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Michigan Supreme Court reverses slip-and-fall decision

April 19, 2017
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LANSING — A traumatic fall in a dark, icy parking lot wasn't enough to sway the Michigan Supreme Court.

The justices reversed last week 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 said 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 state Supreme Court said 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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