While slip and fall accidents are sometimes portrayed in a humorous light (such as the classic slip from a banana peel), the reality is that slip and fall accidents are a significant cause of injury and death in the United States.
Estimates are that more than 2.2 million people seek treatment in emergency rooms each year as the result of falls on stairs, ramps, and floors. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.
In home settings, slips and falls are the main source of injury and death for people 65 and older. When older people fall, their risk of serious injury or death is much higher than that of the general population.
Slip and Fall Liability for Commercial Establishments in Michigan
In a commercial settings such as stores, slips (or trips) and falls often occur as a result of the failure of the store owner to make the property safe, such as not clearing ice or not placing signs on floors after a floor has been cleaned (when the floor is still wet and dangerous).
An individual who is injured as a result of slipping (or tripping) and falling may have a claim against a property owner who negligently allows a dangerous condition that caused a slip or trip to exist. A fundamental question will be whether the property knew (or should have known) about the unsafe condition that caused the slip or trip and fall, and whether the owner could have taken action to rectify such unsafe condition prior to the accident.
If You or a Loved One Have Been Injured from a Slip (or Trip) and Fall, Please Contact Us Today so that We May Learn About Your Case.
Once we understand the facts and circumstances of your case, we can advise you as to whether you may have a case against a property owner for your injuries. We can also explain the legal alternatives for recovery that you may have, and how the litigation process works.
There is no fee for this consultation, and there is no obligation for you to hire our firm. In slip and fall cases, we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they do not owe us any fees unless and until we recover for them.