Michigan Personal Injury Laws
If you or someone you love has been injured, you may be wondering what your next course of action ought to be. The first thought should always be to contact an attorney who knows the law and how to apply it to your case.
Statute of Limitations
The first thing that any injured person should think about, apart from finding a lawyer, is determining how long one has to file a claim. The timing requirements are different depending on the nature and cause of the injury. You need to contact an attorney immediately if you or someone you love has been injured.
Contact an Attorney/Contingency Fee Agreements
You need to find an attorney that you are comfortable with. If you or someone you love has been injured, you need to be prepared to convey some of your most private secrets. It is also important to find someone that is going to treat you fairly and act diligently on your behalf. Most personal injury attorneys are going to take your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that they often do not get paid unless they recover money for you. Most lawyers entitle themselves to thirty-three percent of what they recover on your behalf.
File a Claim PI Claim
Once you have hired an attorney, a lawsuit will be filed. Once filed, the defendant(s) must be served. Defendants have 21 or 28 days to respond to a lawsuit (depending on how they were served). Failure to answer a lawsuit results in a default judgment in favor of the plaintiff. Once a lawsuit is filed, a pretrial conference will be set, and a discovery order will be issued by a judge.
Be Prepared to Wait
The discovery process lasts for months. It is important to understand that lawsuits will not be resolved in a matter of days or weeks, but rather they will be resolved in months and maybe even years. The discovery process is used as a means of gathering information, developing arguments or themes, and attempting to find a way to settle a case without having to go to trial.
Most Cases Settle
Only a handful of cases ever get to trial. Lawyers and clients prefer to keep costs down, and preparing for and conducting trials is expensive. Not only that, but all sides must consider the fact that an outcome at trial may not be what they originally hoped for. Judges and juries make funny rulings and decisions from time to time. It is often best to hammer out an agreement that both sides can live with opposed to placing a final result in someone else’s hands.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Michigan Today
The legal system can be very scary for those unfamiliar with rules and procedures. It is important to contact a lawyer to help put your mind at ease. Give our firm a call today for a free initial consultation at 586-268-2400.