General Negligence Attorneys
In general terms, slip and fall accidents refer to situations where a person is injured by slipping, tripping or otherwise falling due to a dangerous condition on the premises. Such falls can happen inside or outside a building and be caused by such conditions as wet floors, decaying steps or flooring, improper construction, general defects, or in the case of outdoor accidents, weather-related or hidden hazards. For example, the owner of a parking lot can be liable for a “black ice” patch that causes severe injuries to persons using the parking lot.
Few things are more frightening than being attacked by a dog. Such an attack can leave the victim severely injured and traumatized. Tragically, the injuries can sometimes be fatal. In Michigan, there are three theories of liability for injuries involving dogs. First, a person can bring a lawsuit under the Michigan dog bite statute, MCL 287.351. Second, a suit can be brought under Michigan common law strict liability. Last, a plaintiff can bring a claim asserting basic negligence principals against the dog owner.
Each year thousands of construction workers are injured or killed in construction site accidents. Even though construction companies are typically obligated to inspect each site with safety engineers and provide safety programs, accidents still occur.
Michigan is home to the largest coastline in the continental United States. With this gift, it is also home to one of the highest number of registered boats in the country and, unfortunately, many people are injured in boating accidents in Michigan each year.
Commercial airplanes are governed by the regulations affecting common carriers and are governed by different laws and protocols than are private airplanes or other private vehicles. A common carrier is a business that transports persons or cargo for compensation. Both federal and state regulations govern the activities of common carriers such as buses, trains, and airplanes. As a general rule, a common carrier is held to a higher standard of care than is a private party. They must have both the skill and the training to transport passengers and cargo, and more than reasonable care must be exercised.
When a pedestrian or a motor vehicle comes into contact with a moving train the outcome is almost always tragic. Sometimes accidents involving trains occur due to the negligence of the driver of the motor vehicle or pedestrian. However, sometimes the train engineer, the railroad, or another party may be liable. Railroad crossings are sometimes substandard or in disrepair. Sometimes crossings are not secured by crossbars and the vision of approaching vehicles may be obscured by another stopped train.