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Tough Kansas City Attorneys Advocate for Slip and Fall Victims



Property owners have a legal responsibility to take reasonable measures in order to protect the people who visit their premises. If you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury because of an unseen hazard, a damaged walkway, spilled liquid or some other result of negligence, Barnes Laws Firm can help you enforce your rights. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, our firm represents clients throughout the area in slip and fall claims as well as other types of premises liability cases. One fall could cause broken bones, back trouble or a traumatic brain injury, so it’s important to obtain the reimbursement you’re entitled to for medical bills, lost wages and other damages available under the relevant law.


To win compensation on a personal injury claim stemming from a slip and fall incident, plaintiffs in Missouri and Kansas must show:

  • Duty of care — Defendants who own or have control over the property must owe a legal duty to the person who got hurt on their premises. This means that trespassers usually cannot obtain damages in a slip and fall accident, even if the defendant did not take proper precautions.
  • Failure to use reasonable safety measures — Many slip and fall actions turn on whether the individual or business responsible for the property took appropriate steps to prevent the type of injury that occurred. Our attorneys conduct a thorough review to address such issues as whether a hazard was properly marked or a spill was cleaned up in a timely manner.
  • Proximate cause — A connection must exist between the property owner’s failure and the accident. For example, a store parking lot might have poor lighting, but the victim must show that the reduced visibility contributed to the slip and fall.
  • Damages — We are experienced litigators who will present a comprehensive case outlining the damages you have suffered due to your fall.

In Missouri and Kansas, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the incident. Acting quickly will improve your chances of securing full compensation in a trial or settlement.

Defendants frequently try to counter slip and fall claims by alleging that the victim was wholly or partially at fault. In both states, the verdict is reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to the plaintiff. Moreover, Kansas plaintiffs cannot recover damages at all if they are held to be 50 percent or more responsible for the incident. No matter the circumstances, our aggressive lawyers will push back against unwarranted defenses that try to shift the blame to you.


People who are attacked in public areas with poor security might also have an actionable claim against the property owners. However, a recent Missouri statute makes it easier for business operators to avoid liability in certain situations where criminal or harmful acts are committed upon their property. Enacted in 2018, the Missouri Business Premises Safety Act allows for recovery of damages only when the business is aware misconduct is taking place or when a reasonable likelihood exists that unlawful activity would occur in that area. Businesses can also meet their legal responsibilities by demonstrating that appropriate security measures were taken. If you or someone you love were hurt in an attack in a public space or on the premises of a business, we’ll advise you whether relief is available.

Contact a Kansas City lawyer for a free consultation regarding a slip and fall injury

Barnes Law Firm represents Missouri and Kansas plaintiffs in slip and fall claims as well as in other types of personal injury litigation. To make an appointment for a free consultation at our office in the Plaza Area of Kansas City, Missouri, please call 816-221-4321 or contact us online


$5.3 Million jury verdict for railroad work injured in slip and fall accident.

$35 Million judgment for motorcycle driver who suffered a lower left leg and right arm amputation as a result of a motor vehicle collision

$10.2 Million judgment for class members damaged by the City of Kansas City’s failure to comply with a prior court order requiring Kansas City to provide refuse collection services, of the cash equivalent thereof, to the class

$4 Million settlement for family members of victim killed in a drunk driving accident



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