The home of diverse celebrities like rapper Eminem and baseball pitcher John Smoltz is also one of the most diverse communities in Greater Detroit. Furthermore, local residents are heavily invested in this community. The average Warrenite adult has lived in the city for almost forty years.
Alas, Warren has a dark side as well. The highways which run through the city, including Interstate 696 and Van Dyke Avenue, are among the most dangerous roads in the state. Falls are a serious issue here, as are dog bites and injuries related to negligent security.
At Goodman Acker, our personal injury lawyers in Warren will help you understand whether your injury entitles you to compensation. If it does, we will put our knowledge, skills, and insight from more than 150 years of combined experience to work. We negotiate with the facts and the law to maximize compensation. If the other parties do not agree to a fair and just settlement, we do not back down. We go to trial.
To learn why we are trusted by so many to take on their complicated personal injury cases, contact us at (248) 306-8729. One of our highly respected personal injury lawyers in Warren will discuss your case with you.
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, Goodman Acker consistently proves our commitment to legal excellence through unparalleled knowledge of personal injury law and the civil court system in St. Clair 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 Warren, Michigan? It’s our standard of excellence, which includes:
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:
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.
You are entitled to compensation for an injury when the wrongdoer was negligent or, in some cases, where strict liability laws govern, in which case negligence is not required. When negligence is required, you must prove the following by a preponderance of the evidence (though in some cases, clear and convincing evidence is necessary).
To build a compelling personal injury case, we start at the beginning and make sure that each of the above elements is well-supported by evidence and legal analysis. The starting point is, therefore, to collect and preserve evidence.
Evidence may include:
As the evidence is obtained, we begin the legal analysis. We strive to prove each element of a negligence or strict liability claim with substantial evidence and persuasive legal arguments.
Clients must do their part, too, for a personal injury claim to be successful. Mainly, you must seek medical attention and follow your doctor’s orders. When you have an appointment, you must go to it. When you are prescribed medication, you must take it. When you are referred to physical therapy, you must attend it.
You must follow your care plan to (1) get better and (2) protect your legal rights. If you miss an appointment, especially without a valid reason, it creates an opening for the insurance company to deny or devalue your claim. They will question the severity of your injuries and, thus, question the integrity of your claim.
At Goodman Acker, we do our part to build a compelling case and will advise you on how you can do your part to help strengthen it to recover maximum compensation.
It’s typical to be anxious, with a lot of questions, after an injury caused by another person. Here, we answer the most frequently asked questions we get during our free, no-obligation consultations.
What types of personal injury claims do you represent?
At Goodman Acker, we handle all personal injury claims. We take on straightforward cases as much as we do the complicated ones. We also provide our legal services in all areas of personal injury law, including:
These cases typically involve insurance companies, but we do not shy away from negotiating with or suing other parties who are liable for your injuries. Our aim is maximum compensation, and so we put forth a strategy to attain it.
Where do I file a personal injury claim in Warren, Michigan?
Personal injury claims are first filed with an insurance company. If it is a first-party claim, the claim is made directly with your own insurance company. In Michigan, this is standard in personal injury cases involving auto accidents. If it is a third-party claim, the claim is made with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
If negotiations fail, and the insurance company refuses to settle for a just and fair amount, a lawsuit may be filed. In Warren, civil lawsuits with damages estimated to be $25,000 or less are filed at the City of Warren Courthouse, 37th District Court. If the damages exceed $25,000, the lawsuit is filed with the County Clerk at the Macomb County District Court.
Our personal injury attorneys thoroughly know how the personal injury claim process works. You will not have to worry about how, where, what, or when.
How long do you have to file a personal injury claim in Warren?
In Michigan, the statute of limitations for personal injuries and wrongful death is generally three (3) years, with limited exceptions. If you were under the age of 18 or had a medical reason (e.g., insanity) at the time of the accident, you may have longer before the statute of limitations expires.
Keep in mind also that in some personal injury cases, you have less time. You have one (1) year for auto accident claims and two (2) years for medical malpractice claims.
How much is my Warren, MI, personal injury claim worth?
No two personal injury claims are the same. They may be alike, but not the same. The worth of the claim will depend on the facts and circumstances of the specific case. The worth of your claim will depend on fault and the damages you suffer.
With respect to fault, if you contributed at all to the accident, your claim will be reduced accordingly.
With respect to damages, you are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the costs that are easier to quantify because they are more objective. Non-economic damages are the costs of the injury that have no price tag attached and are more subjective. The value of non-economic damages can be assessed in several ways, but ultimately it will reflect the sum of your economic damages, the extent of your injury, and the injury’s impact on the quality of your life. Our personal injury attorney will be more specific about it when discussing your case.
Examples of Economic Damages
Examples of Non-Economic Damages
With all the above said, cases involving product defects or medical malpractice carry cap limits on the amount you can be rewarded.
What if I was partially responsible for my injuries?
Michigan follows the modified comparative negligence doctrine. This law states that if you contributed to the accident, you could still recover damages. The one caveat is this: you will not recover if you were more at fault than the defendant. A jury, which acts as the fact finder, determines the percentage of fault.
Understanding your contribution in any accident that leads to an injury, therefore, is critical. Insurance companies use this law to avoid or reduce payouts. It is in your best interests to be candid with your lawyer so that the facts and evidence can be discovered and properly argued to a successful end.
At Goodman Acker, we want our clients to be informed because, from our experience, we know informed clients make better decisions for their recovery.
With more than 150+ years of experience guiding us, the personal injury lawyers at Goodman Acker provide exceptional representation. Plus, we charge no upfront costs and no fees unless we win your case.
So, what do you have to lose? Let us help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.
We have been helping accident injury victims in Michigan win the maximum settlement for their injuries for 25+ years.
Take a look at what some of our previous clients have to say about the high caliber of the services we provide.
If you have been wrongly injured, we would be happy to review the specific details of your case to determine how we can help.