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What is your legal status on someone else's premises?

If you become injured on someone else's property, whether it is a business or a home, the owner's liability depends in part upon your legal status as a visitor to the property. The standard of care that the law expects of a property owner is different depending on your purpose for being the on the property and whether you are there with the owner's consent. 

What does it mean to settle a personal injury case?

If you have a premises liability claim filed against you in Missouri, the chances are fairly good that you will settle your case. According to the American Bar Association, settling a case simply means coming to an agreement with the other party without needing to involve a judge. Many cases end with a settlement instead of a judgment.

How do electrical shocks affect the human body?

Unsafe Missouri buildings that contain faulty or damaged wiring can result in an unwary person receiving a nasty electric shock. Depending on the severity of the shock, a person may experience severe health problems afterward. In fact, if the electric shock is strong enough, it could result in a person's death.

What factors contribute to bone fracture in a fall?

Winter is coming to Missouri, and the icy sidewalks and wet, slippery floors that it often brings with it can pose an increased fall risk. You probably already know that a fall can cause a bone to fracture. However, you may not realize that the fall itself is only one factor that contributes to a broken bone. 

Detailing the attractive nuisance doctrine

As a parent in Kansas City, you likely equate the arrival of spring with the impending onset of summer vacation. As your children take to the outdoors to explore and play with their friends during the summer, you no doubt counsel them extensively to avoid dangers. So to have many of the parents that our team here at McShane & Brady has worked with in the past, yet many of their children found certain outdoor attractions to enticing to resist. The question is if your child is injured by a hazard on another's property, can you hold said property owner responsible? 

What is social host liability?

If you enjoy hosting parties in your home for your family and friends, you should be aware of Missouri’s social host liability laws. These laws apply to you any time you furnish alcohol to your guests. They also apply to you if you allow your child to host a party in your home at which alcohol is available.

What responsibilities do property owners have this winter?

As you make your way around the city this winter, you will probably encounter numerous ways to slip and fall. From the ice-covered parking lot at your apartment complex to the muddy, wet tile floor in the grocery store’s entryway, there is no shortage of hazardous situations when the weather turns bad. You and other Missouri residents will need to navigate the streets carefully if you want to get through the season without taking a spill.



If you or a loved one have been injured and you believe someone else is responsible for your injuries, what is your next step?



What IS Premises Liability, and why should I care?

When someone enters your property, they have a reasonable expectation of not getting injured. Known as "premises liability", this means that you, as a property owner (or non-owner resident), are responsible for maintaining a relatively safe environment. For example, a courier delivering a package may sue you for injuries if he slips and falls on an oil slick in the driveway.

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