Premises Liability - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is "premises liability" under Minnesota law?
  2. What are the most common types of premises liability cases in Minnesota?
  3. What is a slip & fall accident?
  4. Who is responsible for a slip and fall accident? The owner or the person injured?
  5. If I am injured in a slip & fall accident, who will pay my medical expenses?
  6. What if a salesperson, or another passerby, falls on an icy sidewalk in front of my house?


What is "premises liability" under Minnesota law?

The term "premises liability" generally refers to accidents that occur due to the negligent maintenance, or unsafe or dangerous conditions on property owned by someone other than the accident victim. In Minnesota, premises liability holds the owner or manager of the property responsible for injuries sustained on their property. It is the owner's responsibility to properly maintain their property so that it is a safe environment.

If you are injured because a property owner or a business establishment fails to provide a safe environment, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages incurred due to your injury. In Minnesota, these damages include pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages. [top]

What are the most common types of premises liability cases in Minnesota?

Slip and fall; and trip and fall accidents are by far the most common premises liability claims in Minnesota. These slips, trips or falls are commonly caused by a foreign substance or object that causes the fall. Other common causes are from unmarked uneven surfaces, holes on the walking surface, or defects on a floor or stairway.

Other common types of premises liability actions include but are not limited to dog bite and animal attacks. A property owner in Minnesota is strictly liable for dog bites. Dangerous conditions on the property contributing to injuries may include unsafe design, construction or maintenance of buildings, and poor or inadequate lighting. [top]

What is a slip & fall accident?

Slip and fall describes the type of injury suffered on someone else's property as a result of a defect, slippery substance or other dangerous condition. These injuries commonly occur at supermarkets and restaurants and are due to food on the floor. They can also occur when inadequate steps are taken to remove ice and snow from sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. [top]

Who is responsible for a slip and fall accident? The owner or the person injured?

The general rule of law is that the owner or manager of the premises has a duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition or at least warn individuals of dangerous conditions of which the owner either caused, knew about or should have known about. The less obvious the defect or dangerous condition is, the greater the duty of the owner or manager to remedy or warn. [top]

If I am injured in a slip & fall accident, who will pay my medical expenses?

Most businesses have general liability policies that contain a medical payments provision to cover at least some of your medical bills. Also, homeowner's policies also carry medical payments provisions, which will pay for some of your medical expenses. If the limits of those policies are exhausted or they are not available for some reason, then a person can look to their own health insurance policies to cover any medical expenses. [top]

What if a salesperson, or another passerby, falls on an icy sidewalk in front of my house?

In Minnesota, ordinances say that landowners whose property is next to a public sidewalk are responsible for keeping the sidewalk in repair and clear of ice and snow. You might be fined in such a locality if you don't keep the sidewalk clear, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you would be found liable in a personal injury lawsuit. However, you might be found liable for negligence if you attempt to clear the ice and snow and in fact create a more dangerous condition--as when a property owner uses hot water to melt the snow and the water later freezes into a sheet of ice. So the issue isn't so much local law as it is general principles of negligence law. [top]

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Michael Gudmundson

I had the unfortunate experience of being bitten and torn by a Pit Bulldog. I turned to Art Kozieradski and his staff at the Lakeville office of SiebenCarey law firm. I couldn't have made a better choice. Art listened carefully to what I wanted to have happen, collected all of the documents and information required and presented my case to the attorneys of the dog owner's insurance company. He and his staff worked on the case for several months and kept me informed as to what was happening every step of the way. His negotiating skills led to a VERY good settlement. I couldn't have been happier with the outcome.

Bob Foley

People do not realize how important it is to team up with a professional that has experience and skill in handling the complex world of claims and insurance. The laws change all the time and when you team up with an attorney with the experience and background that specialize in personal injury, you get someone that knows the changes in the law so that you can be at ease throughout the process.

I am so pleased that Art and his staff were able to wade through this very complex case and bring it to the best resolution possible. I now have the financial ability to try and put my life back together and get back to as near a normal life as I possibly can. Without Art, this would not have been possible. I am forever grateful and strongly recommend that if you have had the misfortune to get hurt at the hands of another, please give Art a call in Lakeville, MN.

Barbara Wandrei

I came to SiebenCarey and worked with Art following a fall. I was very impressed with how caring and concerned Art and his staff were regarding my situation. Because of the fall I sustained serious facial fractures and they helped me through it both legally and emotionally. They also kept me informed and in the loop as the case progressed. Having never been through this before, that was extremely important to me. In the end we were able to make a recovery that exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend everyone to consider Art if you ever get injured.

Randy Ridout
The team at SiebenCarey was extremely dedicated in helping me with my case. They were knowledgeable, caring , friendly, and sympathetic throughout the entire case. They are like family to me. I would highly recommend them.
Christine Butina

Jim Carey and his staff were excellent at their jobs. They were very understanding and were always available if you had questions on something with my case. They treated you as if you were their only client that they had. I would definitely recommend sending anyone to SiebenCarey because they really do care about you.

Joseph Theien

This Law Firm is by far the best, they have went above and beyond my expectations. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Anytime I had a question or concern they were right there to help me. Art Kosieradzki and his team is awesome they will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. I would highly recommend this Law Firm. It was nice having a lawyer that was so personable and he studied my case, he always kept me updated on what was going on and always looked out for what was best for me. I would recommend them over and over again!! If you need a Personal Injury Law Firm hire them you will be very happy you did!!!

Annalise Backstrom

I worked for Art at SiebenCarey for a few years while I was in college and it was a great experience. Art is always friendly and treats everyone with respect, including his clients. He is extremely intelligent and a fantastic attorney. I can confidently say that Art and his staff go above and beyond for their clients and work incredibly hard on all of their cases. They are passionate, trustworthy, and dedicated. If you're looking for representation in a personal injury matter, go see Art Kosieradzki with SiebenCarey - I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!

Roberta Jordan

My family was referred to Susan Holden at SiebenCarey by our hometown attorney in a wrongful death case.  She was very accommodating to us and very approachable. Staff was top notch and doggedly pursued two different insurance companies to accomplish an outcome far beyond anything we'd anticipated. We could not have gotten results close to what she achieved without her. We will be forever appreciative. 

Cynthia Vermeulen

I have worked on cases with Sue Holden of Sieben Carey for over 20 years. As a trial attorney, I feel confident referring my clients with personal injury issues to Sue, as I know she and her team take the time to listen to their clients, explore and explain their options, monitor their recovery with compassion and persistently advocate for them in negotiations and in court. Sue has the utmost credibility in the legal community and an ability to resolve complex problems. She is highly respected by the courts as well as attorneys for her competence and steadfast dedication to helping injured people. I recommend working with Sue Holden and her team without reservation.

Alyssa Mark

If you want a caring and skilled lawyer with integrity I highly recommend Art Kosieradzki. The thing that immediately struck me was that he seemed to genuinely care about me and my situation. I felt comfortable right away. He and his staff are great to work with; they are highly competent and knowledgeable. He helped me and my family greatly, and I can't thank him enough!

Kelli Bechtel

Finding a great personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the world on how your case turns out. I’ve known Art and his staff for years having had the opportunity to see what they can do. If something unfortunate happens and you want results, answers and the ability to feel comfortable with your representation, give them a call. I’m so glad I’ve had a chance to get to know them.

Ryan Betzina

I have known Mr. Kosieradzki for several years and every patient who has ever consulted him for legal services has given him rave reviews. His level of communication with me and my patients is outstanding. For anyone needing legal advice on a personal injury matter we highly recommend him and his team!

Sheryl Nixon

Jeff Sieben was the first one I talked to about my injury. I was not sure if there was even a case. But as the months went by and my pain got worse, the seriousness of the injury became apparent. Jeff took on the case and put me at ease about the medical bills and calls. He was professional in his attitude while being compassionate to my situation. I have recommended him to others and will continue to do so. 

Susan McIntosh

Art and his staff are extremely professional and easy to work with. Having a local attorney is very convenient. It is clear these folks have been doing this a long time. I highly recommend this firm!

Sean Tyson

Had a great response and was very pleasant. The whole process was simple and easy and had more than I thought.

Thai Vuong

I had the opportunity to work with Art and his staff. They were fabulous and I would definitely recommend them to family and friends. They helped me through my claim getting a result beyond my expectations.

Scott Reeve

The Lakeville SiebenCarey office has been great to work with. They listen and they care about their clients. I have very much enjoyed getting to know the folks in Lakeville, and would highly recommend any of the SiebenCarey Personal Injury Attorneys.

Art Kosieradzki from the Lakeville office cares about each of his clients and is an excellent attorney.

Troy Rognrud

In June of 2013 I was enjoying a ride on my vintage motorcycle, and was severely injured by an inattentive motorist, sending me to the hospital, physical therapy, and amassing a considerable amount of debt.

Fortunately I made contact with Robert Hauer, and Paul Downes with SiebenCarey!
Paul walked me through the entire process, explaining in layman's terms as to what to expect, and he continued to keep me informed as each step was reached.

Ultimately we used mediation to reach a settlement that allowed me to pay off my outstanding bills, and to bank an amount that gave me some peace of mind.
If by some unfortunate incident you ever have need for the services of a personal injury attorney, I highly recommend SiebenCarey... Thanks Paul!

Scott Wilson

I've worked with Art Kosieradzki as co-counsel in a number of major personal injury and coverage cases, and I know his abilities. He is a top-flight trial lawyer and he has the results to prove it. At least two of his attributes may not be immediately apparent, however: First, he's creative and has achieved large recoveries where a lesser lawyer might have given up. Second, he cares and he has time for people. The latter is a precious quality in our hard-driven profession. Add to that an excellent and personable staff and the backing of the powerhouse SiebenCarey law firm, and what you have in Art is simply this: the right lawyer.

Tanya Miller

I have been working with Art for many years now, and have always been impressed by the care he gives his clients. Art and his staff are compassionate, dedicated people that I would trust with any personal injury crisis.

St. Paul Local 12
Thanks for everything, your experience paid off BIG!!!
Daniel Ball
Really good professionals, they solved my issues in no time using the most impressive and advanced approach. Really good, highly recommended
Steve Miller

I've know Art Kosieradzki and the folks at SiebenCarey for nearly 30 years. When my mother-in-law needed an attorney after a roll-over accident, I sent her to SiebenCarey. They were compassionate and professional. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a personal injury lawyer they can trust.

Sarah Peterson

It was a great experience working with Jim and his entire team! Always felt well taken care of and someone was always there to answer my many questions! Thanks!

Bob Levin
I was very pleased with John and the services he provided. I would highly recommend him.
Steve Erwin

I have referred several personal injury and wrongful death cases to Susan Holden for handling. Susan has been very professional in her approach to these cases and has obtained settlements on behalf of the clients. She also is very courteous, knowledgeable, and has a great "bedside manner" in dealing with her clients. Several clients have thanked me for referring their cases to Susan.

Robin Wilson

Attorney Kosieradzki is a man of intelligence, experience and integrity. I would whole-heartedly recommend his services to anyone.

Align Chiropractic

Art and his team at SiebenCarey in Lakeville are top notch. Professionally, they are very easy to work with. I know first hand that their clients are taken care of. If you have been in an Auto Accident, or have experienced any type of injury. Art and his team at SiebenCarey are where you need to go.

Jazz Smith

SiebenCarey is a professional and dedicated law organization that help accident victim.

Jenna L. at Insider Pages
I have had nothing but great service with these guys. They are very knowledgable on a wide variety of subjects and topic. They will help you with any case you need!

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