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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)
Often, when a person is hurt in an accident, it is no one’s fault but their own. In these cases, recovery is up to that person alone. When it is not their fault, another person or entity may be responsible, and finding an experienced Port Huron personal injury lawyer may be the key to recovery. Imagine slipping and falling at a local grocery store or being involved in a 15-car pileup accident in downtown Port Huron. Whatever type of accident it was, or however it transpired, you can file a claim through a personal injury lawyer in Port Huron to recover compensation.
The problem is: some people do not think they need a lawyer. They think filing a claim with the insurance company is enough.
Though that may be true in some cases, it is important to keep in mind that insurance companies are for-profit entities. Their priority is profit, and that is true even if you are insured. Only a committed, experienced Port Huron 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 Port Huron and throughout Michigan. Our Port Huron 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.
Goodman Acker is not your ordinary law firm. We focus solely on personal injury law. We have the kind of 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 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 Port Huron community members recover what is 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 cannot 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, with Goodman Acker, if you have a personal injury claim in Port Huron and want to move forward with it, we will work hard so that you can regain your life.
“Personal injury” is a legal term that is defined as a case that 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 Port Huron 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 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.
Of course, other costs can result from an injury that is 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 by another person’s negligence may be able to recover any or all of the following:
At Goodman Acker, we build relationships with our clients. Part of this process involves answering their many questions about personal injury matters. Below are some of the questions we hear most frequently.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Port Huron?
The statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time victims must file legal claims, protects victims and tortfeasors (negligent parties). Victims should strike while the iron is hot and not delay their claims. Tortfeasors, although they did something wrong, should not have to look over their shoulders forever.
Generally, Michigan’s statute of limitations in personal injury cases is two years. A different statute of limitations may apply in some cases.
The SOL usually is not an issue in trauma injury cases, like car wreck claims. The medical bills and other expenses quickly mount up, so most of these victims quickly ask a Port Huron personal injury lawyer to evaluate their cases.
The SOL may be an issue in chronic illness claims, like toxic exposure and dangerous drug side-effect claims. Cancer and other such conditions usually have exceedingly long latency periods. So, by the time these victims discover they are ill, the statute of limitations has passed. The discovery rule may apply in such cases. According to this legal doctrine, victims need not file claims until they know the full extent of their injuries and they connect those injuries to a tortfeasor’s conduct or misconduct. However, the discovery rule only has limited applicability in Michigan.
How Does Michigan’s No-Fault Law Impact My Personal Injury Claim?
In July 2020, Michigan lawmakers approved a new auto insurance policy, which is also known as Michigan’s no-fault law. This law applies unless the victim sustained a severe injury in a car wreck. The law defines a severe injury as:
In general, if your vehicle was not drivable after the accident, you probably sustained a severe injury, as defined in Michigan law.
The no-fault law usually applies to nonserious “fender bender” accidents which cause mostly property damage. Parking lot collisions and backing-out-of-the-driveway collisions usually fall into this category.For What Types of Accidents Can I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Car crashes are the most common personal injury case. Driver error, which is usually driver negligence, causes over 98 percent of vehicle collisions in Washington. However, there are many other claims. Some examples include:
In general, if you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence, regardless of the situation, compensation is generally available. This compensation typically includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
How Do I Know I Have a Port Huron Personal Injury Claim?
That is 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 Port Huron 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 Port Huron 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 St. Clair County 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 is a good decision.