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99% Success Rate Helping the Injured in Canton

Often, when a person is hurt in an accident, it is nobody’s fault but their own. In such cases, recovery is the responsibility of the injured party alone.

At other times, however, the fault lies squarely at the foot of a third party and obtaining the assistance of an experienced Canton personal injury lawyer can make the recovery process far more comfortable.  Perhaps you tripped on a broken paving stone at Westchester Square or were the victim of a ten-car pileup on the freeway, caused when an overloaded truck jackknifed. However traumatic or trivial your accident, when it isn’t your fault, you can file a claim through a personal injury lawyer in Canton to recover compensation.

Filing an insurance claim won’t cut it. When you want real reparations for the injuries, inconvenience, pain, and loss of income you’ve suffered, an insurer won’t necessarily pay out. Bear in mind that insurance companies are for-profit entities, and making large payouts is something they avoid in order to bolster their bottom line.

Only a committed, experienced Canton personal injury attorney will advocate for your rights and represent your best interests. At Goodman Acker, our priority is you. We take care of our community members in Canton and throughout Michigan. Our Canton personal injury attorneys fight for your compensation––we do not settle unless it is in your best interests. Our 99% success rate for cases we conclude is a direct result of our commitment.

With a 99% success rate, we know how to advocate the rights of our Canton, MI community members.

Contact us online or at 248-286-8100 to schedule a free consultation today with our dedicated, seasoned personal injury lawyers in Canton.

What Makes Our Canton Personal Injury Law Firm Different?

We know how painful and challenging it can be to suffer from an unexpected injury. It affects not just you, but your children, spouse, and families. We know you just want to get well and stop the physical and emotional pain as much as the financial. As a personal injury law firm, we at Goodman Acker consistently prove our commitment to legal excellence through unparalleled knowledge of personal injury law and the civil court system in Wayne County and throughout Michigan. Our legacy and reputation depend on our experience and our successes. And that’s why you choose Goodman Acker to represent you or your loved one: because every injured person entitled to compensation deserves strong, consistent representation so that they can recover that compensation.

What sets our personal injury firm apart from the rest in Canton, Michigan? It’s our standard of excellence, which includes:

  • More than 150 years of combined experience
  • A 99% success rate for settled cases
  • Case results resulting in millions of dollars for our clients and their families
  • Client-focused representation that produces strong client testimonials
  • Featured regularly in the news with media outlets like Fox 2 News and Local 4 Detroit
  • Commitment to an aggressive-yet-ethical, high-performing firm culture
  • Availability 24/7 for client emergencies
  • Free initial consultations

Our standard of excellence and the quality representation it fosters get noticed by our clients and our peers. We are consistently recognized as top personal injury lawyers by:

  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Martindale-Hubbell
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

This recognition does not come easy, but we continue to receive it because we work diligently to build compelling cases. We fight for our clients when others might retreat.

Rest assured, with Goodman Acker, if you have a personal injury claim in Canton and want to move forward with it, we will work hard so that you can regain your life.

Personal Injury Claims Versus Insurance Claims

“Personal injury” is a legal term that can be defined as a case which involves harm to the body and/or emotional well-being of a person due to another person or entity’s wrongdoing. At least one plaintiff pursues a case for recovering damages from at least one defendant. Through litigation, interested parties work to discover who is responsible for the injuries, calculate the extent of the damages, and compensate the victim for those damages.

Insurance claims, on the other hand, do not involve the courts. When a person is injured, they file a claim with an insurance company, either their own or the insurer representing the negligent party. Depending on the type of accident, a claim may be filed against an auto insurance policy, a homeowner’s or property owner’s policy, a renter’s policy, or a professional liability policy.

Typically, an insurance claim is filed first. If a fair settlement is not reached, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed. One of our skilled personal injury attorneys in Canton will make sure your rights and interests are secured by a strategic, well-supported personal injury claim.

Compensation for Personal Injuries in Michigan

In Michigan, the law allows injured parties to seek compensation for the damages they suffer. “Damages” in a personal injury case include the financial expenses and non-economic harm that results from an injury. Most damages that result from a personal injury incident are medical expenses and property damage. When an injury is expected to last for an extended period or contribute to long-term expenses, litigation attempts to project the total costs of the incident into the future.

Of course, there are other costs that can result from an injury that are neither medical nor property related. Pain and suffering and emotional distress are non-economic damages that can be recovered by a personal injury claim. In rare cases, punitive damages (also known as exemplary damages) may be recovered if the liable party acted with malice or willful disregard for the victim’s rights.

In general, a person injured from another person’s negligence may be able to recover any or all the following:

  • Medical bills (including surgery, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, etc.)
  • Property damage
  • Transportation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering.

Canton Personal Injury FAQs

Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Canton Answer Common Questions

Personal injury claims can leave people frustrated and confused. The process itself can be overwhelming. Here, we try to answer some of the most common questions we get daily.

In Michigan, the statute of limitations for personal injuries and wrongful death, M.C.L.A. § 600.5805, allows you three years from the date of an incident to file a personal injury claim. Limited exceptions allow for additional time, like cases where:

  • The victim is considered insane at the time of the accident;
  • The victim was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident; or
  • The liable party/defendant is out of state and cannot be reasonably served with a lawsuit.

For medical malpractice cases, however, M.C.L.A. § 600.5805(8) sets a two-year limit. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Canton will ensure you file a strong claim, well within this timeframe.

In July of 2020, the State of Michigan put into place a new procedure for auto insurance, also known as Michigan’s no-fault law. It affects personal injury claims involving car accidents, bus accidents, or truck accidents. The no-fault law requires all drivers to purchase and carry basic insurance coverage that would pay for expenses resulting from an accident.

Because this law is so new, it is important to have an attorney by your side to represent your interests and advocate for your rights. Even if you are dealing with your own auto insurance company, their priority is profits and not fair compensation.

Though Michigan now limits personal injury lawsuits in motor vehicle cases, you can still sue when necessary and in accordance with the law. You are still permitted to sue for full and fair compensation for injuries sustained in other types of accidents in Canton, such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Birth injuries
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Dog bite accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Nursing home incidents/accidents
  • Product liability.

Goodman Acker is here to assess your chances. We will help you understand, during our free initial consultation, whether you have a suitable personal injury claim. In brief, however, you may have a personal injury claim if:

  • A duty was owed to you;
  • That duty was breached;
  • The breach caused you to suffer bodily injury; and
  • The injury can be monetarily quantified (meaning you had to spend money on a medical evaluation or treatment).

The reparations you can seek in a personal injury claim in Canton depend upon the damages you suffered, taking into consideration all the facts and circumstances. At the initial free consultation, we will review your case and clarify expectations. The real worth of any given personal injury claim, however, cannot be realized until after a full investigation into the accident or incident.

Our expert team of personal injury lawyers in Canton will conduct a thorough investigation, calling into play all the resources at their disposal. They’ll uncover all the facts of the case to enable a full assessment of the value of your claim, so you’ll receive in full what you are due.

Responsible parties often elect to settle out of court, which means they should make payment relatively promptly. Although we can’t generalize here, rest assured that our Canton personal injury lawyers vigorously pursue all monies owed to our clients.

When cases go to trial, we are a little dependent on the schedule of the court in which your case will be heard. However, no time will be lost pursuing your claim from our side. We pride ourselves on our promptness when pursuing the interests of our clients.

At Goodman Acker, we want our clients to be informed because, from our experience, we know informed clients make better decisions for their recovery.

Contact Our Trusted Canton Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you need a Canton personal injury attorney, contact our team online or at 248-286-8100. Our risk-free, no-obligation consultation will help determine whether you have a claim. If so, we will outline what we can do for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Goodman Acker family. When you choose Goodman Acker, you’re in safe hands.


Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal injury attorney in a broader sense as well.


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