INJURED ON SOMEONE’S PROPERTY – MN LAWYER
Most people believe that if you are injured on someone else’s property, the property owner is automatically responsible for compensating you for the injury. Actually, Minnesota law holds the property owner responsible for injuries that occur on their property only when the owner is at fault in causing the injury. This is true if you are injured at an apartment building, condo, house, store, or other business in MN.
Whether or not your accident was the property owner’s fault usually requires some investigation and legal analysis. Therefore, we advise that you contact an experienced property injury attorney if you have been injured on someone’s property to determine whether or not you have a legal case against the owner or manager of the property.
It is very important after you have been injured on someone’s property, to get photographs of the area where you fell and the cause of your fall. Because the problem that caused the accident may be eliminated soon after your fall, you should have someone take photographs of the area, as well as contact a property injury attorney right away so we can do further investigation if necessary. Our lawyers once had a case where a deck collapsed (see photo above) at an apartment building on a Friday. We were able to get an investigator there over the weekend. By Monday the collapsed deck and all evidence had been moved. If our attorneys had not gotten the investigator out there right away, we would have had a much more difficult time proving the case.
If you have been injured on someone’s property it is important to report the injury to the property owner. If possible, this should be done in writing. However, until you can notify the owner in writing, an initial phone call will suffice. You should tell the owner generally that you were injured on their property, what happened, where it happened, and briefly describe your injuries. Do not provide a recorded or written statement regarding the accident until you have had the opportunity to speak with a lawyer.
Even if you don’t have a legal case against the owner of the property, you may be entitled to certain medical benefits under the property owner’s insurance company. If you have been injured on someone’s property, please contact our office right away for a free consultation so that an accident injury lawyer can provide you information on what benefits may be available to you. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with 25 years’ experience handling hundreds of cases.