Protecting Your Rights After Property Owner Negligence

In Michigan, slipping on an icy sidewalk or tripping over a broken stair can quickly become more than just an accident. If you’re injured on someone else’s property due to such hazards, it’s not just about knowing you have rights, but comprehending the depth of those rights and the obligations of the property owners. Premises liability isn’t just a vague legal term; it’s the framework that defines how property owners in Michigan are held liable for injuries on their premises. Getting an in-depth understanding of premises liability laws is necessary to fortify your legal footing.

The Basics of Premises Liability

Premises liability in Michigan is founded on a simple principle: property owners and occupants have a responsibility to make sure their property is reasonably secure for those who visit. The level of care owed to visitors depends on their status, which can be broadly categorized into three groups:

Invitees: These are individuals on the property for the owner’s benefit, such as store customers or home guests. Property owners have the utmost duty of care towards invitees, implying they should take sensible measures to keep a secure setting and alert invitees about recognized dangers.

Licensees: Licensees are individuals on the property with the owner’s permission but not necessarily for the owner’s benefit. This category includes social guests or those using the property for recreational purposes. Property owners owe them a duty to warn them of known hazards and prevent new hazards through their own actions.

Trespassers: Trespassers enter the property without permission. Property owners often do not owe trespassers a duty of care, however, every case is unique.

This applies to various types of properties, encompassing public places like sidewalks and parks and private property such as homes, businesses, and rental properties. The duty of care remains constant, regardless of the property type or location.

Individuals should be vigilant about their surroundings to stay safe and prevent injuries on someone else’s property. This includes being alert to potential hazards like wet floors, icy walkways, and uneven surfaces. However, your responsibility to care for your own well being is not mutually exclusive to the property owner’s duty of care.

Getting Injured

If you find yourself injured on another person’s property, follow these steps:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Notify the property owner or manager about the incident.
  • Document the scene and injuries by taking photos and videos.
  • If possible, request the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • Consult with your attorney to explore your legal options.

Determining Responsibility

Determining responsibility for a premises liability injury hinges on the specifics of each case. Typically, property owners or occupants might be liable if they were aware or should have been aware of a hazardous situation but didn’t take adequate steps to safeguard visitors.

For example, if a customer slips and falls on a wet floor at a grocery store, the store may be liable if they were aware of the hazard but didn’t provide warnings or address it promptly. Similarly, if a tenant trips over a broken stair in a rental property, the landlord may be liable if they were aware of the issue and failed to repair it.

Protect Your Rights with Legal GuidanceYou deserve to feel safe in whatever space you occupy and deserve protection and compensation from the negligence of property owners. Our firm is ready to assist if you have been injured on someone else’s property, whether it is while shopping at a major corporate retail store or your apartment complex. To discuss your situation with the professionals at ​​Carla D. Aikens, P.L.C. law firm, call (844) 835-2993 and schedule a consultation to take the first step in safeguarding your rights and seeking the compensation you deserve. We are here to guide you toward the best course of action. Your rights matter, and seeking legal counsel ensures they are protected.

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