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Concussion from falling on ice in work parking lot…

Submitted By: Brooke (Shakopee, MN)

The parking lot outside my workplace was icy and I fell and got a concussion. I have been getting headaches, dizzyness and nausea for days. I got a CT Scan and there was no bleeding or fractures in my skull. My work said they would cover the days missed from work and cost of the hospital bill.

Am I entitled to more? Do I need a lawyer?

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Dear Brooke,

Brooke (Shakopee, MN:

The first issue is whether or not the parking lot in which you fell was owned or controlled by your employer. If so your employer may be liable for your injuries and resulting damages. “Damages” can include your medical bills, out of pocket expenses for medications, crutches, etc., your lost wages and pain and suffering.

In the alternative, if the parking lot was not owned or controlled by your employer you’ll have less recourse, if any. “Control” normally means your employer pays rent, is required to maintain the parking lot, or in some other tangible way is responsible for the parking lot.

The second issue presumes the parking lot was owned or controlled by your employer. If so, your employer may be liable for your injuries and resulting damages if you were leaving work, or coming to work, and used the parking lot as a direct path to your office.

The third issue deals with your injuries. To be entitled to additional compensation from your employer you will need medical reports confirming the existence of your headaches, dizziness and nausea. Furthermore, if you are able to secure the necessary medical reports, those reports will also have to directly tie your injuries to your fall.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: December 7, 2013

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