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Q: I was recently hurt in a Missouri store. The store owner and manager say that they didn’t know about the slippery spot before I fell. They should’ve known about it, though! How can I prove someone else should have known something? How can I recover from my Missouri slip and fall accident injury?


You ask an important question. Missouri premises liability law holds property owners or managers responsible for injuries if they knew or should have known about a hazard on their property.

When deciding whether a property owner or manager should have known something, you should consider:

  • How long the condition was present. The longer the condition was present, the more reasonable it is to assume that the property owner or manager should have known about it.
  • Where the condition was located. Was it in a heavily trafficked area? Did the property owner or manager pass by it during the course of their duties?
  • Whether others saw the condition. If others saw the condition, then perhaps the owner should have seen it as well.
  • Whether others reported the condition. If others reported the condition to the store, then it is reasonable to assume that those in charge should have known about the danger.
  • Whether there was a likelihood that the condition would develop. For example, if it was rainy or snowy then it is reasonable to expect that the floor near the entrance to the store would quickly have become slippery.

Other factors may also be relevant in determining what the store owner or manager should have known about the danger. For more information about your Missouri premises liability case, please contact an experienced Missouri slip and fall lawyer. For help getting the potential recovery that you deserve, contact Price & Randle, LLC today at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670 to schedule a consultation.

Matthew C. Price
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