Slip, trip, and fall accidents are some of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits in the country. They can happen anywhere, at anytime, and result in serious injuries. Broken bones from slips and falls can cost thousands in medical bills and missed time at work – not to mention the physical affects of a bad fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls resulted in 31,959 unintentional deaths in a single year. From 2007 to 2016 alone, fall death rates in the U.S. increased 30% for older adults. Slip and fall incidents are not something the law takes lightly. There are legal processes in place for victims of slip and falls in Kansas City. Wendt Law Firm P.C. can help.
In Kansas City, slips and falls can occur in parking lots, grocery stores, shopping malls, public places, and private residences. Although not every slip and fall results from someone else’s negligence, many do. Based on premises liability laws, there are things property owners must do to reasonably prevent falls. These include checking the property for unknown trip and fall hazards, repairing dangerous property conditions, and warning visitors about dangers that might not be obvious, such as recently waxed floors. Failure to uphold the proper standards of care is the main reason for slip and fall accidents in KC.
Wet floors, inadequate lighting, icy parking lots, and faulty staircases can all lead to slip and fall accidents. It is a property owner’s duty to know about these hazards and take steps to prevent harm to property visitors. Landowners owe the highest standards of care to invitees, or those the owner invites onto a property. Invitees include shop customers, amusement park goers, and others who visit a property with the owner’s express or implied consent. Licensees are people who also have the owner’s consent, but who enter the property for their own purposes. Owners owe slightly fewer duties of care to these visitors.
Trespassers are the only property visitors that landowners do not owe standards of care to – other than not to willfully inflict harm. There is an exception, however, if the trespasser is a child under the age of 18. Child trespassers have the same rights as invitees on a property. A property owner is responsible for ensuring the safety of a premises for many types of visitors. If you were recently injured in a slip and fall, odds are you were a protected class of visitor at the time. This gives you the opportunity to file a premises liability claim in Kansas City.
Slip and fall accidents can result in hospital bills, significant pain and suffering, lengthy healing times, and permanent disabilities. Some people never recover from their injuries after a fatal slip and fall. If you incurred medical costs and other bills relating to your slip and fall, know that you may not have to pay them. The property owner may by law be responsible for covering your damages. Pursue compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit in KC with help from our attorneys. The Wendt Law Firm P.C. legal team can walk you through your state’s premises liability laws and the claims process.