Owners of business establishments are responsible for ensuring that their premises are safe for both employees and customers. This is what is known as premises liability. Michigan state laws protect its citizens against any injuries in a business establishment, whether it is the owner’s fault or not.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal term that refers to the responsibility of a property owner or occupier for any injuries that occur on their property. The law holds the property owner or occupier liable for any injuries that occur due to their negligence in maintaining the property or failing to warn people of any hazards on the property.
How Much Damages Can Be Awarded?
In Michigan, there is no cap on the amount of damages awarded in a premises liability case. However, the amount of damages awarded will depend on the severity of the injury and the circumstances surrounding the accident. Some factors that may be considered include:
- The victim’s injuries will be a factor in how much money they are awarded. The more severe the injuries, the more money the victim may receive. If the victim has a permanent disability, they may get more money than someone with only minor injuries.
- People who have gotten injured and have had to pay for medical treatment can get compensated for the money they spent.
- If the victim needs rehabilitation or special care because of their injuries, they can also seek compensation for this.
- People who have missed work because of their injuries can seek damages for the money they have lost.
- The property owner may be liable if someone is injured on their property if they knew about the hazard and did not take action to address it.
- If the victim was trespassing on the property, they might not be able to get money from the owner or occupier of the property. The premises liability law protects owners against claims from people who were not supposed to be inside the property in the first place.
How to Claim for Premises Liability Damages
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You will need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner or occupier to make a claim. To win your case, you will need to prove that the property owner or occupier was negligent in maintaining the property or failed to warn you of any hazards on the property.
What to Do When You Are Charged With Premises Liability
If you are charged with premises liability, it is essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. A criminal defense lawyer from Fran Murphy Law can help you build a defense and may be able to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
Filing for premises liability claims may be a daunting task, if you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property, contact Fran Murphy Law for a free consultation. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will review your case and advise you of your best course of action. We have successfully represented many clients in premises liability cases and we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.