Slip and Fall Lawyer in St. Louis, MO
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Slip and Fall Lawyer St. Louis, MO. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident because a property owner did not keep their property reasonably safe, you need an experienced and knowledgeable St. Louis slip and fall lawyer like those at Halvorsen Klote. We have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our St. Louis clients. Businesses have an obligation to make sure their property is safe for patrons and customers, and when they fail in that duty they are responsible for paying you financial compensation. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call your Illinois and Missouri slip and fall lawyer at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online today.
Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits in the United States, and slip and fall accidents account for about 1 million, or 12 percent of those visits. While it can be hard to know who exactly is liable for your slip and fall and how to go about receiving compensation, the slip and fall lawyers at Halvorsen Klote will help you navigate the complex legal process and secure the compensation you are entitled to. We charge no upfront fees, and if we cannot get you the recovery you need in a settlement we will take your case to court.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
There are a wide array of injuries that your St. Louis slip and fall lawyer will help you receive compensation for. How much compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injury and how much of an impact it has on your life. Common injuries you can sustain in a slip and fall accident are:
- Broken bones, most commonly:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as:
- Ligament or tendon tears
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Shoulder dislocations
- Muscle strains
- Knee injuries, especially if you twist as you fall
- Cuts and abrasions
- Back, neck and spine injuries, including:
- Herniated, slipped, fragmented, or bulging discs
- Spinal cord injuries
Some injuries are more serious than others, and how severe they are will impact your compensation. A spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury may leave you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life, while a sprained wrist may require a quick trip to a St. Louis emergency room and a week off work. Whatever the scope of the impact your injury had on your life, your St. Louis slip and fall lawyer at HK Law will ensure that you receive a full recovery. You deserve to be compensated for all of your damages including medical expenses past and future, any lost wages or future earning potential and any pain and suffering or mental anguish you experienced as a result of your slip and fall.
Who Is Liable for My Slip and Fall Injuries?
In both Missouri and Illinois, the relevant law is called "Premises Liability." In Illinois, 740 Illinois Compiled Statute 130 states that property owners or managers owe a a "duty" of "reasonable care... regarding the state of the premises." In Missouri, Revised Statute 537.348 states that landowners are liable for slip and fall injuries when there is a "negligent failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition" that the owner "knew or should have known to be dangerous." In short, in both states, if you sustain a slip and fall injury because of loose wiring, black ice, a bulging area of the floor, or any other dangerous condition that the property owner failed to either repair or warn of, you can file a claim for negligence and premises liability. Conclusively demonstrating negligence is a difficult task, and requires the skill of a talented Missouri or Illinois slip and fall lawyer.
Both Missouri and Illinois have what's called a "comparative negligence" law, meaning that a plaintiff can be found partially responsible for their personal injury. In any settlement or trial, a defendant will try to blame you for as much of the fault as possible. If they're successful, the full amount of compensation you receive will be substantially lowered. For example, if a jury finds that you should be compensated $50,000 for all of your damages, but that you were 20% responsible for the accident, the amount of compensation you receive will be $40,000. That's why it is important to have a skilled Missouri or Illinois slip and fall lawyer in your corner to help minimize the amount of fault placed on you for the accident. To place as much of the blame for your slip and fall injury on you, defendants will commonly try to say that:
- The dangerous condition on the property should have been obvious to you
- You were not paying sufficient attention to your surroundings, for example you were looking at your phone
- You were on a part of the property that visitors or patrons are not allowed
- Reasonable steps were taken to protect visitors, for example a "wet floor" sign by a puddle
- You were wearing inappropriate or dangerous footwear
St. Louis Insurance companies have a lot of experience trying to pin the blame for slip and fall accidents on the plaintiffs. But an expert HK Law St. Louis slip and fall lawyer will help secure the full compensation that you deserve.
If your slip and fall accident happened at work, you may be entitled to a workers' compensation claim. Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers' compensation claims. Your HK slip and fall lawyer will help you maximize your recovery for your workplace accident through your workers’ compensation claim and possible third party negligence claims.
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Any injury can bring about anything from mild inconvenience to lifelong complications. When you are injured because of somebody else's negligence, it leads to confusion and anger, especially when the negligent party does not want to pay you the compensation you deserve. An HK Law St. Louis slip and fall lawyer understands how insurance companies try to get out of paying you fair compensation, and we know how to win over a St. Louis judge and jury if we ever have to take your case to trial. If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to reach out to us today by calling 877-51-HKLAW or contacting us online.