When a person suffers serious injuries because of a dangerous condition on another party’s property, the landowner, or “possessor of land” may be liable for the damages caused. The legal area known as premises liability involves personal injury claims against property owners who were negligent in caring for their property.
“Slip and fall” accidents are one of the most common types of premises liability claims, but many of the same defenses are routinely relied on by most property owners in these cases. An almost immediate response from any property owner will be some variation of the victim being entirely to blame because he or she was wholly at fault for the accident occurring.
Anybody who is injured on another person’s property should avoid getting into arguments with property owners about possible liability. Victims should instead quickly retain legal counsel.
Were you or your loved one severely injured in an accident caused by a dangerous condition on another party’s property in Minnesota? JD Haas & Associates can fight to help you recover every last dollar you are entitled to. Call (952) 345-1025 to schedule a free consultation.
Premises Liability Laws in Minnesota
Minnesota state law establishes that all property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are safe for all who may enter. Minnesota classifies people entering premises into two groups: Entrants and trespassers.
An entrant is essentially any invited guest, and they are owed the duty of reasonable care. In Minnesota, reasonable care includes preventing a person from being injured by conditions on the property.
Trespassers, on the other hand, are not owed the same duty. Trespassers are on a premise without the permission of the landowner and can only hold a property owner liable if the injuries were the result of a particularly dangerous condition the property owner should have known would cause serious injuries.
Minnesota also provides exceptions for “attractive nuisances,” which are typically large items that often attract the attention of small children (such as swimming pools). Property owners in Minnesota must make an effort to ensure that children can not access attractive nuisances, and property owners could be liable for child injuries even when children were trespassing.
If you or your loved one is injured because of a dangerous property condition, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Regardless of whether you think you were hurt, you should still get a medical professional’s clearance first and create a record of the incident.
People should try to get photographs of the hazards that caused their accidents before the evidence is lost, and victims should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Find a Premises Liability Lawyer Minnesota
If you or a loved one was seriously injured because of a property owner’s negligence in Minnesota, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation right now. JD Haas & Associates represents clients throughout the greater Bloomington area.
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