Personal Injury Lawyers in Grand Rapids, Michigan
A serious injury can have life-altering consequences. In addition to getting your life back on track, there often comes a time when you need to seek experienced legal advice.
Civil litigation is one of the most complicated areas of practice. Litigating on behalf of plaintiffs, meaning filing and prosecuting a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of an injured person, is best performed by experienced personal injury attorneys who have a proven track record with complex litigation.
At Scozzari Graham, PLLC, we have that experience. Raoul Graham has achieved outstanding results for plaintiffs by combining an aggressive style of advocacy with the compassion and expertise gained from many years of prosecuting high-value civil cases. Raoul believes that your choice of attorney can have a disproportional impact in a civil case, and he is willing to offer references upon request.
No family should unexpectedly lose a loved-one. A death caused by the negligence of another often results in a wrongful death claim. In Michigan there are laws that proscribe how this kind of claim can be bought, how long the personal representative of the deceased has to bring the claim, and how the claim s to be pursued.
Estate matters often overlap, with notice requirements to family members and probate issues which must be resolved.
Relatives of the deceased may be eligible for compensation, to include spouses, children, parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, and other family members.
Damages that a court may award include:
- Reasonable hospital, medical, funeral, and burial expenses;
- Lost wages and income, including the value of wages and income the deceased person would have earned in the future if they had lived;
- Conscious pain and suffering;
- Loss of care from, companionship with, and other intangible benefits which family members enjoyed through their relationship with the deceased.
Michigan’s system of compensation for car accidents is proscribed by legislation, in what is called Michigan’s No-fault law.
The law states that when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident your insurance company is required by law to pay benefits to you. These benefits include medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care if necessary, medical mileage and substituted services.
In return for getting these benefits as an operation of law, you can only sue the at-fault driver for negligently causing the collision if you have suffered a “threshold injury”, meaning death, serious disfigurement, or what Michigan calls a “serious impairment of a body function”. What qualifies as a serious impairment is often disputed and has been often litigated.
The statute of limitations, meaning the time you have to bring a negligence claim against the at-fault driver, is usually no more than three years from the date of the event that caused the injury.
Can you sue? Did you receive a threshold injury? We can help you determine that.
Michigan has a dog bite statute, which is a law that codifies the liability of a dog owner when his dog bites another person. In general, if the owner owns the dog, the dog bit someone who was lawfully on a premises, and the dog was not being provoked at the time, then owner can be held liable for the injuries.
The dog owner may be held liable for damages suffered by the bitten person, regardless of the viciousness of the dog and/or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
Seeking to File a Claim? Call (616) 229-3002.
Prompt legal advice is the best way to protect your right to recovery. Our team at Scozzari Graham, PLLC, offers free consultations for injuries. We can give you advice beyond simply whether or not you have the right to file a claim, including in estate planning and distribution. We can also examine the facts, investigate the incident, and provide you with options and strategies for how and when to proceed in order to recover the damages you deserve.