It is difficult to realize what sort of damage can occur from a slip and fall accident until it happens. Although this type of accident may not seem very significant, quality of life can be compromised in the short-term or the long-term. When the accident is the result of someone else’s negligence, it can be even more devastating.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you have the right to be represented by a Minneapolis personal injury lawyer with experience in the area of slips and falls. Sometimes these cases can seem hard to prove or a victim may feel like they don’t have a strong case. When you have an experienced attorney evaluate the incident and it is determined you have a case, you will have an advocate on your side that is ready to obtain the right result for you.
Uncovering The Facts
It may seem as if a slip and fall case is difficult to prove. While that may be true in some cases, there are ways to uncover the facts. The accident report, surveillance video, witness statements, and accident scene reconstruction are ways in which it can be determined how the accident happened and why.
Every possible detail is gathered so that a strong case can be built. When a strong case is built, you and your attorney can aggressively pursue the responsible party. Responsible parties can include:
- Store owners and managers that don’t have proper protocol in place when dealing with spills and fallen objects.
- Store owners and managers overseeing a staff that doesn’t properly stack items or leaves obstacles in the middle of an aisle.
- Homeowners that do not fix stairs or sidewalks, resulting in a person permitted on the property to slip or fall.
- Building owners or managers that don’t fix escalators or other surfaces.
- Municipalities that don’t place proper warnings in an area with a hazardous surface.
Anyone who is responsible for cleaning up spills, keeping surfaces and stairs in repair, and keeping obstacles out of a walkway can be held liable for their negligence.
Fighting For Your Right To Compensation
When you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to secure compensation. You can pursue their insurance company for a settlement that is meaningful, which means having enough money to pay for missed work due to the accident, medical bills, and other applicable expenses as allowed by Minnesota Law. What your Minneapolis personal injury attorney does is try and prove that the responsible party had knowledge of the damage that caused an accident and had sufficient time to fix the issue or post proper warnings before the accident occurred. When this is proven, you can either secure a proper settlement or, if the case goes to trial, obtain a meaningful jury award.
Contact A Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents may not seem serious, but they can be. They can result in broken bones and other injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident that was due to the negligence of someone else, you may have a personal injury claim. To learn more about your rights and options, contact the Olson Law Firm at 612-816-2322 for a free consultation.