This is the first post in a series discussing the handling of slip and fall cases in Rochester, Minnesota. Victims are often confused as to what steps to take if they have been injured on another’s property. The confusion is understandable because there are a host of different rules and laws relating to the rights and obligations of property owners and people who enter the property. These often are highly dependent upon the purpose of the property and the reasons for the person to be on the property. These articles are designed to provide information to help people understand what to expect from the process, as well as to provide information to help people make an informed decision when selecting a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured on another’s property, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will address a number of topics over the course of this series. Matters we will address include:
- When the owner or operator of a premises may be liable for a fall victim’s injuries
- How comparative fault applies to premises liability cases
- Steps a victim’s counsel need to take to prove a defendant is at fault
- The use of expert witnesses to establish liability
- What to expect during the litigation process
First and most importantly, owners or operators of facilities are not necessarily liable for falls that occur on their properties. They are responsible for an accident only if it is shown that they have failed to take reasonable steps to keep their property safe and that one or more of these failures led to the fall. Second, comparative fault is a critical issue in these types of cases because a defendant will almost certainly claim that the accident happened only because the plaintiff failed to pay attention to his or her surroundings. Third, a victim’s counsel can use both a full investigation and the discovery process to gather proof of liability. Fourth, experts are often required in these types of cases to establish that the property owner did not follow building codes or conform to “industry standards” regarding how to keep its property safe. Finally, knowing what to expect from the litigation process can help a victim feel comfortable and more at ease as the claim proceeds.
If you or a loved one have been injured on another’s property, it is important to retain an attorney experienced in handling such matters. These types of cases are extremely fact specific and the proper handling of the case can make the difference in whether or not you are fully compensated. Our firm has recovered more than $125 million on behalf of our clients and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with a Rochester slip and fall lawyer.
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.