By law, all property owners have a legal duty to maintain the premises of their property in a condition that is safe and does not pose any threat to visitors. Should a dangerous situation exist, it is the duty of the property owner to post signs warning visitors of the possible hazards. If an owner fails to maintain their property adequately, or fails to warn visitors of dangerous conditions and an accident results, the property owner may be held accountable for a victim’s injuries and accident-related losses.
No matter a person’s age, all persons are at-risk of suffering injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. Injuries can range from broken bones and lacerations to internal bleeding and traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. Following an accident, it will be critical to determine the cause of the fall as well as whether or not it could have been prevented. When a person is injured due to the negligence of a person or business, the injured victim may be able to obtain compensation for the injuries and other damages from these negligent parties. Consulting with a skilled Michigan personal injury attorney can help victims understand their legal rights as well as the best course of action to take in order to hold a negligent property owner accountable for their actions.
Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
There are several hazardous conditions that can result in a person falling, including but not limited to the following:
- Broken or unrepaired stairs
- Wet, slippery floors
- Unstable or broken railings
- Icy storefront sidewalks
- Uneven floors
- Dangerous workplaces, in particular, construction sites
When these dangers or others exist on a property, the property owner is required to repair them as soon as possible, in addition to notifying visitors of the hazardous conditions. Should a fall accident occur and it is found that a property owner knew of the problem yet failed to repair it, they may be held responsible.
Proving Negligence for Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Three factors will need to be proven in order for a slip-and-fall claim to be successful. It will first need to be proven that someone created the hazardous condition; then, that the property owner was aware of the condition yet did not take action to change or repair it. Third, it will need to be established that the owner had a reasonable amount of time to become aware of the condition and then fix it. It can be quite difficult to prove a slip-and-fall accident, especially if the dangerous condition was temporary, such as a wet floor. In these types of situations, it is notoriously difficult to prove negligence, which is why it may be in your best interests to consult with a skilled attorney that has success handling similar cases.
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a property owner, contact Lipton Law. Our Michigan premises liability lawyers can help you determine whether you have a substantial case as well as advise you on the best course of action based upon your situation. To get started with one of our lawyers, call our law offices today.