This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of slip and fall cases in Rochester, Minnesota. Most don’t know how to proceed after being injured in a fall. By taking steps to immediately protect their rights, victims can improve their chances of receiving fair compensation. The goal of our last several articles has been to help people fully understand their situation and to provide information to help them select a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one need assistance, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have discussed several topics over our recent articles. The issues we analyzed include:
- When a premises operator may be liable for a victim’s injuries
- The application of comparative fault to slip and fall cases
- How the discovery process is used to prove fault
- The need for expert witnesses in premises liability claims
- What to expect at trial
There are several reasons why we address these topics. First, the operator of a premises is not be liable simply because someone fell on its property. For a manager/operator to be found liable, it must be shown that the manager or operator failed to take reasonable steps to keep the premises safe and that that failure is what caused the victim’s injuries. Second, under Minnesota’s comparative fault laws, a victim may recover damages if he or she was less responsible for the fall than the property owner. Third, through the discovery process, a plaintiff’s lawyer accumulates proof of the defendant’s fault. Fourth, expert witnesses are often necessary to establish whether or not defendants adhered to the standards of their industry. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process helps ensure that things go smoothly.
One point cannot be stressed enough. You must retain an attorney experienced in handling such matters. Premises liability cases are some of the most hotly contested matters in personal injury claims. It is crucial to hire an attorney qualified to handle your case from beginning to end. Our Rochester slip and fall lawyers have handled many such cases and have made several recoveries in excess of $1 million.
Besides Rochester, we serve the following major southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, and all outlying communities, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.