Slip and Fall Attorney
Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Contact our office today for a free consultation. For over 25 years, Gary A. Goldin has successfully represented thousands of Michigan residents.
When property and business owners fail to keep their buildings, parking lots and walkways safe, they create a risk of injury. A slip and fall injury occurs when a person slips and falls due to a hazardous condition on the land. Falls can cause serious injury and financial hardship. As a resident in a building, a customer in a store or a pedestrian on a sidewalk, you are at risk of suffering an injury as a result of a property owner’s negligence. Slip and falls are one of the leading causes of injury in the United States, resulting in millions of injuries and thousands of deaths every year.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a slip and fall it is very important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An injury or death from a slip and fall that is caused by a hazardous condition on another person’s property may entitle the victim and their family to compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and future care, lost wages and any reduction in your earning capacity as a result of your injuries.
Unfortunately, Michigan law is very harsh and victims of slip and fall injuries often find themselves without any legal protection for their injuries. Even if an injured person can show the landowner was negligent, they can still be denied recovery if the condition is “open and obvious.” The condition is open and obvious if “an average user with ordinary intelligence would have been able to discover the danger and the risk presented upon casual inspection.” Whether a condition is open and obvious is a very technical and highly litigated area of law.
It is imperative that you consult with an attorney before discussing your claim with the insurance company. Insurance companies are well versed on Michigan slip and fall law and will elicit statements from you to show the condition was “open and obvious.” These statements can be used against you later in your case to deny you compensation.
You must seek medical attention as soon as possible. If the injury is severe, you may be transported by ambulance to a local emergency room. However, many slip and fall injuries do not manifest themselves immediately and may takes days or even weeks to develop. If you have not sought medical treatment, the property owner will argue that you were not injured on their property or that your injury is unrelated.
Contact our office today for a free consultation. You need an expert litigator in your corner.