In Michigan, people who are injured as a result of unsafe conditions on another person’s property, whether public or private, may be able to take legal action against the property owner or manager. However, the conduct of the property owner is important. In order to pursue compensation for injuries sustained on someone else’s property, you must first establish that you were injured as a result of a dangerous property condition while legally on the premises. You must also show that the property owner knew of or should have known of the dangerous condition but did not take reasonable action to address, fix, or warn you of the condition.
Premises liability claims can be incredibly complex. If you were injured as a result of a slip and fall, dog bite, or another type of premises-related accident, you are likely focused on getting treatment for your injuries. Our premises liability lawyers can handle your legal needs so that you can focus on healing. We assist clients throughout the state of Michigan and are here to answer all your questions and address all your concerns.
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Examples of “Dangerous Conditions” on Public & Private Property
Premises liability cases hinge on the concept of “dangerous conditions,” but what exactly are these conditions? What does it mean for a property to be “unsafe?” Certain properties and types of conditions pose inherent risks. For example, when you visit a public pool, you accept that there is a certain risk of drowning. However, the owner or manager of the property is still responsible for managing those risks and warning visitors of their existence, within reason. Examples of this include posting “swim at your own risk” signs, having a life ring or similar safety device on site and easily accessible, hiring a lifeguard during busy summer hours, etc. When property owners do not take reasonable steps to fix safety problems or warn visitors of dangers, a “dangerous condition” may exist.
Examples of dangerous conditions on public and private properties include:
- Accumulated snow or ice in front of a doorway or on a walkway
- Unrestrained dogs/lack of signs warning of a dog’s presence
- Negligent or insufficient security, leading to assaults
- Uneven flooring, carpeting, and/or defective sidewalks
- Unsafe stairs, including those that do not have adequate railings
- Fallen merchandise/spilled liquids, leading to slip and falls
- Obstructed walkways and slippery floors
- Exposed electrical wiring, leading to electric shocks
- Insufficient lighting (indoor and outdoor)
- Building code violations
- Poorly maintained premises
- Swimming pools that lack fences, gates, or proper signage
This list illustrates just some of the possible dangerous conditions that may exist on someone else’s property. If you were injured as a result of any of these or another unsafe condition, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?
Depending on where you were injured and the particular condition that caused your injury, there may be several liable parties. If, for example, you were injured in a grocery store after slipping and falling on an unmarked wet floor, the store owner could be responsible for your medical bills and other damages. If you were injured on private property, the landowner might be liable. If you were injured in a government building, it may be possible to take action against that particular governmental entity.
At Grewal Law PLLC, we can help you clearly understand your legal options. We understand that many people are hesitant to pursue slip and fall, dog bite, and other types of premises liability claims, thinking that their injuries were the result of their own clumsiness or carelessness. However, when property owners act negligently, we believe they should be held accountable. Our premises liability attorneys in Michigan are prepared to aggressively advocate for your rights.
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