Michigan court opens door a bit to more slip-and-fall cases

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DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is chipping away at a longstanding legal doctrine that makes it tough to win slip-and-fall lawsuits in the state.

Donna Livings needed three surgeries after falling in an icy lot as she tried to get to work at a suburban Detroit restaurant in 2014.

It can be difficult to win slip-and-fall lawsuits under Michigan law unless someone can show a hazard had “special aspects.” But the Supreme Court now says there can be an exception for people who encounter a hazard while trying to get into a workplace.

Employees at Dimitre’s in Eastpointe were told to park in a rear lot and only use the back door.

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