Being injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence can be frustrating, especially as the accident victim goes through the process of seeking the compensation they need to cover the medical costs and other damages associated with the accident. Those with past run-ins with the law may hesitate to file a personal injury claim, because they are unsure of how their criminal record might play out in court.
When holding someone accountable for causing a personal injury, there are certain legal principles that come into play and must be proven before someone can be held legally liable for their actions. "Negligence" is one such legal doctrine, allowing Missouri residents to hold someone accountable for careless behavior that caused injury.
Auto accidents are devastating for everyone involved, including family members and loved ones who are not even in the vehicle at the time of the crash. A truck accident wreaks even more havoc, due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicle and the materials inside the truck. Motorists, pedestrians and motorcyclists have little protection in a crash involving a truck and many fatalities and personal injuries can result.
Television and movie depictions of trials often show high-drama moments where one side suddenly presents new evidence, shocking the courtroom. In real life, this almost never happens, especially civil trials such as personal injury lawsuits. The reason for this is the requirement that both sides see all the evidence in advance through the process of discovery.
When a negligent driver injures another person, Missouri law provides that the injured can hold the driver liable for their damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and so on. One of the first big steps, therefore, is proving that the driver acted negligently.
The legal theory of premises liability holds that property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably free from hazardous conditions. When they breach that duty, and someone is injured as a result, the owner can be held liable for the injured person's damages.
Many people in Missouri own property and almost every day people enter onto property owned by others. This is usually done because the person is invited onto the property. This usually occurs when people go into stores to shop for various items or go to places for entertainment and recreation. When people go onto these properties, there is an expectation that they will be safe and the property owner will keep the property free of dangerous conditions.
There are many different reasons that people in Missouri go to stores. That is because there are many different types of businesses. These businesses are set up in different ways depending on what they are selling and the specifications of the spaces they are renting. However, no matter what type business they have, they have a duty to ensure that their customers will be safe. This does not necessarily mean that they are liable for every accident that occurs, but they do need to keep the premises safe.
Imagine you are walking through the grocery store when you get a text. The next thing you know, you're lying flat on your back. You don't remember what happened. All you know is that you have a splitting headache! What happened?
While online shopping may be becoming more and more common in Missouri, people still need to go to stores and other places of business every day. This could be the grocery store, a convenience store, department stores or many other places. When people enter into these places the property owners have a duty to keep the floors free of dangerous conditions, which may cause people to fall or be injured in other ways.