personal injury law
Accidents and injuries can happen anywhere, from public places to private properties, and can result in serious injuries that have a lasting impact on your life. When you suffer injuries due to the negligence of a property owner, business owner, or someone else, understanding your rights is crucial. Attorney Jim Knappenberger is dedicated to helping clients seek the compensation they deserve.
Slip and fall injury law is a subset of premises liability law, which holds property owners responsible for maintaining safe conditions on their premises. Property owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for visitors and to address any known hazards or potential dangers.
Negligence and Personal Injury Claims:
To pursue a personal injury claim, you must establish that someone else was negligent. This means demonstrating that they failed to exercise reasonable care that directly resulted in your injuries.
Slip and fall accidents often occur due to hazardous conditions such as wet or slippery floors, uneven surfaces, inadequate lighting, damaged stairs, or cluttered walkways. Proving that a hazardous condition existed and that the property owner knew or should have known about it is crucial in a slip and fall injury claim.
Establishing liability requires gathering evidence, such as photographs of the accident scene, witness testimonies, surveillance footage, maintenance records, and any other relevant documentation that supports your claim. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this process and build a strong case.
Duty of Care:
Property owners in Missouri owe a duty of care to different types of visitors. This includes invitees, who are owed the highest duty of care, licensees, such as social guests, and trespassers. The level of care owed depends on the visitor’s status, and it is essential to understand how the law applies to your specific situation.
If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for various damages. This can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, and any other losses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
Statute of Limitations:
In Missouri, there are statutes of limitations that set time limits for filing a personal injury claim. It is crucial to act promptly and consult with an attorney to ensure that your claim is filed within the prescribed timeframe. Failing to do so will result in losing your right to seek compensation.
Jim Knappenberger is dedicated to helping clients navigate the complexities of a variety of negligence claims, seeking fair compensation and holding negligent parties accountable. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact Jim Knappenberger today for a consultation.