Icy sidewalks, greasy store floors, unsafe or crowded walkways—hazards such as these are all-too-common and can cause dangerous accidents. Falls can cause serious injuries, from neck and back misalignment to broken bones, sprains, and, in the worst cases, brain or spinal cord injuries. If you have become injured from a fall that could have been prevented, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Property liability is not clear-cut, so enlist professional help to investigate your claim.
Tending to walkways and sidewalks to ensure they are safe for all is the responsibility of each property owner in Minnesota. However, neglect and carelessness do happen, and unfortunately, injury is so often the unfortunate result.
If you have sustained injuries from a fall, the owner or renter of the property may be liable if they were at fault or to blame for the circumstances causing the fall. For example, if the property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on the property, they may be liable for injuries resulting from these conditions. Examples of these kinds of conditions include:
- A large, open hole or defect that is not marked off with warning notices or barricades
- A spill in a store that employees do not clean up in a reasonable time
- Icy sidewalks that were not shoveled or de-iced in a timely manner
- Poor lighting that made it difficult to walk safely
The Minnesota Attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence can help you navigate complex liability issues.
If you have fallen in a preventable situation and have become injured, remember that it is up to you to demonstrate that the property owner's carelessness or neglect caused your injury. The experienced attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence can help you gather appropriate evidence and demonstrate to the court that your injuries were due to the property owner's negligence.
What You Should Do
If you are injured in a preventable fall, act quickly. Seek medical care immediately to make a document of your injuries and also make complete observations of the accident scene. For example, if you fell as the result of a spill, look around to see if there are footprints, dirt, or anything else that would indicate that the spill had been there for some time before you fell. If you slipped on an icy sidewalk, note the date and time of recent snowfalls, and the conditions of surrounding sidewalks. Take photographs of any dangerous conditions that may have contributed to your injury.
Because it is so important to investigate these accidents quickly and because of the complexity of liability law, call Meshbesher & Spence immediately for help. Our experienced, Minnesota attorneys know what to look for and what questions to ask to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for your injuries.