A person passes through a wide range of buildings, establishments, and businesses in any given day and usually does so without giving its safety or condition a second thought. Property and business owners are responsible for ensuring that a premises is safe, secure, and doesn’t pose any threat of injury, illness, or death. When a premises isn’t properly maintained or if specific warnings are not reasonably displayed in clear view, there are increased risks for slip and fall accidents, chemical exposure, environmental toxins, lead poisoning, and other serious consequences.
Properties and their surrounding areas that are open to the public are required to contain practically safe conditions. If a hazardous condition on a premises causes an injury or fatal accident, the property owner or person in charge of maintaining the property may be held legally responsible for a person’s injuries and the losses of a family.
Premises Liability Injury Causes
Injuries and fatalities that occur on a piece of property are tragic incidents that, most of the time, could have been prevented had it not been for a property owner’s negligence or the failure for a premises to be repaired or monitored. Some dangerous conditions on a premises that can cause serious injury or death include:
- Toxic/chemical exposure – The failure to clean up toxic or chemical spills can lead to hazardous fumes in the air or even contaminated water. A property owner is expected to ensure that a facility provides required materials for workers to properly store, use, handle, and transport toxic and chemical substances.
- Broken stairs – Every property owner is responsible for making sure that any broken or aged steps are properly replaced or repaired.
- Inadequate security – If a particular area is known to have a history of criminal activity and a property owner neglects to provide adequate security guards, fences, gates, or cameras, they may be held liable if a crime causing loss of property, injury, or death occurs.
- Poorly preserved/repaired elevators – Individuals can trip and fall if an elevator stops and opens its doors below the designated level of the floor. This can happen, as well as other serious accidents, if a property owner fails to have an elevator inspected, repaired, or maintained.
- Wet or slippery floor conditions – Property owners should want to keep their premises clean, but this doesn’t mean they should leave their floors wet after mopping. If this is the case, proper warning signs should be made clearly visible about slippery or wet surfaces.
Legal Experience You Can Rely On
There are several additional circumstances that can cause a Michigan slip and fall accident or another type of incident related to an unsafe premises. An individual who suffers injury due to a dangerous or neglected premises may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages from the property owner. The amount of compensation an injury victim or the family of a wrongful death victim may obtain in a premises liability claim in Michigan depends on the severity of the accident and the types of injuries sustained.
Proving liability in a Michigan premise liability case requires years of experience and a firm understanding of the law and legal system. At Lipton Law, our Michigan personal injury attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience and are dedicated to providing each and every one of our clients with the personal attention they deserve. To find out how we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries from a negligent property owner, contact us today.