FELL DOWN STAIRS INJURED – HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE CLAIM LAWYER
Here is an example of a homeowners insurance case that one of our top Minnesota lawyers successfully settled recently after someone was injured at another person’s house. In this case, our client was a postal carrier and the homeowner lived on his route. The mailbox for the house was outside the front door, at the top of a few steps. Our client had gone up the stairs and put the mail in the mailbox. As he was coming down the steps, one of the steps gave way (the cement crumbled beneath his feet), and his left foot went through the crumbled cement step to the hollow structure beneath. Our client then fell down the steps and injured his knee. There were immediate medical bills and possible future medical bills that our client was concerned about, so he called our office and consulted with an attorney.
Our client (the mail carrier) had spoken with the homeowner in the past about the steps leading up to their front door. Our client had commented to the owner that the steps looked poorly patched and should be better repaired. Unfortunately, the homeowner did not take any action in response to our client’s comments and did not fix the problem. For a period of time, our client tried to put the mail in the mailbox without going up the steps by reaching over from the side. Unfortunately, when he did this, he could not completely close the mailbox afterwards. The homeowner complained to the post office, who told our mail carrier client that he had to close the mailbox after depositing the mail. Our client then had to resume going up the steps to deliver the mail. It was just a few months later that our client was injured when he fell down the steps because of the defective cement patching.
The picture below shows the stairs our client fell down. The stairs were a bit crumbly, but there was no hole there until his foot went through the cement and he fell forward. The board you see in the picture was placed there afterwards. The house is in MN and the steps have now been repaired.
Fortunately, a lawyer from our office able to get a fair settlement for our client that paid his medical bills from the accident and will pay for any future medical treatment he needs for the knee, plus compensate him for the pain and suffering he now has because of the instability in the knee after falling down the stairs at this person’s house.
If you are injured on someone else’s property in Minnesota, please be aware that the property owner or his agent may remove the problem that caused the accident soon after your fall. Therefore, you should have someone take photographs of the area, as well as contact a property injury lawyer right away so our lawyers can do further investigation if necessary.
If you fall down stairs and are injured at someone’s house or property, you should talk with a best MN injury lawyer to find out your rights. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury lawyers with more than 25 years’ experience successfully handling hundreds of injury cases, helping people sort out insurance issues and making sure they get fair compensation. Pam Rochlin is a former partner at Meshbesher and Spence, offering small firm attention and personal service. Pam and David are married, and we treat our clients like they are a part of our family. We have offices where you can come to discuss your personal injury case from falling on someone’s property in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and Woodbury. If you have been injured in an accident, a lawyer can also come to your home in St. Paul, Chanhassen, Chaska, Maple Grove, Apple Valley, Burnsville, White Bear Lake, Brooklyn Park, and other cities throughout MN. We will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless we are successful in getting you compensation for your injuries.