When a person enters the property of another, they generally do not think about all the potential dangers that could be present. This is especially true when it is a public space and a person has the right to enter the property as a visitor or patron. Unfortunately, when property owners fail to maintain a property or rid it of known dangers, a visitor could suffer harm in a slip-and-fall accident.
It is likely that individuals in Missouri and elsewhere enter the property of others on a daily or weekly basis. Whether it is a grocery store, convenience market, department store, office building, restaurant, apartment complex, government building or private property, most people enter the property of others believing that it is safe to do so. Because property owners have the duty to keep visitors safe from known harms, when a slip-and-fall accident occurs a property owner could face liability.
With winter in full swing and still several months to go before spring hits, Missourians should be aware of the requirement that they keep their property cleared of snow and icy sidewalks. A failure to do so can result in a person becoming injured or even killed in slip-and-fall accidents and spark a legal filing against the property owner. While people are undoubtedly aware of the legal requirement to keep their property safe, there could be confusion as to the timeline of when the clearing must be done to avoid the potential legal ramifications.
When there is an injury or a fatality because of a dangerous property condition in Saint Peters, the victim or the victim's family has the right to seek compensation. While these accidents and injuries might seem unusual, they happen quite frequently and it is vital that those who are affected by them understand the law regarding property accidents and how to pursue a legal filing.
When Missouri residents step into stores to go about completing their shopping, or they go to an office to meet someone, they expect that the premises they have stepped into are safe. This is also true when they go into another person's home. This expectation of safety applies not only to commercial areas, but also to homes -- when someone comes into your home, they assume that it is reasonably safe and the property owner or the non-owner resident is responsible for ensuring the environment remains relatively safe. If someone slips and falls at someone else's premises, the property owner or non-owner resident might be held accountable under the theory of premises liability, but it depends on the status of the person who was injured.