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Slip and Fall Injuries

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Minneapolis Slip and Fall Lawyer

When a hazard causes you to lose your balance, you could be severely hurt. The accident that took only a few seconds could have consequences that last years. You have injuries that require treatment, you’ll need to take time to recover, and help getting justice. A Minneapolis slip and fall lawyer from Madia Law LLC will fight for your rights and show that another party’s negligence caused your injuries and damages.

Our law firm has experienced attorneys who have helped clients get the compensation they deserve. We’ll stand up for you and do everything we can to secure your financial future. When you have this security and peace of mind, you can work on your recovery.

Hazards that Cause Slip and Fall Injuries

Your lawyer will first look into how you were harmed. There are many ways that a slip and fall injury can occur, but they all come down to negligence. A property owner could have left a hazard unattended and failed to warn those on the property about them.

These injuries can happen at a store, hotel, or even in the office. The Minnesota Department of Administration stated that the second leading cause of workplace injuries to state employees are slip, trip, and fall accidents. Some of the common safety hazards that can result in a slip and fall are:

  • Spills. Spilled liquids or leaks can pool on the ground and make it slippery. Without a warning sign, someone could walk through the area and slip.
  • Changes in Elevation. When walkways are uneven, those walking could trip and hurt themselves.
  • Poor Lighting. If an area isn’t properly lit, anyone walking there may not be able to avoid hazards. Our attorneys can help you if you’ve been harmed because of a poorly lit area.
  • Potholes. Potholes in areas like parking lots could cause fall injuries.
  • Gaps. Gaps between sidewalks or other areas may cause trip accidents.
  • Unanchored/Torn Carpets. If a carpet isn’t anchored to the floor, it can slide when someone walks on it. An old carpet with rips and holes could also be a tripping hazard.
  • Unsalted Sidewalks. In the winter, ice and snow can create slippery surfaces. If the party in charge of keeping the sidewalk safe by salting and shoveling it fails to do so, severe slip and fall accidents could occur.
  • Broken/Loose Railings. If a railing gives way, someone could fall from a height or fall down stairs, which can cause severe injuries.
  • Debris/Loose Wires. If walkways are full of debris or loose wires, someone could trip on these items.

When we’re investigating your case, we’ll examine the accident report to find out what happened. Your account of the accident will have the conditions of the premises when you were hurt. This could provide information about how negligence caused your injuries.

Outcomes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall injuries can be extreme. Some injuries could require you to stay in the hospital, undergo surgery, and take medication to manage the painful symptoms. Common injuries that can occur include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries. Falls happen suddenly. If your feet slide out from underneath you, it’s possible for you to fall backward and hit your head. The impact can cause brain injuries.
  • Broken Bones. Falling on your arms, back, or legs could all cause bones in those areas to break. When this occurs, you may need to have the broken bone set in a cast for it to heal. Your next few weeks could have limited mobility as you need to let the injured area rest.
  • Sprains and Strains. When you’re falling, it’s a natural reaction to try and break the fall. If you try to catch yourself with an arm or hand, the part of your body can bear the force of the fall and cause injuries. Sprains and strains may not be apparent at first and may also not show symptoms that you can see. But you may still feel pain in that area because there’s something wrong.
  • Bruises. A fall could result in heavy bruising that causes painful, sore bruises. These injuries can take days to heal and impede your everyday activities.

After you fall in public, you may have the urge to brush off the fall and insist you’re okay. It can be embarrassing to fall and you may want to move past it as quickly as possible. However, if you’re injured, getting back to your feet could cause more pain or may not be a possibility. If something caused you to slip or trip and you were hurt, it’s important to inform someone in charge so you can file a report and get the medical assistance you need. If you aren’t able to move, stay where you are and ask someone for help. They can make the arrangements for medical services.

You could even be injured but not realize it yet. After a fall, you should see a doctor for a medical evaluation. You’ll be able to find out the injuries you sustained and what it’s going to take for them to heal. When you get started on your physical recovery, then you can seek out a Minneapolis slip and fall lawyer to work on your financial recovery.

Benefits of Having a Lawyer on Your Side

When you’re seeking compensation for your injuries, our lawyers will fully assess the damages and fight for a fair amount so you can cover what the accident has cost you. Slip and fall injuries can be debilitating and you deserve to get the recovery you need.

The slip and fall lawyers from our law firm will look into how the accident harmed you physically, emotionally, and how those injuries have cost you. When we’re calculating the total damages you’ve suffered, we’ll seek recovery for the following:

  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Diminished Earning Capacity
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Emotional Distress

The financial costs of missing work and affording medical expenses can start to pile up quickly. If you’re unable to work or cannot work at the position you had before the accident and you don’t have a dependable source of income, your expenses can get overwhelming. Your lawyer will count the days of work you’ve missed and will need to miss, the total of your medical expenses, and also take diminished pay into account if it applies to you.

In addition to the direct financial losses, your compensation can also include your nonfinancial losses. The pain and suffering you’ve experienced and continue to experience, missing out on living your life how you would if you weren’t injured, and any emotional distress the accident has caused you are damages you can recover.

Our lawyers are familiar with these types of accidents and also understand that depending on where you were hurt, your timeline to take legal action may vary. Certain areas may require you to come forward more quickly than others. With our Minneapolis slip and fall lawyers on your side, you can rest assured that we’ll adhere to the appropriate timeline.

We’re also prepared to help you communicate with insurance companies. They may not take your injuries as seriously as they should and could say your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim. If they undervalue your claim and are offering a settlement that does not reflect the losses of your accident, that’s where we can help.

Unfortunately, insurance companies offer unfavorable settlements because they are acting in their best interests. Our lawyers are here to protect yours. We can work with the insurance companies involved without putting your claim in This means we’ll diligently go over the full extent of your losses so your compensation can help you move on.

Madia Law Protects Injured Victims

When your life has been affected by a slip and fall accident, you deserve to have someone you can turn to for help. Madia Law LLC is here to fight for you. Our lawyers will show that the other party owed you a duty of care, they failed to meet that duty of care, an accident occurred because of that breach, and you were harmed in the accident.

We’ll fight for full and fair compensation on your behalf so you don’t have to worry about costs of care or how much work you’ll miss while you recover. You’ll be able to prioritize your health and recovery.

Get in touch with us today. If you have grounds for legal action, we’ll go over the next steps and what you can expect from the process. Together we can plan how we can best fight for you and your future.

THE MADIA LAW WAY

We have a process that works in getting exceptional results for our clients. 

We are trial lawyers who prepare every case for trial from Day 1. Investigation and legal research are the first things we do, and we spend a lot of time on them. Because we haven’t filed the case yet, we have complete control – the defendant has no say and we want to use this time wisely.  We interview witnesses that can help us prove the case.  We’ll ask you for all relevant documents in your possession and review those carefully as well.  We also will spend some time conducting legal research about unique issues in the case.  We pull the jury instructions that the judge will ultimately charge the jury with after closing arguments at trial. 

Our next step is typically to send a demand letter to the defendant. In the letter, we thoroughly lay out: the facts surrounding the defendant’s misconduct; the applicable law (including statutory and case citations) that make clear that the defendant broke the law; an analysis of your damages and the defendant’s monetary exposure; a demand for a monetary amount to settle the claim; and an instruction to preserve all relevant evidence, including electronic evidence. The point of this letter is to give the defendant a chance to do the right thing and pay a fair amount before litigation, and to give the defendant an opportunity to present any defenses or evidence it wants us to consider before moving forward.  Sometimes we skip the demand letter if there are strategic reasons to move straight to filing, but we typically give defendants a chance to do the right thing.

If early negotiations fail, great – we file a Complaint and serve the defendant with it. A Complaint is a legal document that states the facts of what happened and alleges how the defendant broke the law. It formally starts the lawsuit.  Many lawyers draft complaints in a general and relatively vague way, just to get it done and filed – because that’s all that’s really required.  We take a different view. We view the Complaint as our first chance to tell your story to the judge, and we take it seriously. So we draft detailed complaints and include legal citations to statutory and judicial authority on unique points.  Sometimes we’ll include a number of exhibits, diagrams, or other demonstrative aids to help the Court understand our claims.  A secondary benefit of this approach is that defense lawyers reading the Complaint can become educated on the problems of their case and the state of the law – sometimes this leads them to reach out to us shortly after service of the Complaint to re-initiate settlement negotiations.  Of course, by that time, the price for settlement has gone up.

Some lawyers view written discovery as a necessary evil – something to get done and out of the way before depositions.  Not us.  Written discovery is a gift and an opportunity.  We spend a great deal of time crafting requests for documents and interrogatories (questions for the defendant to answer in writing) that are specific, detailed, and tailored to get what we need to prove our case.  Many lawyers – even great ones – think written discovery is a waste of time because defense lawyers typically answer them on behalf of their clients and can try to stonewall with legalese and objections.  We view this as a wonderful opportunity.  In our experience, most defense lawyers can’t help themselves when answering discovery: they over-state their defenses and make assertions that their clients will not be able to support in testimony. So we get to commit the defendant to defenses that they can’t back up, leading to contradictions, confusion, and chaos in their depositions later on.  We also use Requests for Admission – which many lawyers don’t.  The Federal Rules and Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure allow us to ask defendants to “admit” certain facts.  We send them RFAs that are very difficult for them to deny.  Of course, they do it anyway, but that sets them up later for cost and fee-shifting, which the Rules mandate for defendants that deny RFAs that are later proven true.  And usually, we can get the defendants’ own witnesses to admit facts that their defense lawyers denied in RFA.  That’s a great situation that leads to more chaos and confusion on the defense side.

One last point on written discovery – we send multiple waves of it throughout discovery.  We typically send 3 or 4 sets of written discovery requests to defendants throughout discovery.  This compounds the problems for them, because the defense lawyers continue to overstate their defenses, but now run into contradictions from not just the defendant witnesses’ deposition testimony, but also their own previous discovery responses.  This makes for a great record that we can present to the judge at dispositive motions, and use for impeachment at trial.

This is our chance to question relevant witnesses, on the record with a court reporter (we typically videotape important depositions as well). We get to confront the defense witnesses with all of the evidence we’ve developed through written discovery and document production. By this time, the defendant put its witnesses in an impossible position through its written defenses, which are often untrue and indefensible.  So the witness has to either lie to support the defense, or admit it’s not true.  That’s a dilemma that works for our clients either way, no matter which option the witness takes.  We use depositions to expose contradictions, create a record for dispositive motions, lock witnesses into their stories so that we can impeach them later at trial, and sometimes, to show defense lawyers how hopeless their case is.  We often calls from defense counsel shortly after depositions of their clients, seeking to re-start settlement negotiations.

The defendant will usually make a motion for summary judgment after discovery, asking the Court to throw out the case without having a jury trial. Because we’ve hit discovery so hard – both through written discovery and depositions – this is a tough motion for defense counsel to write in our cases.  We draft our response for the Court and now get to bring everything together: the admissions, contradictions, nonsense, and obvious fact disputes that we’ve uncovered through discovery.  We tell a compelling story that wraps everything together for the Court and makes clear that the defense motion has to be denied, and the defendant needs to face a jury for its conduct.

Sometimes, we’ll even make an affirmative motion for summary judgment, asking the Court to grant judgment in favor of our client without a trial. These motions are generally rare for plaintiffs to make, because the defendant can usually point to some fact dispute on its intent or some other factor that necessitates a trial. But we make affirmative summary judgment motions significantly more than is typical for plaintiffs, and that’s because the work we put in during discovery helps build a fantastic record to do so.

After the Court denies the defense motion for summary judgment, the defendant has only 2 options: 1) do the right thing and pay you a fair amount to our client to settle your claim (usually much, much more at this point than the defendant could have paid at the beginning of the case to settle); or 2) face a jury for its conduct and risk an enormous verdict. This is the dilemma that we have been creating and forcing the defendant into for the entire case. We’ll engage in settlement negotiations at this point from a position of extreme strength, mainly because most defendants are (rightly) terrified of facing a jury to defend their conduct.

This is, candidly, our favorite part of the case – why we went to law school: to hold the powerful accountable before juries.  We prepare heavily for trial, including: detailed witness preparation, focus groups, and mock trials.  At this point, the potential outcomes and consequences for the defendant are much more severe than if it simply did the right thing at the beginning of the case and paid a fair amount to compensate our client for its misconduct.  As we advocate to the jury for our client, we’re also mindful of protecting the record so that defendants will be unsuccessful in attacking the verdict in post-trial motions or appeal.

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