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Know the Law: Government Immunity & Injury

Exceptions for when you can sue the gov't for injury.
Posted at 10:32 AM, Feb 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-14 10:32:58-05

Personal injuries, motor vehicles, and now, snowmobiles. How did all of these things come together in a recent decision of the Michigan Supreme Court? Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer, Tom Sinas of Sinas Dramis Law Firm, is here break down the concept of governmental immunity in a personal injury case.

Many people wonder if you can sue the government for injuries. People usually wonder about this following an injury either at a government building or on property maintained by the government.

According to Michigan law, you can't sue the government for injuries if the negligent acts that led to your injuries occurred while a government employee was performing a “governmental function.” However, a few exceptions to government liability in Michigan exist.

The Michigan law that grants the government immunity also provides multiple exceptions to the general rule, and includes the exceptions below:

  • Maintenance of public highways
  • Maintenance of public sidewalks
  • Negligent operation of a government-owned vehicle
  • Public building defects
  • The “proprietary function” exception
  • Medical malpractice
  • The “sewage disposal event” exception.

Determining whether the government can be held responsible by applying one of the exceptions to the general rule of immunity takes legal research and close attention to the facts of each case. To get a more detailed explanation of each of these exceptions, click here.

To learn more, visit sinasdramis.comor call 616-301-3333.

Sponsored by Sinas Dramis Law Firm. Contents of the article provided by Sinas Dramis Law Firm Blog.