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  • Premises Liability – Trip-and-Fall at Little Caesar’s Arena: Wright-Burton v. City of Detroit, et. al.

Sommers Schwartz attorney Kenneth Watkins filed a premises liability lawsuit on behalf of a woman who sustained severe injuries after tripping over a negligently maintained curb in the parking lot of Little Caesar’s Arena after attending a Detroit Pistons game.

According to the personal injury complaint, the plaintiff left the arena around 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. after the conclusion of the basketball game. While heading toward her car near the valet parking zone, she tripped over an unmarked and unpainted curb in an unlit part of the arena premises. As a result, she sustained serious injuries that necessitated EMS transportation to a hospital.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that her injuries and losses directly resulted from the defendants’ failure to maintain the arena parking lot in a reasonably safe condition, failure to adequately light the premises to prevent such falls from occurring, and failure to warn arena guests of the hazard posed by an unmarked, unlit, unpainted curb such as the one that caused her injuries.

In addition to compensation for her medical expenses and the cost of future treatment, the plaintiff claimed damages for her pain and suffering, shock, humiliation, embarrassment, mortification, disability, inability to carry on her normal daily activities, loss of enjoyment of life, and impairment of her ability to work and earn income.

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