Slip and fall accidents are very common in Minnesota, especially in the winter months. However, these types of accidents can occur year-round and, for the most part, the victims who are injured in slip and fall accidents may have an opportunity to attempt to recover financial compensation from the property owner where the accident occurred. In such a lawsuit, the case may turn on the term "reasonableness."
When it comes to holding a property owner liable for injuries suffered in a slip and fall, the injured party -- known as the "plaintiff" -- will likely need to show the "reasonableness," or lack thereof, of the property owner. For instance, what was the condition on the property that caused the slip and fall accident, and was it reasonable for the property owner to allow that condition to persist?
If the accident was caused due to a lack of cleaning -- like in restaurant or grocery store -- how reasonable was the property owner's cleaning practice? Were there routine inspections to make sure that spills or other incidents were cleaned up in a timely manner? Did the property owner make sure to pick up any objects that might have created an obstacle for those who were on the property?
All of these questions and issues may need to be analyzed through the prism of "reasonableness." For a plaintiff in a personal injury case based on a slip and fall incident, it may become necessary to prove that the property owner's behavior was, in fact, not reasonable.
Source: FindLaw, "Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents," Accessed March 10, 2017