Personal Injury Cases in the News:
Personal Injury — Falls and Black Ice
Guy Vining of the Vining Law Group, PLC was able to settle a significant personal injury case caused by a store owner’s failure to use proper care in maintaining its parking lot. The good result was obtained because legal discovery disclosed another shopper was injured a few hours earlier. When that fact was discovered from the Defendant’s records subpoenas were issued to require that individual to give a deposition (a statement under oath).
The deposition was crucial because one of the important issues in such a case is notice. If the company in charge of the premises does not have notice of the hazard which caused the personal injury is near the Defendant can escape liability. In this case, however, the witness testified that she was injured due to icy conditions and reported it to the store management. Other records established that Plaintiff was injured about two hours later, and that in the intervening time, no de-icing agents were put down for the safety of customers.
Icy winter conditions are a fact of life in Michigan. This means that shoppers and pedestrians must be careful. However, a shop owner owes a duty to help protect those that come to do business. The law provides that such a store owner should use reasonable care if they receive a notice of a hazardous condition. Although belittled on television and in comedy routines, there is nothing funny about slip-and-falls. These types of hazards are a leading cause of serious personal injury and even death.
If you or a loved one have been injured on a defective premises, call Guy Vining of the Vining Law Group today for a no-cost consultation.
[Guy Vining practices personal injury law from his Metro-Detroit office in Taylor, Michigan. He has represented clients in personal injury actions for over 25 years in such areas as: car, boat, motorcycle, and truck accidents; slip, trip, and falls including black ice and defective design; medical and dental malpractice, denial of insurance benefits for wages, medical and home assistance to automobile accident victims.]