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Some people work to negotiate a settlement on their own, only to find that the amount did not sufficiently cover their damages. They may wish to re-open negotiations to try to get more for their injuries. Unfortunately, once a case has been settled, that makes a case final. This is why it is vital that a person speak with a personal injury lawyer before signing any settlement documents. An attorney can review any offers to make sure that they are fair for the injured party.

There is nothing more frustrating than speaking with a client only to find that they have already settled their matter. It is heartbreaking to learn that a person needed surgery, physical therapy, or other expensive procedures that they thought could be avoided. Sadly, because they accepted a settlement offer, they now must pay for these treatments out of pocket. These treatments need to be covered by any settlement or verdict.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can review a settlement offer relative to a person’s injuries and ensure that is it a fair amount. A settlement offer needs to cover any future medical treatments that may be needed. For example, a person with a back injury may ultimately need a spinal fusion to correct their injuries. A settlement offer needs to take this into account and properly compensate a person for this potential surgery.

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The moments after an accident are frenzied. A person’s adrenaline is pumping, they are trying to process what just happened, and they likely aren’t thinking very clearly. Because of this, a person might feel totally fine in the moments after an accident and think they are OK. It is only a few hours (or days) later, after the adrenaline has died down, that they begin to notice a pain in their back or neck. This is why it is so vitally important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. This way, a Detroit injury lawyer can connect your injuries to the accident in question.

In order to be successful in your injury claim, you will need to prove that the injuries you suffered were actually caused by this particular accident. While this might sound obvious, there are times when causation might not be so clear-cut. For example, if a person waits several months after an accident, it is possible that the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were caused by some subsequent event and the injured person is just trying to cash in on the accident. If they can convince enough jurors that this is the case, they will be successful in court.

Even if you don’t feel pain immediately after an accident, it is best to see a doctor. Again, because a person’s adrenaline is pumping, they may not be aware of the signals their body is sending them. Even if you think you aren’t injured, it is best to see a doctor as quickly as possible and seek some follow up treatments. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the medical help you need to get healthy and any injury case you may choose the evidence you need to prove causation.

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One of the tricks the insurance company tries to play with an injured person is to convince the person that the insurance company isn’t liable. They try to convince the injured person that they were actually at fault for injuries and they won’t get anything from a jury. The may try to use this argument to bully the injured person into accepting a low-ball settlement offer, telling the person to “take it or leave it.” Ultimately, the jury has the final say in who is at fault and just how much the other party should get (if anything). A personal injury lawyer can fight to get you the money you need and work to convince a jury that the other party was negligent.

This right to a jury trial is actually included in the Bill of Rights. This is how important our Founding Fathers saw this right. Were it not for the right to a trial by jury, injured parties and those of limited means would get steamrolled by the rich and by big corporations. The civil justice system provides an equal playing field for all parties involved, allowing a jury of our peers to ultimately decide the merits of a particular case.

If the insurance company has denied responsibilities for your injuries or is trying to bully you into accepting a low settlement, a personal injury lawyer can fight to get you the money you deserve. Before allowing yourself to be bullied after your car crash, slip and fall, or other negligent injury, work with an attorney who will fight for the money you deserve.

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When someone has been injured in a truck accident, it almost always results in serious injuries. Since truckers are governed by unique laws, it is vital that an experienced attorney review the facts of your case in order to maximize the chances of a positive outcome.

As a Detroit truck accidents lawyer, I see varying degrees of accidents and some of the most severe are between a small vehicle and a commercial truck. Most motor vehicles weigh a few thousand pounds, but did you know that a fully-loaded commercial truck may weigh 70,000 pounds or more?  Obviously, the extent of injuries in such an accident may be astronomically bigger.

In a truck accident, not only can the driver be held liable for his or her actions, but the trucking company may be liable as well. Multiple parties may be responsible for covering your losses in such an accident.

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When a person is struck by a motorist without insurance, it can cause serious problems for the injured party. The injured person can sue the at-fault driver and, if a judgment is rendered against them their license is suspended until they pay. Unfortunately, people who flout the law by driving without insurance might have no issue driving with a suspended license, leaving the injured party the bear the full cost of their injuries.

In order to prevent this from happening, Michigan drivers should consider adding Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM) to their auto insurance. This is generally an inexpensive addition to a policy but provides significant assistance to the injured person. With UM coverage, the insured party will have coverage up to their own limits when they are injured by an uninsured driver. They can then submit a first party claim to their insurance company to cover their damages.

Another addition that people may also want to consider is Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM). With this coverage, if they at-fault party’s insurance coverage is insufficient to cover damages, the injured person can submit a first party claim under their UIM coverage. Again, this is generally low cost coverage that can be extremely valuable after an accident. If you do not currently carry these two types of coverage, it may be a good idea to speak to insurance agent about adding them.

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When someone is injured in an accident, they understandably want some assurances that they will definitely get the money they need. Unfortunately, no personal injury attorney can ever guarantee success in a case. This is frustrating for an injured person, but it is the only honest, ethical answer a lawyer can give. What the law firm can do, however, is make sure that they do everything possible to achieve a positive outcome for a particular client.

This means that an attorney will conduct a proper investigation of a particular accident and a thorough analysis of a person’s injuries. When investigating an accident, the attorney might have a private investigator get witness statements, take pictures of where the injury occurred, and reconstruct a particular accident to prove the injury was their fault. This is essential in getting the money you need – in order to recover compensation, you will have to prove that the other party was at least 51% responsible for your injuries.

Evaluating injuries is also vitally important because it is the only way to ensure that a person gets full compensation for their injuries. Since a personal injury settlement or verdict will need to cover a person for the rest of their life, it is important to ensure that future medical is accounted for. For example, if back surgery will be needed to repair a herniated disc, then they money for that surgery needs to be included in this settlement.

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When a person is injured on their motorcycle, contacting a lawyer is often the last thing on their mind. They are more focused on getting better after their catastrophic injuries. This is understandable, but time is of the essence after an accident. Not only are there statute of limitations issues, but evidence needs to be collected as soon as possible after the accident. A Detroit Motorcycle Accident Attorney can get to work right away after an accident, focusing on your case as you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Gathering evidence is vital to proving your claims. By contacting a lawyer right away, you can be sure that witnesses are contacted immediately and that their statement is taken while the memory of the accident is still fresh. Since people routinely move around or change phone numbers and become impossible to locate, this contact information can be lost if someone waits too long to contact a Detroit Motorcycle Accident Attorney.

Likewise, some people forget the names of health care providers if they wait too long. Since people see many specialists and doctors after a serious injury, it is possible to miss a doctor who has important medical records that can prove an injury. A lawyer can make sure that these records are collected immediately and gathered as a person treats.

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When a loved one suffers an untimely death, the last thing on a family’s mind is money. They are stricken with grief, forced to adjust to a new life without the love and companionship of their loved one. This loss often leaves a void, especially when the death is due to the negligence of another. While money can never replace this person, it can help a family find closure during this difficult time. A Detroit wrongful death lawyer can review your case and explain how they can help. Together, you and your attorney can work through this difficult time.

An example of a common wrongful death is a death caused by a car accident. In many cases, there aren’t criminal charges to hold the party responsible. For instance, if someone just didn’t notice the motorcycle coming, pulled out in front of them, and killed them. This death is extremely tragic, but there’s nothing inherently illegal about this accident.

The only way to hold the responsible party accountable is through the civil court system. There, a jury can assign fault and give a monetary award to help the family with the loss they have suffered. While the money is certainly helpful, perhaps more important is just hearing the jury assign fault. When a jury of your peers helps to hold someone accountable, it can help provide closure to the family. Eventually, they can move on from this tragic loss.

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A common question we get asked from clients is, “How long will my case take?” This is an understandable question that unfortunately doesn’t have an easy answer. In general, an injury claim takes between 4 months and two years. Some cases can take even longer, depending on the specific circumstances of the case, but many cases will fall within that time period.  This broad time frame is frustrating for clients, but sadly it is the best estimate there is.

The insurance company generally doesn’t want to settle a case quickly. It knows that if it can delay a person’s claim, it is possible that they will become desperate and take a settlement that is far less than what they are owed. This is understandably frustrating for an injured person, but a Detroit personal injury attorney can help a person focus on getting what is fair even if takes a little bit longer.

The longest cases are the ones that actually go trial. Trials are unavoidably lengthy ordeals that include motions, depositions, and more before it ever makes it in front of a jury. Fortunately, the majority of cases settle before going to trial, with most settled before a lawsuit is even filed. Whether your claim is one that will need to be litigated can’t be predicted, unfortunately, and won’t be known until the claim begins moving forward.

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Being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer can be a harrowing experience. Because these vehicles are so much larger than cars, they often cause serious devastation to those in the passenger vehicle. By working with an experienced truck accident attorney, a person be sure they are getting the representation they need during this difficult time. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Farmington Hills or anywhere in the Detroit area, Davis Law Center can help.

Truck accidents are not the same as accidents involving just cars. Truck drivers are subject to strict laws on the road and can be subjected to stiff penalties if they break these laws. One such rule is the number of hours these drivers can be on the road during a single period. These are called “hours of service” requirements and each driver is required to keep a log of his or her time behind the wheel. Since time is money in the trucking business, some drivers push themselves to the limit to make deliveries. If they are on the road for longer than is allowable by law or hasn’t been keeping accurate records, they could face punitive damages.

Another strict rule is the amount of a load a truck can carry. Because additional weight impacts the ability of a vehicle to stop, there are limits to how much weight a truck can carry. Some trucking companies, however, put profits over safety and ignore these rules. If a load is found to be too large, the trucking company should be held responsible.

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