Premises Liability

Premises Liability Attorneys in St. Louis

We Hold Property Owners Accountable When They Endanger Visitors or Customers

If you suffered a preventable injury on someone else’s property, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the expenses and losses related to your accident. This is true whether you were visiting commercial property, like a store or hotel, or private property, such as someone’s home. Everyone who either owns or manages property is responsible for maintaining their land and buildings so they do not pose a hazard to visitors.

Filing a premises liability claim can be easy when you work with a skilled lawyer like one of our team members. At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we are known for taking the time to help clients fully understand their legal options and the nuances of making a claim. Our attorneys are happy to sit down with you in a free consultation to explain what your rights are after an accident on someone else’s property. When you know what you are entitled to, it is easier to see when an insurance settlement offer does not meet your best interests—and easier to decide whether you want to fight for the compensation you deserve.

If you are looking for strong advocacy, our St. Louis team is on your side. Call us today at (314) 701-7722 to schedule a free consultation with one of our premises liability lawyers.

When Can I File a Premises Liability Claim?

The most common type of premises liability claim is a slip and fall suit. However, an individual’s rights extend much beyond this when they are hurt while visiting someone else’s property. Other types of premises liability claims include:

  • Balcony collapse
  • Building code violations
  • Dangerous stairwells
  • Drowning
  • Elevator or escalator malfunctions
  • Exposed wiring
  • Falling debris
  • Fire code violations
  • Inadequate security
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Structural defects
  • Toxic exposure

If a property owner or manager knew or should have known about a hazard on their land and failed to repair it in a timely manner, they can be held accountable for any injuries caused by that hazard. Likewise, if they did not post proper warnings of any dangers that were pending repair, injury victims may also be able to bring a claim for this negligence. Our attorneys can help you understand whether you are eligible to bring a claim based on your situation.

Damages Recoverable in a Premises Liability Claim

If you are eligible to file a claim, you can request compensation for all the losses you have faced due to your injury. These losses can be both tangible (which means they have a clear monetary value) and not. However, as an individual, it can be very difficult to calculate the damages you have already faced, much less those that might arise in the future.

When you work with The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, you will gain the benefit of having an experienced lawyer who knows how to fully calculate damages after an accident. When necessary, we work with medical professionals and life care planners to analyze how your injury may continue to affect you into the future. It is our goal to help you understand what a fair settlement looks like, so you do not say yes to an unfair offer. Once we have calculated a client’s damages, our lawyers then do the work to provide evidence for each one.

If you were seriously injured, your compensation should include:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation/therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Decreased earning capacity
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Some accidents that lead to premises liability claims can result in lifelong disability. Patients and families who see their lives disrupted in such a way deserve the maximum compensation for their losses. For those who tragically lose a loved one in a preventable accident, our lawyers can help with a wrongful death claim to address the upheaval of your family and hold the at-fault party accountable.

The Comparative Negligence Defense in Premises Liability Claims

Most companies or individuals that find themselves facing premises liability claims will fight back because paying a victim’s medical bills and other damages can quickly become expenses. One of the most common defenses in premises liability claims is that of comparative negligence.

A comparative negligence defense involves arguing the victim was partially or fully to blame for their accident because they were acting negligently. For instance, they may argue the danger from a construction project that dug a trench next to the sidewalk was easily apparent to anyone who was paying attention—and therefore, an individual who accidentally stepped into the trench and fell was entirely to blame for their injuries.

Our attorneys can help you prepare for challenges to your claim by finding evidence of the other party’s negligence. Surveillance video, witness testimony, and other accounts of the accident can refute unfair attempts to put the blame on a victim.

Start Your Claim Today

Premises liability claims can do much more than help you recover compensation. They can also bring attention to hazards that might hurt others, and pressure property owners to fix them. When we take these claims, we do our best to ensure that our client receives the help they need and the property owner faces scrutiny for their negligence.

Therefore, we urge you to seriously consider filing a claim if you or a loved one was injured. The legal process does not have to be complex: With our lawyers on your side, you will be fully informed on the process, but will not have to handle the work of filing paperwork, gathering evidence, or meeting the other requirements of the legal process. Our attorneys are known and trusted not only for our hard work but also for our efforts to make sure our clients are informed and ready to make decisions that meet their needs. Learn how we can help you by reaching out to our office.

Schedule your free consultation by calling (314) 701-7722. Our St. Louis lawyers are ready to discuss your premises liability claim and answer your questions.


  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Trailer Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor trailer injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

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The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.


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