People expect a building to be safe when they enter it. This is true whether you are going into a retail store, a restaurant, a hotel, or any other business. Unfortunately, there are times when the owner or operator of a premises does not take steps to keep the facility safe for the public. Such a failure can lead to someone slipping and falling, suffering serious injuries as a result. It is important to understand you have options if you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner. Our Rochester personal injury attorneys assist those who have been harmed as a result of negligence. We take pride in the level of service we provide and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer. We also serve Owatonna, other Minnesota communities, and Iowa and Wisconsin.
Lawyers assisting Rochester, Owatonna, and other SE Minnesota victims injured on another’s property
The owners and operators of a commercial facility have an obligation to keep the premises safe for visitors. This obligation requires them to take reasonable steps meant to prevent injuries. If a dangerous condition exists because the premises was not reasonably maintained and someone injures themselves due to the condition the premises’ operator may be liable for damages. Whether or not the operator was taking reasonable steps to keep the property safe depends on the specific facts of a case. If you have been injured as a result of liquid spills or other dangerous conditions, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so you can fully understand your options.
The first step in a slip and fall case is for the plaintiff’s counsel to contact the defendants. This allows counsel to deal with the defendants and their insurance carriers directly. Counsel will send a letter demanding the preservation of all evidence relating to the accident. If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to litigation. Discovery will be used to gain information from the defendants. Information may include maintenance records, written company policies that relate to premises safety, and other company documents. It will also be possible to gain statements made under oath by company employees through a deposition. Also, it may be necessary to retain expert witnesses to testify about whether precautionary steps taken by the defendants were reasonable when compared to others in their industry. If necessary, the case will conclude at a trial. Jurors will decide the issues of liability, comparative fault, and damages.
Our Rochester injury lawyers assist those who have been harmed on someone else’s property. Once you have retained our firm, Jim Suk and our office will take immediate steps to ensure all evidence is preserved and your rights are protected. We conduct an investigation and, once your damages can reasonably be calculated, we will demand payment from the appropriate insurance companies. If a settlement cannot be reached, we do not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf. We use the discovery process to uncover evidence such as time at which floors were cleared of spills and debris, when repairs were performed to the facility, when the management became aware of a hazardous condition, or other relevant facts. We will be in regular communication with you throughout the process by promptly responding to emails, phone calls, and other correspondence. We make ourselves available to answer questions and will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, 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.
Rochester injury attorneys with the necessary resources to handle a slip and fall case
Slip and fall cases can require a plaintiff’s attorney to expend substantial resources. This is largely due to the costs associated with retaining expert witnesses. It is important for you to retain a firm with the financial means to hire such professionals. Our firm has recovered more than $125 million on behalf of clients and we have the resources necessary to deal with large corporate defendants. Whether you fell in a retail or grocery store due to a spill or slippery surface, poor building lighting led to an injury, or other hazards caused you to sustain an injury, contact us today. Our firm is ready and able to assist you.