When Minnesota residents go onto someone else's property, they don't expect to be injured in an accident. However, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that sometimes dangerous conditions at a grocery store, retail location or restaurant can result in serious injuries, be it from things falling or from slip and fall accidents. Sometimes the owner of the property in question is a local government.
As summer approaches, many Minnesota residents will be visiting other people's houses for get-togethers and barbecues. It's funny, though, how most people don't think about things like whether or not another person's property is safe to visit. But this is important because when Minnesota residents are injured due to dangerous conditions on another person's property, they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to recover compensation for their injuries.
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."
Whether it is due to a spill on a grocery store floor, an icy sidewalk or a broken step, thousands of individuals in Minneapolis and nationwide will injure themselves in slip-and-fall accidents in 2017. These injuries can sometimes be severe, necessitating extensive medical care and keeping the person from being able to work until the injury is healed. When that happens, a person may want to consider pursuing legal action against the property owner in order to obtain financial compensation. However, it is not always easy to prove that the property owner should be responsible for such incidents.
Minnesota natives are no strangers to ice and snow. However, that doesn't mean that they aren't injured on icy or snowy surfaces on a regular basis throughout the winter season. In fact, according to a recent article physicians in the Twin Cities area have seen more patients as of late -- both emergency room patients and those admitted to the hospital -- due to slip-and-falls on icy surfaces outside. Injuries to patients' wrists and ankles are common. The wrist injuries usually occur when a person reaches out to catch their fall. Ankle injuries often occur when a person twists while falling.
Residents of Minneapolis are no strangers to ice, snow, sleet and other unfavorable winter weather conditions. Some may even look forward to the occasional "snow day" the season brings. However, residents of Minneapolis should be aware of any duties property owners have to keep their outdoor property safe for others.
Winter is just around the corner in Minneapolis, and while some may be looking forward to skiing, ice fishing, the winter holidays or simply a cozy sweater and a mug of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace, it is important not to underestimate the dangers the season brings. Icy conditions are not just a danger to drivers during snowy weather. Outdoor slip-and-fall accidents can happen to just about anyone.