The Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 100th International Convention & RV Expo will be held from August 14th through August 17th this year. The “Minot Magic” convention is expected to draw thousands of members and non-members alike. You can find more information about tickets and accommodations here.

This year’s convention will be held at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds to accommodate all of the vendors and attendees. The Fairgrounds are a state facility; therefore, if you suffer some kind of injury as a result of the Fairgrounds’ negligence, you have 180 days to file a notice with the state of North Dakota. Otherwise, you will forfeit your right to bring a claim at all. After that, you have three years to file a lawsuit.

Negligence at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds

Anytime thousands of people are in a space, there is a chance someone could get hurt. The state of North Dakota, however, can only be held liable if its own negligence, or the negligence of the North Dakota State Fair Association, played a role in your injuries.

The state is responsible for keeping the following areas safe:

  • The State Fair Center, including but not limited to:
    • Arenas
    • The theater
    • The 4-H hall
    • The FFA Hall
    • The Magic Place
    • Its support rooms
  • The Fairgrounds themselves, including but not limited to:
    • Areas
    • Parking lots
    • All stages
    • All barns
    • The food court and restaurant
    • The racetrack
    • All tents

These areas must be safe and secure not only for visitors and vendors, but also for employees. Examples of negligence that could lead to injury can include:

  • Unlit parking lots
  • Broken stairs, elevators, and escalators
  • Broken or defective handrails
  • Faulty or damaged electrical and gas lines
  • Falling objects, such as stage lights or tent failures
  • Lack of warnings for wet floors or unsafe areas to walk
  • Broken pathways, walkways, and sidewalks
  • Negligent hiring practices, including failing to perform background checks on employees

The annual FMCA International Convention & RV Expo is always a lot of fun, and we are thrilled that Minot is hosting this year. If you do sustain an injury – whether it was caused by a collision with another RV, or a slip, trip, and fall on an unsafe set of stairs – Larson Law Firm P.C. may be able to help you. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation with a Minot personal injury lawyer, or call us today at 701-484-4878. We also have an office in Bismarck, for your convenience. We proudly serve North Dakota residents, as well as out-of-state visitors.