SLIP AND FALL ON BUSINESS PROPERTY – MN LAWYER
We had a call today from someone whose mother broke her hip when she slipped and fell on ice on a sidewalk as she was coming out of her apartment building. This is a terrible injury that will require surgery and a long period of recovery. Our MN slip fall injury lawyers frequently get similar calls from people who have been injured in an accident by slipping on ice in the parking lot of a store or mall, or on the sidewalk as they are going into or out of a business or apartment building. People are also often injured at another person’s house and want to know if they can bring a claim against the other person’s homeowner’s insurance. The caller usually has heard that the property owner is automatically responsible and wants to know if our attorneys can get their medical bills paid or their PTO reimbursed or get them compensated for lost wages / unpaid time off from work because of the slip and fall accident.
The answer is that Minnesota law does not say the property owner is automatically responsible just because the accident happened and you were injured in a slip fall on their property. The property owner is only responsible if they or their staff did something to create the hazard, or failed to clean it up within a reasonable time. In the case of the caller our attorney spoke with today, the caller’s mother slipped and fell on ice that formed because of an ice storm the night before. Generally, the property owner is allowed to wait a reasonable time after it has stopped snowing before clearing the snow and removing the ice. Since the ice storm had just stopped a few hours earlier, it was unlikely that the landlord would be found to be unreasonable for not having removed any just formed ice at that point. Most of our lawyers’ successful claims where someone slips and falls on ice involve a business parking lot or location where ice has been poorly maintained for a long period of time (at least a few weeks) and there is a fresh snow or poor lighting that makes it difficult to see the patches of ice that have accumulated.
If you or a family member are injured in a slip and fall accident at a business, please make sure that you get lots of photos of the area where you fell and get the name and contact information of any witnesses. Then please call us and speak with a lawyer as soon as possible so that we can investigate your case and explain your rights to you. When you call our office because you have been injured in a slip fall accident on ice in MN, an experienced attorney will give you a free consultation to discuss your case and determine if you have a claim.
Pam Rochlin is one of Minnesota’s few women personal injury Super Lawyers and was formerly a partner at Meshbesher and Spence. We have over 25 years’ experience successfully handling hundreds of accident injury cases. A slip fall lawyer from our office will provide you with a free initial consultation, and we never charge anything unless you receive compensation. We have big firm experience but provide small firm attention. We have offices in Minneapolis, Edina, Woodbury, and St. Louis Park. We also meet people at their homes in many surrounding cities including St. Paul, Maplewood, Eagan, Chaska, Chanhassen, Rogers, Anoka, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.