When another person or party has injured you, you are focused on your injuries and your health. You are focused on how you will take care of yourself and your family while you are out of work. What you are not focused on is filing a personal injury claim. However, filing an injury claim should be on your mind because you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. While you focus on your health and your family, let our Detroit personal injury lawyer focus on recovering the compensation you deserve for your injuries, losses, and damages.  We do not want you to worry about how to pay for the legal advice you need. Therefore, we offer a free consultation with our Detroit personal injury lawyer so that you can get the legal advice you need without adding to your stress and anxiety after an injury that was not your fault.  Call 517-347-6900 now for your no-cost case review with our personal injury attorney in Detroit.

What is Considered a Personal Injury Claim in Michigan?

A personal injury claim can arise from many different situations. The common factor is that a person is injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another party. For example, a driver who is speeding causes an accident that injures several people. The driver who caused the crash can be held liable for the damages arising from the crash.

Another example of a personal injury claim is when a person falls and is injured on another person’s property. For instance, a shopper falls in a grocery store because of a leaky pipe in the produce section. The property owner and others could be held liable for damages in a premises liability claim.  Michigan’s personal injury laws cover a wide variety of injury claims. Examples of the types of personal injury claims handled by the Detroit personal injury lawyers of The Clark Law Office include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Birth Injuries
  • Workers Comp Claims
  • Dog Bites and Dog Attacks
  • Police Misconduct
  • Slip and Fall Accidents (Premises Liability Claims)
  • Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Wrongful Death Claims

If you have been injured in an accident, contact The Clark Law Office at 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation with a Detroit injury attorney.  It does not cost you anything to learn about your legal rights and your options for recovering money for your claim.

Proving Liability in a Detroit Personal Injury Claim

To recover compensation for your injury claim, you must prove certain legal elements. Some personal injury claims may have specific legal elements you must prove in addition to the common elements of a personal injury claim. However, in all personal injury claims, you must prove:

  • A party owed you a duty of care;
  • The party breached the duty of care by failing to use a level of care that a reasonable person would use in similar circumstances;
  • The party’s actions or inactions caused an accident or dangerous situation that resulted in your injuries; and,
  • You suffered damages and losses because of your injuries from the accident.

Two drivers arguing in Detroit, Michigan after accidentIn most personal injury cases, the most difficult element to prove is causation. You must prove that the party’s actions or in-actions were the direct and proximate cause of the situation that resulted in your injury.  As in the car accident example from above, the fact that the driver was speeding alone may not be sufficient to prove he caused the accident. You need evidence proving that because the driver was speeding, he did not have sufficient time to slow down for traffic thereby rear-ending your vehicle. The driver had a duty to operate his vehicle safely; he breached the duty by speeding; the speeding contributed to the cause of the accident; and, you were injured in the accident thereby suffering damages.

The process sounds simple, but obtaining evidence to prove fault in a personal injury claim can be very difficult. The above example is simple. However, most personal injury claims are not simple. Insurance companies fight injury claims because they do not want to pay large settlements.  Therefore, you need an experienced Detroit personal injury attorney who can investigate the accident to identify the responsible party and obtain evidence proving fault and liability.  Call 517-347-6900 for a free consultation with a Detroit personal injury lawyer to learn more about how we can help you recover compensation for your injury claim.

Damages Available in a Personal Injury Case

The damages in a personal injury case include your financial losses in addition to your pain and suffering. You are entitled to claim all financial losses sustained because of the accident, your injury, or your recovery. Examples of financial losses included in a personal injury claim are:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Property damage
  • Personal care and assistance
  • Travel expenses
  • Medications and medical equipment or supplies
  • Future medical costs or loss of income
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses

It is very important to document each expense carefully to ensure you receive full compensation for all your financial losses.  In addition to the financial losses, you are also entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. The money received for pain and suffering damages is intended to compensate you for your physical, emotional, and mental suffering caused by the accident and your injuries.  It can be very difficult to calculate the value of your pain and suffering because each person experiences an accident and injury differently. Our Detroit personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling injury claims and understand how to use the evidence to maximize the claim for pain and suffering damages.  Call 517-347-6900 for your free consultation with The Clark Law Office to discuss what your claim may be worth.

About Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is located in Wayne County. The City of Detroit is one of the most populous areas in the state with roughly 674,000 people. Detroit is a vital area for the state’s economy as it is located on the Detroit River and is home to three of the country’s leading automobile giants Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. Whether you refer to Detroit as Motown, Motor City, or Renaissance City, you will find something to love about one of our state’s busiest and exciting cities.