Premises Liability In Missouri: The Basics
Premises liability is a legal concept that holds property owners responsible for injuries sustained by individuals on their property. In Missouri, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for those who are legally on the property. This
includes taking steps to fix any hazards or warn of any potential dangers. If an individual is injured on someone else’s property due to a hazardous condition that the property owner knew or should have known about, the injured individual may have a premises liability claim. This means that the property owner may be held responsible for the injuries and damages sustained by the individual. To win a premises liability case in Missouri, the injured individual must prove that the property owner owed them a duty of care, that the property owner breached that duty, and that the breach caused the individual’s injuries. There are several types of premises liability cases in Missouri, including slip and fall accidents, negligent security, and dangerous conditions on the property. In a slip and fall accident, the property owner may be liable if the individual slips and falls due to a dangerous condition on the property that the property owner knew or should have known about and failed to fix or warn about. For example, if a property owner knows that there is a wet spot on the floor and fails to put up a wet floor sign or clean it up, they may be held responsible if someone slips and falls on the wet spot. Negligent security cases involve a property owner failing to take reasonable steps to protect individuals on their property from harm. This could include failing to provide adequate lighting in a parking lot or failing to have proper security measures in place to prevent a break-in. Dangerous conditions on the property may also give rise to a premises liability claim in Missouri. This includes hazards such as broken stairs, uneven sidewalks, or exposed wiring. of the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to fix it or warn about it, they may be held responsible for any injuries that result. It’s important to note that in Missouri, property owners are not automatically liable for all injuries that occur on their property. In order to have a valid premises liability claim, the injured individual must be able to show that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to fix it or warn about it. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property in Missouri and believe that the property owner may be liable, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and can assist you in pursuing a claim for damages.
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