Property owners and managers have a responsibility to protect lawful visitors to their premises. When they fail to do so and someone gets injured in a slip and fall accident, these managers and owners must be held accountable for their negligent and wrongful actions.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a slip and fall accident in Detroit, Christensen Law is here to help you stand up for your rights and provide for your future. For more than 25 years, we’ve been helping clients across Detroit and surrounding areas after they were harmed in accidents through no fault of their own.
Our dedicated slip and fall lawyers are committed to providing clients with the legal services they need while also showing them the respect and personalized attention they deserve. Respected industry rankings and publications have named Christensen Law as one of the nation’s best law firms, plus they have repeatedly recognized our attorneys as some of the top lawyers in the country.
As demonstrated by these industry honors from groups like Super Lawyers and U.S. News and World Report, in addition to glowing testimonials from our past clients, Christensen Law has the skills and resources to help clients get the results that matter.
At Christensen Law, we’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, get to know your personal story and circumstances, patiently answer any questions you might have, help you understand your legal options, and give you straight answers about your case. We’ll also handle all the details of your case and fight to help you protect your rights, so you can relax and recover from your injuries.
Don’t wait to stand up for your rights and protect your future after a slip and fall accident. Contact the experienced and compassionate Detroit slip and fall attorneys at Christensen Law today. We’ve helped people just like you achieve record-setting settlements for their injuries and get on the road to recovery.
To get started, call us today or reach us online 24/7 to set up your free, no-obligation case review. We have offices conveniently located in Southfield, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Detroit to serve you.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip and Fall Claim?
In order to seek compensation in a slip and fall claim, you must determine who was liable for the accident. Parties that might hold some responsibility include the property owner, premises manager, a third-party contractor, landlord, a local municipality, and other guests.
You must also prove that the liable individual or company was negligent in some way. Specifically, you must prove:
- The liable party (such as the property owner) either caused, knew about, or should have known about the hazard that caused your accident.
- The liable party failed to fix or take reasonable measures to prevent the hazard.
- This hazard and the liable party’s wrongdoing or negligence caused your accident and the resulting injuries.
Additionally, you must show that you were on the property legally. The law protects invitees and licensees, such as customers, employees, invited guests, tenants, and contractors, who are injured in slip and fall accidents.
Slip and fall laws don’t typically protect unlawful visitors, such as trespassers. There are some narrow exceptions to this rule, particularly related to children. For example, if a child walks onto a neighbor’s property, falls into the neighbor’s unsecured pool, and suffers an injury, then the owner of that pool might hold some liability for the child’s injury.
You must also prove that you did nothing to contribute to your accident. For example, if you were drunk when you fell or you didn’t see debris in the walkway because you were texting, then the other party might be able to claim that the accident was partially your fault. While you might still be able to get some compensation for your injuries, insurance or the courts might significantly reduce that amount if you were partly to blame.
Under Michigan’s modified comparative negligence law, if the defendant can prove you were at least 50 percent at fault, then they won’t have to pay you anything. If they prove you held under 50 percent responsibility, then the court will reduce your compensation by your percentage of fault. For example, if your damages are worth $10,000 but you were 30 percent at fault for the accident, then the most compensation you could get would be $7,000.
Our lawyers are ready to fight claims that you did anything wrong that contributed to the slip and fall accident.