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$15.3 MILLION | AUTO ACCIDENT (WAYNE COUNTY, MI)
$3 MILLION | PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT (INGHAM COUNTY, MI)
$2.1 MILLION | PREMISES LIABILITY (OAKLAND COUNTY, MI)
$2 MILLION | TRUCK ACCIDENT (OAKLAND COUNTY, MI)
$1.9 MILLION | AUTO ACCIDENT (WAYNE COUNTY, MI)
No one expects to need a personal injury lawyer, but when you have been injured due to someone else’s error or negligence, you need to be made whole. This is especially true when you lose time off work, incur medical bills, or have suffered damage to your personal property. Oftentimes, when this happens, you need an attorney practiced in this area of law who can help you get the compensation you need.
Here at Goodman Acker, our team has the experience, knowledge, reputation, and tenacity to help you get paid for your damages.
But if you’re like many reasonable people, you may be wondering what personal injury lawyers in Forest Hills, MI, can do for you. That’s an excellent question and one that deserves to be answered in full.
A personal injury lawyer represents clients who have been injured through no fault of their own or in situations where the fault is shared. In such cases, it must be shown that fault lies with one party or the other and to what degree. Without civil litigation cases like these, people might get hurt with no recourse.
Fortunately, there is a well-established legal process by which this is done. Navigating that process is what your personal injury attorney will do for you.
The legal process uses its own language, and the legal system contains its own culture, habits, and ways of thinking. These processes, nomenclature, and work cultures are foreign to those not trained and experienced in them. This is part of the reason why lawyers often specialize in one or more areas of law, because each legal subcategory has its own rules, culture, and expectations. The personal injury attorneys in Forest Hills are like sherpas, guiding you through a strange, foreign, and complex system.
After an injury, you will experience pain and trauma. This is especially true when your claims are being refuted. Dealing with medical appointments, trauma, and physical pain all while trying to fill out legal paperwork and dealing with court employees is just too much for one person. Your attorney will do this for you.
We will evaluate your case to determine your chances of a favorable outcome, at no cost to you.
We do the footwork and the paperwork needed to file your claim, which is a complex process all by itself, including injunctions, motions, and appeals.
We speak the same language as insurance agents and adjusters, and we will ensure they don’t unfairly deny you coverage.
When the other party is denying responsibility for your injuries, evidence must be collected and presented. This is one of the most important responsibilities of any lawyer.
Finally, we will negotiate the terms of your settlement or take your case to trial to secure your monetary compensation.
Of course, that’s just part of what we do for you here at Goodman Acker.
Goodman Acker is not your ordinary law firm. We focus solely on personal injury law. We are empowered with legal insight that only comes from experience, and experience is what we have.
With a combined 150+ years of experience in personal injury, we have heard and seen just about every type of personal injury case.
We have built relationships and developed extensive resources. We know all the tricks insurance companies may try to use to minimize or avoid a payout. We can also handle the types of personal injury cases other attorneys do not handle because they do not have the talent or resources to handle them.
At Goodman Acker, we rise to the challenge and use our collective knowledge, skills, and resources to make sure our Forest Hills community members recover what’s fair and just. Our reputation testifies to our commitment.
Plus, we offer free initial consultations. This allows us to learn more about your case and give honest responses to all your questions. As it is, personal injuries are already traumatizing. You may not be able to work while you recover. You may not know how you are going to pay your bills. You may think your life can’t get any worse. We will not add to your stress. We will be straight with you. And we will do what we can to minimize the pain you are already enduring.
Rest assured, if you have a personal injury claim in Forest Hills and want to move forward with it, Goodman Acker will work hard so that you can regain your life.
“Personal injury” is a legal term that can be defined as a case which involves harm to the body and/or emotional wellness 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 Forest Hills will make sure your rights and interests are secured by a strategic, well-supported personal injury claim.
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 result 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.
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 of the following:
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.
How long do you have to file a personal injury claim in Forest Hills?
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 . . .
For medical malpractice cases, however, M.C.L.A. § 600.5805(8) sets a two-year limit. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Forest Hills will help make sure you timely file a strong claim.
How does Michigan’s no-fault law impact my personal injury claim?
In July of 2020, the State of Michigan put into place a new auto insurance policy, 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 states that all drivers are now required 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.
For what types of accidents can I file a personal injury claim?
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 Forest Hills, such as but not limited to the following:
How do I know if I have a Forest Hills personal injury claim?
That’s what we at Goodman Acker are here for. We will help you understand, at no cost to you, whether you have a personal injury claim. In brief, however, you may have a personal injury claim if:
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
The damages you can seek in a personal injury claim in Forest Hills are fully dependent on the damages you suffered considering 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 highly skilled staff members and personal injury lawyers in Forest Hills have the resources to conduct a thorough investigation. We will uncover all the facts so that the real worth of your claim is revealed and you receive what you deserve.
If you need a Forest Hills 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, it’s a good decision.