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Grand Rapids Personal Injury Attorneys

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.

Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents

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. Call a Grand Rapids car accident lawyer who knows how car crash law works in our state.

Dog Bite

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.

Wrongful Death

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.

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.

Contact us today at (616) 229-3002 to schedule a free initial consultation and learn how our Grand Rapids personal injury lawyers can help you!

FAQ About Personal Injury Lawsuits in Michigan

What Do I Need to Prove to Win a Personal Injury Claim Based on Negligence?

If you have suffered an injury caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, you are entitled to financial compensation to pay for your losses. In general, you must prove four elements in a negligence case to win in Michigan civil court.

The four elements include:

  1. The defendant (the at-fault party) must have owed a duty of care to the plaintiff (the injured party). For example, drivers in Michigan have a duty to follow the traffic laws and operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner.

  1. The defendant breached or failed to meet that duty by acting in a negligent, reckless, or careless manner. A driver breaches his/her duty by committing a traffic violation or otherwise driving without any regard for the safety of the people or property on or near the road.

  1. The defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries.

  1. The plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the accident

When Do I Need to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Like all other states, you must meet a certain deadline to file an injury lawsuit in Michigan. This is known as the “statute of limitations.”

In Michigan, injured parties have three years from the date of the accident to bring a personal injury lawsuit to court against the at-fault party. However, if you do not “discover” you are injured later after the accident, the three-year clock may begin on the date you discover your injury. Failure to file your lawsuit within that timeline can lead to your lawsuit being denied.

What If the At-Fault Party Partially or Totally Blames Me for Causing the Accident?

If you are partly at fault for your injuries, Michigan implements a “modified comparative fault” rule to determine the amount of damages you can recover. Under this rule, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

For instance, let’s say the jury awards you with $100,000 in damages. However, the jury also finds that you are 15 percent at fault for causing the accident. Therefore, you will get to walk away with $85,000 (or 85 percent of your total award).

However, if you are found to be at least 50 percent at fault, you will not be able to recover any damages in Michigan.

What are the Types of Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim?

There are two main types of monetary damages: special (economic) damages and general (non-economic) damages. Special damages cover any out-of-pocket expenses or losses related to the injury, while general damages compensate an injured party for intangible damages.

Common types of special damages include:

  • Past and future medical expenses

  • Loss of income

  • Loss of future earnings

  • Property damage

  • Household expenses

Common types of general damages include:

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

  • Mental anguish

  • Loss of companionship or consortium

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