Slip & Falls

St. Louis Slip and Fall Attorneys

Fighting for Slip and Fall Victims in St. Louis, MO

Slip and fall accidents may seem somewhat minor, but they can in fact be incredibly dangerous, leading to catastrophic injuries and even death. If you were injured in a slip and fall caused by dangerous conditions on someone else's property, you may have a right to financial compensation. To recover damages, you will typically need to prove that the responsible party either neglected their duty to maintain safe premises or failed to warn of potential hazards in a reasonable manner.

At SWMW Law, we are committed to helping victims hold responsible parties accountable for their actions in personal injury cases of all kindsbecause people matter. Our St. Louis slip and fall lawyers care about your story and are ready to put our experience to work for you as we fight on your behalf. We will investigate the circumstances of your slip and fall to determine whether the property owner is liable for your injuries, at which point we will immediately get to work on building a compelling case. Our attorneys have recovered over $750 million combined over the course of our careers, and we are confident we have what it takes to secure the best possible outcome.

You will never pay anything out of pocket and only owe legal fees if we secure a favorable settlement or verdict. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling (855) 744-1922 or contacting us online today!

Understanding Premises Liability in Missouri

In Missouri, premises liability law applies to incidents where someone is injured on another person or entity’s property – including a slip and fall. “Premises liability” is a legal doctrine that holds property owners responsible for any injuries suffered on their property by another individual. The general rule in Missouri is that a property owner owes any person who enters the property a duty of reasonable care to ensure their safety from harm. In other words, a property owner must resolve any safety hazards they become aware of (or reasonably should have been aware of) or sufficiently warn visitors about the hazard.

For example, the property owner of a grocery store must take prompt steps to address spills that could cause a slip and fall. If the property owner became aware of the spill but did nothing to clean it up or warn patrons about it (which they could do by putting up a “wet floor” sign or cones), they may become liable for any resulting injuries. A property owner can in some situations become liable even if they were not directly aware of the hazard: Going back to the grocery store example, if the property owner does not sufficiently staff the store to regularly inspect and clean the premises, it could be argued that they reasonably should have been aware of a spill that went unaddressed for over an hour. 

To determine if liability exists in your slip and fall case, two elements must be established. First, you must demonstrate that the property owner had a duty to protect you from foreseeable risks – whatever caused you to slip and fall. Second, you must show that the property owner’s failure to address or warn you about the cause directly led to your injuries. Our St. Louis slip and fall attorneys can assess your situation and explain whether we believe there is sufficient evidence to prove these elements. 

Further complicating matters, people who visit properties are generally classified into three categories: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Each category is evaluated differently when it comes to liability for injuries suffered. However, even trespassers may be owed a certain level of care depending on the circumstances. For example, if an injured trespasser can prove that the landowner was aware of an unreasonably dangerous condition on their property and failed to take action or warn against it, they may still recover damages as a result of their injury.

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What to Do After a Slip and Fall in Missouri

If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, it is important to take the necessary steps immediately in order to protect your rights, even if you do not think you were seriously injured. Some injuries will not become apparent until later on, and it is in your best interest to gather as much evidence as possible before leaving the scene.

After slipping and falling, you should:

  • Seek immediate medical attention if necessary. If you are seriously injured, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 and go to a hospital. Your health and safety come first.
  • Document the scene. If you are well enough to stay at the scene, take photos of the area in which you fill, specifically any element that caused you to slip (such as uneven tiling, a slick floor, or debris). You should also take photos of any visible injuries.
  • Alert the person in charge. The actual property owner may not be present, but you need to ask for and speak to whoever is currently in charge, whether that be an on-site manager or someone else. 
  • Request an incident report. Once you find the person in charge, explain what happened in objective terms and ask to file an incident report. Review this report’s language for accuracy and obtain a copy before leaving. You should also ask if there is any security camera footage that may have caught what happened. If so, ask for a copy.
  • Gather contact information. You will need the name, phone number, and address of the property owner and the person in charge at the time of the slip and fall. You should also ask for the contact information of any witnesses. 
  • Get a medical evaluation. Go to a doctor right away, explain you were hurt in a slip and fall, and ask for a full evaluation. This will establish the connection between the slip and fall and your injuries as well as help you catch any injuries that were not initially obvious.
  • Call SWMW Law. Do not give any written or recorded statements to anyone representing the property owner without first discussing the matter with a legal professional. We can handle these communications on your behalf and get to swift work on your case, so do not wait to reach out.
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  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Recovering Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries in Missouri

To recover damages, you must file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party – again, typically the property owner – before the state’s statute of limitations expires. In Missouri, you have five years from the date of your slip and fall to take legal action, but it is better to start the legal process sooner rather than later. Should a slip and fall result in fatal injuries, immediate surviving relatives of the deceased have three years from the date of the victim’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit

Our St. Louis slip and fall lawyers will work to get you maximum compensation for all losses, including:

  • Past, current, and future medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Not sure if you have a slip and fall case? Call (855) 744-1922 or contact us online to discuss your legal options with our team.

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