Michigan Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg and 1-800-LEE-FREE have been successfully handling Michigan slip and fall personal injury cases for over 40 years. We have a team of experienced Michigan slip and fall lawyers dedicated to helping injured individuals get the compensation they deserve.
You pay nothing until we settle your Michigan slip and fall case.
Michigan slip and fall cases are usually negligence cases where the injured person sues the premises owner for causing an unreasonably dangerous condition to exist that leads to an injury.
What is a Michigan Slip and Fall Case?
In general terms, a Michigan slip and fall accident refers to situations where a person is injured by slipping, tripping or otherwise falling due to a dangerous condition on a premises. These incidents can happen inside or outside a building and are caused by dangers like wet floors, decaying stairs, faulty construction and other general defects.
Michigan premises owners, including homeowners and building owners, owe a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to protect against an unreasonable harm caused by a dangerous condition on the land.
The level of care required under the law varies depending on the status of the injured person at the time of the incident. Invitees, like a customer at a store, are given the highest level of care, while trespassers are provided the least amount of protection under the law. Licensee are provided more protection than a trespasser but less than an invitee. Most licensees are social guests, like a person visiting a friend’s home.
In general, the most common premises liability cases are:
- Slip and fall incidents at business establishments, apartment communities and private homes by slippery substances such as water.
- Trip and fall incidents at business establishments or private homes caused by rotting staircases and handrails and defective sidewalks or flooring.
- Construction site accidents caused from the negligence of general contractors or sub-contractors.
What Is Notice and Why is it Important?
Another important factor in Michigan slip and fall cases is a legal term called “notice”. For a building owner to be held liable for his negligence, he must have actual or constructive notice of the danger. This means the owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition before the incident took place. Establishing notice is extremely important and can mean the difference between getting compensation and a judge dismissing your case.
What Defenses do Premises Owners Have?
With respect to Michigan slip and fall incidents and Michigan trip and fall incidents, there area number of defenses available to building and apartment owners. One of the most popular and dangerous defenses used by building owners is the open and obvious doctrine.
If I am injured from a Slip and Fall, what Should I do Next?
If you are injured due to a slip and fall or trip and fall, and you think it was due to the negligence or fault of somebody else, there are a number of actions you should take.
First, if you are hurt it is important you seek medical attention immediately. A delay in getting medical help can make a minor medical problem much worse.
Second, get as much information about what caused you to fall as possible. If you can take photographs of the defective area, please do so. Make sure the photos are clear and accurate.
Get the names and telephone numbers of witnesses. Also, note the conditions in the area at the time of the fall. For example, was the lighting poor or was there some substance on the ground that made you fall.
You should also write down other information surrounding the circumstances of the fall to help you remember information for the future.
Talk to the building owner or manager in charge of the premises that was negligent. Explain that you were hurt and why. However, never provide a written statement to the building owner or manager. And most importantly, do not talk to an insurance representative of the building owner or manager without first contacting an attorney.
What should I do next?
There are certain time limits in bringing a Michigan slip and fall case. This is called a statute of limitations so it is important to contact a lawyer and protect your legal rights.
The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg and call Lee Free are the experts in Michigan slip and fall and Michigan trip and fall law. We have a team of experienced Michigan slip and fall attorneys dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve. Our Michigan slip and fall lawyers fight for their clients and have been representing individuals injured in Michigan trip and falls and Michigan premises accidents for over 40 years.
Please call Lee Free and Michigan slip and fall lawyers at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form so we can answer any questions you may have about Michigan slip and fall law and Michigan premises accidents.
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Q: How long do I have to file a claim for a slip and fall in Michigan?
A: In general, the statute of limitations for a slip and fall case in Michigan is three years. This means you have three years to file a lawsuit or resolve a claim. However, minors have one year after their 18th birthday and the statute of limitations is different against governmental agencies.