What damages am I entitled to if I am injured? Generally, the damages available in personal injury actions can be broken down into two categories, pecuniary and nonpecuniary. Pecuniary damages are those that can be measured monetarily. Reasonable expenses for past and future medical care, treatment, and services are compensable monetary damages. Another area of […]
Ask the Lawyer: Is it Too Late to Sue?
My daughter was hurt in a car accident when she was 10 years old. She is now 14 and needs surgery. Her doctor thinks that she needs the surgery due to the car accident. Is it too late to sue the other driver? The accident was the other driver’s fault if that matters. No, it […]
Ask the Lawyer: Can I Sue if the Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?
I was injured in a car accident when the driver of another car ran a yield sign and collided with my car. The driver of the other car did not have insurance though. The driver told the police officer that his car was in the shop and that the owner of the car was actually […]
Ask the Lawyer: Can I Sue if the Driver was Not Ticketed?
I was driving my car this past weekend on a four-lane road. I was riding in the right eastbound lane when another vehicle in the left eastbound lane attempted to change lanes and ran into the driver’s side of my car. Apparently, the driver of the other vehicle did not see my car. The driver […]
Ask the Lawyer: Who is Responsible for the Sidewalk?
I was at a carnival this past weekend. After getting off one of the rides and walking on the sidewalk to get on another ride, I tripped over something on the sidewalk (a hose or electrical wire or something) and fell, injuring my arm and shoulder. I was taken to the hospital. The doctor told […]
Ask the Lawyer: Is My Neighbor Responsible For My Son’s Injuries?
My five-year-old son and I were invited over to the neighbor’s house this past weekend to play outside in the neighbor’s bouncy house. My neighbor has two dogs which were also outside. My son and the neighbor’s children were having a great time when my son slid down the slide of the bouncy house and […]
Ask the Lawyer: My Husband’s Surgeon Messed Up and Now He Can’t Walk
My husband is a construction worker who had surgery to replace his hip. I think the surgeon messed up and now my husband cannot walk. He has now lost his job and can’t work. My question is — Is there a cap on medical malpractice damages in Michigan? Yes, but only on noneconomic damages. Under […]
Ask the Lawyer: What does serious impairment mean?
I was in a car accident. I understand that in order to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver for my injuries, I must show that I have a serious impairment. Can you explain this? Absolutely. A person injured in a car accident cannot recover noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering unless the injury […]
Ask the Lawyer: My Son Was Bit by a Dog and the Owner Won’t Pay
Me and my son were at my neighbor’s house a couple weeks ago. My neighbor has some sort of mixed breed small dog. My son was petting the dog when the dog reached up and bit him on his cheek. My son was bleeding pretty badly and I immediately took him to the emergency room […]
Ask the Lawyer: Who Pays for My Damages?
I was sitting at a red light the other day and I was rear-ended. I was hit pretty hard, there was a lot of damage to my car, and I injured my back and neck. My insurance company is giving me a lot of grief about paying for my damages. I thought this was supposed […]