Michigan’s premises liability “common law” has been changed drastically in recent years by Michigan Supreme Court rulings. The Court now views many hazardous conditions as “open and obvious" — meaning that an injured victim should have noticed and avoided the danger. The statute of limitations for injuries caused by unsafe premises is generally 3 years, although there are exceptions.
Parsons Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability cases and we are familiar with the complex Michigan law. We recognize that injured individuals and their families often need a strong advocate to go up against large companies and insurers. If you think we may be able to help you with a Michigan premises liability case, we welcome you to contact us for a free, confidential consultation.
The following cases are some examples of our past successes*:
Although it appeared the pick-up driver was totally at fault for backing up and striking a 6 year old boy, we investigated the history of the fairgrounds, as well as fairgrounds regulations, and proved the fairground was unsafe. See our presentation of the feasible safety precautions that could have been put in place to prevent this tragedy. | Learn more about this case in the Traverse City Record Eagle.
The snowplow contractor piled the snow in a mall parking lot, and periodically the ice would melt and drain across a walkway, then freeze. The client slipped and fractured her leg; then a Good Samaritan also slipped, hitting her head and suffering a closed head injury. The store owner and the plowing contractor were both liable.
Usually a worker cannot sue if she is injured on workplace premises. In this case, we proved a contractor wrongly designed a new area of the factory. A worker fell through a floor grate and drowned in a vat.
An 80 year old man entering a grocery store was pinned by a malfunctioning electric door, which broke his leg. We obtained maintenance records and witness statements about past problems with the door.
The client suffered a low back injury when a bale of insulation fell off the shelf, striking him. He was not disabled from work, but tests confirmed “soft-tissue” injury.
A “big box” department store rented the client a truck to move gardening goods. When the client unloaded the truck, one of the side panels collapsed, causing him to fall. He had a badly broken wrist.
A woman fell and suffered serious knee injury at a local business, after tripping on a septic tank handle in the walkway. We proved the problem had been known.
The mother’s boyfriend’s dog bit the child on the face twice, requiring stitches the second time. The grand-mother acted as the child’s conservator and we obtained a verdict and arranged for the money to be preserved for the child.
For more information and to discuss your legal rights, we welcome you to contact Parsons Law Firm in Traverse City. We work with clients in cases throughout Michigan and are pleased to offer a free, no-obligation consultation.
* These premises liability cases are chosen from many more, to illustrate some of the variety of the issues we have dealt with.