Can I be Sued if a Customer Slips and Falls on Ice Outside of my Michigan Business?
In Michigan, a business owner owes a reasonable duty of care to anyone that’s considered an invitee. The duty is best characterized to protect against any unreasonable risk of harm that’s caused by a dangerous condition.
Who or what’s an invitee? An invitee is almost anyone that’s invited on the premise. It doesn’t have to be a customer. It can be an independent contractor or someone that works for the government. It doesn’t matter if your business requires that your customers pay a membership fee (like a club or spa). You still owe a reasonably safe premise to your invitees.
As a Michigan business owner, you want to avoid a potential slip and fall cause of action. You need to protect your premise and act reasonable under the circumstances.
Tips to avoid being sued by your customers for a Michigan slip and fall cause of action:
• Salt your entranceway
• Shovel your snow
• Have your parking lot cleared from any and all debris
• Especially if you have solid floors, place rugs in the front of your business so people can wipe off their wet feet
• Make sure your sidewalk doesn’t have any large cracks or potholes where people walk
Though simple, it’s important for you to protect your business’s best interests.
A Michigan slip and fall case is a type of negligence claim. Our Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm has been fighting negligence and other types of claims for over 30 years:
Goodwin & Scieszka uses our blog as a place to update you about Michigan’s laws, and we also provide tips to avoid any potential liability. We’ve been recognized nationally for our work in the Detroit and Metro Detroit areas: places like Hamtramck, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Canton, Dearborn, Flint, Port Huron, and their respective surrounding areas. We pride our self on our lawyers’ experience.
If you’ve been injured, or have to defend against a lawsuit, then our firm is here for you. Call today and get the recovery that you deserve.