Scott Goodwin, Author at Goodwin & Scieszka

Facts & Statistics About Dog Bites

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 by

Dog bites are an incredibly common occurrence. 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States, and over 800,000 of them require medical treatment. This breaks down to a person being bitten by a dog every 75 seconds. In 2012, 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery following a dog bite. According to the American Society

Michigan used to be one of the states to have a universal helmet law requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet while riding. That changed in April 2012 when the law changed to only require motorcyclists under 21 years of age to wear a helmet. If you’re 21 or older and want to ride a

Whether you work in an office or a construction site, every workplace comes with its own set of hazards. But even if you’re working in areas that have a reputation for being dangerous like construction sites and factories, there is no excuse for your workplace being needlessly dangerous. Employers are required to provide workers with

After being in a car accident, one of the first things people are concerned with is getting medical attention for any physical injuries they received in the accident. Getting your physical injuries taken care of should, indeed, be your top priority, people all too often overlook taking care of the psychological trauma that can come

Playgrounds are supposed to be fun places for children to spend time. But even under the best of circumstances, it’s very easy for kids to get injured on a playground by doing simple things like falling down while running around. But when playgrounds aren’t being well maintained and repairs aren’t being made, a fun afternoon

Michigan Trampoline Liability

Monday, 24 March 2014 by

Spring is finally, finally here. Today we are going to talk about the Michigan trampoline statute. I’m not sure anyone even knows about this, but Goodwin & Scieszka would like to talk about the duty imposed on Michigan trampoline users. First, let’s look at the statute: M.C.L.A. 691.1735 691.1735. Duties of trampoliner  Sec. 5. While

1. January 4-5 was Flint’s worst snowstorm ever recorded: 17 inches of accumulation. 2. The December 21-22 ice storm was one of the worst ice storms the state has seen in a number of years. There was almost a solid inch of ice accumulation on top of the snow that we already had. 3. Remember

Well, considering Michigan just got slammed with yet another snowstorm that I had the pleasure of shoveling, I figured it would be entirely relevant to talk about the landlord-tenant relationship. Who should shovel? This might seem like a silly question, but remembering that America honors the freedom to contract, this is totally relevant in a

Landlord Tenant Tort Liability

Thursday, 06 February 2014 by

When someone owns a property, they have a responsibility to make sure it’s reasonably safe for others to use, and that includes landlords. If a visitor, guest, or tenant gets hurt because of unsafe conditions that were caused by negligence, a concept called premises liability comes into play and it can be used to hold

Generally speaking, Michigan has complete civil (tort) immunity regarding governmental functions that cause injury. But, there are some scenarios in which you’re eligible to bring a cause of action and make the government a defendant. If the state is acting in a proprietary function – this is defined as an action that derives a profit