Family members are always troubled when a loved one is deliberately injured by someone else. There is virtually nothing more disturbing than hearing that a family member was injured due to an assault. In some cases, negligence on the part of a premises owner led to the injury because adequate security was not provided when it should have been. Injuries and death can occur due to inadequate security at hotels, restaurants, bars, convenience stores, shopping malls, nightclubs, hospitals and retail stores.
If you or a family member was injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or loss of life. An experienced premises liability attorney can help you understand whether pursuing compensation is appropriate in your case.
Representation For The Injured And Their Families
At the law firm of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., in Kansas City, Missouri, we advise and represent clients in cases involving serious injuries and wrongful death. Our attorneys have handled many cases involving:
- Property owners who had been warned about security problems because of previous criminal activities on their premises — a failure to prevent an assault
- Property owners who did not intervene and take proper action when an incident occurred — a failure to respond to an assault
- Shootings and fights at bars and clubs
- Weddings and other events at community centers, hotels and other rented facilities
- Sexual assaults and rape on private and municipal property
- Stabbings and beatings
- Convenience stores where multiple robberies and assaults have occurred
- Bar and restaurant liability for alcohol that was sold (known as “dram shop” liability)
An Example Case
In 2010, Mr. S. was working his last night on the job as a cashier and clerk at a major convenience store in Kansas City, Missouri when he was shot and killed by a man robbing the store. Although the company had been encouraged in the past to upgrade its security measures, including employee protection barriers, it had declined to do so as it would give customers “the wrong impression.” In spite of a history of violent crime on and around the premises, store employees and customers entered a dangerous environment.
In Missouri, to prove that a landowner is liable for injuries on its property, one must show that the landowner had knowledge of a dangerous condition, and either failed to eliminate the danger or warn people entering the property of the dangerous condition. While it is somewhat more challenging to prove that a landowner is liable for criminal acts committed on its premises that injure or kill a person on the property, one can do so if there is knowledge of an imminent threat that should have resulted in better security.
Monsees & Mayer represented the two young, surviving children of Mr. S. Through the use of police records showing the prevalence of crime near the property address and past incidents on the property itself, the attorneys at Monsees & Mayer were able to prove the required degree of knowledge or notice of a dangerous condition of violent crime. A confidential settlement was negotiated that will help surviving family members care for Mr. S’s children, providing them the necessities of life that would otherwise have been provided by their departed father.
Every assault case is different. Seek proper legal advice about your case. See how Monsees & Mayer, P.C. has handled a wide variety of Dangerous Premises Cases
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