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Premises Liability Lawyers in Newton County

Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable in McDonald County & Southwest Missouri 

Did you slip on a spill in a grocery store? Were you injured after stumbling through a poorly constructed building? Did the water slide at your local public swimming pool break while you were using it? Has your child been bitten by a neighborhood dog?

Situations such as these can be scary, and you may feel as if you have nowhere to turn — but you’re not alone. Accidents that occur at homes and businesses due to the negligence of the property owner can be covered by premises liability claims. For advice on filing this type of claim, contact the legal team at Neff & Day, P.C. Our attorneys can provide guidance on how to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injury-related damages.

Get in touch with us online or call (417) 387-3373 today

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that pertains to injuries that have occurred due to the negligence of a property owner. Generally, these cases arise because physically unsafe conditions on the property (such as slippery surfaces or shoddy construction) cause injury. However, it is possible for any safety issue at a home or business to give rise to a premises liability case — claims can even be filed against property owners who failed to install locks or take other security measures, leading to assaults and similar crimes.

Some of the most common types of premises liability claims include those involving:

  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Injuries caused by falling objects
  • Negligent security incidents

What Are the Most Common Injuries in a Missouri Premises Liability Incident?

Premises liability injuries can occur in a variety of ways, but are often the result of negligence on the part of property owners. Slip-and-fall accidents, swimming pool incidents, dog bites and negligent security measures can all lead to premises liability claims. Injuries sustained from these incidents can range from minor scrapes or bruises to more serious life-threatening injuries.

Some of the most common premises liability injuries include:

  • Broken bones: Slipping or tripping on a wet surface, or falling from a height due to inadequate safety measures can lead to bone fractures.
  • Head injuries and brain damage: Even minor falls can cause head trauma that leads to severe long-term impairments such as memory loss, personality changes and speech difficulties.
  • Soft tissue injury: Strains, sprains and muscle tears are common in slip-and-fall accidents and other premises liability incidents.
  • Back pain: Herniated discs, spinal cord injury and general back strain are all possible consequences of premises liability incidents that involve a fall onto hard surfaces or into objects that cannot easily absorb the impact of the body’s weight upon landing.
  • Cuts and lacerations: Sharp edges on furniture, appliances or fixtures at home or business sites can cut skin if they come into contact with an unsuspecting passerby while they walk through the property. This is particularly true for young children who may not be able to see these hazards clearly when passing by during their playtime activities.
  • Internal bleeding/organ damage: Hard impacts against certain types of surfaces may lead to internal injuries such as internal bleeding, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.

No matter how severe your injury is, if it was caused by someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and suffering.

By filing a premises liability claim, victims can receive the compensation that they need to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other injury-related expenses. The experienced premises liability lawyers at Neff & Day, P.C., are here to help you get the justice you deserve. Reach out to us today to find out how we can help you.


Don’t face your premises liability injury alone — contact Neff & Day, P.C., today! We are ready to provide the legal guidance and representation that you need to maximize your recovery. Call (417) 387-3373.


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Who Can File a Premises Liability Claim?

Anyone who is legally visiting a business or residence can file a premises liability claim if they were injured on the premises due to the property owner’s negligence.

Trespassers who have been injured while trespassing do not have a right to file a premises liability claim. Property owners do not have any responsibility to protect the safety of people who trespass into their home or business (however, it is important to note that property owners who intentionally harm a trespasser could possibly be subjected to civil and/or criminal penalties).

This exception does not apply to children who become injured on a property, even if they are not supposed to be on that property, as children are not considered to be trespassing. You can file a premises liability claim if your child wandered onto a property and was injured because of the owner’s negligence.

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