The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg and 1-800-LEE-FREE have been successfully handling Michigan landlord-tenant personal injury cases for over 40 years. We have a team of experienced Michigan landlord-tenant lawyers dedicated to helping injured tenants get the compensation they deserve.
You pay nothing until we settle your Michigan landlord-tenant case.
Michigan landlord-tenant law injury cases are a special type of case. Like a regular Michigan negligence case, the tenant must prove the landlord was negligent in maintaining the building and this negligence caused the tenant’s injuries.
Do Tenants Have Special Protections in Landlord-Tenant Personal Injury Cases?
Yes, Michigan tenants have special protections under Michigan law. These protections are greater than what a non-tenant receives.
In Michigan, there is a specific statute, or law, that mandates a landlord must keep the rental property in reasonable repair and maintain the property and common areas fit for their intended use. If a landlord fails in this regard, and a tenant is injured, the tenant may use these protections in filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for his or her injuries.
The landlord-tenant statute (MCL 554.139) has been in effect since 1968 and is the bedrock of Michigan landlord-tenant personal injury law.
What Protections Exist?
Because tenants are protected by statute, there is a difference between Michigan landlord-tenant law cases and standard Michigan slip and fall cases.
In Michigan landlord-tenant law cases, building owners and their insurance companies cannot use the “open and obvious” defense to defend a lawsuit. The open and obvious defense allows building owners to dismiss cases in court involving defects that are considered open and obvious to an average person. The open and obvious defense is extremely dangerous for plaintiff’s in Michigan slip and fall cases.
However, landlords cannot use the open and obvious defense to defeat a tenant’s claim for personal injury. As a result, tenants may be able to bring a claim in court, and get their case heard by a jury, versus a non-tenant in the exact same situation.
Still, building owners and their insurance companies can still use the “comparative negligence” defense. Comparative negligence refers to the negligence, or fault, of the tenant. A jury will reduce the award a tenant can receive by the amount of fault she caused in producing her own accident. If the tenant is more than 50% at fault, comparative negligence acts as a complete bar to recovery and the tenant cannot receive any pain and suffering damages.
What types of cases do your Michigan landlord-tenant attorneys handle?
There are many different types of Michigan landlord-tenant cases. Our Michigan landlord-tenant lawyers are experts in handling these cases and represent tenants throughout the State of Michigan.
Some of the more common examples of Michigan landlord-tenant cases are listed below:
Defective or rotting staircases
Defective or rotting handrails
Walkways that have not been properly maintained
What should I do next?
There are time limits in bringing a Michigan landlord-tenant personal injury case. This is called the statute of limitations so it is important to contact a lawyer and protect your legal rights.
The Law Offices of Lee Steinberg are Michigan landlord-tenant law experts. We have represented tenants injured due to landlord negligence for over 40 years. Let our Michigan landlord-tenant lawyers help you. It is our goal to answer any questions you have and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Please call Lee Free and Michigan landlord-tenant 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 landlord-tenant law and Michigan landlord-tenant accidents.
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Ask Lee Free
Q:My landlord is not taking care of the maintenance and repairs I have needed. What should I do?
A:Request for the repairs in writing – and keep a copy. Letters will serve as proof that you have asked for repairs to no avail. If you still do not receive the necessary services, it is then time to resort to legal action.