LANDLORDS HAVE A LEGAL DUTY TO PROTECT TENANTS FROM ICY AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS ON SIDEWALKS DURING WINTER MONTHS
The current law in Michigan favors businesses when individuals are injured on their property. However, recent court decisions have recognized that a landlord has a special duty under a lease agreement to protect a tenant from foreseeable injuries which occur at an apartment complex. Insurance companies have always argued that tenants should have been aware of the icy conditions and therefore, they have argued that the owner is not legally responsible for the injury.
Likewise, attorneys for insurance companies will argue that the hazardous condition was open and obvious and should have been seen by the injured party. Under current law, if the condition was effectively unavoidable or unreasonably dangerous, a landlord may still be legally liable for damages under Michigan law.
What Steps Should I Take If I’m Seriously Injured after a Slip and Fall Accident?
- If at all possible, have someone take photographs of the defective condition because it will likely be remedied or the condition may change.
- Report the incident to management as soon as possible.
- Obtain witness information if possible.
- Do not give a taped statement to an insurance adjuster.
- Contact a personal injury attorney to protect your legal interests.
The Law Firm of Logeman, Iafrate & Logeman, P.C. has won compensation for several clients in 2020 despite zero offers from insurance companies. Please contact our personal injury attorneys in Ann Arbor MI for a free consultation.