Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises Liability

Those who own, rent, or control property have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the benefit of other people who visit their land or building. This might include things like shoveling and salting walkways, putting up warning signs about an area where the floor drops off to a different level, or regularly looking for spills and cleaning them up promptly. Their exact duties depend on why the person is visiting. The highest duty is owed to people who are there for a business reason, such as shopping at the grocery store. These are called “invitees.” Next are social guests, who are called “licensees.” The lowest duty is owed to trespassers.

Michigan laws address some specific contexts of premises liability. Landlords must keep rental property in safe and livable condition. Both the rented property and the common areas must be fit for the use intended by the parties, and the premises must be kept in reasonable repair and in compliance with applicable health and safety laws. These duties are automatically written into every lease. Under another law, landowners are generally not liable if someone is using their land for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, or other similar recreational activities without paying the owner. Only egregious negligence or misconduct gives rise to liability in those circumstances.

Scenarios Where You Could File a Claim

Several scenarios are likely to give rise to premises liability claims:

  • Slip and fall accidents: Trips, slips, and falls due to wet floors, uneven surfaces, snow and ice, inadequate lighting, and the like.
  • Inadequate security: In limited circumstances, a property owner may need to protect those on their land from third parties by deterring criminal activity, such as by having proper lighting or security personnel.
  • Dog bites: If a dog attacks a visitor, the owner may be held liable for the injuries caused by their pet.
  • Negligent construction or maintenance: Dangerous conditions can arise as a result of negligent construction or maintenance, such as loose handrails on a stairway; stairs that are uneven, too narrow, too short, or different heights; a deck or porch that collapses; and most things that violate the building code.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, contact the skilled attorneys at Gruel Mills today. We have extensive experience with these types of claims, and we are excited about recent changes to the law that make it much more fair to those who are injured in these circumstances. We will guide you through the process and ensure that you get the best possible recovery to aid you in recovering and rebuilding your life.

To schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your premises liability claim with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 616-235-5500. We handle these cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to pay for our services unless we recover money for you.

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