How Can I Sue for Slip and Fall in Missouri?

The term “slip and fall” describes any situation in which a person slips, trips, or falls on a dangerous surface and sustains an injury. Slip and fall accidents occur daily on sidewalks, in parking lots, and in grocery stores, restaurants, and other places of business.


In Missouri, slip and fall cases are part of a broader category known as premises liability claims that hold property owners legally responsible for maintaining their property in a safe condition.


How to Prove a Missouri Slip and Fall Claim


Under Missouri law, when someone else’s negligence causes you to suffer injury in a slip and fall accident, you have five years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and related losses. To prevail in your Missouri slip and fall lawsuit, you must show:


  • Dangerous Condition Existed – You need to establish that a hazardous condition was present on the property. For instance, a wet spill on the floor of a grocery store poses a potential danger to customers. Other hazardous conditions may include uneven surfaces, damaged steps, icy pathways, or loose floor mats.
  • Property Owner’s Awareness – Your claim must also show that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition before the incident. For example, if you slipped on a wet spot in a grocery store, you must prove that the owner knew about the hazard before you fell. This can be challenging, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can help.
  • Failure to Repair or Warn – You must also show that the owner failed to repair or warn of the danger. Once you demonstrate that the property owner knew or could have reasonably known of the dangerous condition, you must also show that they failed to fix or warn of the condition. If you slipped and fell at a supermarket and there was no warning sign present, the store may be liable.
  • Injury from Negligence – Finally, you must prove the property owner’s inaction or negligence caused your injuries. Missouri law recognizes pure comparative negligence, which means that even if you are primarily at fault for the incident, you can still receive compensation. Your compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if a court awards you $10,000 in total damages but finds you are 25 percent at fault for the accident, the property owner would be responsible for $7,500, reflecting a $2,500 reduction for your share of fault.


Navigating a slip and fall lawsuit can be difficult when you’re already dealing with the effects of an injury. Hiring a personal injury attorney with a strong knowledge of Missouri law and experience handling slip and fall lawsuits is crucial.


Don’t Handle Your Slip and Fall Injury Alone


If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holland Injury Law, LLC, can help. We treat clients like family and will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation and learn more about your legal options.

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