Michigan Premises Liability Attorneys
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Bashore Green Law Group has recovered millions for clients throughout our state of Michigan who have been injured in various accidents. One of the ways our team helps is by determining whether someone is at fault for your injuries, as many people assume their accidents aren’t anyone’s fault. When you suffer broken bones or a head injury after a fall, for example, you may not know that the property owner who owns the area you fell on could be held liable for negligence. Our Michigan premises liability lawyers have demonstrated experience helping clients recover and are available to give you the client-focused care you deserve after suffering from your injuries and trauma. Whether you fell, were hurt in an elevator accident, or nearly drowned in a swimming pool accident, you can trust us to handle your case and obtain your entitled compensation on your behalf.
What is Considered Premises Liability?
Many accident cases fall under premises liability when it comes to filing personal injury claims. Premises liability refers to cases where the injuries and damages involved were caused by a defective or unsafe condition on someone’s property. For example, if a victim was hurt after slipping in the wet lobby of a hotel, the hotel owner could be considered negligent for failing to clean up the spill. All property owners have a responsibility to provide safe premises for their visitors and guests.
Premises liability claims can be particularly tricky to prove, however, because just because you were injured on a property doesn’t always mean that the property owner was negligent or careless in some way. There are certain elements you must prove to show negligence is what directly led to your injuries and damages.
Some personal injury cases that can qualify as premises liability cases include:
- Slip and fall accidents: Slip and fall accidents occur when people trip or slip and fall, causing broken bones, head injuries and more based on how they fell. Some common causes of these accidents that can be traced to property owner negligence include wet or slippery floors, uneven carpeting, broken pavement, defective stairs, dim lighting, and unsecured cords.
- Inadequate building security: You may be wondering how it can be the property owner’s fault when someone is assaulted on a property, such as in a parking lot or the front of a bank. Property owners are responsible for providing security if needed, such as installing cameras in apartment complexes or hiring professionals to stand guard in front of shops to prevent burglaries.
- Swimming pool accidents: If an individual injures themselves near a pool or drowns, such as at a neighborhood pool or hotel pool, the owner could be held responsible for injuries or deaths. Owners must do their due negligence to ensure lifeguards are on duty during pool hours and that their pools are secured after they’ve closed.
- Fires: Property owners can be held liable for damages if dangerous conditions on their property cause fires, or if they don’t have safety measures in place to ensure their residents or guests can safely exit if a fire occurs.
In some cases, dog bites can fall under premises liability because they involve unsafe conditions on someone’s property. A dog owner can be held responsible for damages if they failed to restrain their dog, even in their own backyard.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
A variety of individuals can be held liable for your injuries and damages, depending on the type of property your accident occurred on. At-fault parties can include business owners, homeowners, landlords, schools, property management companies, and more.
The degree to which the property owner is responsible will depend on how you are classified. Premises liability claims typically place you into one of the following categories:
- Invitee: If you were shopping on the premises or present because of a commercial reason, you may be considered an invitee and the property owner could be held fully liable for damages.
- Licensee: If you were a guest on the property and have the owner’s permission to be present, the property owner may be held liable. Some examples of licensees include neighbors, canvassers, salespeople, and more.
- Trespasser: If you weren’t invited or allowed to be on the property where the accident occurred, the property owner may not be required to make the premises safe for you and thus can’t be held responsible for your injuries.
Calling our law firm is crucial if you’re unsure which category you fall into and whether or not you have a valid premises liability claim. We recommend collecting as much evidence as possible that relates to your accident, such as photos of your injuries and the scene of the accident, contact information for any witnesses, and security camera footage, if available.
Damages We Can Recover for You
Our lawyers know just how much evidence is needed to prove a premises liability claim and ensure the property owner doesn’t get away with negligence. If the property owner should have known about the dangerous condition or failed to fix the defect present, they must answer to the law. You shouldn’t have to pay for your own medical bills.
Damages we’ve successfully recovered for the injured include hospital bills and costs of surgeries, lost wages and income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. If you lost a loved one in an accident and wish to file a wrongful death claim, we may also be able to secure compensation to cover the costs of funeral or burial bills.
Call (248) 487-1887 to speak with a dedicated and client-focused Michigan premises liability lawyer. We speak English, Spanish, Arabic, Lebanese, Russian, and Ukrainian.
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