Where & Why Do Slip & Falls Occur?
Examples of common slip and fall hazards at apartment buildings include
cracked sidewalks, slippery or wet floors, loose handrails or broken steps,
new construction, and a lack of signs warning of a known hazard.
Slip and falls can occur in a variety of commercial settings, including:
- Shopping centers
- Office parks
- Parking garages (or parking lots)
- Construction sites
- Medical centers
- Apartment buildings
Your Protection Under The Law
Michigan has a law that sets out what landlords must do to keep their properties
safe. Under Michigan 554.139, landlords must keep their premises "in
reasonable repair during the term of the lease." They must also "comply
with the applicable health and safety laws of the state and of the local
unit of government where the premises are located..." They may be
found not liable if "the disrepair or violation of the applicable
health or safety laws has been caused by the tenant's willful or irresponsible
conduct or lack of conduct."
Under Michigan law, you must show that the property owner or landlord knew
or should have known about the hazard and had time to correct it but didn't
do so. Tenant slip and fall cases can get complicated, with disputes arising
under the statute over whether the landlord or the tenant was actually at fault.
Ready to Take the Next Step? Contact Our Detroit Personal Injury Lawyers.
At Goodman Acker P.C., our legal team understands all relevant state and
local safety rules and regulations, and we are familiar with the controlling
statute and the very latest case law. Our lawyers will investigate your
Michigan slip and fall case to determine if building code violations are
an issue. If the property owner failed to follow Michigan law or Detroit
metro area regulations, we may be able to make a case for negligence.
In the apartment complex or rental home setting, our lawyers will investigate
whether a landlord had constructive notice of a dangerous condition that
should have been corrected.
Contact us today to allow us to assist you with your legal needs.