Usually, it happens quickly and without warning. When you least expect it, you can be driving to work, leaving a family member’s house, or going through the grocery store when you slip and fall or get into a car accident, suffering injuries that impair your ability to operate and require time in the hospital.
Aside from treatment, the only way to fully recover is through a personal injury settlement that provides financial relief from this chaotic event. A person who has been hurt as a result of the carelessness or malicious behavior of another person or entity has the legal right to seek justice and financial compensation.
If this sounds like you, keep reading. The Saginaw personal injury attorneys at White Law PLLC offer no-cost, in-depth consultations to discuss your accident and the value of your settlement, but they have also developed this list of frequently asked questions from similar cases.
What Personal Injury Cases do You Handle?
Our legal experts have years of dedicated experience in various practice areas. Our firm handles the following personal injury cases:
- Premises liability
- Abuse in nursing homes
- Wrongful death
- Car, truck, and motorcycle collisions
- Dog bites
- Mass torts
- Workplace accidents
- Police misconduct
- Product liability
Following any accident, obtaining medical care is a must and should be done immediately. The common concern of covering costs may make you consider avoiding the doctor, but doing so will jeopardize your claim.
You have options available regarding payment for medical services. If you have no health insurance, you can elect to pay out of pocket using a payment plan. If you have health insurance, you may choose to pay out of pocket or submit the expenses to your auto coverage’s personal injury protection (PIP) policy for reimbursement.
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What Are Personal Injury Settlement Values in Michigan?
To determine the value of your case, you may have searched the web for “typical settlement amounts” for a certain type of accident or injury. Although each personal injury case is unique, our personal injury attorneys have obtained the following substantial settlements in cases:
- In this civil action, Michael C. Van Huysse and the White Law PLLC team obtained a consent judgment in excess of $140,000.00 for intentional injuries caused by the defendants.
- For injuries received when a vehicle our client was traveling in was struck by a police vehicle, James White and the White Law PLLC team won an overall settlement in excess of $1,000,000.00 for your client.
This is strictly an example of the dedication of our law firm and shouldn’t be taken into account as the right settlement for your case.
Averages are not used by insurance companies or attorneys when negotiating settlements. Additionally, settlement amounts vary throughout states and even counties that are part of the same state. In general, a settlement should cover the cost of medical fees, lost wages, and possibly pain and suffering. If death occurs, it will cover medical and funeral costs.
The best approach to finding out more about your particular settlement value is to have a conversation with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Saginaw, MI.
We know how to get our clients the results they need in the toughest legal arenas.
What If I’m Partially Responsible for My Personal Injury?
“Modified comparative negligence” is the legal system in Michigan, outlined under Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.2959. According to this rule, you cannot receive non-economic damages (often referred to as pain and suffering damages) in a lawsuit if you are more than 50% to blame for your own injury.
Although Michigan’s comparative negligence statute prohibits the recovery of non-economic damages, you may still be entitled to financial compensation (medical costs, lost earnings, etc.) to the extent that another party was to blame for the incident that caused the injuries.
We understand that you may be going through a difficult situation and we are ready to help however we can.
What Is the Timeline to Resolve a Personal Injury Case?
Trials in personal injury cases are uncommon. The vast majority of cases result in a settlement with the offender or an insurance provider. Sadly, it can be challenging to forecast how long it will take to achieve a settlement, as that period can vary greatly depending on numerous factors.
In general, the insurer will battle harder for a claim that involves serious damages and severe injuries because it will take longer to resolve. It could take longer to achieve a settlement if the case is complicated, treatment is ongoing, or culpability is not evident.
When you hire a personal injury attorney in Saginaw, MI, an insurer may be more inclined to make a reasonable offer early on to resolve your injury case.
You will always work directly with your attorney throughout your case.
How do Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Personal Injury Claims?
You may still be able to recover damages against the party who caused the accident. The damages may be diminished to reflect the pre-existing condition, but you can hold someone or a product liable for making the condition worse.
These situations are often more complicated and may call for the assistance of experts, like our experienced personal injury lawyers, to verbalize and quantify your damage.
What Can You Expect After Hiring Us?
At White Law PLLC, you can expect communicative, dedicated, and top-rated legal counsel to help you navigate the legal process of a personal injury case. We have helped victims obtain settlements that exceeded their expectations and look forward to representing you.
If the accident’s details are complicated, your injuries are severe, or the at-fault party disputes responsibility, a Saginaw personal injury lawyer will fight for you to receive proper compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at no obligation to you.
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