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Personal Injury 
We represent victims of  All Auto Accidents and other Injuries. 
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Personal Injury: We are committed group of skilled personal injury lawyers and professionals, focused on the representation of the seriously injured victims of car accident, general negligence, premises liability, assault/negligent security, construction accidents, slip & fall, and false arrest. We are dedicated to helping people who have been injured because of the fault of someone else. Every day we answer questions like: If I am hurt in a car accident in Michigan who pays for my medical bills? Can I sue the driver that caused the car accident? What rights do I have if the other driver was drunk? Do I need a personal injury lawyer for my injuries? Can I afford a personal injury lawyer? If you have been injured as a result of general negligence, it is important that you are aware that you may be eligible for significant financial compensation. We have represented many people who have been hurt as a result of negligence of others. The Consultations is free, and you do not have to pay unless we collect on all personal injury cases. 


Wrongful death:  A wrongful death case arises when a person dies or is killed due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another. A family member, relative, or other interested party can file claims for wrongful death. If you are enduring the pain of a loved one's accidental death, contact our office to schedule a free consultation. We will advise you about you


Elements of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In order to bring a successful wrongful death cause of action, the following elements must be present:

1-  The death of a person; 
2-  Caused by another's wrongful act, negligence or fault; 
3-   The survival of family members who are suffering monetary injury as a result of the death, and; 
4-   The appointment of a personal representative for the decedent's estate. 

Wrongful death cases can result from any type of situation, including: 

Medical malpractice. 
Car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicle accidents. 
Work place injuries. 
Product liability. 

Settlements and Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death actions can be very complicated, as the wrongful acts of several parties may have contributed to an individual's death. Pre-trial, out-of-court settlements are common in wrongful death cases, because most defendants want to avoid the publicity of having caused a death. When such out-of-court settlements occur, a reduction of the wrongful death damages award issued by a judge or jury will also occur. Thus, if a plaintiff settles a claim against one defendant, the plaintiff's recovery from any other defendant is thereby reduced. Additionally, the plaintiff's release of one defendant frees that defendant from liability to contribute to any other defendant, and waives his/her claim for any contribution from co-defendants. In other words, the released defendant is out of the action, and the remaining defendant(s) will pay no more than their comparative share of the culpable conduct as found by the jury.


Auto Accidents: Auto accidents can cause a number of financial and medical burdens. More serious accidents can result in severe physical impairment and even death. If you are involved in a car accident in Michigan, then you need to update yourself on Michigan No Fault law, and also “First Party” No Fault law, which shed light on your right to wage loss; attendant care; medical bills for life; replacement services; mileage reimbursement; and Third-Party basics. 

I.    Wage Loss

Every no-fault auto policy is required to provide wage loss coverage in case you are injured in an auto accident and are unable to work.  A victim may obtain 85 percent of their pay for up to three years if a doctor has determined the injuries obtained in the accident prevents the victim from working. Money obtained for wage loss reimbursement is tax-free.  Also, the amount of wage loss recovery is reduced by 15% for taxes and is limited to a monthly maximum (currently $4,070 per month).  If your income exceeds the monthly maximum, you may wish to consider additional wage loss coverage to make up the difference in case of a disabling injury.

2.    Medical Expenses

Regardless of fault, your auto insurance policy must provide coverage for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses incurred as a result of an auto accident.   

3.     Replacement Services

Your no-fault auto insurance policy entitles you to recover up to $20 per day for services that you no longer can do because of the accident (3 years from date of accident is the maximum).  Replacement services commonly include household tasks, lawn care, babysitting, grocery shopping, etc.  These services must be "reasonably incurred" because of the accident to be recoverable.


4- Attendant Care


Under Michigan No-fault auto insurance law, companies are required to provide nursing services or attendant care if a doctor says that they are medically necessary. If injuries are serious, doctors may order supervision and assistance for prolonged periods of time, sometimes around the clock. Problems with auto insurance companies paying for attendant care often arise because of a lack of firm guidelines indicating how much the insurance company must pay for these services.  
 
Premises Liability (Slip and Fall)

Individuals are sometimes hurt or injured on property that is owned or controlled by someone else. Often it is possible recover monetary damages from the property owner to cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Many cases involving premises liability involve slip and fall accidents. These cases are not always as simple as they may appear because there are frequently complex issues regarding insurance coverage and liability. Many people are not aware that most homeowners insurance policies provide a type of coverage that covers medical bills regardless of fault. All that must be proven is that a person was injured on the property covered by the homeowners policies. It is not necessary to prove fault on the part of the homeowner. More importantly, claims are paid by an insurance company and not the actual homeowner. However, claims must usually be made in a short time span which is much shorter than the 2 or 3 year statute of limitations which is normally applicable in South Carolina. The time frame is determined from the insurance policy itself so it is important to speak with us or with an attorney who has handled similar cases

Medical Malpractice

What is Medical Malpractice? 

Medical Malpractice is the failure of medical professionals to provide adequate treatment to patients resulting in a personal injury or substantial loss of income.

Why Is A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Needed For Medical Mistakes?

Medical Malpractice is a doctor’s failure to exercise the degree of care and skill that a physician or surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances. When medical "standards" are not followed, it is also known as med mal. A lawyer that knows about medical problems & medical laws is needed to help a claim reach the courts in the fastest, accurate, and most complete way possible. A medical malpractice lawyer will work with the hospital system & medical law system to find out what your rights and legal options are. While you or someone you know gets better or recovers from your medical mistake or injury, the medical malpractice attorney will fight for your legal right


Other Injuries 

Semi Truck Accidents- 

semi-truck accidents account for a majority of horrific injuries related to automobile accidents. The unique circumstances and laws surrounding trucking accidents can be cause for complicated liability that will require skilled legal counsel. 

Product Injury- defective products, including drug and medical devices, may cause serious personal injury to unsuspecting consumers/patients. To understand your legal rights and the far reaches of your claim, it is important that your case be thoroughly investigated. 


Motorcycle Accidents- motorcycle accidents often result in severe consequences to its rider and their passenger. Because insurance companies often attribute some form of negligence toward the operator of the motorcycle, it is important to know your legal rights. 


Burn Cases- burn victims not only must rely on perserverance and dedication to ensure they return to optimal health, they must also ensure that their rights are protected throughout the long recovery process that often accompanies their injuries. 
Medical Malpractice- a doctor, his/her staff, and the facility in which they practice can often be the setting for medical mistakes, thus making them the defendant in a malpractice claim. It is important to know that these cases are often complex and require a large amount of time and resources to pursue. It is important that a victim of a medical mistake retain experienced legal counsel. 


Brain Injury- due to the number of congitive after effects associated with brain injuries, it is important that the victim and their family not settle their claim with the negligent party until their case has been thoroughly examined by a highly skilled law firm. 

Dog Bite Injury- an owner(s) of a dog that injures another person can often be held liable for any personal injury the victim may sustain. These injuries may also include the psychological trauma that often accompanies animal attacks. 

Birth Injury-the emotional trauma associated with this type of personal injury can be devastating to the victim and their loved ones. Taking the proper steps to ensure that your rights are protected is imperative.Some birth injuries that may occur as a result of inadequate care are:
 
Paralysis 
Infections 
Bone fractures 
Damage to the spinal cord 
Brain damage 
Internal injury due to improper use of forceps 
Cerebral Palsy 
Brachial Plexus 
 
 
Prescription Drug Injurydefective drugs, and those with serious side effects, that are the subject of a drug recall can cause serious personal injury to an unsuspecting victim. It is important that you and your loved ones be aware of your rights and the possible recourse that is available to you should you suffer the after effects of a prescritpion drug injury.