One of the most common—if not the most common outright—kinds of premises liability claims in Minnesota involves “slip and fall” accidents. In these types of incidents, victims usually suffer serious injuries as the result of falls caused by dangerous property conditions.
In such cases, it is not uncommon for property owners to immediately claim that the accidents were entirely the fault of the victim’s own negligence. Any person who has sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident should take certain steps, including contacting JD Haas & Associates as soon as possible.
Minnesota Laws on Contributory Negligence
Minnesota Statute § 604.01 states that contributory fault will not bar recovery in any action to recover damages for fault resulting in injuries so long as the victim’s share of contributory fault was not greater than the fault of the party against whom recovery is sought. Damages awarded in such cases can be reduced in proportion to the amount of fault attributable to the victim.
In other words, a person cannot recover any damages when he or she is found to have been 51 percent or more at fault for his or her injuries. When he or she was 50 percent or less at fault, then he or she can recover damages—although they can be diminished by the percentage of fault attributed to him or her.
For example, a person who was injured in a slip and fall accident who was awarded $100,000 but found to have been 25 percent at fault would ultimately receive $75,000. People have two years to file civil claims relating to slip and fall accidents in Minnesota.
Damages for Slip and Fall Accidents in Minnesota
The harm caused by a slip and fall accident can extend far beyond just the immediate hospitalization. Victims in these cases can require several weeks, months, or even years of rehabilitation and recovery.
When a person who has been injured in a slip and fall accident files a legal claim with the negligent party’s insurance company, he or she may seek compensation for such expenses resulting from the injuries as:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Replacement services;
- Child care; and
- Pain and suffering.
Some falls are much worse than others. For examples, workers injured in falls on construction sites may fall several feet and sustain injuries that are far more serious.
You should not assume that any degree of fault on your own part automatically prevents you from being able to recover damages resulting from your accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the exact cause and hold the negligent party completely accountable.
Find a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney in Bloomington, MN
Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a slip and fall accident in Minnesota? You should avoid speaking to any insurer until you have first contacted JD Haas & Associates.
Our Bloomington personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to. We can review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (952) 345-1025 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.