Slip & Fall
A “slip & fall” injury describes an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property.
Such dangerous or hazardous conditions include: slippery substances on walking surfaces (water, ice, snow, grease, etc.), abrupt changes in flooring or improperly secured rugs, poor lighting, or other hidden hazards, such as an open well.
Every year over one million Americans are injured as a result of a slip & fall. 20 to 30% will suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
A property owner may be liable for injuries sustained in the following circumstances:
- If the owner or an employee caused the spill or other dangerous condition and failed to correct it.
- If the owner or an employee knew, or should have known, of the dangerous surface and did nothing about it.
If you’ve been injured in a slip & fall, your first priority should be to obtain proper medical care. Your next step should be to contact an attorney experienced in such cases to ensure that your rights are protected. The attorneys at Suk Law Firm have represented numerous slip and fall victims and their families for over 40 years. We have won large verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars for slip & fall victims. We also routinely handle much smaller cases involving smaller injuries. If you have been injured in a slip & fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
While Minnesota has a six-year statute of limitations for negligent maintenance, operation or inspection, there is a much shorter two-year statute of limitations for an injury caused by defective design or construction. It is crucial to take action as soon as possible to preserve evidence, contact witnesses, and ensure that your rights are protected.
Tips for Property Owners
- Keep floors clean and dry. Provide warning signs for wet floors.
- Keep exits, aisles, and passageways clear and in good repair.
- Use no-skid waxes and surfaces coated with grit in slippery areas, such as bathrooms.
- Stretch or adjust rugs that bulge or bunch to prevent tripping hazards.
- Eliminate uneven floor surfaces.
- Provide adequate lighting, especially during nighttime.
What to do in the event of a slip & fall injury
- If you are on commercial property, fill out an accident report immediately, noting:
- Any witnesses
- Conditions that caused the fall and other relevant information (such as the weather if outside)
- If the incident occurs on public or private property, write down your recollection of the event as soon as possible, noting:
- Date and time of the accident
- Any witnesses
- A description of the circumstances surrounding the fall (weather conditions, presence of slippery substances or other hazards, etc.)
- If possible, obtain photographs of the area in which the accident occurred as soon as possible
- Seek medical help immediately