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Implications of Michigan Supreme Court Overruling Open and Obvious

The recent ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court to eliminate the open and obvious defense in premises liability cases has significant implications for property owners. This ruling removes a common defense used to avoid liability, potentially leading to more cases being filed and higher litigation expenses for property owners.

To prevent financial losses in premises liability cases, property owners need to take proactive steps and implement effective safety measures. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Conduct regular inspections and maintenance checks on all areas of your property, both inside and outside.
  2. Proactively identify potential hazards through regular assessments to address them before they cause harm.
  3. Maintain adequate insurance coverage to protect against liabilities incurred due to accidents on your property.

This ruling emphasizes the importance of risk prevention and highlights the need for property owners to prioritize safety and take action to mitigate potential hazards. For more information, stay tuned for our September newsletter, where we will provide further details on this topic. And as always, you contact our team at Kapnick at 888.263.4656 or for tailored risk solutions.