Minnesota is known for its many unique statewide features. It’s the land of 10,000 lakes. It’s great for fishing and cruising on your boat. Minnesota has the second largest state fair in the country and produces corn and soybeans at a phenomenal rate. However, this beautiful state does come with side effects, most notably being its unforgiving winters.
With these winters come vast amounts of snowfall, which inevitably turns to ice. It is very common to slip and fall on the ice. Luckily, the Slip and Fall Laws in Minnesota offer protection under such instances. Here’s what to be aware of when creating a case:
Slip and Fall Laws in Minnesota
Make sure you know where you are and if the incident happened on someone else’s property. Collect as much information as you can from the incident for future reference. Be aware however, that if you do decide to take the case to court, the “Shared Fault Laws” may be put into place. This means that you could end up paying extra fines if the courts determine you are at fault, too. The case will be further investigated for key points that may prohibit you from getting the compensation you anticipated. This includes (but is not limited to) if you were on a property you shouldn’t have been, if the owner of the property deliberately neglected to clean up the ice, if you were preoccupied/distracted with your cell phone, or if you were wearing footwear not fit for icy conditions.
Be sure to act quickly. The Minnesota “Statute of Limitations” puts a time frame on the incident reported. This can work against you if enough time has passed. Be conscious of if you damaged any of the property you slipped and fell on. Property owners can use this tactic to counter the claim and can result in more fines.
In conclusion, if you are in a slip and fall accident, it is best to seek medical treatment for even the slightest discomfort. After contacting emergency services and/or a healthcare professional, remember that Nelson Personal Injury will also be ready to assist you. We know that you will have many questions about your rights and the claim process. Visit our FREE case evaluation page here, or call us today at (320)-252-1200. All consultations with our experienced Personal Injury attorneys are confidential and without obligation.
Note: This article uses information adapted from an original article by Adam Uren for BringMeTheNews.com, as well as an article by David Landers for Nolo.com. The full articles may be accessed at the links below.