread depth, riser height, handrail requirements, and more. Once properly installed, stairways must be maintained to ensure that visitors can travel up and down without worrying about being injured. Unfortunately, a property owner may neglect the necessary maintenance on their premises, opening them to liability in the event that you are injured.
Seeking Fair Compensation For Your Premises Liability Accident Injuries
The premises liability attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC have a history of successful cases representing injured clients due to slips and falls and a number of other premises liability injuries. Getting the money that you deserve is, unfortunately, more complicated than simply filing a claim with the property insurance company and completing the claims investigation – insurance companies focus almost solely on paying as little as possible for a claim while still settling the issue and absolving themselves and their client from any future legal action. When you are working with an attorney through this process, they will use the initial claims investigation to quantify the damages you have suffered from your injury and will be able to make a counter-offer as soon as the insurance company makes their initial offer. You will be shocked at the difference in figures.
Economic damages make up the basis of any personal injury claim and seek compensation for all damages that come with measurable dollar values. This means that your lost wages for missed work are included in this package, as well as your medical bills and any services that you have hired to assist you through your recovery process, such as cleaners, transportation, personal shoppers, and more. Any long-term impacts to your earning, such as permanent or long-term disability, will also be calculated so that you do not need to take on the financial burden of someone else’s negligence. There are many other economic damages that your attorney will be able to help you identify, as well.
These damages most often come with a receipt, an invoice, an income statement, or other tangible proof of their impact. Adding them up is the easiest part of these damages, but equally important is proving that they are related to the accident. You and your lawyer will make sure that each line item in your economic damage calculations is clearly connected to your accident to avoid as much pushback from the insurance company as possible.
Non-economic damages are much more complicated to quantify than economic damages, but you can be confident that if you follow us through this process we will reach a fair and aggressive amount for what you are entitled to. Non-economic damages seek compensation for damages that do not have measurable dollar values, such as the pain and suffering of your injuries, the decrease in your quality of life, and more. As you can imagine, these damages are much more likely to be contested by the insurance company, who will be looking for any way to reduce their financial obligation to this accident.
There are a number of methods that a premises liability attorney may employ to assign a dollar value to these abstract damages, each of which is an established and legally-recognized method that has been used for many years in the Missouri courts. You can be confident that your attorney will calculate these damages appropriately, and show up to negotiations ready to fight for what you are rightfully entitled to.