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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.

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.

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.

Children need to be monitored at all times around vehicles, especially when a car is backing out. Children can run quickly and, because the driver has limited sight in their mirrors, the driver may not see the child until it is too late. According to safety advocates, approximately 48 children are injured ever week from backover accidents. As a Detroit injury attorney, safety is my primary concern. Therefore all drivers should be careful when backing up in places where there may be children playing.

The biggest problem is that mirrors can create a false sense of security that the area behind a driver is clear, when in reality there is a child playing right behind it. In most cases, these accidents occur in a driveway and involve a family or friend of the child. Therefore if a child is in the yard playing, the driver needs to know exactly where the child is before they back out. If a driver can’t see the child, they should make sure that the child is not behind the vehicle.

Parents also should be diligent in teaching their children not to play in or around vehicles. Children are naturally drawn to cars because they are large machines that pique the child’s interest. They need to be aware that these vehicles are not toys and they need to stay away from them if they are not a passenger. Still, children being children, it is impossible to predict what a child might do. Therefore, ultimate responsibility falls on the adult driver in keeping children safe and preventing injury.

During their initial free consultation, many clients want to know how much money they can expect for their injuries. They hope that a personal injury lawyer can give them an estimate of what to expect from a settlement or a verdict. While this is an understandable question, there is unfortunately no way to provide an estimate for what a case may be worth. Ultimately, the settlement or verdict you potentially receive will be based on the specific facts of your case and your specific injuries.

It is important for clients to understand exactly what a personal injury case is – it is an attempt to make someone as whole as possible after the have suffered injuries due to another person’s negligence. In other words, the goal is to return you to the state you were in before the injuries. Obviously, turning back the clock is impossible and with certain life-changing injuries, such a wrongful death, money is wholly inadequate for replacing what you have lost. But this is the only way we have to help those who have suffered an injury.

This means that it is important for a client to understand the injuries they have suffered and what they can expect to recover for them. Economic damages are relatively easy to value. These include medical bills, lost wages, future medical, etc. Since they are quantifiable, it is relatively straightforward to add them up when seeking recompense. Non-economic damages, while no less important, are somewhat more difficult to value. These include things such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, etc. An experienced injury attorney can help you identify these damages and give you some ideas on how to value them. While it may be difficult to put an exact number of these injuries, it is possible to evaluate claims based on the totality of your injuries.

When someone is injured by a product, one aspect the jury will look at it just how the person was using it. If the person was using the product completely as intended and was injured, then liability likely won’t be in question. But if someone was using the product in a way that was not intended, the manufacturer may not be liable. As exception to this could be foreseeable misuse. A Detroit product liability lawyer can examine your injuries to determine liability. If it seems the manufacturer is liable, the attorney will aggressively fight to get you every penny you deserve.

Foreseeable misuse means that a consumer was using in a way that was not necessarily intended but could be reasonably anticipated by the manufacturer. Because consumers use products all the time in ways that aren’t necessarily intended, this gives society some measure of protection against defects that should be caught by manufacturers.

An example might be an electrical saw that is intended to be used going with the grain of the wood. A foreseeable misuse might be a consumer cutting against the grain instead. The manufacturer can reasonably foresee that a person might use this saw in such a way; therefore, they should take all measures possible to prevent a malfunction that could injure the consumer. Even though the user was not following the exact specifications of the saw, they might still be eligible to recover damages from this foreseeable misuse.

An option available on most auto insurance policies is known as Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM). This coverage exists for people who have been seriously injured in a car accident and who find that the at-fault party’s insurance coverage does not make them whole. As a Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer, it is a good idea to speak with your insurance agent about adding this coverage. It is often relatively inexpensive and can be a major help for an injured person.

In Michigan, a person is required to carry at least $20,000/$40,000 worth of coverage. This provides $20,000 worth of coverage for a single person, $40,000 worth of coverage for a single accident. As anyone who has spent a night in the hospital can tell you, $20,000 will barely cover that hospital stay. This leaves almost nothing left for future medical and other costs associated with an injury.

UIM coverage can supplement this coverage, giving an injured person an opportunity to be made whole by their own insurance company. A Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer can help with this first-party claim. Before settling with the at-fault party’s insurance company, speak with an attorney who can make sure you are taking the steps necessary in order to preserve your right to make this claim.

Slip and fall accidents can occur in many situations and under many types of conditions. Usually a slip and fall accident refers to a situation where a person is injured by slipping, falling or tripping because of a dangerous condition on the grounds. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, you may need a Michigan person injury attorney who can fight on your behalf.

Slip and fall accidents, also known as premises liability cases, can be cause by so many different conditions. A Michigan personal injury attorney can help you determine if it is worth it for you to pursue your case.

These falls can happen inside or outside a building. They can be caused by bad floors, wet floors, poorly lit steps, cracks in the pavement or ice or snow, among other causes. These cases are covered by negligence laws. Anyone who owns a property has the responsibility to make sure their property is safe, including problem areas caused by weather like icy patches and standing water or structural defects like loose tiles, wet floors, poorly lit areas.

Some people hesitate to contact a Detroit Personal Injury Attorney because they worry about the stigma of a lawsuit. They worry that people will think less of them for seeking help after an accident, assuming that their friends or family might accuse of them of seeking a handout. The truth is, the vast majority of people who file personal injury lawsuits only want what is fair. They aren’t looking for a handout — they only want to be made whole after an injury. If you are worried that people might look down on you for filing a lawsuit, this fear is unfounded.

One reason there’s a stigma with personal injury cases is that we hear about “frivolous lawsuits” constantly. We are told these lawsuits drive up insurance costs because it costs so much money to litigate. In reality, if a case is truly without merit, it is often dismissed right away. There are mechanisms in place to help the defense dismiss these cases and judges have little tolerance for cases blatantly without merit.

The reason there is so much animosity towards these lawsuits is that insurance companies and corporations want as few as possible. They know that if they can prevent people from contacting a Detroit Personal Injury Attorney, they can save substantial amounts of money. By preventing people from pursuing what is rightfully theirs, these corporations can continue padding their bottom line.

It may be easy to become complacent while traveling on the road. Most people drive so often, they may forget basic steps to keep them and their loved ones safe. As an experienced Detroit car accident lawyer, I know too well the tragedies that may occur when proper safety measures are not followed.

Oftentimes the summer months mark an increase in accidents across the country. Many people set off for family vacations and road trips. Prevention and proper planning help reduce the number of accidents and serious injuries from driving on the road.

These tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help ensure you and your loved ones are safe.

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