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Suffering an injury is always a stressful experience, but when you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the burden can be too much to bear. You’re in physical pain from your injuries and focusing your efforts on trying to recover and get your life back to normal. At the same time, you may be falling behind on bills because you haven’t been able to work — and new bills are rolling in for your medical care. You may find that your injuries are affecting your relationship with your spouse or other members of your family, especially if you’re unable to help around the house or do other every day tasks you once did.
You may feel like you’re on your own and don’t know where to turn for help in the aftermath of your accident. However, you don’t have to go through the stress of an injury alone. You also may have options for getting your medical bills paid and receiving financial compensation for other losses you experienced because of your injury.
An experienced Detroit personal injury lawyer can explain your options for compensation and help you pursue a claim. A good lawyer can handle the details of your claim from investigation to settlement — or through the process of a personal injury lawsuit if that becomes necessary — allowing you to focus your energy on healing, getting back to work, and putting your life back in order.
At Davis Law Group, we have a team of dedicated lawyers who can help you pursue your claim from a:
- Car accident
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Boating accidents
- Dog bite
- Slip and fall accident
- Swimming pool accident
- Parking lot accident
- Stairway, balcony, or deck accident
- Snow and ice accident
- Wrongful Death
We also can help if you’ve been injured due to medical negligence or malpractice, due to a defective product, or due to police brutality. Depending on the circumstances of your injury and case, we may be able to help you recover damages for:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Disability and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of normal life
- Loss of your relationship with your spouse
- Wrongful death of your spouse, parent, or child
If you have been injured in an accident, by a defective product, or by an act of medical malpractice or police brutality, the skilled Michigan personal injury attorneys at Davis Law Group are here to help. We offer a free consultation. Call us today to discuss how we can help you with your claim.
Common Types of Michigan Personal Injury Claims
The term “personal injury” describes a broad range of ways that you may be hurt in an accident or by someone else’s actions. Some of the types of claims we handle at Davis Law Group include:
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents
A car, truck, or motorcycle accident can be life-changing. You may have suffered serious injuries that include:
- Head or brain injuries
- Neck injuries or whiplash
- Spinal cord injuries or herniated discs
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Back or muscle strains
- Cuts resulting in disfiguring scars
Michigan is a no-fault state, meaning that for a basic insurance claim for an auto collision it doesn’t matter who caused the accident or whether anyone was negligent. Most of the time when you’re involved in a vehicle crash in Michigan, your insurance company is supposed to pay your medical bills and other costs covered by your auto policy.
However, it’s an insurance company’s job to minimize its risks and losses. That often means that insurance companies dispute the details of your coverage or whether your costs can be attributed to your accident. You may have to fight to get your claim paid, and that’s where a qualified Michigan personal injury attorney can help. An attorney can represent you through the claim process and work to ensure you receive fair treatment and full compensation for your claim.
Under Michigan’s no-fault system, you’re actually prohibited from filing a personal injury lawsuit for a car crash unless the crash resulted in:
- Serious disfigurement
- Serious disability
However, if that was the situation with your auto accident, Davis Law Group can discuss whether a personal injury lawsuit is an option in your case, and the possible outcomes if you decide to pursue a lawsuit in a Michigan court.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
If you were riding a bike or walking and were hit by a motorist, you may be able to pursue a claim against the driver for compensation of your injuries and other damages. Unlike a car vs. car accident, when you’re a cyclist or a pedestrian, you have to prove that the person driving the vehicle was at fault for your accident. In other words, you have to prove that the person acted negligently, recklessly, or intentionally and that his or her actions caused your injuries.
Even if you were partly negligent, you still may be able to recover compensation, but it would be reduced by your percentage of the fault in the accident. This rule is called “comparative negligence.” For example, if a jury finds that you have $100,000 in damages, but you bear 40 percent of the fault for the accident, then your compensation would be reduced by 40 percent to $60,000. If you’re found to be more than 50 percent at fault, then you get nothing.
As a cyclist or pedestrian, you can recover your actual costs such as medical bills and lost wages if you couldn’t work because of your injuries. If you suffered a serious disfigurement or disability, you also may be able to recover what are known as non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of normal life.
The loss of a loved one is a tragedy no matter the circumstance. When you’ve lost a loved one due to the wrongful acts, negligence, or fault of someone else, it’s hard to imagine going on at all. A death due to negligence is devastating emotionally, and can be devastating financially if you relied on your loved one for support. A lawsuit won’t reduce your grief, but you may have options for protecting your family’s financial future through a wrongful death claim.
In a wrongful death claim, you may be able to recover the following types of damages linked to your loved one’s death:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income, including the value of future income your loved one would have earned
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of your loved one’s care or companionship
A Michigan wrongful death claim can be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. Compensation typically is paid first to immediate family members, including:
- A surviving spouse
- Anyone else who would legally inherit from the deceased person if he or she had no will
If none of those people survived the death of your loved one, then wrongful death compensation could be paid to the children of the deceased person’s spouse, and people listed in the deceased person’s will.
If you lost a family member to an accident, medical malpractice, police brutality, or because of a defective product, the Michigan wrongful death lawyers at Davis Law Group can discuss your options for a claim. Our caring staff is here to help you through this devastating time and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Premises Liability Injuries
Premises liability claims are based on the idea that property owners have a duty to fix dangerous conditions on their property. When you are on someone’s property lawfully and you’re injured because of a hazard that should have been known to the property owner and that he or she should have fixed, then you may have a claim for compensation of your injuries and other damages. Being on someone’s property lawfully includes situations such as frequenting a business or visiting someone’s home by invitation.
Some common types of injuries or accidents that can result in premises liability claims include:
- Dog Bites — When someone else’s dog bites you, Michigan law says the dog owner is responsible for your injuries and other damages regardless of whether the dog had ever been vicious in the past. However, the owner may have some defense to your claim if you provoked the dog.
- Slip and Fall Accidents — These accidents can happen when someone doesn’t fix a condition that can cause you to trip or slip and become seriously hurt. Some common slip-and-fall scenarios include a property owner failing to correct a wet floor, unreasonable snow and ice accumulation, broken sidewalks, pot holes in parking lots, or broken steps. However, you may be limited in your claim if the hazard was something that the property owner couldn’t reasonably be expected to know about and fix, or was an open and obvious hazard that you could be expected to see and avoid, such as visible ice on a sidewalk.
- Stairway, Balcony, or Deck Accidents — If you were injured because a balcony or deck collapsed due to negligent maintenance, or because a handrail or banister was loose or broken and you fell in a stairway or from a balcony or deck, you may have a claim for compensation.
If you were injured by a dangerous condition on someone’s property, the experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group can explain your options for pursuing a claim.
We trust our doctors with our lives, and we should be able to rely on their professionalism and training to ensure that we get the right treatment at the right time and in the right manner. When a doctor, hospital, nurse, or other health provider is negligent in providing care, the resulting harm can be catastrophic.
When you or a loved one was injured because of the negligence of a medical provider, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Through a medical malpractice claim, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Common forms of medical malpractice include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Mistakes prescribing or administering medication
- Mistakes during prenatal care or delivery
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Surgical errors
If you or a loved one has suffered injury because of a medical provider’s malpractice, call the Michigan medical malpractice lawyers at Davis Law Group today for a consultation about your options.
There are a number of Michigan police brutality cases in which officers abuse their power by using “excessive force.” If force is used against an individual that exceeds the necessary means to subdue that person as a suspect, then that officer’s actions could be illegal. Sometimes it is appropriate to use some degree of force to subdue a subject in order to keep police and others in the vicinity safe. We rely on police to protect us and our communities. However, when police use force in situations where they shouldn’t, it can create a breach of trust between law enforcement and the people who police are sworn to serve and protect.
When you or a loved one has been injured by the inappropriate use of force by police, you may have a personal injury claim that can be compensated. Call the Michigan personal injury attorneys at Davis Law Group to talk about your case and how we can help you pursue justice and the compensation you deserve.
Imagine you’re driving and you swerve to avoid an object in the road, and you strike a guardrail. Your vehicle is supposed to have an airbag that goes off in that situation, but for some reason your airbag doesn’t deploy. Because there was no airbag to cushion your impact, you’re hurt much worse than you otherwise would have been.
When a product doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to and you or a family member is injured, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages through a products liability claim. You may have a claim when you can demonstrate that you were injured because a product was defective, and that it was unreasonably dangerous. A defect may include:
- Negligent design
- Negligent manufacturing
- Failure to warn about a danger of the product
- Misrepresentation or fraud about the product
- Breach of warranty, or in other words the manufacturer or seller either expressly said or implied that the product could be safely used in the way that you used it
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective product, talk to the experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group about how a products liability claim might help you.
Michigan Personal Injury Process
You likely know that a Detroit personal injury lawyer can help you with a lawsuit, but that’s not the only way an attorney can help. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help you through the entire claims process, from the time you’re injured until you get a settlement or a jury verdict. Some of the steps in the process in which a lawyer may be useful include:
- Accident Investigation — A personal injury lawyer can help you determine exactly what happened in your accident, and gather the evidence you’ll need to support your claim. That may include photographs, videos, witness statements, police reports, accident reports, medical records, medical bills, insurance policies, and other documents related to your accident.
- Insurance Claims — A lawyer can help you to document your claim, and represent you if an insurance company disputes or denies your claim. A lawyer can help you to appeal your claim if necessary.
- Negotiations and Settlement — A lawyer can negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies or the attorneys representing other parties in your claim. A good Detroit personal injury lawyer will have detailed knowledge of the law and how claims work that he or she can put to use in getting you the best possible settlement of your injury claim.
- Personal Injury Lawsuit — If your claim can’t be settled, you may have to file a lawsuit to get compensation for your injuries. An attorney can prepare and file the paperwork and handle all aspects of the lawsuit up to and including a trial.
Deadlines for Pursuing a Claim
Michigan sets a deadline under the law for when personal injury claims can be filed. That deadline is called a statute of limitations. If you haven’t filed a lawsuit by the deadline, then you lose your chance at a claim. The statute of limitations varies depending on the type of claim.
- Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, or Product Liability — The deadline to file your lawsuit is 3 years from the date of your injury.
- Medical Malpractice — The deadline to file your lawsuit is 2 years from the date of the malpractice.
How a Compassionate Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today. Personal injury matters can be extremely complex and technical with multiple competing interests at stake. We will help you navigate the law and the court system as we thoroughly investigate your case and injury.
Our team is ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve while guiding you through the complex process of making a claim. We can start representing you from the moment you’re injured to help ensure that your rights are preserved as you go through the process of making an insurance claim. We can help with investigating your accident, negotiating with insurance companies for a settlement, and filing a lawsuit and taking your personal injury case to trial.
Please don’t wait to schedule your free consultation. Time may be running out to file your claim.
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