Slip-And-Fall Accidents Require A High Level Of Proof
Although they are among the most common injury accidents that result in a lawsuit, slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents can be complex cases that require extensive resources and knowledgeable legal counsel in order to successfully recover damages. In fact, it is precisely because they are so common that these cases can be so challenging.
Understanding Property Owners’ Responsibilities
In order to recover damages following a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, it must be shown that the property owner or property manager knew of the dangerous condition or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to take proper steps to repair the condition and/or warn people about it.
According to Minnesota’s comparative negligence law, if an injured party contributed in any way to his or her own accident, the damages one receives may be reduced by the amount he or she was at fault. For example, if a person misses a warning sign because he or she was talking on a cellphone, it may be more difficult to collect damages.
Speak With An Attorney As Soon As Possible
In addition to proving the property owner is at fault, it is important to show that your injuries are a direct result of the fall. It is important to document the pain you feel and the medical treatment you receive as soon as possible. A manager of the property or an insurance company representative may contact you or speak with you at the scene to gauge the seriousness of your injuries. If you are injured after such a fall, it is always smart to speak with a lawyer before providing any information to the property owner.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, we invite you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of what you can expect. We represent clients on the Iron Range and throughout Minnesota from our office in Duluth.