Slip And Falls Are No Laughing Matter

Falling in public may make good TV humor, but when it happens in real life, it is no joke. Andrew Tarry of Tarry Law Firm, L.L.C., knows that ground-level falls from slipping or tripping can result in broken bones, back injuries, head injuries or worse. We want to be there to help as you recover.

A slip-and-fall injury is only one type of premises liability injury. If a property owner fails to keep the premises reasonably safe or to warn you of potential danger, you may have cause to seek compensation for any injuries you suffer while on the property. If you plan to file a lawsuit, there are a few things you should know about Missouri laws regarding premises liability claims.

Premises Liability

Attorney Tarry has constructed many successful premises liability cases for those in southeastern Missouri who have suffered from injuries due to a variety of dangers, including these common conditions:

  • Slipping hazards such as water or ice
  • Tripping hazards like uneven pavement, broken floor tiles or objects left in an aisle
  • Stairway dangers such as dim lighting, poorly installed steps or broken railings
  • Overhead risks like low-hanging signs or objects falling from shelves
  • Risks posed by poor security

The level of a property owner's liability depends on your reasons for being on the property. You may also have to defend against allegations that your own carelessness contributed to your accident. Finally, the burden will be on you to demonstrate that the property owner or manager was negligent in allowing the conditions that resulted in the accident and your injuries. Andrew Tarry wants to be the lawyer at your side who will ease that burden for you.

How To Help Your Case

Before you feel pain, you may feel embarrassment. However, it is important not to say anything that may jeopardize your claim for compensation. For example, do not apologize for causing trouble, refer to yourself as clumsy or insist that you are not injured. Gather names and contact information of witnesses and any employees with whom you interact. Take pictures of the area, especially the hazard that caused your accident. Photograph yourself, including the shoes you are wearing.

Then call our Cape Girardeau offices at 573-651-8644. We will meet with you at your convenience for a free initial consultation to assess the situation and discuss your options. You can also contact us online to schedule an appointment.