St. Louis premises liability Lawyers
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We are St. Louis personal injury lawyers who help tenants receive compensation from landlords and property owners and managers
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Property owners and managers have duties and obligations under the law. They have duties and obligations keep their property safe for visitors and business invitees. Therefore, if you have been injured because of a dangerous condition on the property of another person or company, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury, medical treatment expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.
Do I need a premises liability attorney?
Without a lawyer, it is unlikely that the insurance company will ever offer to pay you fair money in a premises liability case. Even if the insurance company does make you an offer, the offer will most likely be far less than you deserve. The insurance company does not care about you and the adjuster wants to minimize the cost of your case.
Ortwerth Law handles a wide variety of premises liability cases, including:
- Slip-and-fall cases
- Ice and snow on parking lots and sidewalks
- Defective sidewalks and steps
- Building code violations
- Poor construction
- Staircase accidents
- Substandard building materials
Insurance companies blame victims
If you have been injured because of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, the insurance adjuster’s argument is very predictable. The adjuster will blame you; he or she will say that it was your own fault; and the adjuster will most likely say that you “failed to keep a careful lookout.” But what does that mean? Simply stated, the adjuster is saying that you should have known the accident was going to happen.
Whether the adjuster uses these words or not, the insurance company is arguing that you should be looking at your feet while you walk. Of course, that makes no sense. If you are walking down the aisle at the grocery store, the store wants you to be looking at the name-brand products which the store’s marketing gurus have strategically placed to make sure they catch your eye. If there is water on the floor, you will not see the water because you are not looking directly at the floor, and, even if you were looking directly at the floor, you would not see the water because the floor is white and the water is clear.
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Therefore, a victim who slips and falls in water on the floor at the grocery store usually does not realize the floor is wet until after he or she has fallen. Only when the victim is lying on the floor, feeling that it is wet, does the victim realize that the floor was covered in water. And yet, the adjuster will either deny the victim’s premises liability claims or make an insulting offer. Why? The adjuster will say that the victim “failed to keep a careful lookout.” Again, this makes no sense. And it is not fair.
Craig Ortwerth has conducted countless accident investigations in premises liability cases and know just what kinds of evidence will be prepared to build a successful case. We have a database of qualified experts who can help with your claim, including premises liability experts and doctors who can perform independent medical examinations. Our investigators will help us gather surveillance video, photographs accident reports, property and maintenance records, witness statements, medical records and medical bills.
Once our investigation is finished and you are finished with your medical treatment, we will make a settlement demand on your behalf. We work for you. You are the boss. So we do not make any settlement demands without your prior approval. Assuming the insurance company responds to your settlement demand by making an offer, we will immediately communicate the offer to you and discuss with you our thoughts as to further negotiations. Negotiating a fair settlement agreement usually takes time and patience. If the insurance company fails to make an offer which you deem to be acceptable, we will file a formal lawsuit and push your case to trial.