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What is a 'storm doctrine?'

As late-winter snowstorms bear down on a significant part of the country, slip-and-fall injuries are no doubt increasing. That's why it's important to know just how much liability a property owner should assume when someone falls on a sidewalk, parking lot or other part of their property during a storm. That's where something called the "storm doctrine" comes in.

Venue for Missouri premises liability case to be determined

Attorneys for defendants in a premises liability suit are arguing over the state in which the case should be heard. The lawsuit was brought by a man who was loading milk into carts supplied by Dean Foods. He says that he was pushing a loaded cart up a plywood ramp at an Aldi grocery store in West Plains, Missouri, when it hit a nail and turned over, causing him suffer serious injuries when he fell.

Slip-and-fall accidents can change your life

Many people think that slip-and-fall accidents aren't really a big deal. With some of the stories that are portrayed regarding slip-and-fall accidents in the movies and on television -- think banana peel pratfalls -- it is easy to see where that misconception comes from. It is important for people who are involved in slip-and-fall accidents to understand that they can be serious.

Slip-and-fall accidents on ice can cause back pain

Since the snowy and icy weather is making its way across the country, now is a good time to discuss how important it is to make sure that sidewalks, parking lots and other areas where people walk are cleared appropriately. When the snow and ice aren't cleared right away, it is possible that people will slip and fall.

What are trespassers, invitees and licensees?

When you get injured on another person's property, you might opt to seek compensation. If you make that decision, your status on the property might become the focus of a premises liability lawsuit. Generally, there are three statuses that people might fall under when they go onto another person's property -- trespasser, invitee and licensee.

Do property owners have to fully childproof their property?

Parents want to keep their children as safe as possible. If your child happens to venture onto someone else's property, keeping your child safe might not be as easy as you think. Many property owners don't think about how the various components of their property might appeal to children. Because of the legal concept known as attractive nuisances, parents might opt to seek compensation if their child is hurt on the property of another person.

Do I Need an Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering whether you need an attorney to pursue a claim on your behalf.  Not every case requires an attorney and in some cases, where damages are minimal, an attorney will be of little assistance.  At the same time, questions with regard to the amount your injuries are worth, comparative fault, and hospital liens can make settling a case on your own very difficult.  

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March brings warmer temperatures and peeks of sunshine to Missouri, but it's also Brain Injury Awareness Month. While brain injuries can certainly occur as a result of car or truck accidents, falls, sports and even blunt trauma are all common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Being more aware of the signs of a concussion can help you be better prepared to recognize and seek treatment for a brain injury.

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