Michigan Slip-and-Fall Attorneys
Under Michigan law, all property owners have a duty to maintain their property so that their visitors are safe while on the premises. The property owner must post warning signs to identify hazards in a dangerous situation. If an owner fails to maintain their property adequately or doesn’t provide ample warning, the property owner may be held financially accountable after an accident. Contact experienced Michigan slip-and-fall attorneys as soon as possible for your claim.
If you were injured due to the negligence of another person or business, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages. Consulting with a skilled personal injury attorney at Lipton Law can help you understand your legal rights and options. Our lawyers will give you an honest assessment of your case and identify the best course of action to pursue. At your first free consultation, we’ll go over the details of your case and explore your legal options. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 to schedule a no-obligation consultation with the experienced Michigan slip and fall attorneys at Lipton Law.
Michigan Premises Liability
Michigan law holds property owners liable for accidents that happen on their property. Property owners have different standards of care to meet depending on the type of visitor. Michigan premises liability laws define three types of visitors: invitees, licensees, and trespassers.
Invitees have the highest standard of care owed to them. These visitors are customers or clients who have commercial business at the property. This includes grocery stores, local businesses, and big box retailers. Property owners should conduct routine inspections and maintenance to make sure their property is safe for invitees. Property owners are responsible for dangerous conditions that they should know about and have a responsibility to post signs about dangerous conditions.
Licensees are social guests of the property owner. Friends and family fall under this category. Property owners have a slightly lower standard of care for licensees. Property owners should fix hazardous areas that they are aware of and warn guests about dangerous conditions.
Trespassers are uninvited guests who have no legal right to be on the property. Property owners cannot intentionally harm trespassers, but that’s the only standard of care necessary. In most cases, if someone is injured while trespassing, the property owner is not liable for the injuries sustained. There are, however, certain exceptions, especially when children are involved.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five falls results in a serious injury. Hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries are almost always caused by falls. For older adults, fall death rates have increased more than 30% since 2007. If this trend continues, there will be seven fall deaths per hour in 2030. More than 3 million older adults go to the ER for fall-related injuries every year.
Fall accidents can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured after falling due to hazardous conditions, the property owner should be held responsible. At Lipton Law, our personal injury attorneys fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Several hazardous conditions can result in a person falling. At Lipton Law, we can help you recover compensation for a variety of slip and fall injuries, including those caused by:
- Broken or unrepaired stairs
- Wet, slippery floors
- Unstable or broken railings
- Loose rugs
- Icy storefront sidewalks
- Uneven floors
- Dangerous workplaces and construction sites
Under Michigan’s premises liability law, property owners have a legal duty to warn visitors about hazardous conditions. This can be seen in the form of a wet floor sign or a ‘watch your step’ sign.
Common Locations for Slip and Fall Accidents
When most people think of a slip-and-fall accident, they often think of icy sidewalks or wet floors. In reality, slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you have legal options available. You need an experienced attorney to handle your slip-and-fall lawsuit. At Lipton Law, our skilled Michigan personal injury lawyers can guide you through this complicated legal process. We’ve handled slip and fall accidents that happen in numerous locations, including:
- Big box stores
- Nursing homes
- Local business
- Private property
- Public property
If someone else’s negligence caused your injury, contact the Michigan personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law today.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Broken bones, bruises, lacerations, and even death can result from a slip and fall incident. Falls happen to everyone, but sometimes these accidents can end in severe injuries. A slip and fall injury can have a major impact on the rest of your life. A traumatic brain injury can cause memory issues, balance problems, and even paralysis. Spinal cord injuries often result in a lengthy and expensive recovery. Catastrophic injuries like these have a life-long impact on accident victims. If you have been injured at the hands of a negligent property owner, contact the Detroit slip and fall attorneys at Lipton Law today.
Do I Need a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
An injured person should always seek the help of a qualified law firm when pursuing a slip and fall lawsuit. Working with a competent law firm can mean that you can rest and heal while we do all the work for you. The attorneys at Lipton Law can gather all the necessary information like witness testimony, accident reports, and medical records while you recover. Proving a slip-and-fall case isn’t easy, but you can trust the skilled attorneys at Lipton Law to handle it.
Proving Negligence for Slip and Fall Accidents
You and your legal team must prove five factors for a successful slip and fall claim:
- You had a legal right to be on the property.
- A hazardous or dangerous condition existed on the property.
- The property owner was aware of the condition, yet they did not take action to change or repair it.
- The owner had a reasonable amount of time to become aware of the condition and then fix it.
- You sustained an injury that resulted in financial damages.
It can be tough to prove a slip-and-fall accident — especially if the dangerous condition was temporary, such as a wet or icy floor. In these types of situations, it is notoriously difficult to prove negligence without the assistance of a skilled attorney.
Determining Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident Claim
Depending on the details of the claim, many people can be at fault for a premises liability accident. Property managers can sometimes be responsible for the accident, but individual employees can also hold responsibility. Working with a slip and fall lawyer from Lipton Law can guarantee that an investigation will be started to find the responsible party in your claim.
Michigan Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Claims
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years. This means you have three years from the date of the injury to pursue compensation for your injuries. The best practice is to contact a slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights. In three years, evidence can degrade, the property can be sold, and eyewitnesses can forget the details. If the fall occurred on government property, you only have a short four months to move forward with a claim.
Comparative Negligence Defense
Michigan law uses a comparative negligence doctrine in personal injury cases. Comparative negligence is something only a jury can determine. Comparative negligence is a defense against liability. This means that a negligent property owner may claim that you are partially responsible for your own injuries. They may try to claim that you weren’t paying attention or were impaired in some way at the time of the accident. If a jury finds you more than 50% liable for your own injuries, the negligent property owner doesn’t have to provide any compensation at all. As long as the jury finds you less than 50% responsible, the negligent property owner has to pay for at least part of the final verdict award. If you are found 20% responsible for your own injuries, the defendant is only responsible for 80% of the final verdict award.
Compensation in a Slip and Fall Case
An injury stemming from a slip and fall accident can cost more than just medical bills. We know that even a seemingly minor injury can leave you out of work, which can risk your job and your family’s financial security. At Lipton Law, we pursue maximum compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and sufferings
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death
Slip and Fall FAQs
The open and obvious doctrine protects property owners from liability when the dangerous condition can be avoided by average members of the public. Open and obvious hazards include obvious potholes, snow, and icy pathways.
While some government entities have immunity from litigation and liability, a slip and fall injury lawsuit can still be pursued if you can prove negligence. The attorneys at Lipton Law can pursue a premises liability claim against even the biggest negligent party. Government liability claims have an extremely short statute of limitations–only 120 days. If you have been injured on public property maintained by the Michigan city or state government, contact a slip and fall injury lawyer immediately.
Report your injury to the business owner or property manager as soon as possible. An incident report includes the details of the case and is a very important piece of evidence in a slip and fall case. Request a copy or take a picture of the report after you complete it. If the property owner refuses to let you file a report for whatever reason, contact an experienced personal injury law firm like Lipton Law immediately.
If an insurance agent or adjustor calls you after the slip and fall accident, be cautious and don’t answer any questions. Insurance agents will often try to get you to say something that they can use against you. Let them know you are speaking to an attorney and let us handle the communication. If they try to offer the option to settle, don’t take it. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. They often try to do everything to avoid a lawsuit, including offering a lowball settlement.
Many slip and fall cases are extremely difficult to prove, especially if the hazardous condition is snow or ice. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and the hazardous condition and fill out an accident report. The property owner will likely try to fix the hazardous condition, which often leaves victims with a lot of pain and no proof. Get checked out by a doctor, especially if there was any contact between your head and a hard surface. Brain injuries can take days or even weeks to develop after an accident. Contact a slip and fall injury attorney as soon as possible for the best outcome.
Get Strong Representation For Your Slip And Fall Claim
A fall injury can cause undue pain and suffering in even the most ‘mild’ cases. A premises liability lawsuit can help you regain financial footing and provide the resources you need to heal. As you heal, the last thing you need to worry about is trying to gather evidence and fight with insurance companies. Let the experienced slip and fall accident lawyers at Lipton Law help. We can fight aggressively for a fair settlement while you focus on healing.
Our slip and fall lawyers are qualified to help you resolve slip and fall lawsuits as well as other premises liability claims you may have. Schedule your free case evaluation with the seasoned slip and fall accident attorneys at Lipton Law. To get started, contact us online or call our office in Southfield, Michigan, at (248) 557-1688.