Michigan Supreme Court Tosses Suit over Icy Slip-and-Fall

April 20, 2017

A traumatic fall in a dark, icy parking lot wasn’t enough to sway the Michigan Supreme Court.

The justices last week reversed a decision by the state appeals court and said the conditions should have been “open and obvious” to Marguerite Ragnoli.

Ragnoli fell outside a medical building in Rochester Hills. She says low lighting prevented her from seeing the ice. She broke her wrist and has had multiple surgeries.

The appeals court said a jury should sort out any liability. But Michigan’s legal threshold can make it hard to take a slip-and-fall lawsuit to trial. The Supreme Court says winter weather and ice elsewhere on the property should have been a warning to the 56-year-old Ragnoli.

Justice Richard Bernstein was the only dissenter.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 9:48 am
    Chad Balaamaba says:
    it is unusual for ice to form in Michigan with global warming, hence the claim went forward pursuing fair share for pain and suffering incurred due to camo ice forming in path... read more
  • April 21, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    mrbob says:
    Don't laugh I once had a broken ankle slip and fall in Chicago cost me policy limits of $1 Million.
  • April 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    FFA says:
    Thats worth $1 mill in Chicago. Even more if she is not white.
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