When an accident with injuries occurs on the property of another person or entity, the injured person has the right to file a premises liability claim against the owner. Owners of property must always take appropriate steps to ensure the property is safe and free of hazards. A premises liability claim is very similar to any other type of negligence claim, in that it must be established that (1) the defendant had a duty of care to those who enter the property, that (2) the duty of care was breached, and that (3) because of that breach of duty of care, an accident with injuries occurred.
Michigan premises liability claims can be very complex. The elements of ownership, control, and possession must be considered, as well as the specific duties of the owner or person in control of the property. If a hazard existed and there was no failure to warn, you could be eligible for compensation. An experienced attorney from The Lobb Law Firm will commit to working aggressively on your behalf to help you through this difficult time. Not only are we highly knowledgeable regarding Michigan premises liability laws, we also have the experience to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to receive.
How Southfield Injury Lawyers Can Help with the Different Types of Premises Liability Claims
There are a number of different ways a premises liability claim can arise, including the following:
- Parking lot or parking structure injuries can occur via a slip and fall on a slick surface, a vehicle collision with another car or pedestrian, trip hazards, or the negligent operation of a motor vehicle by a parking lot attendant.
- Accidents involving slips, trips, and falls are common premises liability claims. Serious injury can result from a slick floor, uneven flooring surfaces, poor lighting, items on walkways, sidewalks which are defective or in poor repair, potholes in parking lots, or narrow, poorly lit, or poorly maintained stairways.
- In commercial environments, falling objects may be all-too-common. When inventory is stacked too high or unevenly, accidents can occur.
- Construction site accidents are often quite severe for those who are walking near or through such a site—as well as those who work on the construction site. Heavy objects could fall on those in the area, a slip and fall could occur, or a fall into a construction site hole could occur.
- Dog bites are a common cause of premise liability claims; more and more dog bites originate from a dog with an owner, as opposed to a stray dog.
- Elevator accidents occur more often than you might think. An elevator door could slam shut on a person—particularly an elderly person or a small child—a fall could occur when the elevator jerks or a person could fall down an open, unmarked elevator shaft.
- Electrical injuries often occur at construction sites, but can also occur at a public business, a private residence, or a rental property. Business owners must ensure there are no exposed electrical wires and that all electricity on the property is properly installed and properly maintained.
- Unfortunately, amusement parks are often the location of premises liability accidents. While the injuries usually result from a slip and fall, there may be unsafe conditions at an amusement park, or there may be a lack of necessary security—either of which can result in an injury. If an accident is the result of inadequate inspection or maintenance of amusement park rides, inadequate safety precautions, or failure to properly secure riders, the owner of the amusement park may be held liable.
- A slip and fall or an assault can occur in a nightclub, motel, or hotel parking lot. Assaults may occur as a result of lack of security, while a slip and fall can be the result of poorly maintained parking lots or a slick surface.
- Swimming pool injuries can occur in a public pool, a private pool, or a pool at an amusement park or water park. Swimming pool injuries can result from a slip and fall, a diving board accident, a drowning, infection, or even electrocution.
- Recreational injuries and injuries at sporting events are fairly common occurrences. Inadequate security could be present, or a slip and fall or other accident could have occurred.
What are the Most Common Injuries Following a Michigan Premises Liability Accident?
Because premises liability claims are extremely different—from a dog bite, to an assault in a motel parking lot, to a slip and fall in a grocery store—it stands to reason the injuries resulting from these claims are also very different. Injuries resulting from a premises liability accident can range from relatively mild to extremely serious, and may include the following:
- Internal organ damage;
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Neck and back injuries;
- Facial lacerations;
- Bone fractures,
- Sprains and strains; and
- Muscle and ligament tears.
Whether your injuries are moderate or severe, it is important that you seek help from a top injury lawyer in Southfield. We are compassionate to your current situation—after all, when you step onto another’s property, you assume it is safe, and free of hazards. At The Lobb Law Firm, we genuinely care about our clients, and we will care about you in the same way. Your best interests become our best interests, and we will treat you like we would treat a member of our own family.
Can a Top Injury Lawyer in Southfield from The Lobb Law Firm Help?
The Southfield injury lawyers at The Lobb Law Firm understand the many complexities associated with a Michigan premises liability claim. We also believe we empower our clients through a larger recovery, placing them in a better financial position as compared to working with a different law firm. We handle many cases out of Detroit, Southfield, Sterling Heights, and Dearborn Heights, however if you or a loved one are anywhere in Wayne County, Macomb County, or Oakland County and you have been involved in a premises liability accident, contact a top injury lawyer in Southfield from The Lobb Law Firm.