Detroit Slip and Fall Attorney
At Marko Law, our lawyers understand the serious effect that a slip and fall accident can have on an individual’s life. The victim of a slip and fall can suffer painful injuries, face high medical costs for emergency and long-term treatment and be unable to work and earn income for an extended period.
However, if the accident resulted from the negligence of a property owner, a slip and fall victim may have legal options available to him or her. The individual might be qualified to pursue a legal claim that can result in payment of all medical expenses as well as compensation for the individual’s lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a slip, trip, and fall in Detroit or elsewhere in Michigan, you can talk with a lawyer from Marko Law today and learn more concerning the options available to you.
Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Slip and Fall Accident in Detroit?
You may be worried about your ability to afford an attorney to manage your slip-and-fall case. However, at Marko Law, we will charge no legal fees or case expenses unless we secure a financial recuperation for you. We don’t want cost concerns to prevent you from getting the legal assistance you deserve.
We believe an attorney can play an essential role in your claim, particularly when dealing with insurance providers. The truth is that the insurance providers will attempt to pay as little compensation as possible for the physical, emotional, and financial harm you have suffered. An attorney will be focused on protecting you as well as your interests.
A Detroit premises liability attorney at Marko Law, will:
- Extensively examine your slip and fall and build the toughest case possible
- Consult with experts that will allow us to understand why your slip and fall occurred, who should be held accountable as well as what medical care and treatment you will need to recover from your injuries.
- Submit all claims on your behalf in a timely and proper manner.
- Aggressively pursue a settlement that completely compensates you for your losses or takes your case to court (if necessary).
- Structure any award you obtain to make sure that it maximizes your reimbursement and ensures you will get the medical care you need in the future.
We are a law firm that is passionate about pursuing results that will truly make a difference in the lives of our clients in Detroit and throughout Michigan.
What Must You Prove in a Slip and Fall Claim in Michigan?
A slip and fall accident is a kind of premises liability case. It can be brought against any type of property owner or occupier, including a private homeowner, store or other business or a local, state or federal government.
To recoup damages in a Michigan slip and fall claim, you typically must show:
- A condition on the property presented an unreasonable risk of injury to you. Hazards that could cause a person to slip, trip and fall consist of:
- The broken or uneven pavement on walkways or in parking lots
- Snowy, icy or wet floors and walkways
- Ripped, torn or loose rugs and carpeting
- Liquids spilled on floors
- Broken or uneven stairways
- Poor lighting in hallways, stairwells, or outside walkways
- Holes in the ground or objects sticking out of the ground
- Broken, missing or loose handrails
- Defective escalators or elevators
- The property owner knew or, in the exercise of normal care, should have known of both the condition and injury possibility. Essentially, the owner or inhabitant had “actual notice” based on seeing the slip and fall risk or creating the risk or “constructive notice” based on the risk existing long enough that the owner or inhabitant should have seen it.
- The property owner could have reasonably expected that you would not have discovered or understood the danger or would fail to protect yourself against the danger. For example, you would not have known that an office building lobby was slippery since it had recently been mopped.
- The property owner neglected to take sensible steps to protect you by either fixing the hazard or providing you a proper warning regarding it.
- As a result of the property owner’s negligence, you suffered injuries.
As you consider whether you have the option to bring a slip and fall claim, you will need to ask yourself a number of essential questions, including:
- If you tripped or slipped, had the dangerous area existed long enough so that the owner should have known about it?
- If there once was a good reason for the object to be there however that reason no longer exists, could the object have been removed?
- Was there a more secure area the object could have been located without much more inconvenience or expense to the property owner?
- Could a simple barrier have been made or a caution provided to stop you from slipping or tripping?
- Did insufficient or broken lighting contribute to the accident?
What Compensation Can I Get for a Slip and Fall Injury?
A slip and fall accident can cause a wide range of severe injuries, including fractures, soft-tissue damage, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is essential to consult with a lawyer that will seek maximum compensation for the damage you have experienced, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
A property owner’s insurance company may attempt to place blame on you for your slip and fall accident. For instance, the insurance company might assert that you tripped, slipped and fell due to an “open and obvious” hazard that you should have recognized or did something else that was negligent.
In Michigan, you could be denied from recouping anything if you were more than 50 percent at fault for your injury. Otherwise, your damages would be decreased by a quantity that is in proportion to the percentage of fault credited to you.
Your attorney from Marko Law, will aggressively counter any kind of unfounded claims made by a property owner’s insurance company as well as work diligently to defend your legal rights.
What is the Statute of Limitations on a Slip and Fall Claim in Michigan?
It is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible if you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident. An attorney must take steps immediately to preserve proof and begin the process of bringing a case against the property owner.
A slip and fall claim, like other personal injury claims in Michigan, needs to be filed within two years after an accident has occurred. This is called the statute of limitations. If you fail to meet that deadline, you could be denied from pursuing a claim.
A Michigan slip and fall lawyer at Marko Law will make sure your case is timely and properly submitted.
Contact Us Today to Get a Free Consultation
If you are ready to start your case or need more information about Slip and Fall Accidents in Detroit, Michigan, contact Marko Law Firm today. Let us represent you as you seek justice and compensation for your pain and damages. Call (313) 777-7LAW today to get a free consultation or visit our website: MarkoLaw.com to get more information.