After an injury occurs, victims usually have many questions about various issues: How long will my recovery take? Will I even make a full recovery? Should I hire a lawyer? Does my injury qualify for a compensation claim?
From day one, my attorney and the office staff at Jay Trucks & Associates went above and beyond what I expected…
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That is why it may be beneficial to contact an experienced lawyer. The Lansing personal injury lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates have helped to recover more than $500,000,000 for our clients in a wide variety of cases handled by our firm including a $2,000,000 recovery for a client whose accident caused a traumatic brain injury, a $698,000 recovery for a 55 year old tree cutter that suffered a closed head injury and a $300,000 recovery for a senior citizen that was injured after being struck by an automobile.
Our attorneys understand what accident victims go through and the concerns they often have. We are available to answer your questions and discuss possible options for recovering compensation in a free consultation. There is no obligation with this consultation – you decide if you want to move forward if we validate your claim. There are also no upfront fees when you hire us – unless you receive compensation, we are not paid for providing representation.
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If our attorneys determine your injury resulted from another’s negligence, we may be able to file a claim for compensation on your behalf. Negligence is a complex legal theory with four parts, each of which must be established with evidence to have a valid claim for compensation.
The four parts of negligence are as follows:
There are many things our Lansing personal injury lawyers may need to consider as we decide if the four elements of negligence may have been present in your accident, such as:
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This is one of the most common questions accident victims have when they discuss their claim with us in person or on the phone. There is no simple answer because every situation is so different, from the injuries and damages suffered to the reasons why the accident happened in the first place.
Our attorneys are available to discuss this issue with you in detail so you have a better idea about damages from personal injuries and how those damages may be evaluated.
If our Lansing personal injury attorneys validate your claim in a free consultation and you hire us to represent you, some of the damages we may be able to pursue could include:
These are all considered economic damages because they have a defined value. For example, there are receipts for medical bills and you can calculate how many hours you missed work and your pay rate to determine what these damages may be worth. Experts may need to be consulted to determine the value of future medical expenses and loss of earning capacity.
Our attorneys may also be able to pursue non-economic compensation for your claim. This may include emotional/psychological suffering, physical pain, lost enjoyment of life and loss of companionship. The value of these damages can vary wildly from case to case. We may need testimony from you and your family members, along with medical and economic experts to determine the value of these damages.
In a medical malpractice or product liability case, there is a cap on non-economic compensation but no cap on economic damages. Other types of personal injury cases do not have a cap on compensation that can be awarded.
Michigan is unique in that it does not allow punitive damages in personal injury claims. These damages serve as punishment for the at-fault party and are not connected to specific damages suffered by the victim.
However, Michigan allows exemplary damages, which are awarded for damages like mental anguish, humiliation and outrage that resulted from another party’s willful, malicious or wanton conduct that exhibited reckless disregard for a victim’s rights.
Generally, three years from the date of your injury. This is the standard statute of limitations under state law. Wrongful death cases also have a three-year statute of limitations.
While medical malpractice cases also have a three-year statute of limitations, there are various exceptions that may apply, depending on the specifics of your case.
If your injury resulted from the negligence of a government entity, there are different deadlines, depending on the specifics of your case. This often includes notice requirements.
Concerned about how much time may be left to file a claim? Call Jay Trucks and Associates today to discuss your situation. No upfront fees or obligations.
One of the things you can discuss with one of our licensed attorneys in a free consultation is the benefits of having experienced legal representation.
Injury victims that have legal representation usually recover more financial compensation compared to those that do not have a lawyer.
Our attorneys want you to be focused on your medical treatment and recovery. We are prepared to handle every step of the legal process on your behalf. We are focused on recovering maximum compensation for your damages and holding the at-fault party accountable for what you have suffered.
That means, if we validate your claim, we are ready to investigate what happened, evaluate your damages, consult experts when necessary, obtain medical records and other documentation, talk to eyewitnesses, negotiate with insurers and prepare your claim for trial if we cannot reach a fair pre-trial settlement with the other side. The steps we need to take for each claim vary, because each claim is unique. We tailor our strategy to each case to try to achieve the best result for our clients.
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Injury victims may not realize they have the option of saying nothing and referring insurance companies to their attorney. However, you are well within your rights to do so.
Insurance companies know how to trick accident victims into making damaging statements. For instance, they may ask you the same question in different ways to get you to minimize the severity of your injuries or say something that sounds like an admission of your own fault in the accident.
If an insurance company has not contacted you yet, they may do so soon, so it is important to be ready. If you decide to say anything, avoid too many specifics about the accident beyond the date, time and place. If they ask about your injuries, you can tell them you have sought treatment, but avoid trying to determine how serious they may be. Doctors may not know until later in the treatment process.
You are not required to provide a recorded statement after an accident, despite what the insurance adjuster may say about how it may help speed up the process. Our attorneys will likely not begin negotiating a settlement until your treatment concludes. The insurance company only wants to speed up the process because your claim may be worth much more later in the treatment process when our attorneys are able to assess any future treatment needs.
Despite what they may tell you, particularly in TV advertising, insurance companies are trying to pay out the least possible amount of compensation for your damages.
Seeking medical treatment is vital right after an accident. Often, waiting for treatment can cause an injury to become much worse than it otherwise would have. Sometimes, stabilizing an injury, such as a back injury, can prevent the damage and/or pain from spreading.
If you are able, get yourself to the hospital. You can also have someone else drive you there. In other situations, you may be unable to move, or it may be unsafe to move and an ambulance will come to the scene to transport you to the hospital.
Another thing that accident victims may not consider about waiting to seek treatment is how it may look to the insurance company. A gap in time between the injury and when it was treated may cause the insurance company to say you were injured because of something besides the accident.
Following the doctor’s orders is also important. You need to show you are doing what you can to try to recover to demonstrate to the insurance company that you are really hurt. If you stop treatment or skip appointments, the insurance company may claim you are not actually injured.
Other important steps to take after an accident include:
Jay Trucks and Associates offers a free legal consultation for injury victims. Call us at (800) 762-8623.
Our Lansing personal injury lawyers are available to assist people who suffered a variety of injuries because of the negligence of another. These could include:
Our goal is to recover maximum compensation on our clients’ behalf. We know compensation does not erase what happened, but it can be very important as families look to move forward.
Personal injuries can be devastating to victims and their families on an emotional, physical and financial level. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have seen how difficult it can be to recover and manage the various damages that are caused. We have won over 1,000 cases for our clients and recovered more than $500 million in compensation.
There is no upfront cost or obligation to discuss your accident with one of our licensed Lansing personal injury lawyers. We do not get paid unless you get paid first through a settlement or courtroom verdict.
We are here to help by answering your questions and discussing the legal options that may be available to you. Our office is in Clare, but you do not need to come in to discuss your potential claim.
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When a serious personal injury occurs, it can sometimes be life-altering and cause financial hardship for victims and their families. If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury that was caused by the negligence of others, calling a licensed attorney to review your claim might be a smart move.
…I was treated like a person, not just a case number. I felt taken care of from beginning to end…
– J. Fuller
The legal team at Jay Trucks and Associates has been fighting for the rights of personal injury victims throughout the state of Michigan for decades. Our firm has handled more than 1,000 cases and recovered millions of dollars in compensation, including $2,000,000 for a worker who suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident, $935,000 for a female motorist that suffered fractured bones in a collision with a commercial vehicle and $98,000 for the family of a 5 year old child that was the victim of a dog bite attack. Our founder Jay Trucks attended Central Michigan University and Detroit College of Law and is a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.
If we determine you have a valid case, our Grand Rapids personal injury attorneys are ready to handle the entire legal process on your behalf so you can focus on recovering from your injury. We charge no fees up front and only bill you when we successfully recover compensation.
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You or your attorney must be able to prove negligence was the cause for your injury. During your free case review, our attorneys are prepared to go over the details of your claim and determine if we may be able to prove the four elements of negligence:
Our attorneys take on cases involving many types of personal injury accidents, such as:
Contact our firm today by calling (800) 762-8623. Our Grand Rapids personal injury lawyers are ready to verify whether you have a valid claim.
Under Michigan law, if a personal injury victim is found to hold partial fault for his or her own injury, any compensation awarded will be reduced based on the percentage of fault. This law is also known as the comparative fault rule. For example, if an injury victim was awarded $100,000 for his or her injury and was found to be 40 percent at fault, the victim would receive a maximum of $60,000.
However, this law also states that if the injury victim is found to hold a higher percentage of fault than the other parties, the victim cannot recover any compensation.
If you were injured in an accident and you believe you share some percentage of fault, call our Grand Rapids personal injury lawyers to discuss whether you may still be eligible for compensation.
If you have a valid claim, there could be multiple forms of compensation we could pursue to help you recover from your personal injury.
These are damages that have a definitive monetary value, such as medical expenses and lost wages from missing time at work because of your injury. Some economic damages that may be available are:
There are no caps on economic damages in Michigan personal injury lawsuits.
These types of damages cover the physical, mental and emotional suffering that you or your loved one may have endured. These types of damages have no defined monetary value – their value is based on the evidence presented, the severity of your injuries and other factors. This is something your lawyer can help determine.
Common examples of non-economic damages are:
Medical malpractice and product liability cases are the only two types of personal injury cases where there is a cap on these types of damages.
One of the unique aspects of personal injury cases in Michigan is victims cannot pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish negligent parties for egregious negligence.
Michigan allows you to pursue exemplary damages, which are somewhat like punitive damages, except exemplary damages are not meant as punishment and they are connected to specific damages suffered by the victim, such as:
Your attorney must prove the negligent party engaged in willful, malicious or wanton conduct that demonstrated a complete disregard for your rights.
The Grand Rapids personal injury lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates have many years of combined experience determining the value of personal injury claims. Our goal is to recover the maximum compensation available for your claim.
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Some personal injury victims may question the need for a licensed lawyer to represent their claim, especially if liability for the injury is clear. However, many personal injury victims who decide to hire legal representation end up with larger settlement awards.
Injury victims that have legal representation usually recover more compensation when compared to those that do not have a lawyer.
If you decide to let our Grand Rapids personal injury lawyers handle your claim, we can handle all communication with insurance companies and other lawyers. We are aggressive negotiators who pursue maximum compensation and are prepared to take cases to court when necessary.
Our attorneys have over 150 years of combined experience and have access to industry professionals who may be able to help validate your claim and provide detailed arguments about how someone else is at fault for your injuries. For example, we can bring in medical experts to verify the severity of your injury or its cause.
We are prepared to handle the investigation and take other steps to help build a strong case, such as preserving evidence, contacting witnesses, obtaining video footage and reconstructing the accident.
Sometimes insurance adjusters from both sides will contact the injury victim immediately after the accident. They are hoping you will say something they can use against you to lower the value of your claim. That is why they often ask victims to provide a recorded statement. Adjusters are trained on how to get victims to say things that damage their own credibility or make it sound like the victim is partially to blame for the accident.
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If you are contacted by an insurance adjuster, it is important to understand your rights. You are not required to give a recorded statement. You can refuse to answer questions if you are unsure or do not know the answer. You can also refer insurance companies to your attorney.
Be careful with what you tell the insurance company, they are looking for anything they can use against you. Stick to the basic facts about the accident and avoid answering questions where the insurance adjuster asks for your opinion or to speculate about what happened or what led to the crash. You should also avoid giving too many details about your injuries and the amount of pain you feel. Victims tend to minimize their pain, and this could damage the value of your claim.
If you or someone you love suffered from a personal injury, it is important to file your claim as soon as possible. Under the Michigan statute of limitations, most personal injury claims, including wrongful death claims, must be filed within three years of the injury or date of death. If you fail to file before the clock runs out, you may lose the right to seek compensation for damages.
However, you may need to file earlier in some situations. For instance, if your claim involves medical malpractice, you may have just two years from the date of malpractice to file a claim. There are various exceptions to this deadline. If you are filing a claim against a government entity, you may need to provide notice to that entity much sooner than two or three years from the date of the accident.
Our qualified Grand Rapids personal injury lawyers are available to discuss the deadline for your claim. The clock could already be running so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.
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There are steps you can take to help preserve your potential personal injury case:
Go to the hospital or a doctor’s office for a full examination. If you fail to get immediate medical attention, the insurance companies may question the severity of your injury and may try to devalue or deny your claim.
It is extremely important that you notify the police so they can document what happened. The police officer’s report could be valuable evidence for your claim.
If it is safe and you are able, you can take pictures of your injuries and the scene of the accident, record witness contact information and write down what you remember about the events leading up to the accident. Many accident victims tend to forget small but important details in the hours and days after the accident happened.
The lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates understand the financial and emotional obstacles individuals and families often encounter after an accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our lawyers have been able to recover over $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clients throughout the state of Michigan.
Do not hesitate to contact us today. Our friendly staff of legal professionals is prepared to answer your legal questions in a free consultation. You will not have to pay any upfront costs and we only get paid when we successfully recover compensation for your claim.
Learn how a dedicated Grand Rapids personal injury attorney may be able to help you by calling (800) 762-8623.
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Personal injuries caused by another’s negligence can be life-changing for victims and their families. Victims often face a long road to recovery, made even more difficult by not being able to work to earn income to help them pay their medical expenses and other bills.
I was very pleased with the services of Jay Trucks & Associates. They were friendly, professional, and efficient…
– J. Martin
During this trying time, victims often find it helpful to talk to a licensed attorney about whether they may be able to file a claim for financial compensation.
Over more than three decades, the attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates have been able to recover more than $500,000,000 in compensation on behalf of our clients. Some of these include a $2,000,000 recovery for a client who lost an eye and suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, $935,000 for a female driver that sustained multiple broken bones when a commercial vehicle collided with her and a $300,000 result against State Farm in Isabella County where the policy limit was $100,000.
An initial consultation to discuss your claim with a lawyer at our firm is free of charge. You are under no obligation to file a claim if we determine you have a valid case. We are not paid for our services unless you are paid at the end of the legal process through a verdict or settlement.
Our firm represents those who suffered personal injuries in many types of accidents and situations, including:
If you suffered an injury in any of these scenarios and are unsure if there may be grounds for legal action, we welcome the chance to review what happened in a free consultation. We need to determine if another’s negligence may have been involved in your injury.
Negligence is a legal theory that is applied to most personal injury cases, excluding workers’ compensation claims. This theory has four parts and our attorneys need to determine if we may be able to prove them in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
The person or entity that caused your accident must have owed a legal obligation to take reasonable action to help prevent an injury. The definition of reasonable action depends on the situation and what a reasonable person would likely have done. A driver or boat operator should obey the rules of the road/water, while a nursing home should not subject residents to abuse or neglect.
The at-fault party did not uphold the duty of care, either through careless or intentional actions or because of a failure to act to help prevent an injury.
Often the toughest part of building a case is showing the at-fault party’s breach of the duty of care is what caused the injury and resulting damages. Our Flint personal injury lawyers often need to disprove claims from the other side that the injury was the result of something else, such as a pre-existing injury or something that the victim did.
The purpose of an injury claim is to attempt to recover compensation for damages suffered, such as medical expenses for treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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This is one of the things we are prepared to discuss with you in a free consultation. In a personal injury case, damages are divided into two main categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the out-of-pocket costs victims incur because of their injuries, while non-economic damages represent the physical and psychological effects of the accident on the victim and his or her loved ones.
Economic damages may include the cost of:
Non-economic damages include things like physical pain from your injuries and emotional suffering (depression, loss of sleep, anxiousness, etc.). Other examples of non-economic damages include lost enjoyment of life (loss of ability to take part in hobbies you once enjoyed), and loss of companionship if you are unable to have the same relationship with your spouse as before.
In many states, personal injury victims may be able to pursue punitive damages, which are meant as a form or punishment when there is severe or intentional negligence.
However, Michigan does not allow injury victims to pursue these kinds of damages. Instead, victims may be eligible for exemplary damages, which are awarded as compensation for victims of willful, malicious or wanton conduct that shows a reckless disregard for the victim’s rights. These damages are not meant as punishment, but as compensation for things like:
Michigan places a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice and product liability cases. However, there is no cap on economic damages in these cases.
At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are dedicated to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients to help them begin moving forward with their lives.
This is a complex issue, which is why you should strongly consider meeting with licensed attorney as soon as possible. The clock may already be running and if you miss the deadline, you may lose the opportunity to pursue compensation.
In general, personal injury victims have three years from the date of their injury to file a lawsuit (Michigan Compiled Laws Section 600.5805(2)). If you lose a loved one, you have three years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The deadline for a product liability case is also three years while the deadline for a medical malpractice case is two years from the date of malpractice, although there are various exceptions to the deadline for malpractice.
There are also different deadlines if you are filing a claim against a government entity. For instance, if you are filing a claim over a defective highway maintained by the government, you must provide notice to the government agency within 120 days of the injury.
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The legal process can be complicated, even if you are just filing an insurance claim over a car accident and it seems clear your damages are covered by insurance.
Cases that are handled by a lawyer generally recover more financial compensation compared to those that do not have legal representation.
Building a strong case takes time and the resources and legal knowledge to conduct an in-depth investigation. At Jay Trucks and Associates, our attorneys have extensive knowledge of the many aspects of these cases, from relevant laws and legal theories, to filing deadlines to damages that may be available. Our investigators, paralegals and support staff are ready to work thoroughly investigating your accident to gather strong evidence to build a case. We could also consult experts when necessary.
Over more than three decades representing Michigan injury victims, we have been able to recover more than $500 million in compensation. While there are no guarantees in personal injury claims, victims with legal representation often obtain more compensation than those without legal representation.
While it is true that most cases settle, either with the insurance company or through a pre-trial settlement, sometimes going to court is the only way to obtain fair compensation. Our experienced Flint personal injury lawyers understand this and are always prepared to go to court if it is necessary.
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You can tell any insurance companies that call you to talk to your lawyer instead. Our lawyers understand how to protect the full value of a claim because we know the tricks insurance companies often use to avoid paying out fair compensation, such as offering a settlement early in the process or asking victims to sign a release giving the insurance company access to medical records.
If you do talk to the insurance company, be very careful with what you say and reveal to them. No matter what you see in their clever TV commercials, insurance companies are not looking to pay fair compensation to accident victims. Their goal is to pay out the least possible amount of compensation.
It is best for victims to stick to the basic facts and avoid giving their opinion about the severity of their injuries. Insurance companies may ask you several questions designed to get you to downplay the severity of your injuries or get you to say things like, “I am OK,” or “I do not feel too bad.”
Insurance adjusters may also ask for you to give a recorded statement, claiming it is part of the process or it will help to speed up the process. It is generally best to consult with a qualified Flint personal injury lawyer first. Our attorneys could help determine what should be included in a recorded statement to avoid hurting your claim.
Getting to the hospital is the most important thing to do after an injury, other concerns are secondary. You need to be diagnosed and treated to help prevent your injuries from getting worse. There are no guarantees with certain injuries, but sometimes the faster you get treatment, the better the prognosis may be.
Waiting to seek treatment could also be bad for your potential claim. When insurance companies and attorneys for the at-fault party see a significant gap in time between your injury and when you received treatment, they may question the legitimacy of your claim. They may be more likely to argue you are not really hurt or were injured by something besides the accident.
Once you are released from the hospital, make sure to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. If you deviate from it, you may hurt the value of your claim. That means you need to go to follow-up appointments, go to physical therapy, take medication that is prescribed, and abstain from activities the doctor tells you to abstain from.
While your Flint personal injury lawyer is prepared to investigate the accident, you may be able to help him or her by gathering evidence at the scene, provided you are able and will not be putting yourself in harm’s way. This means taking pictures at the scene, talking to witnesses and writing down what you remember about the accident while it is fresh in your memory.
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No matter the type of injury you suffered, you may have a claim against the at-fault party. We are prepared to help you and your family pursue compensation for many types of injuries, including, but not limited to:
Injured by someone else’s negligence?
Call today to discuss whether you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Our attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent parties liable for the injuries and damages they cause. We have more than 150 years of combined experience recovering compensation for our clients.
The consultation is free and comes with no obligation to take legal action. If you have a case and decide to hire our firm, there will be no legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
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When you or someone you care about sustains a serious personal injury, pain, emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses and other financial stress can have a significant impact on the well-being of victims and their families. Hiring a reputable law firm to help recover compensation can be a positive step for many injury victims.
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At Jay Trucks & Associates, we have recovered more than $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clients – including $2,000,000 recovery for an accident victim who lost an eye and suffered a traumatic brain injury and a $1,000,000 recovery for a case involving a 17-year-old and her unborn child. Our firm’s founder Jay Trucks and President Todd Trucks are both licensed Michigan attorneys and members of the prestigious Michigan Association for Justice, an organization advocating for Michigan residents’ rights.
Schedule a free consultation with a Clare personal injury attorney today. We are prepared to any questions about the legal process and help you fight for fair compensation. Our free, initial consulation ensure that there is no risk in calling to learn more about our services and there is no obligation to hire us. If you have a case, there are no upfront fees unless we help you win.
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If you were injured or lost a loved one in any of the following situations we may be able to help you pursue compensation.
Our lawyers are prepared to review your circumstances to see whether you are eligible to take legal action.
In most situations, our attorneys must prove negligence to have a chance of recovering compensation for damages. We must establish four things to show the other party acted in a careless way: duty, breach, causation and damages.
The other party must have owed you a duty of care. In some situations, the relationship that exists between both parties can create a legal duty. Doctors owe patients a legal duty to provide competent medical care like other similarly trained doctors would provide. Property owners owe visitors a legal duty to provide and maintain a safe and hazard-free environment. Drivers are expected to operate their vehicles safely. The duty of care depends on the situation.
The other party must have breached the duty by failing to act like a reasonable person would in a similar situation. If the average person would have known that someone might be injured as the result of his or her actions, he or she would have acted differently.
The other party’s negligence must have caused your injury – without the breach of duty of care, you would have been unharmed. To recover compensation, you must prove the other party should have reasonably foreseen that his or her actions might cause harm.
The injuries you sustained must have caused you to suffer damages. These damages are usually compensatory for expenses related to medical care, loss of income or property damage. You may also be eligible for compensation for things like pain and suffering.
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A Clare personal injury lawyer needs to determine the extent of your injuries, review your medical care and estimate your recovery time.
Generally, some damages that may be recoverable in a personal injury case include:
You may still be eligible to recover damages even if you are partially at fault for the accident that caused your injuries. That is because Michigan adheres to a comparative negligence standard. The amount of damages awarded will be reduced according to your degree of fault if it is less than 50 percent.
If the jury awards you $120,000 after a car accident but you are found to be 40 percent to blame for what happened, the award amount would decrease by 40 percent or 48,000. That means you would get $72,000.
However, if you are 50 percent or more at fault, you will be barred from obtaining any recovery.
Our experienced Clare personal injury attorneys are well-versed in negligence laws and how these laws may apply to your situation. We welcome the opportunity to review your claim in a free and confidential consultation.
Personal injury cases in Michigan follow a statute of limitations, which sets a specific time limit for taking legal action. Missing the deadline will normally result in the court dismissing the case, unless there is an exception that extends the filing deadline.
The standard time limit is three years from the date of the injury or death. This includes motor vehicle collisions (cars, trucks and motorcycles), boat accidents, dog bites, brain injuries and nursing home abuse. The three year deadline also applies to injuries caused by a dangerous or defective product (product liability claims) or if an accident results in the unexpected death of a loved one (wrongful death claims).
The deadline is even shorter – just two years – if harmed by a negligent doctor or other medical professional due to a misdiagnosis, birth injury, medication error, surgical or anesthesia mistake, or another form of medical malpractice. However, there are various exceptions to this deadline.
There are also different deadlines if a government employee or entity is involved, the injury victim was legally insane at the time of the accident, or the injury victim is a minor under the age of 18.
Contact a knowledgeable Clare personal injury attorney from our firm to see if your time to file has passed or if you qualify for an extended deadline.
Many people think that hiring a personal injury lawyer will result in excessive legal fees and having to go to court. Although there are no guarantees, most cases settle outside of the courtroom, saving unwanted stress and expense at trial.
At Jay Trucks & Associates, our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees for our services. You only pay if and when you obtain compensation via a settlement or verdict.
If you have a case and we represent you, we are prepared to handle the following:
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After an accident, you should expect to be contacted by an insurance adjuster who will ask questions about what happened. He or she will want to know your version of events in order to find a way to discredit you or blame you for it.
Common tactics our legal team has seen insurance adjusters use include:
Insurance adjusters know how desperate accident victims can be when hospital bills start to pile up and they are losing income because their injury prevents them from going to work. Insurance adjusters like to offer a quick settlement and they may tell you it will help you move on with your life. However, these settlement offers are often worth far less than the full value of a claim.
While on the phone with an insurance adjuster, he or she may ask you to give a recorded statement about what happened and make it sound like it is standard practice. However, you are under no legal obligation to do so.
These statements are only beneficial to the insurance company because they will ask for specific information or ask particular questions in an effort to challenge your credibility. It is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer to determine if you should give a statement.
An insurance adjuster may send you a number of documents to sign, including a medical record release form, allowing them access to current medical records related to your injury and older, unrelated medical records that could be used against you. They are looking for evidence of a pre-existing injury or medical condition they can use as a reason to deny or devalue your claim.
There are many steps you can take to help your attorney begin building a case. The first thing victims should focus on is treating their injuries. Get to the hospital right away so your injuries can be diagnosed, and proper treatment can be provided. If you wait to seek treatment, it could give the insurance company reason to dispute your claim.
While at the scene of the accident, try to collect evidence, if it is safe to do so and you will not be putting yourself in harm’s way. If someone else is with you, you could ask them to help you. For example, if you have a smartphone, take pictures of your injuries and the scene. Talk to witnesses and get their contact information so your attorney can contact them later.
You should also file an accident report with the proper authorities or the property manager. This serves as an official record of the accident and helps link your injury to the accident.
Make sure to continue your treatment as requested by your doctor. If you do not go to appointments, restrict your activities, or do other things your doctor instructs you to do, you could hurt the value of your claim.
With more than a century of combined experience, our legal team at Jay Trucks & Associates has been advocating for the rights of injury victims throughout Clare County and across the entire state of Michigan for more than 30 years. We have successfully represented thousands of clients and collected millions in recoveries on their behalf.
Contact a Clare personal injury lawyer for help with your claim. Our consultations are 100 percent free and come with no obligation to move forward. We do not charge upfront legal fees unless you obtain a recovery.
Our office in Clare is just a few blocks from Clare City Hall at 202 W 5th Street.
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After sustaining a personal injury, seeking legal help from a licensed injury attorney can be a positive step forward in your recovery. Jay Trucks and Associates have represented the injured in Grand Traverse County and across Michigan for more than three decades. Our proven track record of recovering more than $500,000,000 in compensation demonstrates our commitment to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients.
I would recommend that anyone who needs legal representation go to Jay Trucks & Associates. They are wonderful people who care about people and their problems…
– B. Thornton
We have been handling personal injury claims for more than 30 years and have a proven track record of success including a $2,000,000 recovery for a victim that suffered a traumatic brain injury and the loss of an eye, and a $1,000,000 recovery following the death of a 17-year-old and her unborn child.
Call a Traverse City personal injury attorney at our firm for answers about the claims process and to learn about your legal options for recovering compensation. Initial consultations are a completely free, no-obligation opportunity. If we take your case, you pay us zero upfront costs for our services unless we are successful in achieving compensation for you.
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There are many types of claims our Traverse City personal injury lawyers handle, including:
To have an eligible claim, we must review the details of your accident, the extent of your injuries and be able to establish that your injury was caused by negligence. This means proving these four legal elements:
The other party owed you a duty of care. This can be established in different ways, depending on the type of relationship. For example:
The other party neglected to behave as another reasonable individual would under similar circumstances, such as a motorist who chooses to get behind the wheel to drive while intoxicated, a doctor who fails to properly diagnose a patient, or an owner who neglects to repair an uneven sidewalk on the property.
Your injuries also must have been directly caused by someone else’s negligence. This means if the duty owed to you by the other party was not violated, then you would not have suffered harm.
You must have suffered damages from the accident. This could include economic damages, such as lost wages or medical bills, as well as non-economic damages, including pain and suffering or mental anguish.
Our Traverse City personal injury lawyers are prepared to assess whether your claim has merit in a free legal consultation.
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We are prepared to determine the full value of your potential case after reviewing all of the contributing factors, including how the accident happened, how badly you were injured, and how long it may take you to achieve maximum recovery.
Typically speaking, some of the types of compensation you could receive in Michigan include:
These are reasonable and necessary medical costs related to the accident, such as:
You may be compensated for income lost while recovering from your injuries, as well as for a loss of future earnings if you are unable to return to work.
You may be eligible for compensation if you suffered damage or total loss of your personal property. This could include a vehicle, clothes or electronic items.
These damages provide compensation for any physical and mental pain and suffering endured as a result of the accident and your injuries.
Part of pain and suffering, these damages may include anxiety, depression, fear and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
These damages may be awarded to a spouse or partner when your injuries have negatively affected the relationship.
If the extent of your injuries makes it impossible to be able to enjoy your favorite activities, such as going to the gym or taking your daily run, you may qualify for this type of compensation.
In other states, punitive damages may be issued to punish the other party for malicious or intentional negligence. However, Michigan awards exemplary damages. These damages are similar to punitive damages but are awarded in extremely malicious or egregious cases when the other party showed a complete indifference for your rights that caused you to suffer mental anguish, humiliation or outrage.
In Michigan, there are caps on non-economic damages for medical malpractice and defective product cases. However, for economic damages, there are no caps.
Our Traverse City personal injury lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your injuries caused by another’s negligence.
Trying to understand the state’s filing deadlines is complicated. Our knowledgeable attorneys handle these types of cases every day, so we know how to determine which deadline may apply in your situation.
Generally speaking, Michigan’s statute of limitations are as follows:
There may be exceptions to these dates that an attorney could assess on your behalf to ensure you do not miss your filing deadline. Time flies quickly, and if you miss the deadline, you may lose any right to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Many victims who suffer an injury caused by someone else’s negligence may take the first offer from their insurer because they feel their injuries are too small. However, you can really only know the full value of your claim after seeking legal help from a licensed attorney. Victims who hire legal representation often recover more compensation than those who do not.
Personal injury victims that hire a licensed attorney recover greater amounts of financial compensation compared to those that do not have legal representation.
Our Traverse City personal injury attorneys have extensive knowledge of state laws and other complex legal processes that are available to injured victims. We are prepared to fully investigate what happened and gather supportive evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
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We recommend not speaking with anyone from the insurance company until after you have sought legal advice from an attorney. Our legal team understands the different ways insurance companies will try to devalue or deny claims in an effort to save themselves money.
Adjusters are trained to be friendly and ask leading questions to confuse you and get you to unknowingly admit fault, contradict yourself or make your answers seem untrue. It is important to remember that your insurer is a for-profit business, so operating and avoiding unnecessary payouts is its primary goal.
Other important things to know when dealing with insurance companies includes the following:
Our Traverse City personal injury lawyers are ready to handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company for you. If a settlement is not reached, we are ready to go to trial, if necessary.
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The most important action after suffering any type of personal injury is to protect your health, but it does not hurt to be mindful of a potential claim in case your injuries cause you to suffer financial and physical damages. This is why our Traverse City personal injury lawyers recommend you take the following steps:
Even seemingly insignificant harm can result in expensive medical bills and lost wages while you recover. This is why hiring an attorney is a good idea for many different kinds of injuries caused by another’s negligence, including:
Did you or a loved one suffer a personal injury caused by another’s negligence? If so, Jay Trucks and Associates is prepared to help.
Our legal team offers 150 plus years of combined experience advocating for injured victims in Michigan. Our firm’s founder Jay Trucks and President Todd Trucks are active members of the Michigan Association for Justice.
Do not delay finding out whether you may be able to pursue compensation for your damages. There is no financial risk to contacting our firm and taking advantage of the free legal consultation we offer. If we take your case, there are zero out-of-pocket costs unless we first obtain compensation on your behalf.
Jay Trucks and Associates. Ph: (800) 762-8623