Slip and fall accidents are extremely common. While they may make us laugh in slapstick comedies, in real life they can result in serious injuries and long-term incapacity. If you have suffered harm in a slip and fall accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need more than prompt medical treatment; you need the services of a strong personal injury attorney. If you live in St. Clair Shores or anywhere in Southwestern Metro Detroit, you need The Nunley Law Group, PLLC. Se Habla Español.
For well over a decade, we have been successfully handling slip and fall accidents throughout Michigan. Our slip and fall accident attorneys have a well-earned reputation for compassion as well as legal skills. You can count on us to pay close attention to the details of your case, tailor our strategy accordingly, and fight vigorously to bring you the maximum compensation you deserve.
Because we know you may be experiencing financial stress as a result of your accident, your initial consultation will be free and we will charge you no attorney’s fees until we recover damages.
Slip and Fall Negligence and Premises Liability
In many cases, trip or slip and fall accidents are the result of negligence on the part of property owners. On occasion, a municipality may be to blame. When those legally responsible for maintenance and repair are at fault for not keeping the property safe for visitors, this is known as “premises liability.”
In cases of premises liability, the victim of a slip and fall accident is entitled to sue for damages to cover such things as medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Nonetheless, navigating the turbulent waters leading to justice requires the knowledge, insight, and agility of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney. Contact The Nunley Law Group to put your case in the hands of a capable professional with a track record of positive outcomes.
Reasons for Slip and Fall Accidents
Although it is possible to “trip over your own feet” or fall because of a torn hem or broken shoe, slip and fall accidents are commonly caused by the following types of premises liability:
- Poorly lit sidewalks, parking lots, vestibules, hallways, or garages
- Broken or uneven stairs or poorly secured banisters
- Unsecured rugs
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Uneven flooring or broken tiles
- Unmarked obstacles on walkways
- Uncleared snowy or icy sidewalks or steps
- Holes in sidewalk or pavement
- Root-raised sidewalks
- Wet or otherwise slippery indoor surfaces
- Falling debris from defective shelving or building facades
As long as the person responsible for your fall was aware, or should have been aware, of the danger, and did not take steps to remedy the problem or to warn you of its existence, they can be held legally liable.
Slip and Fall Accident Injuries Can Be Severe
Although toddlers and professional athletes often fall with impunity, most other adults, especially older individuals, are not so lucky. While small cuts and bruises heal quickly, too many slip and falls result in serious or even catastrophic injuries, some leading to permanent disability or even death. The most common serious injuries caused by slip and falls include:
- Facial injuries (e.g. broken nose or jaw)
- Fractures of wrist, elbow, ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, coccyx
- Strains, sprains or tears of muscles, tendons, ligaments
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back and spinal cord injuries (e.g. paralysis)
- Joint dislocations
Any of these injuries may result in extended treatment and time away from work; some may require long-term nursing care. This is why our slip and fall accident attorneys are determined to get you the resources you need both to pay your current bills and cover future care.
We Will Do the Heavy Lifting
Once you become our client, our lawyers will take over all legal and logistical matters. They will:
- Investigate and photograph the accident site
- Identify and interview any witnesses
- Examine police reports and medical records
- Consult with experts who will provide supportive testimony
- Work hard to negotiate a fair settlement
- Fight aggressively for a verdict at trial if necessary
The vast majority of slip and fall accident claims are settled out of court, but at The Nunley Law Group, we always prepare a strategy powerful enough to win at trial. That way, if opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters do not come through with a reasonable offer, we are ready to push hard for maximum damages during litigation.
Damages We Will Fight to Win for You and Your Family
Depending on the nature of your injuries and losses, we will seek damages for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Property damage or loss
- Extended nursing care
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
When a Slip and Fall Accident is Fatal
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a slip and fall accident, we know that there is no sufficient compensation. Even so, we will work tirelessly to bring you the funds you need for final medical and funeral costs, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship.
Comparative Negligence in Michigan Slip and Fall Accidents
Unless an individual is deemed more than 50 percent at fault for their slip and fall accident, Michigan law entitles them to compensation. Their percentage of fault, however, will be deducted from the awarded damages.
For instance, if the injured party was inebriated at the time of the accident and is therefore deemed 30 percent at fault for their own injury, they will receive the awarded damages minus 30 percent. So, if awarded $100,000, they will actually receive $70,000.
Contact Our Experienced Slip and Fall Attorneys Today
Wherever your slip and fall accident occurred — on your neighbor’s steps, on the sidewalk in front of the cleaners, in the bank, or at the supermarket — if another party’s negligence was to blame (even partially), you are entitled to receive compensation. Contact our accomplished attorneys now so we can begin making your best interests our top priority.