Ann Arbor Personal Injury Lawyer

To move forward after you’ve been injured, you need justice, and that justice should include the compensation you need for your recovery. An Ann Arbor personal injury attorney can help.

A car runs a red light and crashes into you at an intersection; a business does not salt its sidewalk and you slip and fall on an icy patch while running errands; a home appliance malfunctions and injures you or a family member. In the aftermath of an injury, you may find yourself facing physical hardship, high medical bills, and emotional trauma.

If you’ve been injured, you know what a disruptive experience it can be. And if someone else’s negligence caused your accident, the hardships you face in the aftermath can be especially frustrating.

David Christensen Law believes that if someone else’s negligence contributed to your accident, you shouldn’t be stuck with all the bills. An Ann Arbor personal injury lawyer will fight to get you the fair and full compensation you deserve.

Types of Personal Injuries

A wide variety of injuries fall under the definition of personal injury. Our firm has experience with almost all types of personal injury cases.

Some common types of Ann Arbor personal injury cases include the following:

  • Motor Vehicle No matter what type of vehicle was involved in the accident—a car, a bus, a boat, a motorcycle, a plane, a truck, etc.—if another driver’s negligence contributed to the wreck, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and related expenses.
  • Premises Liability Business and property owners are bound by federal, state, and local laws to maintain safety on their property. If you are injured because a business or property owner failed to do so, you could file a claim for compensation against the property owner. For example, if you were exposed to toxic chemicals, slipped and fell on an icy patch, or were electrocuted because of faulty wiring, you might be entitled to compensation.
  • Product Liability Product manufacturers have a responsibility to make safe products. If a product is found unsafe, they must adequately warn the public. If you were injured because a designer, manufacturer, or marketer failed to do these things, several parties involved in the manufacturing and distributing of the product could be found negligent.
  • Work Accidents In 2015, one in five worker deaths were in the construction industry. Employers and property owners must maintain safe workplaces for workers; if they fail to do so and a resulting accident injures you, you could be entitled to a settlement that goes beyond workers compensation.
  • School Abuse If your child has been a victim of abuse by a school professional—whether physical, emotional, or sexual—the school and school district should be held accountable. Examples of school abuse include failure to teach children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment, denial of educational opportunities to any student, discriminating against a student based on gender, sexuality, or other factors, and making demeaning remarks toward a child on a regular basis.
  • Dog Bite Michigan law states that, if a dog bites a person, the owner is held strictly liable for damages, even if this is the first time the dog has bitten someone. Note that this statute is in place for dog bites, not other aggressive behaviors through which a dog could cause injury.
  • Wrongful Death If someone you love has been killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

You shouldn’t have to suffer because of the negligent acts of others. An Ann Arbor injury attorney will fight to get you a settlement that holds the negligent party accountable and eases your financial worries.

Understanding Negligence Laws in Michigan

Negligence law states that those who have harmed you through willful action or carelessness can be held liable for the damages you’ve suffered. What are damages? They are the monetary and non-monetary hardships forced upon you because you were injured in an accident not of your own making.

For example, when you’ve been seriously injured in an auto collision caused by someone else, you will suffer property loss, medical bills, missed wages, and pain and suffering. You should be reimbursed for all the losses you’ve sustained. But how do you obtain compensation for your losses?

You must file a personal injury claim against the party or parties responsible for injuring you. Before you file your claim, you must gather evidence to prove that another person was responsible for your accident and must therefore compensate you for all the losses you’ve sustained.

How to Prove Negligence in an Ann Arbor Personal Injury Claim

To hold the person who injured you accountable, you must prove your case. This will require investigation into the cause of your accident. You’ll need to gather evidence, just like in a criminal case.

Obtaining all the necessary evidence can be difficult when you’ve been injured in an accident. An injury attorney in Ann Arbor can help you unearth all the proof you need to demonstrate that another party should be held liable for your injuries and suffering.

Some examples of types of evidence that can prove a personal injury claim are as follows:

  • Police reports, accident reports, and witness statements
  • Video and photographic evidence of the accident scene and your injuries
  • Reports from accident scene experts
  • Medical documentation to prove the extent of your injuries
  • Statements from mental health professionals
  • Recordings of how your injuries and the accident have impacted your life

Statute of Limitations

An accident can be a devastating experience. It can be difficult to know how to begin the recovery process. But contacting an experienced personal injury attorney in Ann Arbor can be a significant step toward restoring your peace of mind.

Even though an accident can completely upend your life, it’s important not to wait too long to seek legal help. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Michigan is three years from the date of the accident. The closer to the time of the accident that you contact an Ann Arbor injury lawyer, the better you will be able to recall all the details of your accident and the more evidence will be readily available.

Comparative Fault

Michigan follows the doctrine of comparative fault. If you are found to have contributed to your accident, your settlement amount will decrease by whichever percentage you are found responsible, as long as that percentage is less than 50 percent.

Even if you are found 40 percent responsible for the accident that injured you, for example, you would still be eligible to receive 60 percent of the compensation you’ve asked for, although that’s a hefty reduction.

After an accident, your focus should be on getting your life back to normal—not navigating a legal maze. An Ann Arbor personal injury attorney will work hard to make sure the negligent party is held accountable and you get the most compensation possible.

What’s My Ann Arbor Injury Claim Worth?

An accident is not simply a one-time event. You may be feeling aftershocks for a long time in the form of physical pain, missed work and lost income, high medical bills, emotional trauma, and other problems. An accident can easily turn into a devastating financial experience.

However, the insurance company is not likely to offer you a settlement that meets all of your financial needs. Insurance companies are businesses. Their primary objective is to protect their own bottom lines. That means settlements insurance companies offer are often woefully inadequate and stand no chance of meeting your ongoing financial needs.

Insurance companies will often try to undermine your claim by resorting to some devious tactics:

  • An insurer may offer you a low initial settlement with the hope that you’ll jump at the first offer.
  • Adjusters may attempt to record a statement from you, designed to catch you admitting fault so they can lower the value of your claim.
  • Insurers may try to deny your claim and drag out the claim process, with the intent of wearing you down so you’ll give in and accept a settlement of far less than what your claim is worth.

You don’t have to let insurance companies treat you this way. You’ve got enough to deal with after you’ve been seriously injured because of another’s negligence. An Ann Arbor injury lawyer will work hard to get you a settlement that reflects all the hardships your injury has imposed.

These may include the following:

  • Vehicle repairs
  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost income opportunity
  • Physical and emotional therapy
  • Funeral costs for a loved one
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Ann Arbor Personal Injury FAQ

When you contact an Ann Arbor injury claim attorney with David Christensen Law, we will be happy to answer all your questions during a free claim assessment. We can discuss the claim process, how much your claim is worth, and any other concerns you have.

To help you understand a little bit more about filing a personal injury claim, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions below.

If I file a personal injury claim, will I have to go to court?

Your injury attorney will do everything possible to negotiate enough compensation to pay for all of your losses. Most likely, you won’t need to go to court to get the money owed to you for your injuries. Occasionally, insurance companies and defendants won’t play nice, and that’s the point where your attorney may need to take your case to court.

Are car accident claims handled differently than other types of accidents?

In Michigan, auto accident claims are often handled through the no-fault insurance system. If you suffer substantial injuries in your collision, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. It will depend on the extent of your injuries and losses. Your attorney can examine your case to determine if your accident meets the requirements.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

For personal injury claims, the attorneys at our office work on what’s called a contingency fee. That simply means that you don’t have to pay for our services unless we win you compensation for your accident. In addition, if your injuries have limited your mobility, we’ll come to you to discuss your case.

What if more than one party is responsible for my accident?

Any party that played a role in your injuries can be held financially accountable for your injuries. Your attorney can name more than one party in a personal injury claim and will pursue all avenues to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Contact an Ann Arbor Personal Injury Attorney

An accident caused by someone else’s negligence can seriously disrupt your life, but you don’t have to just wait for the insurance company and hope for the best. A qualified and experienced attorney with our firm will fight to get you a fair settlement and get you back on the road to financial stability.

Get in touch with an Ann Arbor personal injury lawyer at David Christensen Law today by calling 248-213-4900 or filling out our online contact form at the bottom of the page.