Slip & Fall Injuries

West Plains MO Personal Injury Lawyer

Contrary to popular belief, slip and fall injuries are hardly ever the result of a pure accident. More often than not, they were caused by the negligent acts of another - acts that, if avoided, could have prevented the accident form occurring in the first place. Our office has successfully prosecuted a substantial number of premises liability cases involving Building Code and ADA violations where the property owner turned a blind eye to what was required by law. When a personal injury takes place while on the premises of another party, the incident should be investigated by a legal professional. Under the discerning eye of a personal injury attorney from our firm, you can determine if negligence played a part in the accident which left you injured.

Facilities that are not properly maintained, as well as those that are home to hazardous conditions can quickly and easily lead to serious injury, if not worse. In fact, some of the most dangerous on-site accidents are those of slip and falls that were caused by a blocked walkway, a slippery / wet floor, a dangerous stairway or a poorly lit hallway. All of these are conditions that could - and should - have been prevented. As such, they are ones that deserve to be attended to by a legal professional who can help you advocate for your right to compensation.

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Proving Fault and Liability

The key to making a premises liability claim in a slip and fall accident is your ability to establish that the incident took place on another person's property and that property was not properly maintained to accommodate for a visitor's safety. One of more of the following conditions will need to have existed in order for you to be able to successfully find fault and hold another person liable for your slip and fall accident:

  • The dangerous conditions on the property were ones that should have been known about, either by the property owner themselves or an employee of the property owner and the problem should have been fixed
  • The dangerous conditions on the property were known about, either by the owner of the property or an employee of the property owner, and no action was made to fix the problem(s)
  • The dangerous conditions on the property were caused by the owner themselves or an employee of the property owner and no action was taken to alleviate or fix the problem at hand
  • The ability to show that reasonableness was not met in a slip and fall accident will also come into play as you attempt to take legal action. This can include citing the length of time the unsafe conditions existed (was it unreasonable?), the lack of attention that was paid to the issue from the beginning, the types of precautions that were or were not taken, etc.

Determining fault in an accident that involved slipping and falling will greatly hinge upon you and your attorney's ability to show that reasonableness was not exercised and that carelessness and / or clumsiness was. This can be particularly important when comparative negligence is at play, and in the state of Missouri, it most certainly will be.

Making a Premises Liability Claim: Personal Injury Attorney

At Henry & Williams, P.C. our team of personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly in the representation of your case, taking great care in the investigation of your accident. When it comes to accidents of this nature, we know what to look for and how to identify suspect evidence that could prove that your slip and fall was not accidental, but preventable.

We have been providing such service for more than 60 combined years in these cases and some of those cases are listed on our case results page. In mid-2012 we took a case involving a dangerous stairway where our client had been offered $125,000 before the suit was filed and we resolved the case for $900,000 after we discovered two other accidents on the same property within a year of our client's accident.

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