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Injured at a Friend's House Party?
One of the first determinations when bringing a premises liability claim is determining who had possession and control of the premises where an injury happened.
There are circumstances in which a landlord can be held liable for injuries that happen on leased land. The key question is whether the landlord retained control over the premises or over a portion of the premises involving the defect that led to the injury.
The Independence, Missouri, law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain has successfully litigated many cases against landlords and tenants whose negligence has injured others. If you have been injured on someone else's property, contact us online or call 888-353-0491 to arrange your free initial consultation.
When Is a Missouri Landlord Liable for Injuries?
The general rule is that landlords are not liable for injuries that happen to a tenant's guests. A landlord is usually only liable for a tenant's visitor's injuries if the following are true:
- The landlord had knowledge of a dangerous condition that was concealed and not discoverable by the tenant, like a broken step.
- Injury occurred in a common area.
- The landlord negligently failed to make repairs that were the landlord's responsibility.
Two exceptions to this rule include "public use" situations that involve the assembly of large crowds for an exhibition or entertainment event and when landlords exercise such control over the business operations of a leased property that the tenant is considered a servant of the landlord.
Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer
Contact us online or call 888-353-0491 to arrange your free initial consultation.
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