Michigan premises liability cases can result in significant settlements due to injuries incurred from defective conditions at a public or private property.  These include accidents at grocery stores, department stores, and other retail businesses.  Others include injuries suffered at schools, apartment complexes, hotels, airports, and other public places.

Many of these accidents result in serious injuries to areas including the head, back, and neck, while fractured bones, hips, and knees are also common. These injuries can be due to wet or slippery floors, snow and ice, or other spilled liquids.  Other injuries are caused by falling merchandise, electrical injuries, fires, building defects, and dangerous conditions that were known to the property owner.

How are Settlement Amounts Calculated for Injury Claims?

Settlements are not actually calculated because there is no “calculator” in existence that determines the amount of a settlement.  While some parts of a settlement can be calculated, like lost income and medical bills, the other parts are evaluated on a case by case basis by lawyers and insurance companies.

The degree of liability plays an important role in determining the settlement amount.  In cases where it is clear that a defendant is negligent, the main focus on compensation is the losses suffered by the plaintiff.  When liability is in dispute, such as a store owner denying a hazard existed on the property, then the parties often negotiate a settlement with that defense in mind.

Additionally, if the injured person is partially at fault for the incident then a compensation payout can be reduced by the persons’ percentage of negligence.  For example, if a premises liability case is worth $100,000 and the plaintiff is 20% at fault, then a likely settlement will be $80,000 because of the reduction for the plaintiff’s own negligence.

How Long Soes it Take to Get a Settlement?

The time it takes to get a settlement also varies from case to case.  In cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries, the time frame is usually much longer than a case with lesser injuries. This is because it is important to fully understand the long term consequences of an injury and the need for future medical care before agreeing to a settlement amount.  Attorneys that rush to get quick settlements often do a disservice to their clients because the get low settlements.

Some Premises Liability Settlement Examples

Below is a small sample of the premises liability settlements and verdicts that we have won for our clients over the last 50 years as Michigan’s most-respected personal injury law firm.

  • $1,425,000 jury verdict for a slip and fall on a wet restaurant floor in Detroit
  • $1,175,000 settlement for a back injury due to a fall on defective wooden steps
  • $900,000 settlement in a swimming pool drowning wrongful death lawsuit
  • $725,000 settlement in a Macomb County mini-blind cord death of an infant
  • $500,000 settlement against a apartment complex for a lead-poisoned child
  • $ 300,000 settlement for a trip and fall in broken Detroit parking lot
  • $150,000 settlement for a coffee burn injury against a casino

Ask our Lawyers What Your Case is Worth

Contact our award-winning Michigan lawyers to find out what your premises liability. We will evaluate the liability and the injuries Macomb County in your case and let you know how we can help you win the highest possible settlement. We charge no legal fees unless you win a settlement.

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