Property owners and their contracted agents such as property management companies are required by law to maintain their properties in a manner that prevents unreasonable harm to visitors and patrons. This includes government entities, retail businesses and even residential property owners. Every year across Michigan, hundreds of people are injured after slipping and falling on ice, snow, water and chemicals left standing in entryways and aisles.
Trip-and-fall injury cases are getting more difficult to ‘win’ in personal injury settlement negotiations in Michigan. Insurance companies know potential juries (if the case proceeds to trial) expect the injured party to take responsibility for watching for hazards. However, serious injuries still occur frequently because of negligent maintenance or failing to properly warn a customer or visitor of the danger.
If you suffered a serious injury in a slip-and-fall accident on a business or commercial property in Livingston County or the surrounding area, call the premises liability litigation attorneys of the Law Offices of Harris & Literski in Brighton. We offer a free case evaluation to determine whether you have a valid legal claim for damages. We will explain the legal process and what we can do to help you recover full and fair compensation for your financial damages related to the injuries.
Since we opened our doors in 1985, our lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of clients.
How Will You Know If You Have A Claim For Damages?
In general, you must prove two things to pursue a legal claim for damages above the settlement amount offered by the insurance company or property owner.
First, you must demonstrate that the injury was the result of the property owner or manager failing to remove a safety hazard or warn the public about it. Part of this will include a reasonable expectation that you could have avoided the hazard by paying attention and avoiding the hazard that caused you to slip or trip.
Second, you must demonstrate that the slip- or trip-and-fall directly resulted in injury and financial damages. Damages can be in the form of medical bills, lost earnings during recovery and pain and suffering.
We have the experience to investigate your accident and determine whether the property owner should be held liable for negligence. We will also calculate the full and fair amount of money you are entitled to receive for your injuries.
Don’t Talk To The Property Owner Or Insurance Company Until You Talk To Us
The property owner or insurance company may be quick to offer a low settlement. The dollar amount may look OK now, but if you accept a settlement, you will forfeit your right to sue for further damages if your injuries are more severe than you think. It makes sense to learn what your case is really worth before accepting a settlement offer.
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We offer a free case evaluation and don’t charge attorneys’ fees unless we help you recover money in a negotiated settlement or jury verdict, if your case goes to trial. Contact us to arrange an initial consultation.