Scott Goodwin (pictured), the new president of the Michigan Association for Justice, at Law Day 2014. In case you haven’t heard, our own Scott Goodwin began his one-year term as the president of the Michigan Association for Justice on July 1, 2014. Now he’s making headlines, one of which was on LegalNews.com, where he was
Do you own a dog in West Bloomfield, Michigan? If so, you should be aware of the dangerous dog ordinance. This type of ordinance protects the public from dog bites by imposing civil penalties against a dog’s owner in the event that their dog attacks. Let’s take a look at the statute: Dangerous dog means
Did you see Bubba Watson become the 17th player to win the Masters more than once yesterday? As they say, you can never have enough green jackets. Digging through old cases I found an interesting one about golf. What’s the duty one golfer owes to another golfer? Here was the scenario: two players hit their
If you’ve been attacked and injured by a dog in the Detroit area, then Goodwin & Scieszka is your personal injury firm. Have you taken a look at Michigan’s strict liability dog bite statute? 287.351 Person bitten by dog; liability of owner. Sec. 1. (1) If a dog bites a person, without provocation while the
It’s spring! We finally made it. As more people start being active outside, Goodwin & Scieszka thought it would relevant to discuss a method of shielding yourself from personal injury liability, especially if you have a dangerous activity on your property: Trampolines A tennis court Water skiing Stand up jet skis You should consider having
Do you live in Royal Oak, Michigan? Do you have a dog? Royal Oak has a dog bite ordinance that allows the city’s Animal Control Officer to make a determination that your dog is dangerous and thus must be registered with the city. It’s Royal Oak’s effort to avoid more Michigan dog bites. Take a
Michigan has a statute known as the Playground Equipment Safety Act. The act intends to protect children using playgrounds. As the warmer weather starts rolling in, you should know that you have rights if your child is injured while playing. The Playground Equipment Safety Act imposes liability on the playground’s operator. The person responsible for
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The Michigan Playground Equipment Act protects the assembly and manufacturing of playground equipment. It imposes liability on the builder for negligent assembly. 408.685 Violation of act; penalty; default; disposition of collections. Sec. 5. (1) A person who violates this act in the manufacture of public playground equipment is responsible for a state civil infraction and
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Have you taken a look at Michigan’s trampoline statute? Whether you have a trampoline in your own house or your kids enjoy using your neighbor’s, you should have a conversation about the duties imposed by this statute. Statutes like these make it much more difficult to sue someone for negligence because there’s a duty imposed
Goodwin & Scieszka has been handling Michigan dog bite cases for over 30 years. Michigan’s dog bite statute imposes strict liability on dog owners. If you were bitten, lawfully in the place that where you were bitten, and didn’t provoke the dog, then you’re likely entitled to compensation. Take a look at the Michigan dog
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