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Premises Liability

NFPA Report Focuses on Dangers of High-Rise Building Fires

By Lipton Law on December 20, 2011 - No comments

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released a report detailing the risks of fires in high-rise apartment and office buildings. For the purposes of the report, a “high-rise” was any building more than 75 feet tall, which the NFPA estimates is about seven stories. Apartment high-rises, hospitals, hotels, and office buildings accounted for half of the high-rise fires between 2005 and 2009.

Overall, between 2005 and 2009, high-rise building fires happened less often than fires in shorter buildings. High-rise fires claimed fewer lives and caused fewer injuries, according to the NFPA report, than fires in shorter buildings. High-rise fires caused an average of 53 deaths and 546 injuries each year between 2005 and 2009. Fires in high-rise buildings also caused less property damage, and the repair costs for damage the fires did cost was lower.

Many factors may play a role in reducing high-rise fire risks, including deaths and injuries. For instance, the NFPA notes that high-rise buildings are often built with fire safety in mind. Because occupants of the higher stories of a high-rise building have fewer escape routes and need more time to get out of the building if a fire occurs, designers of high-rises are more likely to use fire-resistant building materials. They are also more likely to incorporate sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and early-warning systems so that occupants have more time to escape.

A fire can have many causes, from a negligent neighbor or repair person to a defective product. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a fire that was caused due to the negligence of a property owner, the experienced Southfield premises liability lawyers at Lipton Law can help. Our number is (248) 557-1688. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation.


State and Industry Work Together to Prevent Premises Liability Accidents

By Lipton Law on October 3, 2011 - No comments

The law of “premises liability” in Michigan covers accidents that cause injury or death as a result of a dangerous condition on a property. Slip and fall accidents are a common type of premises liability accidents, but injuries can also be caused by exposed utilities, badly-lit stairways or other areas, or any other condition that makes navigating the property dangerous. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) works with employers through the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) to reduce the number of dangerous conditions on workplace premises, keeping workers safer.

The MVPP works by giving companies the tools they need to maximize safety and minimize workplace accidents related to dangerous conditions on the premises. Companies that meet MIOSHA’s stringent safety requirements for at least three years running are awarded membership in the “Michigan Stars” program, which recognizes their commitment to safety. Companies that have the ability to meet MIOSHA requirements within three years and want to join the MVPP to help them meet that goal are added to the “Rising Stars” program. Michigan Star companies may mentor Rising-Star companies to help them meet all of MIOSHA’s premises safety requirements.

Workplace accidents are often covered by workers’ compensation insurance in Michigan, but slip and fall and other premises liability accidents may not be covered at all. If you’ve been injured by a dangerous condition on a Michigan property, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan premises liability attorneys at Lipton Law to discuss your legal rights and options. Call us at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.


When is a Michigan Property Owner Liable for a Slip and Fall?

By Lipton Law on June 28, 2011 - No comments

Michigan law recognizes slip and fall and other premises liability claims, allowing those who have been injured by a property owner’s negligence to bring their cases to court.  However, like many states, the legal duty a property owner has to protect a visitor’s safety depends on the relationship between the property owner and the person who was injured.  These relationships usually fall into one of three categories:

  • Invitees. An “invitee” is a person whom the property owner allows on the property for a business purpose.  Shoppers, salespeople, and workers performing jobs for the property owner are all examples of invitees.  A property owner owes an invitee the highest duty of care: to warn the invitee about dangerous situations and/or to fix them.
  • Licensees.  A “licensee” is a person whom the property owner allows on the property, but not for business.  Social guests like partygoers are usually licensees.  A property owner must warn licensees about dangerous conditions, but needn’t rush to fix them.
  • Trespassers.  A “trespasser” is any person who is on the property without permission.  Property owners can’t make dangerous conditions worse to trap trespassers, but they don’t have to fix the conditions or put up warnings about them, either.

Dealing with the legal details of a Michigan slip and fall case can be overwhelming, especially while you’re trying to recover from a serious injury.  At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers have the practical experience to fight for compensation on your behalf.  To learn if a Lipton Law attorney is right for you, call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.