Michigan’s Premise Liability for Business Owners

Michigan’s Premise Liability for Business Owners

by / Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Published in Goodwin & Scieszka, Personal Injury

What is the standard of care that a Michigan business owner must provide their customers?

A customer is known as an invitee, which is a term of art that means the person in control of the premise has invited the patron on their property to potentially purchase something. I say potentially purchase because it doesn’t matter if the customer even intended on buying anything.

As a business owner, you owe a duty of care to protect your invitees against any unreasonable harm. That’s your duty for doing business. It’s your quid pro quo.

Do I need to obviate risks that I know about?

Yes, as a Michigan business owner, then you should warn of any and all potential dangers at your establishment, including:

• Wet floors
• Melting icicles
• Low ceilings
• Spilled food
• Cracks

business man face down on a flight of stairs with papers and briefcase scattered around

What’s a Michigan slip and fall claim? Is that the same as premise liability?

A slip and fall case is a form of negligence. Premise liability refers to the duty that is owed by the person in control of the premise. Failure to meet that duty means that you could be liable for negligence, which is a civil cause of action.

What is Michigan negligence?

1. Duty- this is your responsibility to act reasonably and avoid putting your patrons in harm’s way.
2. Breach- this is your failure to meet your duty.
3. Causation- was your failure to meet your duty the cause of the harm? This is often determined by a jury.
4. Damages- you need to prove some form of loss so that you can be put back in the position you were in before the tort occurred.

What is a tort?

A tort is a civil lawsuit other than a breach of contract, which the law has a remedy.

If you’ve been injured, then who should you call?

Goodwin & Scieszka: a Michigan personal injury law firm.


We’ve been battling Michigan negligent premise liability claims for over 30 years. If you’ve slipped and fallen in the Detroit or Metro Detroit area, then our Southfield personal injury firm is here for you.

What other claims does your Michigan personal injury firm handle?

Birth defects
Car, snowplow, bus or emergency vehicle crashes
Motorcycle accidents
Defective products
• Assault and battery claims
• Any and all injuries

When should I call?

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What is this blog?

We use our blog as a place to update Michiganders about the law and provide tips to avoid potential liability. Stay tuned, we continually update to inform you.

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