Slip and Fall

Slip and fall cases can be challenging to prove but our attorneys have the experience to guide you through the legal process so you can get the settlement you deserve. In any slip and fall case you must prove that the responsible party either:

  • Knew or had reason to know about the hazard that caused you to fall
  • Created that hazard
  • Should have discovered and remedied the hazard because it was present for a sufficient time before your accident

There are many interpretations of these elements, so we advise you to consult with an attorney immediately after an accident, while the evidence and witnesses may still be available. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and be better informed about the decisions you face in your Missouri trip and fall personal injury case.

Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and be better informed about the decisions you face in your Missouri trip and fall personal injury case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is liable for my injuries if I fall and hurt myself?

There are a number of different entities that may be liable if you slip or fall, including:

  • The owner of the property
  • Management companies for the property
  • Stores or businesses that operate on the premises

In addition to the entity responsible for maintaining the property, there are often entities in charge of specific maintenance on the property that may also be liable, such as snow and ice removal companies.

I fell but I don’t know why. Do I have a case?

You may still have a case even if you do not know exactly what you fell upon. For example, it is possible that you fell due to a defect on the premises that was not readily apparent to you. It may be that you fell because there was no handrail on the stairs, the rise and run of the stairs did not meet the applicable building code, or because the flooring material was too slippery. We have handled cases similar to these instances and sometimes the right expert, such as an engineer, can provide answers to the mystery of what caused you to fall.

What if I am partially at fault in the slip and fall or partially to blame for what happened?

Under Missouri law, you may still recover damages if you are partially at fault. The law requires that a judge or jury examine the fault of all parties involved. This is known as “comparative fault.” There is a no formula for arriving at a precise number for a person’s comparative fault. You may need an experienced slip and fall lawyer to negotiate for your settlement with an insurance adjuster or possibly argue your case to a jury at trial to discuss all of the factors that might have caused the accident.