Did you know:
1 out of every 4 Americans age 65 and older falls every year?
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and serious injuries for older Americans?
Those who have fallen during the past year have a greater risk of falling again?
If you are injured from a fall on someone else’s property, you may be eligible to file what is known as a “slip and fall” claim. Because the laws surrounding a slip and fall case are quite complex, it is best to hire a qualified Michigan slip and fall attorney to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.Do You Have a Case?
The term “statute of limitations” refers to the period of time you have to file a lawsuit. In Michigan, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of a fall that occurred on private property. Children have until one year after their 18th birthday to either resolve a claim or file a lawsuit, regardless of when the fall happened.
The time limit is much shorter for falls that occur on public property.
Legal experts agree it is best to act as quickly as possible if you or a loved one is injured as the result of a fall. As time passes, there is a greater likelihood that physical evidence of the conditions that caused the fall will disappear and the memories of potential witnesses will fade.
The first step is to retain an experienced slip and fall lawyer – before you sign any papers from the property owner or their insurance company. A knowledgeable attorney will understand the complex elements of a slip and fall case; such as proving negligence, obtaining evidence and medical records, determining how the “open and obvious” doctrine applies and other issues that affect the outcome of the lawsuit. Make sure to find a lawyer who will not require a retainer or other payments until your case is won.
The first day of fall marks the beginning of Fall Prevention Awareness Week (Sept. 22 – 28). Here are some tips to help prevent falling or tripping:
“If you or a family member is injured in a slip and fall accident, call us immediately,” says Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “We will assess your case and fight to win the compensation you and your family deserve.”
Slip and fall law is complicated, but finding the right lawyer for your slip and fall case is simple.
Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free no-obligation consultation.Do You Have a Case?
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