The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC represent those who’ve been hurt due to the negligence of property owners in St. Louis and the surrounding areas. When a property owner fails to identify, address, or adequately warn visitors of hazards on their property, they can and should be held accountable when people are hurt.
We have the experience, skill, and resources necessary to help you get justice, no matter who the other party might be, or how hard they might fight against your injury claim.
Every employee of OnderLaw, LLC was born and raised in the St. Louis area, so we are deeply committed to our community and to everyone in it. From the second you hire us we will treat you like our family. We believe in open and honest communication at all times, and you can depend on us to answer all your questions and keep you updated on the status of your case.
If you don’t know the legal process, you might not know what to expect or the steps that need to be taken in a premises liability case. You also don’t want to add any legal expenses to the pile of medical bills you already have to pay.
That’s why we offer free consultations to anyone thinking about seeking legal representation. There’s absolutely no risk or obligation to speak with us about your case.
We’ll be happy to meet with you free of charge to review the details of your premises liability accident in St. Louis and determine if we can build a solid case for you. Call us at (314) 963-9000 or reach out online to schedule your free consultation today.
Common Causes of Premises Liability
When you leave your home to run errands or go to a friend’s home to hang out, you don’t expect to get injured. You assume you’re going to be safe and the person responsible for maintaining the property won’t have any hazardous conditions that can harm you.
However, accidents happen. Whether you’re at a grocery store, public swimming pool, restaurant or friend’s house, someone else’s negligence can injure you. Negligence is the failure of a person to take reasonable care in order to avoid injury to another person.
At OnderLaw, LLC, we know the unfortunate effects a St. Louis premises liability accident can have on someone’s life. It’s completely disruptive and can be very distressing to deal with.
You might be wondering how any entity could be negligent to the point of causing someone to hurt themselves on their property. Accidents like this happen often. Even in the safest environments, there can be potentially dangerous situations that no one notices. Some of the most common causes of premises accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Uneven or damaged walkways
- Animal bites
- Unsecured objects
- Poor lighting
- Toxic materials
- Obstructions left on the ground
Many of the causes of premises accidents are preventable. Simply ensuring a clean area or performing regularly scheduled inspections can have a huge impact on the safety of any business or property. Old buildings can experience natural wear and tear that could be potentially dangerous if no one bothers to fix any cracks in the flooring or worn out electrical wires.
How Does A Premises Liability Claim Work?
After you injure yourself on someone else’s property, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Even if your injuries are minor, you should still go to a hospital or urgent care. Having documentation of treatment can help you in your case if you decide to seek legal representation from OnderLaw, LLC.
When you hire us, we will handle every aspect of your case from beginning to end so you can focus on recovery. We’ll begin by filing a claim against the property’s insurance company on your behalf.
Every business carries general liability insurance that is to be used if someone is injured on their property. The amount of compensation we work for will depend on the liability limits listed in their policy.
Once we file a claim and obtain a copy of the insurance policy, we’ll know the maximum compensation we can settle for with the insurance company.
During this time, you should follow your physician’s directives and show up regularly for appointments. Whether you need to see a physical therapist, chiropractor or other specialist, it’s important to seek the medical care you need until your doctor releases you from care.
Your medical records will provide excellent evidence in your claim to show the insurance company you were injured because of someone else’s negligence.
Along with your medical records, we’ll work to obtain any evidence we believe we need to prove you should receive financial compensation. Some of this evidence includes:
- Incident reports
- Property records or lease agreements
- Witness statements
- Insurance policies
- Video surveillance
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of your injuries
The more evidence we can collect, the better your St. Louis premises liability case will be. We’ll be able to use all of it to prove to the insurance company that you deserve the maximum settlement available to compensate you for the damages you’ve incurred.
If at any time, we are not able to reach a settlement, or the settlement offer from the insurance company is lower than expected, we can move forward with filing a lawsuit.
Premises liability lawsuits are typically filed against the building’s or property owner’s insurance company, and could even be brought against an individual, such as the owner of the property, owner of the business or business employee that caused your accident.
OnderLaw, LLC’s trial lawyers never back down from a fight, and they will use their expertise to fight hard for you.
Types of Damages That May Be Eligible for Compensation
Damages are expenses incurred as a direct result of an injury due to someone else’s negligence. In St. Louis premises liability, damages are intended to make a person “whole” or as whole as they can be. In other words, your damages should be anything that can help you recover from your injuries, emotional trauma and financial responsibilities due to the accident.
Many states vary when it comes to damages, and your premises liability attorney from OnderLaw, LLC will tell you which ones you are able to claim. In the state of Missouri, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses – Any hospital, physical therapy, home health care, surgery, prescription medications and specialist treatment
- Loss of Income – Any missed days at work and/or lost vacation or sick days due to your injury preventing you from working
- Future Earning Capacity – If your ability to work was limited in some way, you can recover the difference in income
- Pain and Suffering – Pain and discomfort due to your physical injuries, as well as the effects of these injuries on your lifestyle
- Emotional Distress – PTSD, depression, anxiety or any other psychological effect your accident caused
- Loss of Consortium – Immediate family members can seek compensation for their own losses because of the relationship they had with you before the accident
- Wrongful Death – If a premises accident resulted in death, immediate family members can seek compensation
If the liable party’s insurance limits are high enough, you may be able to receive compensation for all your damages. Whichever damages you want to claim, it’s important to keep record of everything. Keep receipts for prescriptions, copies of your medical records and any lost wage reports for your missed time at work.
If you’ve paid for anything out of pocket, you can keep those receipts or bank statements as well. All of this documentation can help us in your case and show the insurance company what your expenses are so they will have to pay out their insurance liability limits to you.
Contact OnderLaw, LLC Today for Your Free Consultation
OnderLaw, LLC is proud to be recognized by distinguished groups and organizations, such as Martindale-Hubbell, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The American Trial Lawyers Association and SuperLawyers. We’ve also been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.
Our deep roots in the St. Louis community have earned us a stellar reputation. We are noticed for our achievements and the work we do for our clients. There’s no case, big or small, that we can’t take on. Our legal knowledge, experience and connections within the community are vital to our success.
Our friendly and dedicated legal staff are standing by waiting for your call. You can call us at (314) 963-9000, fill out our contact form or Chat Live with one of our legal representatives to schedule your free consultation.
We will meet with you whenever it is most convenient for you to discuss your St. Louis premises liability case. Whether your injuries are minor or life-threatening, you can depend on us to aggressively fight against the insurance company to reach a favorable outcome for you.