Sauter Sullivan: Premises Liability Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois
Premises Liability involves cases against landowners, landlords and business owners for accidents and injuries occurring on their premises where they owed a duty of care to renters or visitors. Typical Premises Liability Cases involve slip and fall accidents, sports related injuries, construction site accidents, injuries at a school, drowning, animal attacks, explosions and other types of injuries.
Property owners and businesses can be held responsible for injuries and accidents occurring on their property if they are found negligent in their handling of many different factors, including failure to provide proper security, poor building maintenance, failure to remove or sufficiently warn of hazardous materials or unsafe conditions on the property, and so on.
If you or a loved one has been injured or incurred damages due to the negligence of a property or business owner, you should talk to an experienced lawyer right away. The Attorneys at Sauter Sullivan are experts at handling Premises Liability Cases, and they can help you.
Contact Us for a free consultation with one of our experienced St. Louis Premises Liability Attorneys. There’s no obligation, and we take many cases on a contingency basis, where you’ll pay us no legal fees unless we win your case.
- Client with Hand Injury Recovers $300,000 Policy Limits
Our client sustained a hand injury from an encounter with a homeowner. We collected the policy limits under a homeowner’s policy. Initially, the insurance company had denied the claim because their insured was allegedly not negligent. Sauter Sullivan was able to perform investigation which showed the insurance company’s client negligence and turned the case around.
- $300,000 Slip and Fall Settlement for Contractor Injured at a Customer’s Home
In March 2019, a contractor finished a job at a person’s home and prepared to draw up the final invoice for the work. He sat down in a chair on the owner’s back patio to do the paperwork, and the chair collapsed, causing him to fall straight down onto his tailbone.
He was in pain from his injuries, so he went to see a chiropractor, who quickly recognized the possibility of disc problems and sent him for MRIs of the neck and lower back. The MRIs showed he suffered disc injuries, and he was referred to a surgeon. The surgeon advised the contractor that he would eventually require surgeries on his neck and lower back, but the client decided to delay surgery as long as possible.
Christopher Geldmacher at the Sauter Sullivan Law Firm made a claim on behalf of his client with the homeowner’s insurance of the property owner. The homeowner’s insurance company initially did not want to pay the contractor a fair amount for his injuries. So, Mr. Geldmacher filed a lawsuit for his client. After getting into the litigation, but before the case got to trial, the insurance company agree to paid the full policy limits available of $300,000.
- $225,000 Premises Liability Settlement for Injury at Fast Food Establishment
A 20 year old woman was in a Granite City, Illinois fast food restaurant, waiting for her food, when she went to fill her cup at the self-service soda station. While she was getting ice, vibrations from the machine shook loose a piece of plastic, just above the client’s head. The plastic piece struck her on the forehead, bending her head backwards, injuring her neck. A later MRI showed that the woman had suffered herniated disc in her neck. She was referred to a spine surgeon who performed surgery on her injured neck. Neither the fast food restaurant nor ice machine vendor would take responsibility for the accident. The woman turned to Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan for help with her premises liability claim. Mr. Geldmacher took her case and filed a lawsuit against both the restaurant and ice machine vendor. Sauter Sullivan’s investigation revealed that the piece of plastic that injured the client had fallen several times before, and the restaurant employees kept putting the piece of plastic back on the machine without securing it properly. Prior to trial, the case went to a mediation where Mr. Geldmacher obtained a settlement of $225,000 for his client.
- $41,000 Settlement Woman Injured Due to Poorly Secured Handrail
Christopher Geldmacher represented an elderly woman who injured herself on the stairs at a Saint Louis City apartment complex as the result of a poorly secured handrail.The client was walking down the stairs in her apartment building while leaning on the handrail for support. The handrail, which had not been adequately secured to the wall, pulled out of the wall causing the client to fall and land backwards on the stairs. During the fall, the handrail fell on top of the woman and twisted her wrist. She immediately went to the emergency room, followed by a visit to her primary doctor, and then a hand specialist. Her wrist injury required surgery followed by physical therapy. The landlord denied responsibility, claiming that it was not responsible for the woman pulling the handrail off of the wall while using it for support., Mr. Geldmacher was forced to file suit against the landlord. Mr. Geldmacher discovered that having a handrail that was not “securely fastened” to the wall was actually a violation of St. Louis City Code. The discovery of the poorly secured handrail made proving the case much easier and caused the landlord and its attorneys to rethink their position. Prior to trial, Mr. Geldmacher was able get the landlord to agree to pay his client a settlement of $41,000.00.
- Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accident Gets Fast Settlement of $210,000
A client of Christopher Geldmacher of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was injured in a slip and fall accident while exiting a grocery store in North St. Louis County. The injured client was an elderly woman who required a walker to get around. She was exiting the store with her walker when her foot caught on a raised, uneven edge where asphalt met the crosswalk on the store’s parking lot. This portion of the sidewalk should have been flush with the street, but the uneven edge caused her to fall forward, landing on her side and sending her walker flying. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and it was determined she had suffered a hip fracture that required surgery. Permanent plates and screws were required to repair the injured hip, and the client was hospitalized for several days before being moved to a separate rehabilitation hospital. She received physical therapy for a month in the rehab center before she was moved to a nursing home. It was another month before the client was finally released to go home. As a result of her injuries from the slip and fall, she now has even more difficulty getting around, even after going through the surgery and extensive therapy.
Chris Geldmacher filed a claim against the company responsible for maintaining the sidewalks and parking lot of the grocery store and fought to get the compensation his client deserved. Within 4 months of completion of treatment, Mr. Geldmacher got the responsible party to agree to a settlement of $210,000.
- $60,000 Settlement for Woman Injured in Slip and Fall at Fast Food Restaurant
In August 2007, a woman came to Sauter Sullivan attorney Christopher Geldmacher after she suffered a personal injury when she slipped and fell in a fast food restaurant parking lot. It had started raining outside while the woman was in the restaurant, and, when she exited building, she was forced to walk along a very steep area of the parking lot to get to her car. Because of the rain and the slope of the hill, the woman’s foot slipped and she fell directly onto her knee. Doctors confirmed that she suffered a torn meniscus in her knee. The knee injury required surgery, and although she got the surgery she needed, her knee was never the same.
Mr. Geldmacher, a personal injury attorney and partner at Sauter Sullivan, took her case and conducted an investigation of the restaurant’s parking lot. At first glance, the portion of the parking lot where the woman fell appeared to have a slope which was steeper than County Code allowed. Mr. Geldmacher ordered a survey of the property and the parking lot. The survey crew hired by Mr. Geldmacher found that the slope of the portion of the parking lot where the client fell was 2.5 times the maximum grade allowed by the County Code. Once this was confirmed, the owner of the restaurant had no choice but to acknowledge the woman’s claim. Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $60,000 for his client!
- FAST RESULTS!: Settlement in Slip and Fall Accident Completed in Under a Month
A man was shopping at an Aldi’s grocery store and had a slip and fall accident caused by some water which had been spilled on the floor. The force of the fall caused him to strain his neck, and he was taken by ambulance to a local emergency room. His injury required follow-up treatment with a chiropractor, and he did not have health insurance to cover the costs. He contacted the Sauter Sullivan law firm and Matthew Sauter took the case. Matt quickly investigated the circumstances of the accident and discovered that a customer had caused the water spill on the floor and that Aldi’s had failed to clean it up in a timely fashion. Under a month after his client completed his medical treatment, Sauter negotiated a settlement with Aldi’s insurance company; his client received a substantial sum of money to compensate him for his injuries, and all his medical bills were covered.
- Restaurant Slip & Fall Injury Yields $63,500 Settlement in Premises Liability Case
Carolyn Caruthers, a personal injury attorney with the Sauter Sullivan law firm, took on a premises liability case for a client who was injured in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant in St. Charles, Missouri. The client was a young man in his mid-20’s, who was carrying his 2 year old in his arms as he entered a restaurant.
- $50,000 to Laborer Injured in Slip & Fall Accident in Leaky Hospital Rest Room
A 54 year old laborer came to the Sauter Sullivan law firm with a premises liability case that involved personal injury. The man had significantly injured his knee in a slip and fall accident caused by a puddle of water on the floor of a rest room in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
The leak and water problem had been reported to the hospital prior to the client’s fall, but the hospital had failed to post a warning of the danger, and had not cleaned up the water or repaired the leak. The man did not have insurance to cover the medical expenses associated with his injury, and thus was unable to get medical treatment. He went almost 6 months after the slip and fall incident without getting proper medical treatment. The pain became too much to bear, and he finally sought the help of Carolyn Caruthers, one of the personal injury attorneys at Sauter Sullivan. Caruthers helped the client set up a claim to get the necessary medical treatment, at which time his injury was finally diagnosed as a torn meniscus, and he underwent surgery to treat the problem. He also required ongoing post-operative treatments and physical therapy, all the while adding to his medical expenses. Sauter Sullivan helped the client get the necessary medical treatment, and negotiated a $50,000 settlement on the premises liability claim with the hospital where the fall occurred.
- $140,000 Settlement for Working Mom Injured in Slip and Fall at Event Venue
A 29 year old bookkeeper, wife and Mom came to Sauter Sullivan after she suffered personal injury in a slip and fall incident at a party that was being held at a hall that hosted events and parties. A bartender, who was an employee of the facility, asked the woman to watch the bar while he left to use the restroom.