Kansas City Premises Liability Lawyer

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Terry Crouppen who has more than 40 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney. Our last modified date shows when this page was last reviewed.

Property owners have a legal responsibility to protect lawful visitors from dangers they know about or should know about. If you or a loved one was injured due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Our Kansas City premises liability lawyers at the award-winning Brown & Crouppen Law Firm are here to make sure you know your full legal rights and options.

Key Takeaways:
  • At Brown & Crouppen, our Kansas City premises liability lawyers help clients recover compensation for injuries sustained on business, government, or private properties.
  • In Missouri premises liability cases, the duty of care owed by property owners depends on the legal status of the visitor (invitees, licensees, trespassers).
  • Victims of premises liability accidents can seek legal compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress.
  • Our Kansas City personal injury law firm has a proven track record of success securing significant settlements and verdicts in premises liability cases and is well-recognized for the high quality of its legal services.

You shouldn’t have to watch your every step when visiting a business, government property, or private residence. At Brown & Crouppen, our Kansas City premises liability attorneys can help you hold careless property owners accountable if you get hurt due to hazards they should have known or warned you about. Among other things, they may owe you compensation for resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. 

Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations so you can understand your full legal rights and options at no cost to you. We also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost to hire our firm, and we only get paid if we secure compensation on your behalf. 

Since 1979, our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys have secured over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for clients like you throughout Missouri and beyond. Call (888) 795-0694 or fill out our online contact form to learn more.

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Brown & Crouppen’s Premises Liability Attorneys Will Fight For You

Premises liability cases can be legally and factually complex, requiring the attention of a skilled attorney. For example, you might have been injured on municipal property and not know the special rules that apply when suing a government entity. Or you may have been injured in an apartment complex and must now file a lawsuit against a deep-pocketed property management company. 

In all cases, you will likely face stiff resistance from property owners and their insurers, making the claims process even more difficult and stressful. That is why you need a seasoned legal advocate fighting in your corner. 

The Kansas City personal injury lawyers at Brown & Crouppen can take the burden off your shoulders while you focus on your recovery. With decades of experience and over 250 legal professionals on our top-tier team, we have the resources and skills needed to fight for the justice, accountability, and compensation you deserve. 

We have been widely recognized in the legal community for the high quality of our services, with many of our personal injury attorneys having been listed as Super Lawyers and among Missouri’s best. We are also committed to making a difference in our communities by contributing to numerous charitable causes. 

Proven Results for Our Clients

When you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one due to a property owner’s carelessness, you need a premises liability law firm that gets results. At Brown & Crouppen, we’ve helped thousands of injury victims throughout Missouri and beyond secure compensation. 

If you’ve been hurt, you can rest assured that our skilled Kansas City premises liability attorneys will advocate tirelessly for your rights. Our outstanding case results are a testament to our success. Notable premises liability settlements and verdicts we have secured include:

Available Damages in Kansas City Premises Liability Cases

A serious accident can leave you with debilitating injuries, long-term disability, mounting medical bills, and overwhelming stress. You shouldn’t have to deal with all of this on your own. If you were injured on someone else’s property in Kansas City, you may be entitled to significant legal compensation. Our premises liability attorneys can pursue compensation for things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Permanent disfigurement and impairment
  • Lowered quality of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

It’s not uncommon for the responsible party and their insurance company to deny responsibility when you file a premises liability claim. They might say you were responsible for the accident or insist that your injuries were caused by a pre-existing condition. 

When you choose Brown & Crouppen, you won’t have to worry about these underhanded tactics. We level the playing field with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. Our premises liability lawyers will take a holistic approach to your claim, tailoring our legal strategy to the unique circumstances of your case. 

When it’s time to negotiate, we will work diligently to secure a meaningful settlement. If the property owner refuses to accept responsibility or their insurer doesn’t make a reasonable settlement offer, we won’t back down. Our skilled Kansas City premises liability attorneys are ready to take your case to court to get the best possible result. 

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Understanding the Law: Premises Liability Cases in Missouri

To have a strong premises liability case in Missouri, you must be able to show that the property owner owed you a duty of care. However, the duty of care owed varies depending on your status as a visitor on the property. Visitors fall into one of three categories:

  • Invitee – You are an invitee if the property owner has expressly or implicitly permitted you onto the property for their benefit (e.g., customers at a business). Invitees are owed the highest duty of care. Property owners must “exercise reasonable care to protect them against both known dangers and those that would be revealed by inspection.”
  • Licensee – You are a licensee if you enter a property for your own benefit, not the property owner’s (e.g., a friend attending a social gathering at a home). A property owner owes a second-tier “duty to make safe dangers of which [they are] aware.” 
  • Trespasser – Since trespassers enter properties without permission, property owners must simply avoid intentionally harming them. Importantly, however, there is a long-standing exception for “attractive nuisances” that entice vulnerable children onto dangerous properties. 

This tripartite distinction has been reaffirmed in the recent case of Scholdberg v. Scholdberg, 578 S.W.3d 831 (Mo. Ct. App. 2019). However, understanding and proving your status is just one element of a premises liability case. Note also that a statutory exception exists for cases involving unpaid recreational use of a property

Our Kansas City premises liability attorneys will collect evidence and may need to interview witnesses. No matter the circumstances, we have the skills, resources, and expertise needed to handle your case from start to finish. 

How Do I Prove Negligence in a Premises Liability Lawsuit?

Again, the law provides that property owners in Missouri have a legal obligation to protect lawful visitors from dangerous conditions on their premises. Because it emphasizes a duty to exercise reasonable care, premises liability can be thought of as an expansion upon the legal theory of negligence. When you file a premises liability lawsuit in Kansas City, you will normally have to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that:

  • You were owed a duty of care as an invitee or licensee.
  • A dangerous condition or hazard existed on the premises.
  • The owner knew or should have known about the hazard.
  • The owner failed to protect you from the hazard.
  • You suffered injuries because of that dangerous condition.

To win compensation, you must demonstrate that you would not have been injured if the property owner or another party responsible for the premises had met the duty of care owed to you under the law. In other words, you must prove that if the owner had inspected the premises, fixed the hazard, or warned you about the hazard, you would not have been injured.

Decades of Experience Handling All Types of Premises Liability Cases

All sorts of accidents can happen due to a property owner’s carelessness. Our lawyers handle cases involving:

  • Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents – According to the National Safety Council, falls are a leading cause of preventable injury, resulting in thousands of emergency department visits and deaths annually. 
  • Inadequate repairs or maintenance – Property owners must regularly inspect their premises for maintenance issues or potential hazards, such as broken handrails, poor lighting, or ripped carpet. 
  • Negligent security – Property owners should be held accountable when inadequate security contributes to a crime that injures visitors. 
  • Swimming pool accidents – Property owners can be held liable if someone is injured or loses their life in a swimming pool on their premises. Jackson County has specific safety requirements for businesses with pools or hot tubs on their premises. 
  • Elevator or escalator accidents – You have the right to pursue compensation from property owners if you were injured in an elevator or escalator accident on their premises. (You might also be able to sue manufacturers for product liability.) 
  • Dog bites – Each day, nearly 1,000 people in the United States require emergency medical treatment for serious dog bite injuries. Under Missouri law, dog owners can be held strictly liable if their animals bite non-trespassers without provocation. This is legally distinct from the premises liability standard discussed above. 

Remember, this is not an exhaustive list. We also handle cases involving fires, hazardous substance exposure, and many other situations. If you’ve been hurt in Kansas City, contact our office today to schedule your free consultation. We want to hear your story. 

Fighting To Get Compensation for All Your Premises Liability Injuries

A premises liability accident can result in any number of serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries our attorneys see in the cases they handle include:

Depending on the severity of your injuries, your road to recovery may last several months or longer. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, our premises liability lawyers are here to ensure you understand your legal options and help you fight for full and fair compensation. 

Where Do Premises Liability Accidents Commonly Occur?

If you or a loved one has been hurt on a property you don’t own or control, our Kansas City premises liability law firm can assess your situation and outline your legal options. Some of the most common locations that give rise to premises liability cases include:

  • Office buildings
  • Supermarkets
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels
  • Schools and universities
  • Amusement parks
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Sports stadiums and arenas
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Apartment buildings and residential properties
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Swimming pools
  • Public parks and playgrounds
  • Sidewalks and public walkways
  • Elevators and escalators

How Long Do I Have To File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in Missouri?

Missouri has a five-year statute of limitations for premises liability lawsuits. However, if you’ve suffered the loss of a family member in a premises liability accident, you have three years to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the property owner.

Though these time frames give you some time to act, getting a jump start on your premises liability case is important. Crucial evidence can get lost or destroyed as time goes on. Witness memories can also fade. Plus, you don’t want to give the owner extra time to mount a strong defense.

Call our Kansas City premises liability attorneys as soon as possible to get your case started on a strong footing. We are ready to conduct a thorough, independent investigation of your case.

Call Our Trusted Kansas City Premises Liability Lawyers for Help Today

Do not wait to take legal action if you get hurt because a business or property owner failed to inspect their premises, fix known hazards, or provide adequate warning of danger. Hold them accountable for your injuries and suffering by calling Brown & Crouppen.

Our Kansas City premises liability lawyers have over 40 years of experience going toe-to-toe against combative defendants and insurers eager to avoid liability. We’ve secured over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Let us fight for you.

Contact our law office in Kansas City, Missouri, to schedule your free consultation. We work on contingency, so you pay nothing unless we win your premises liability case. Get in touch by phone at (888) 795-0694 or by filling out our online contact form.


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