Our Michigan slip and fall injury lawyers can help you if were injured from a dangerous or defective condition on a public or private property. Fall injuries are common on public sidewalks, parking lots, hospitals, retail stores, malls and at apartment complexes. Falls often result in very serious and even fatal injuries.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of falls resulting in injuries is staggering. The fall statistics show that:
- One out of every five falls results in a broken bone or a head injury.
- 2.8 million people are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall injuries.
- Greater than 95% of all hip fractures are caused by falls.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- In 2015, the total medical costs paid for fall-related treatment was more than $50 billion.
When a fall is the result of a dangerous or defective condition on public or private property, the injured person may be entitled to sue for compensation for the injuries suffered in the fall. These types of cases are known as a “premises liability lawsuits” and "slip and fall lawsuits."
Under Michigan law, the owner or possessor of property has a legal duty to make the premises reasonably safe for its guests and business invitees. A person injured from a fall due to a dangerous condition can make an insurance claim or file a slip and fall lawsuit against the property owner. These cases result in significant settlements and jury verdicts.
Common Types Of Michigan Slip And Fall Accidents
Our slip and fall lawyers have won significant settlements and jury verdicts in Michigan premises liability lawsuits including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Falls on ice and snow, including black ice
- Defective steps and broken stairways
- Missing and broken handrails
- Water and other substances store floors and aisles
- Falling merchandise at large retailers like Wal-Mart and Home Depot
- Broken, uneven, & raised defective sidewalks
- Defective parking lots & potholes
- Swimming pools and swimming pool decks
- Elevator & escalator accidents
- Inadequate lighting and poor lighting
- Fires and explosions
Types Of Injuries From A Fall Accident
Falls often result in very serious injuries, especially to the elderly population who are unable to protect themselves or catch their balance before striking the ground. Common fall injuries from a fall include:
- Brain bleeds
- Traumatic brain injuries & closed head injuries
- Broken bones and fractures (arms, wrists, hands, legs, ankles, and feet)
- Back injuries, including spinal cord injuries, bulging discs, & herniated discs
- Shoulder injuries, like a torn rotator cuff
- Nerve damage
- Death directly caused by the fall for from other complications
What Are The Michigan Slip & Fall Laws?
Under Michigan law, the injury victim must prove several elements to win a slip and fall lawsuit. These cases, also known as "premises liability," must prove that there was a defect or dangerous condition on the property or business location that caused both the fall and injuries suffered by the victim. To prove and win a case, the laws in Michigan require that:
- A dangerous condition existed on the property
- The owner of the property knew or should have knowledge of the condition before the fall
- The person was lawfully on the property either as a social guest or business invitee (not a trespasser)
- The property owner was negligent in the maintenance of the property or failed to repair the condition
- The person suffered an injury as a result of the dangerous condition
What Is Needed To Prove In A Slip & Fall Case?
To prove and win a slip and fall case, the laws in Michigan require that the injured person provide proof that:
- A dangerous condition existed on the property. This can be proven by witness testimony, photographs, videos, documents such as incident reports and repair records.
- The owner of the property knew or should have known of the condition before the fall. This can be proven by showing that there were previous complaints about the dangerous condition, by a history of previous falls at the same location, or by showing that the condition existed for such a length of time that it should have been known to the owner.
- The person was lawfully on the property either as a social guest or business invitee (not a trespasser).
- The property owner was negligent in the maintenance of the property or failed to repair the condition. Evidence such as repair records, photographs, and video can be used to prove negligent maintenance and repairs on the property.
- The person suffered an injury as a result of the dangerous condition. The injury must be one that was caused by the fall or aggravated by the fall. Medical records and doctor’s testimony are used to prove the cause of the injury.
How We Pursue Your Slip And Fall Claim
Our experienced personal injury attorneys and investigators will get the incident reports and interview witnesses who can help support your case. We will take photographs and measurements of the defective condition and get all of your medical records and bills. We will then contact the insurance company, provide it with all of the information, and then negotiate the best settlement for you. If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement amount, we will file a lawsuit for you.
What Is The Compensation For A Slip And Fall Lawsuit?
The Michigan laws provide for several types of compensation in a slip and fall lawsuit. Settlements include compensation for your pain and suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, disfiguring scars, and payment of medical expenses. If you were disabled from work due to your injuries after a fall, you are entitled to your lost wages for time missed from work. Claims are also made for loss of income and earnings going into the future if you are unable to return to work or will earn less in the future due to the injuries suffered from the fall accident.
In cases involving a death, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit for the surviving family members. These claims include the pain and suffering endured by the decedent from the time of the fall until death, the loss of society and companionship by surviving family members, loss of income and support, and funeral and burial expenses.
What Is The Average Slip And Fall Settlement Amount?
There is no average slip and fall settlement amount. Every case is different and the settlement payout amount depends on the degree of negligence of the property owner, the seriousness of the injuries, the type of medical treatment, and the permanency of the injuries. Other factors include the number of medical expenses incurred and whether there was a loss of earnings resulting from the fall injuries.
Examples Of Our Michigan Slip & Fall Settlements
Let our slip and fall attorneys get started on your case and get you the highest possible settlement amount. Below is a sample of some our lawsuit case results for fall injury victims just like you.
- $1,425,000 Jury verdict for a Warren woman who suffered a brain injury due to a fall on a wet restaurant floor.
- $1,175,000 Settlement for a fall on dangerous and poorly maintained steps in Pontiac. The wooden steps broke and our client suffered a spinal cord injury which left him permanently disabled from work.
- $450,000 Settlement for a woman who fell on a defective sidewalk suffered multiple fractures requiring surgery.
- $250,000 Settlement for an injury from a defective doorway entrance in Macomb County.
- $195,000 Settlement for a man who slipped and fell on a wet floor in a hospital and suffered a fractured hip.
More Settlements For Slip & Fall Injuries In Michigan
- $2,305,000 jury verdict. A tenant in a Flint apartment complex was injured after a broken handrail caused her to fall down a flight of stairs. She suffered from a broken ankle, which required ten procedures to repair and was recommended for amputation.
- $4,140,000 wrongful death settlement when a tenant in an apartment building died when a detached guardrail failed to support his weight, causing him to plummet three stories onto a concrete floor.
- $1,500,000 fall injury settlement. The victim was hired to restore a foreclosed property and suffered a spinal cord injury after falling through a hole in a second-story floor. The fall rendered the restoration worker a complete paraplegic.
- $1,250,000 premises liability settlement. A resident of a Michigan condominium complex sustained severe injuries after falling on a ramp at her time-share condominium.
How Much Time Do I Have To Sue For A Slip And Fall In Michigan?
The slip and fall statute of limitations is three years in the State of Michigan. This is a strict deadline and means that you must file your lawsuit within three years of the date of the incident. If you miss this deadline, your case will be barred forever.
For fall injuries that occur on the governmental property, like defective sidewalks or at government buildings, a plaintiff is required to provide a written notice to the governmental agency within 120 days of the incident specifying the exact location and nature of the defect, the injuries sustained, and any known witnesses. The failure to provide this written notice will bar your claims.
What Does It Cost To Hire A Slip And Fall Attorney?
It does not cost anything to hire our slip and fall lawyers. We do not charge any fees to start your case and only get paid when you receive your settlement check. This is called a contingency fee agreement. Under this arrangement, we also pay all of the case expenses for you and get a percentage of the settlement at the very end of the case when your check is received.
Do I Have To Pay My Lawyer If There Is No Settlement?
No. Under our contingent fee agreement, there are no legal fees if the case is unsuccessful and you do not receive a settlement. You owe us nothing.
Best Michigan Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful slip & fall accident attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
- Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Our No-Fee Promise on Michigan Slip and Fall Cases
You can afford to have the best slip and fall law firm on your side. It literally costs nothing to get started and if your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:
- No money to get started or ever requested from you
- We pay all case costs and expenses
- No legal fees until you receive a settlement
- Phone calls are always free
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Warning: There are strict time deadlines under the statute of limitations for filing Michigan slip and fall lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about your right to a settlement.