An interesting multi-defendant residential slip and fall lawsuit filed
in O’Fallon, Missouri displays how
personal injury claims can sometimes be extremely complex and involve multiple different
areas of law. An O’Fallon man was recently sued by a local carpenter
when he fell from a structure he was working on at the defendant’s
home. The defendant had built the structure with lumber from a nearby
hardware store. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the
defendant failed to provide a safe working structure by using unsafe materials
sold by the hardware store. The plaintiff’s claim seeks more than
$50,000 in compensatory damages from both the homeowner and the hardware
store, plus punitive damages and costs.
Injury Claims Brought Against Multiple Defendants
It is not uncommon for liability for an accident to extend to multiple
parties. In this scenario, both the homeowner and the hardware store can
be held liable for the carpenter’s injuries due to the applicability
of both premises and product liability. Premises liability is the legal
concept that homeowners have a duty to make a reasonable effort to ensure
the safety of guests and workers that may visit their property. Likewise,
product liability laws make it so product makers can be held liable for injuries their customers
should suffer due to defects in the design, manufacture, or improper warning
labels on their goods.
This is just one of countless ways in which multiple parties can be held
liable for an accident. For example, say a truck driver skips a mandatory
vehicle inspection and fails to notice that his truck is fitted with defective
tires that have been recalled by the manufacturer. As a result, the truck
blows a tire en route to its destination and causes a collision, injuring
another driver. In this scenario, liability could be applied to both the
truck driver for
failing to maintain his vehicle
and the tire company for their faulty products.
If you have been injured in an accident you believe was not your fault,
it is vital you retain the services of a skilled personal injury lawyer
who can review the circumstances of your case and identify all responsible
parties on your behalf. Proving liability can be an uphill battle, especially
when it involves multiple parties beyond those who are obviously negligent.
It is important you make sure you have a legal team on your side that
fully understands the applicable laws to maximize your chances of securing
the compensation you deserve.
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