(248) 286-8100

In Light of COVID-19, We Are Still Open | Click Here For More Info

Go Back

Personal Injury Attorneys in Dearborn

Using More than 150 Years of Experience to Win 99% of our Cases

Our personal injury lawyers in Dearborn know that injuries can occur anywhere. They can happen while working at the AK Steel Dearborn Works facility, grocery shopping at Westborn Market in downtown Dearborn, or riding a motorcycle on Interstate 94. When an injury occurs, there are times when you can obtain compensation for medical bills and other expenses resulting from the injury. If the injury happened at work, you could file a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim, depending on the facts and circumstances. If it happened at the grocery store, you could file a slip and fall personal injury claim (or another relevant premises liability claim). If it happened while driving an automobile, you file a claim with your own auto insurance company.

What matters is that you file the claim right. You have limited opportunities to make sure you get compensation that is fair and full. Without the experience of a highly skilled personal injury attorney in Dearborn, Michigan, to guide you in the process, you may miss something that could be to your detriment. At Goodman Acker, personal injury law is all we do, and there’s a reason for that: we are good at it.

For a combined 150+ years, we have helped our community members throughout the Dearborn metropolitan area. We have a 99 percent success rate to show for it.

Contact us online or at (248) 306-8729 to schedule a free consultation. Speaking with one of our highly respected personal injury lawyers in Dearborn is the first step to regain your life.

Why Choose Our Personal Injury Law Firm in Dearborn?

Here’s what you should know about Goodman Acker:

  • We have 150+ years of combined legal experience.
  • We have a success rate of 99% for cases we conclude.
  • We are routinely featured by newsgroups, like Fox 2 News and Local 4 Detroit.
  • We are available 24/7 for client emergencies.
  • We have won millions of dollars for our clients.
  • We offer free initial consultations to get you started.
  • We treat our clients like family, and their testimonials reflect that.

It’s no secret that our Dearborn personal injury attorneys at Goodman Acker are experienced and well-established. We are consistently recognized as top personal injury lawyers by:

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

In Dearborn, it is important to also recognize that as a suburb of Detroit, we have the largest Muslim population in America. For those of you who speak (and feel most comfortable speaking) Arabic, attorney Ronita Bahri is available to all our clients in Dearborn who have suffered a personal injury. Born in Iraq, she fluently speaks Aramaic, Arabic, and English.

Don’t let miscommunication harm your personal injury case. Speak to a highly skilled Dearborn personal injury attorney who speaks your language. Call us at (248) 306-8729.

At Goodman Acker, we make sure we have advocates who speak your language, but we also want to make sure we are available when you need us. We offer access to a representative 24/7 for client emergencies. It’s our goal to make sure you understand whether you have a personal injury case and, if so, what your best options are. From experience, we know that informed clients make better choices for themselves.

Understanding Personal Injury Cases in Dearborn

No one cares more about the well-being of their clients than our team here at Goodman Acker. Every time we take a case, we devote our full attention to it. To understand if you may have a personal injury case, you must understand what a personal injury case is. Many people confuse it with an insurance claim.

Making an insurance claim is typically the first thing an injured party may do after the incident occurs. The claim may be filed against an insurance policy owned by an individual or entity. Types of insurance coverage that may be applicable in personal injury cases include:

  • Auto insurance
  • Homeowner’s insurance
  • Property insurance
  • Renter’s insurance
  • Business insurance
  • Professional liability insurance.

Insurance policies have limits on how much and what damages (property or bodily injury) can be recovered by the victim (third-party claim) or the insured (first-party claim). So, in terms of insurance claims, the amount of compensation you recover is restricted by the policy.

Personal injury claims, on the other hand, refer to complaints filed with a court. These claims are actually lawsuits. They often happen when the insurance company fails to settle for a fair and just amount or the policy doesn’t cover all the damages. In a lawsuit, the complaint can be made against more than the insurance company, but the actual at-fault party can be sued as well as any other potential liable parties. In rare cases, punitive damages may be sought in a personal injury claim when the at-fault party acted with malice or reckless disregard for the victim’s well-being.

Elements of a Personal Injury Case

To have a personal injury claim, however, most claims must have four elements present:

  • A duty was owed to you.
  • That duty was breached (generally by negligence, but sometimes with intent).
  • The breach caused you to suffer bodily injury.
  • The injury can be monetarily quantified (meaning you had to spend money on a medical evaluation or treatment).

Some claims, however, won’t require all these elements. For example, claims that involve product defects may only require you to prove a defect and not necessarily that there was negligence involved. Dog bites, too, do not require proof of negligence or intent. According to M.C.L.A. § 287.351, the owner of the dog is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of whether the dog was known to be vicious or not. In both of these cases, strict liability applies.

At Goodman Acker, we handle all types of personal injury cases in Dearborn; nothing is too complex for us to rise to the challenge.

Examples of Dearborn Personal Injury Cases We Handle

  • 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

You will never feel like you are just a case number or that you are alone on your path to recovery. We pair you up with a Dearborn personal injury lawyer like Attorney Bahri for the entire duration of your case, creating a truly personalized experience that we hope fills you with confidence and peace of mind.

Compensation for Personal Injuries in Michigan

Compensation is based on the damages you suffer from the accident. These damages can be in the form of economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages are generally easy to identify and calculate because a “price tag” is attached to them. Non-economic damages, however, are not readily monetarily quantifiable but must be calculated by taking into consideration the extent of the injury and the permanence of the pain and suffering or inconvenience that flows from the injury.

Examples of Economic Damages

  • Personal property losses or damage
  • Medical bills for treatment, rehabilitation, and other related expenses
  • Lost wages for missed work
  • Future lost earning potential
  • Caregiving expenses
  • Transportation costs to medical appointments
  • Mileage to and from medical appointments or related care appointments

Examples of Non-Economic Damages

  • Pain, suffering, and inconvenience
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of society and companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In many personal injury cases, the quality of your life is at stake. We at Goodman Acker make sure you receive the best outcome possible.

Personal Injury FAQs

Our Dearborn Personal Injury Lawyers Answer Common Questions

Here, we want to take a moment and answer some of the most common questions we receive. As always, we believe it’s in your best interest to be informed. So, after reading these questions, if you have more, contact our personal injury lawyers in Dearborn to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Where is a personal injury claim in Dearborn, Michigan, filed?

Where you file a personal injury claim in Dearborn depends on the amount of the claim.

For claims less than $25,000, it will be filed at:

Dearborn Courthouse, 19th District Court
16077 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
313-943-2060

For claims more than $25,000, it will be filed at:

Third Judicial Circuit Court’s Civil Division
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
313-224-0157

Do you file an insurance claim or a personal injury claim?

Whether or not you file a claim against an insurance policy or a complaint with the court depends largely on the facts and circumstances. Most cases may start with a claim against an insurance policy but progress to a formal complaint. To know what the best option is for you, contact our personal injury attorney in Dearborn to schedule a free initial consultation.

How long do you have to file a personal injury claim in Dearborn?

In Michigan, the statute of limitations for personal injuries and wrongful death is three years, with limited exceptions. You may have longer to file if you were insane or under the age of 18 at the time of the accident.

In some personal injury cases, you have less time. In Dearborn auto accidents, you have one year. In medical malpractice claims, you have two years.

How does Michigan’s no-fault law impact my personal injury claim?

The State of Michigan recently changed its policy on auto accidents and auto insurance claims. Under the new policy, known as Michigan’s no-fault law, victims file a claim with their own auto insurance company regardless of who caused the accident. The new policy doesn’t completely bar you from filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, but it imposes strict rules. These rules are complex and can easily intimidate a victim. At Goodman Acker, we will review your case thoroughly and pursue the most aggressive action to ensure you are compensated adequately.

How much is my Dearborn personal injury claim worth?

Each Dearborn personal injury case is unique. The facts and circumstances will dictate in most part the amount of compensation you should receive. It depends on what the actual and anticipated current and future costs of medical bills, lost wages, and other economic damages are worth. It is also dependent on the value calculated for any pain and suffering you must endure.

To note, in cases involving product defects or medical malpractice, a cap limits the amount you can be awarded.

At Goodman Acker, our personal injury attorneys in Dearborn understand you are anxious to know what you can get for your claim. We don’t let our emotions guide us but allow our experience to lead us. We know what to look for and what to seek in terms of compensation, and then we put all our effort into obtaining it for you. But we also want to be honest about expectations. Most cases do not return millions of dollars for the injured party. What you can expect, however, is the full worth of your specific personal injury case.

Contact Our Experienced Dearborn Personal Injury Lawyer Today

With more than 150+ years of experience leading our way, you can expect exceptional representation for your personal injury case. At Goodman Acker, we charge no upfront costs, and we charge you no fees at all unless we win your case, making it easy and stress-free to begin your personal injury claim right now. Contact us today and speak to a Dearborn personal injury lawyer in the language of your choice, either English or Arabic.

Call our Dearborn personal injury lawyer at (248) 306-8729 for help today. When you choose Goodman Acker, it’s a good decision.