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Did you know that Michigan has a roller blading statute? It puts all skaters on notice of the inherent dangers associated with skating: 445.1725. Roller skating participants; acceptance of inherent obvious and necessary dangers Sec. 5. Each person who participates in roller skating accepts the danger that inheres in that activity insofar as the dangers

Dog Walk Liability

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 by

While is doesn’t feel like it today, it is spring. This is the time of year to stretch your legs from their hibernation and take your dog out for a walk. Goodwin & Scieszka wanted to remind you of Michigan’s dog bite statute:  287.351. Injuries by dogs; liability of owners Sec. 1. (1) If a

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

I always enjoy finding laws that people don’t know about, or that people just don’t talk much about. Today’s interesting law is about funeral processions and their legal right of way – this is a law out of respect for the dead and the mourning: Sec. 654. (1) A motor vehicle forming part of a

Dangerous Animal Liability

Thursday, 20 March 2014 by

Normally we talk about dog bites, but today we’re talking about dangerous animals. This is a much broader category that encompasses both Michigan dog bites and various other animal attacks. Below is the Michigan statute: Sec. 1. As used in this act: (a) “Dangerous animal” means a dog or other animal that bites or attacks a person,

Michigan Trip and Fall Liability

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 by

What is also known as premise liability, the trip and fall is a form of negligence that occurs on someone else’s property. Today we are going to talk about invitees – which is the legal title given to someone that goes onto someone else’s property to confer an economic benefit. It’s your standard retailer/service provider

Michigan Dog Bites

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 by

Have you ever taken a look at Michigan’s dog bite statute? Michigan’s dog bite statute imposes what is known as strict liability. Strict liability means that it doesn’t matter if you knew the former viciousness of your dog, or if your dog has ever bitten someone before. You’re responsible for the damages that your dog

Michigan Skiing Accidents

Monday, 17 March 2014 by

It was a well-spent weekend in northern Michigan riding skies and snowboards. Goodwin & Scieszka thought it would be informative to talk about negligence in terms of the Ski Area Safety Act 1962. Negligence is a 4-part inquiry: Duty Breach Causation – both proximate cause and actual cause Damages First, the plaintiff (the person bringing

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

At common law, before Michigan adopted statutes and codified law in this area, a landlord owed no duty to a tenant’s invitees. Meaning, landlords were completely free from liability. They merely owned the land they rented and if someone was injured on the property, then it was the person in legal control of the property