Accidents Involving Slips, Trips and Falls - We Take Kansas Premises Liability Cases Seriously
Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises and keep conditions safe. Unfortunately, people in Wichita and throughout Kansas sustain injuries in slip, trip and fall accidents every day. At Warner Law Offices, the knowledgeable attorneys understand that if a property owner fails to keep his or her premises safe, the owner or the management needs to be held accountable.
Slip and fall accidents, which lawyers refer to as premises liability cases, might happen for any number of reasons. You may be injured at a grocery store or in a parking lot. You may be struck by a falling piece of merchandise while shopping at a mall. Some premises liability claims involve violent attacks. For example, you or a loved one may even be robbed or assaulted. But even if you've done nothing to cause your accident, premises liability accident cases can be extremely complex. The property owners may insist they did nothing wrong, or an insurance adjuster may try to offer a quick and meager settlement. We don't think that is fair.
- FAQ about Premises Liability Claims
- What are Common Accidents at Supermarkets?
- What to Do If Hurt at a Mall
- Why Parking Lots Can Be So Dangerous
- Filing a Civil Claim if Assaulted by Someone
Each attorney on our team has more than 25 years of experience bringing issues such as these premises liability cases to the court's attention. Businesses know that they need to protect you. When they fail to do that, they must be made accountable. Our firm knows how to find the right evidence. We can determine the long-term cost of your injuries and fight for the compensation you deserve. We also have unique insight into injury cases, because one of our attorneys, Anne H. Pankratz, also is a licensed registered nurse in Kansas. Expect more. Contact us today. Call 866-584-1032.
FAQ about Premises Liability Claims
Q: What should I do after my accident to support my claim?
A: The steps injury victims take in the days and weeks following their accident are critical to supporting a premises liability claim against a property owner or manager. It's critical to write down all details about your accident and take photos of the accident scene. Our attorneys recommend seeking medical attention immediately. Keep track of all expenses (such as medical bills and lost wages). In addition, obtain contact information for property owners and witnesses to your accident.
Q: Should I accept the insurance company settlement offer?
A: No. After your accident, you may find that insurance adjusters are eager to offer a quick settlement - before the true long-term cost of your injuries is known. While it may be tempting to accept the offer, it's important to remember that the goal of insurance company adjusters is to save their company money. Just because they make you an offer doesn't mean you have to accept it. An experienced attorney at Warner Law Offices can help determine the true long-term cost of your injuries and help obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. Call 866-584-1032.
Q: What damages can I recover from a premises liability claim?
A: The long-term physical, emotional and financial cost of a premises accident can be devastating. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to recover damages to cover ambulance fees and emergency room bills, the cost of future medical care, lost wages and future lost wages. In some cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages which are awarded to punish a particularly reckless property owner or company and deter others from engaging in similar negligent behavior. Many of these losses can be difficult to determine without an attorney on your side, fighting to hold negligent parties accountable for their reckless behavior.
Q: How can a lawyer help prove premises liability?
A: In order to file a successful premises liability claim, plaintiffs must be able to prove:
- A dangerous condition existed on a property.
- The property owner or manager was aware of the condition.
- The property owner or manager failed to warn visitors of the property of the condition, or take steps to remedy the danger.
- Accident victims were injured as a result of the hazardous condition.
The experienced legal team at Warner Law Offices understands that property owners owe visitors a duty of reasonable care with regard to known hazards. When they fail to warn visitors of a known hazard or fail to address a dangerous situation, they need to be held accountable for their actions. We can help.
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What are Common Accidents at Supermarkets?
Most shoppers don't think that they might be seriously hurt while picking up food at a Wichita, KS grocery store. Supermarkets can be safe when they're well-maintained and potential hazards are properly marked and tended to by employees. But accidents can happen in an instant at grocery stores across the state and leave shoppers with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. A seemingly harmless and common grocery store product such as a grape that falls on a floor can lead to a catastrophic injury if a shopper slips and a falls after stepping on it.
Warner Law Offices has helped people who have sustained slip and fall injuries at supermarkets in Wichita and throughout Kansas. But accidents can occur for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes accidents happen because of the following negligent factors:
- A wet floor that was not cleaned properly
- Careless stacking of items on shelves
- Boxes left in aisles
- Failure to post signs warning about wet slippery floors or other potentially hazardous conditions
- Unsafe floor mat positioning, or leaving bumps or mounds in a floor map that can cause a trip or fall
Shoppers have a right to visit supermarkets that are free of dangerous conditions. That's because store owners and managers have a legal responsibility to keep shoppers safe from harm. An accident can happen in an instant if employees fail to clean up liquid soap spills and other food items. Unfortunately, grocery store employees may carelessly stack items on a shelf, which can present a significant accident risk.
The following are some of the supermarkets in Wichita:
- Leeker's Family Foods
- GreenAcres Market
- Natural Grocers
- Asian Market
- The Fresh Market
- Whole Foods Market
Many people injured in accidents at shopping centers are unaware of their rights. They might not know they may be entitled to recover compensation if they sustained an injury while at a store. An experienced attorney at the Warner Law Offices can stand up to the insurance companies and demand full and fair compensation.
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What to Do If Hurt at a Mall
Large shopping malls, strip malls and other shopping centers can be dangerous places. An elevator or escalator may malfunction, possibly due to poor maintenance, leaving patrons in harm's way. A visitor might slip and fall on a slick surface. If you or a loved one was injured while at a mall, don't hesitate to contact an experienced premises liability lawyer at Warner Law Offices today. We're committed to protecting the rights of accident victims injured at shopping centers in Kansas.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to provide visitors with a safe and secure premises. In cases involving mall injuries, somebody might slip, trip and fall if no employee or manager installed proper warning signs despite prior knowledge of the hazardous conditions. A patron may be robbed or assaulted in a parking lot, leading to a negligent security claim. The owner or management may be responsible for failing to have property security measures in place or adequate lighting.
Our attorneys recommend taking the following steps after being involved in an accident at a mall or shopping center:
- Report the fall to the property owner or manager.
- Call 911. Even if you believe your injuries were minor, the symptoms of some injuries may not be apparent immediately after an accident.
- Obtain property owner contact information and witness information.
- Gather evidence, including photos of the accident scene and the dangerous condition that led to your accident.
A mall injury in Kansas can have a lasting impact. That's why we work so hard to obtain maximum compensation for our clients. You shouldn't have to worry about paying for medical bills, getting compensated for lost time from work, or covering emotional trauma or pain and suffering. Whether your accident happened at Towne East Square in Wichita or you were injured at another commercial property, we are prepared to stand up for your rights.
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Why Parking Lots Can Be So Dangerous
Nobody expects to be injured while walking across a parking lot or parking garage. But in Wichita and throughout Kansas, parking lot accidents can happen fast and leave accident victims facing long-term physical, emotional and financial damages. Even worse, injury victims may have done nothing wrong to cause their accident or may have been unable to prevent their accident from happening.
How do parking lot accidents happen? At Warner Law Offices, our experienced legal team understands that property owners are responsible for ensuring the safety of all visitors. The owner of the parking lot may be negligent if the area is not sufficiently lighted. A dark parking lot not only could contribute to a slip and fall, but might increase the risk of an assault or robbery.
A number of factors contribute to injuries sustained in parking lots, which may or may not involve vehicle traffic (parking lots are one of the most common sites of car and truck accidents in Kansas). Factors involved in a parking lot accident may include the following:
- Inadequate lane markings that lead to a pedestrian accident.
- Negligent maintenance, such as potholes, broken pavement and other hazards.
- Negligent security caused by inadequate supervision or lighting.
Many parking lot injury cases involve lack of signs, lighting, or boundary demarcation that may contribute to a pedestrian accident. Property owners have a responsibility to ensure safe access into and out of a parking lot, including clear lines of sight, indication of right of way and other measures. When they are not safely marked and you are injured, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the long-term cost of your accident-related injuries.
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Filing a Civil Claim if Assaulted by Someone
As a guest at somebody else's property, you have a right to feel safe. Whether you're a patron at a bar or walking to your car after a trip to the mall or local grocery store, chances are the last thing you have on your mind is dealing with a robbery or assault. But violent attacks do happen without warning. While most people realize that criminal charges can be filed against the attacker, victims also may be able to pursue a civil case against the person or company that owns the property where the assault took place. At the Warner Law Offices, we understand that your accident may leave you with long-term physical, emotional and financial damages. That's why we fight so hard on behalf of assault victims.
Did someone break into your motel room because the locks weren't maintained? Were you attacked in a business' unlit parking lot? Did your property manager fail to tell you about the danger of crime in your building? If a business invites you onto its property, its management has a duty to protect you, and not just its merchandise. The experienced lawyers at the Warner Law Offices demand relief from businesses with negligent security.
Let us help you determine whether you should file a lawsuit. In typical assault cases, we hire an investigator to review the scene of the incident and thoroughly examine your negligent security claim. We pore over police reports and study criminal statistics for the area. We find out what type of security the facility has in place and compel any necessary information. We also work closely with experts, including medical experts, as well as our own registered nurse, who is also an attorney, so that we can develop the strongest claim for the full measure of damages based on your injuries.
Contact Warner Law Offices
If you've been injured in an accident, you need more than just a lawyer. You need a law firm on your side with the experience and medical training necessary to protect your rights. Each of Warner Law Office's knowledgeable attorneys has more than 25 years of experience tirelessly fighting on behalf of injury victims in Wichita and throughout Kansas. One of our attorneys is a registered nurse in Kansas. Let us make a difference in your life. Contact us. Call 866-584-1032 to set up a free case evaluation with one of our team members today. You don't have to worry about paying us any fees up front. We get paid only if you win your case.