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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.