If you should happen to suffer an injury on someone else’s property, you may be able to receive help with paying your medical bills through a broad claim category known as “Slip and Fall.” Here in Minnesota, a large portion of these claims occur during the winter due to heavy accumulation of ice and snow. However, it is important to know that dangerous slip and fall accidents happen year-round, indoors or outdoors and at numerous different venues. No matter where or when your slip and fall occurs, the team of Walsh & Gaertner lawyers will be there to help you get back on your feet. We’ll conduct a comprehensive investigation to establish liability against the landowner, business or municipality and fight for just compensation for your pain and suffering.
When you slip or fall on private property, typically the concern is based on two questions: did the landlord take good care of the property and were you allowed on the property? It is important to know that landowners are allowed a reasonable amount of time to make sure they’ve taken good care of their property after a severe weather event. In the case of a winter snow storm, for example, the landlord doesn’t have to act before the storm is over, but after the storm has passed, the owner must remove the ice and snow.
Business owners must adhere to the same duties as private landowners. These standards apply both indoors and outdoors. Examples of liability include:
- Unsafe merchandise displays
- Unmarked changes in elevation
- Inadequate lighting
- Hazards from negligent design
- Improper maintenance of the premises
- Stairs without railing
- Unsafe door positioning
- Poorly maintained walking surfaces
When it comes to municipalities it takes more than a slippery or uneven sidewalk to prove your city is at fault. In order to present a successful claim and get you the funds need to make a full recovery, you have to show actual or constructive knowledge.
Actual knowledge means that the city or municipality knew of the condition and the danger before your accident.
Constructive knowledge is used to prove that the condition existed long enough that the city of municipality should have known about the danger before your accident.