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$15.3 MILLION | AUTO ACCIDENT (WAYNE COUNTY, MI)
$3 MILLION | PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT (INGHAM COUNTY, MI)
$2.1 MILLION | PREMISES LIABILITY (OAKLAND COUNTY, MI)
$2 MILLION | TRUCK ACCIDENT (OAKLAND COUNTY, MI)
$1.9 MILLION | AUTO ACCIDENT (WAYNE COUNTY, MI)
Our Grand Rapids premises liability lawyer knows all about unsafe or poorly maintained properties. We know these properties are accidents waiting to happen and have seen firsthand the harm they can cause. We consistently and persistently hold the applicable property owner, manager, or tenant accountable for their negligence.
These cases, however, can be complex. There are many factors to consider. One person or entity may be responsible for damages, or multiple parties may be responsible. Whatever the circumstances and facts are, the team at Goodman Acker uses our combined resources, skills, and experiences to get you compensation. We, however, do not stop at mere compensation – we recover what is fair and just.
Let our trusted premises liability attorney represent your personal injury case in Grand Rapids. Call us at (248) 286-8100 to get the results you need to recover from the accident and to get on with your life.
There are some personal injury lawyers who will tell you they will get you compensation. What they do not tell you is this: The compensation they refer to may only be whatever money is readily offered — not necessarily the maximum compensation allowed under the law. When dealing with personal injuries, especially those caused by accidents on another person’s property in Grand Rapids, you deserve maximum compensation––it is only fair and just, but it is also the only way to make sure you become “whole again” or recover as best you can under the circumstances. You should not settle for whatever is initially offered; you should fight for what you deserve.
At Goodman Acker, we fight for our clients as if each one is a family member. We know how personal injuries and wrongful death accidents alter lives. We persevere to get results, and with a 99% success rate, we work every day to make it a 100% success rate.
To recover maximum compensation, several things must occur. Here is an overview of our approach to recovering fair and just compensation for you.
Premises liability is a legal theory applying to cases where an injury or death results from an unsafe or defective condition on someone else’s property. Typically, claims are made against an insurance company which provides services to commercial property owners, business owners, homeowners, and/or lessees or renters. In some cases, claims or lawsuits can be made directly against the individual company or person who owns, manages, or leases the property, which could be a national corporation or your next-door neighbor.
There are specific elements of a premises liability case that must be proved before an injured party can be successful. These elements are like other personal injury cases.
Duty is a question the court decides; the facts of the case are decided by the jury if the case goes to trial.
At Goodman Acker, we satisfy each element with clear, persuasive analysis using the facts and the law.
We demand compensation for all damages you suffer. This includes both economic and non-economic damages.
These damages are proven in various ways. We use our resources and network of experts to build strong, solid cases. It all starts with a comprehensive investigation. We then analyze the evidence we discover. Finally, we put that evidence together to tell your story in a way that is persuasive and well-supported by legal analysis. The evidence we may use can include but is not limited to any of the following:
We will combine the facts and the law together to prove your claim by a preponderance of the evidence. If exemplary damages are applicable, we will include an argument for the same alongside a demand for full and fair compensation.
Once we settle your case in your favor or win your case at trial, we will be persistent and follow up. Sometimes insurance companies are slow to respond. We will not let them dilly-dally around. We will follow up with them and keep you informed throughout the entire process. We know you will be anxious to receive the payout so that you can take care of all your personal and financial matters, so we will continue to be responsive and attentive.
We are compassionate. We are experienced. We are persistent. These things combined are why clients throughout Grand Rapids and the greater metropolitan area choose us to represent them in some of the more dire circumstances. When their lives have been turned upside down, they put their trust in Barry Goodman and his entire legal team at Goodman Acker. And there’s good reason for this.
Our reputation is further backed by national and local awards and recognition. We are consistently included on the Super Lawyers list, hold the coveted AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and are listed as Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Premises liability cases are personal injury cases, meaning they are claims based on negligence. Many people get confused about this aspect. At Goodman Acker, our premises liability lawyers in Grand Rapids aim to keep our clients informed, so here we provide answers to some of the most common questions we get.
To get specific answers about your unique situation, schedule a free initial consultation by calling us at (248) 286-8100. We will thoroughly review your case and lay out your best legal options.
Negligence by the property owner, property manager, or tenant can lead to premises liability lawsuit situations, including:
These are not the only situations leading to lawsuits, but are merely common scenarios that are often seen in premises liability cases.
Many people mistakenly assume that the property owner is automatically liable for injuries on their property. In Michigan, however, our courts do not make that assumption. The proper defendant in a premises liability case is the person or entity with possession and control over the property. Orel v Uni-Rak Sales Co, 454 Mich 564, 563 NW2d 241 (1997).
So, whether you are the owner, manager, lessee, tenant, or another potential entity, you can be liable if you had possession and control of the property. Without these two elements at the time of the accident, liability may not be found.
Your premises liability lawyer, however, may list all potential defendants on the complaint and then narrow it down later, if necessary. That’s also why you should speak to one of our premises liability attorneys after an injury, to make sure you identify all potential parties to recover maximum compensation.
Duty of care is a critical element of any personal injury case. Duties are very specific in premises liability cases. Generally, possessors of land have a duty to act with reasonable care, but the extent of reasonable care is dependent on the injured party’s status as . . .
Contributing to the accident that caused your injury is the main factor that can limit recovery of full compensation.
Regardless of which designation you are (invitee, licensee, trespasser), if you are partially responsible for an accident, you may not be able to recover full compensation for all your damages even if there’s a hazard on the property. You must use reasonable care to protect yourself from an accident. Not using reasonable care can result in reduced compensation. Laws vary with regard to how the percentage of fault affects the potential recovery or even the ability to get a recovery at all.
Michigan laws acknowledge that the plaintiff’s negligence proportionally reduces recovery of damages. This is known as comparative negligence. This law is codified in M.C.L. § 600.2959. If the defendant proves you were partially at fault, the reward is proportionally reduced according to the percentage a jury finds you to have been at fault. For non-economic damages, however, if your negligence exceeds 50 percent, you will not recover anything for these types of damages but could still recover economic damages.
Time is a limitation in premises liability cases. State laws have a statute of limitations that covers various types of claims. Michigan’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases is codified in M.C.L. § 600.5805. It allows you three years from the time of injury to file a personal injury case. As with many laws, a handful of exceptions do exist to this three-year deadline.
Claims made after the deadline are typically subject to dismissal. In other words, the defendant can use the statute of limitations as a defense if you miss the deadline, and the case will be dismissed.
There are several things you can do to help strengthen your premises liability case. Here are some effective ways to help strengthen your claim.
Premises liability claims require proof of negligence on the part of the property owner or occupant. If you or a family member is injured due to property negligence, the attorneys at Goodman Acker P.C. can help you recover the compensation you deserve and guide you through the process. Contact us at (248) 286-8100 to schedule a free initial consultation and get the representation you deserve.