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Premises Liability

Monday, November 5, 2018

Dangers at Festivals are Grounds for Lawsuits

Q: Who is responsible for injuries or deaths at festivals?

Each fall, families flock to pumpkin patches for seasonal fun which often includes activities like pumpkin picking, hayrides, bounce houses, corn mazes, and more. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong which could lead to a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit.

Premises liability attorneys handle personal injury lawsuits that arise from injuries sustained as a result of dangerous conditions on the property. Under the doctrine of premises liability, commercial and residential property owners have a duty to maintain their property in a safe condition for those who enter upon it, which includes maintaining or repairing areas that the owner knew or should reasonably have known might be dangerous to visitors.


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Death on the Job

Q: Can I sue if I got hurt at work?

It was a terrible day in the neighborhood when co-workers on the set and restaurant patrons nearby saw and heard the commotion after a sound technician from the movie production crew for the new Mister Rogers movie reportedly fell 2 stories to his death. An investigation into the details--including whether the worker suffered a medical event or was the victim of an accident-- is ongoing.

The doctrine of premises liability is a subsection personal injury law. It provides that a property owner has a duty to maintain their property and building conditions in a safe manner and they may be held responsible for damages if they fail to do so, and if their failure results in someone getting injured or killed on their property.

In personal injury lawsuits, the victim must prove that the actions or inactions of another person or entity negligently, recklessly, or intentionally caused their injury. Once liability is established they may be awarded compensatory damages for such items as current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, and other physical and psychological damages, depending on the circumstances of their particular case.


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Escalator Accident Sparks Personal Injury Lawsuit

Q: Who is responsible for injuries in an escalator accident?

Personal injury lawsuits often result from nightmarish scenarios. Such was the case for a father who held his three-year-old daughter in one arm and a bucket that held her two severed fingers in the other after an escalator accident.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Seeking Justice in Missouri Courthouse Slip and Fall Case

Q: Who is guilty in courthouse slip and fall accident?

Premises liability attorneys know that residential and commercial property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe manner to prevent injuries to those who enter the property.

If someone is injured due to poor or unsafe conditions--generally determined on a “reasonableness under the circumstances” standard-- the owner may be held responsible for their injuries in a


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Swimming Safety Tips


It has been hot in Kansas City. To beat the heat, many families have headed to the local public pool or their own backyard oasis. Swimming can be a great way to stay cool, enjoy the weather, have some family time, and get some exercise. However, a fun family day can turn deadly if parents and children do not adhere to certain swimming safety regulations. Carelessness of pool staff or becoming lax on maintenance obligations can also cause serious health concerns.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Trespasser Injuries - Landowner Responsibilities in Missouri

In Missouri, generally speaking, a landowner has no duty to protect a trespasser who enters upon his property. After all, why would you be responsible injuries suffered by someone is unlawfully upon your property?  However, there are some important exceptions where you, as a landowner, could be sued for injuries suffered by a trespasser.

What is a Trespasser?

A trespasser is anyone who enters upon your property without permission or invitation.  The person doesn’t have to have malicious intent to be a trespasser, and “trespasser” can include solicitors and sales people.



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