Davis Law Center has extensive experience handling personal injury claims arising from premises liability. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a property owner’s negligence, our experienced Michigan premises liability lawyers can help you obtain meaningful compensation.

Our firm has an impressive track record of success, having achieved substantial settlements and jury verdicts. You can depend on us to handle all the details of your claim so you can focus on healing. We offer free consultations and will charge no attorney fees until we recover for you. Contact us today so we can start working on your claim.

Understanding Premises Liability in Michigan

All property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises and provide a safe environment to visitors or guests. This obligation applies to private, public, and commercial properties, including homes, businesses, parks, and government buildings. When they fail to meet these obligations, resulting in an injury,  property owners can be held legally responsible.

Michigan premises liability law recognizes different categories of visitors – invitees, licensees, and trespassers – each with varying levels of protection. Property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees, who are on the property for business purposes, followed by licensees, who are there for social reasons. Trespassers receive the least legal protection, although property owners cannot willfully harm them. While property owners may argue that a condition was ‘open and obvious’, it is no longer a bar to recovery in Michigan. Instead, a jury can consider whether the dangerous condition was so obvious that an average person would have noticed it and reduce the amount of its verdict by the percentage of fault it attributes to the Plaintiff. 

The scope of premises liability is broad, covering various situations like dog bites and slip and fall accidents to less obvious scenarios such as insufficient security leading to assault. The specifics of how and where the injury occurred can significantly impact the legal outcome. Our experienced premises liability lawyers have the skills to effectively argue your case based on the details of the incident and the applicable laws.

Our Firm Handles All Types of Premises Liability Claims 

Premises liability cases can vary greatly, each with its unique circumstances and legal complexities. Some of the most common types of premises liability claims we handle at Davis Law Center include:

  • Slip and fall accidents due to hazardous conditions like wet floors, icy walkways, or uneven surfaces
  • Dog bites and animal attacks
  • Inadequate maintenance, such as broken stairs, loose railings, or faulty electrical wiring.
  • Negligent security in public or commercial spaces that result in assaults or other harm to visitors.
  • Swimming pool accidents in private or public pools often result from inadequate supervision or faulty equipment.
  • Elevator and escalator accidents due to malfunctions or improper maintenance.

We will leverage our skills and experience to establish the property owner’s liability and get you the maximum compensation you deserve. 

Proving Liability in Premises Liability Cases

To prevail in your premises liability claim, we must prove:

  • A hazardous condition existed on the property
  • The property owner knew or reasonably should have known, about the danger
  • The owner failed to correct the hazardous condition or adequately warn you about it
  • The dangerous condition directly led to your injury

The role of evidence in these cases is critical and includes photographs of the hazardous condition, maintenance records, eyewitness testimonies, and incident reports. Gathering and presenting this evidence effectively is a cornerstone of our legal strategy.

How Davis Law Center Can Help

Given the challenges of navigating premises liability claims, you need the informed representation we provide. Once you become our client, we will handle all the details of your claim. Our attorneys will:

  • Investigate and photograph the accident site
  • Obtain and review police reports of the incident
  • Identify and interview witnesses, including the defendant
  • Negotiate a fair and just settlement with insurance adjusters and opposing counsel
  • File a premises liability lawsuit if necessary

Although many premises liability claims can and should be settled outside of court, we prepare each case for trial to improve our chances of success. Rest assured, we will fight hard for every dollar you deserve in and out of the courtroom. Although no two injury claims are the same, you may be entitled to significant compensation, including damages such as:

  • Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages – present and future
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Permanent disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Notably, premises liability claims are subject to the state’s comparative negligence rules. This means (1) the amount of your award will be decreased if you are partially responsible for your injury (such as by failing to be aware of your surroundings) and (2) you cannot recover noneconomic damages (e.g. pain and suffering) if you were more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. You can trust us to protect you from liability and help you obtain compensation that considers all your future medical and financial needs. 

Contact Our Experienced Farmington Hills Premises Liability Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a property owner’s negligence, trust the Davis Law Center to provide the informed guidance and support you need to navigate your premises liability claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Davis Law Center: your trusted partner for personal injury accident cases. Serving Detroit, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Macon County, Wayne County, Oakland County, and all of Michigan.