In the state of Minnesota, all property owners are responsible for the safety of the premises over which they exercise direct control. This means that they must take reasonable measures to ensure a hazard-free environment for their visitors—which would include both invitees and licensees. Should they knowingly or negligently fail to uphold this duty of care, they would be liable for compensating anyone who was subsequently injured. But what happens if the victim was harmed while they were on the way in or out of the building? Most people do not realize that Minnesota's premises liability laws hold all property owners accountable for maintaining the safety of the areas that surround the building, as well as the areas inside.
For this reason, one may have grounds to pursue compensation if they were injured by the dangerous conditions of an adjoining parking lot. Cases of this nature can be particularly tricky, however, as the victim will need to show that a) they were injured by unreasonably hazardous conditions, b) the property owner knew, or should have known, about the danger and c) the owner had failed to take reactive measures in a timely manner. Additionally, they would need to prove that their own carelessness was not the only factor that had contributed to the accident. For this reason, it is highly recommended that anyone who is faced with a similar situation enlist the help of a St. Paul personal injury lawyer from Rob Roe Law, LLC.
We have been working to protect our clients' rights for more than 16 years, so you can rest assured that you are in capable hands when you trust in our firm to represent you. Call our office today at (888) 492-9614 if you are interested in learning more.