Seeking Legal Help After a Rollover Accident

August 24th, 2022 by Ima Admin

Rollover accidents are some of the most catastrophic crashes on the road, accounting for a disproportionately high percentage of traffic fatalities and injuries every year. If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a rollover accident, you may have the right to pursue legal action for compensation. Here is everything you need to know about rollovers and how an experienced car accident attorney can secure money to compensate you for the injuries and losses you suffered from a rollover accident.

What Is a Rollover Accident?

Seeking Legal Help After a Rollover AccidentThe National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a rollover as a crash involving “at least a 90-degree rotation about the longitudinal axis of a vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle ends up laying on its side, roof, or even returning upright on all four wheels.”

According to NHTSA, rollovers account for just 1 to 2 percent of crashes in the United States annually but cause nearly 20 percent of traffic fatalities. Nearly three quarters of people who are killed in a rollover crash were not wearing seatbelts, and about two-thirds are ejected from the vehicle. Thus, the best way to protect yourself from serious injury is to wear your seatbelt at all times.

Most rollover accidents occur when a vehicle runs off the road and “trips” on a roadside feature like a soft shoulder, ditch, or curb. A small percentage of rollovers happen because of friction between a vehicle’s tires and the road surface, typically when the driver swerves suddenly in an attempt to avoid a collision. Rollovers can also occur when a vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle with significant force, such as in a T-bone crash.

Any vehicle can roll, but some do so more easily than others. The NHTSA explains that the height of a vehicle’s center of gravity and the width of its tire track impact the likelihood of it experiencing a rollover. Tractor-trailer trucks, box trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) tend to roll more frequently than other vehicles. Rollover crashes involving these vehicles have increased in recent years, while rollovers of passenger cars have decreased.

Rollovers tend to cause heavy vehicle damage and serious injury to vehicle occupants. A rollover can crush a vehicle’s roof, shatter its windows, and thrust structural components into the cabin. The force of the roll can violently jolt occupants, throw them around the cabin, or eject them from the vehicle.

Causes of Rollover Accidents

The mechanics of rollovers don’t necessarily explain why they happen. Something has to trigger a rollover.

More often than not, the root cause of a rollover crash involves a human error, such as:

  • Drunk driving or drug-impaired driving, which can interfere with a driver’s ability to keep a vehicle in its lane;
  • Distracted driving, such as texting, eating and drinking, or turning to talk to passengers;
  • Drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Speeding, which accounts for almost 40 percent of all fatal rollover accidents, nearly 75 percent of which occur on roads with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour or more;
  • Rough or uneven road surfaces resulting from construction or poor maintenance;
  • Dangerous road design that promotes a loss of control, such as unmarked curves or steep shoulders;
  • Lack of road safety features like guardrails and barriers;
  • A vehicle defect like faulty brakes or a tire blowout;
  • Oversteering or turning too quickly while traveling at higher speeds;
  • A collision with another vehicle; and
  • Improper loading or securing of cargo, causing an imbalance.

This is not an exhaustive list, but it shows that most rollovers happen because someone in a vehicle or responsible for the road made a dangerous mistake. In those cases, rollover crash victims frequently have the right to demand compensation from the party (or parties) at fault. An experienced car accident lawyer can help.

Rollover Accident Injuries

According to the NHTSA, more than 9,800 occupants of passenger cars and light trucks died in rollover accidents in 2020. That tragic tally represents one-third of all traffic deaths in those vehicles.

Individuals who survive rollover accidents rarely escape unscathed. A rollover will frequently result in severe injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which may be mild or result in lifelong impairments;
  • Life-threatening damage to vital organs and internal bleeding;
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCI) resulting in paralysis;
  • Crushed or traumatically amputated limbs and appendages;
  • Deep lacerations resulting in blood loss, nerve damage, and scarring;
  • Neck and back injuries causing chronic pain or permanent disabilities;
  • Facial injuries leading to loss of vision and scarring;
  • Broken bones, dislocated joints, and other orthopedic injuries; or
  • Severe burns from a rolled-over vehicle catching fire.

No matter what type of injury you sustained in a rollover, there’s a good chance a skilled attorney can evaluate your losses and pursue compensation on your behalf.

Potential Compensation for Rollover Accident Victims

Victims of rollover accidents—both drivers and passengers—often have the right to take legal action seeking money damages for the losses they sustained in the crash. Generally, the law permits crash victims to demand payment from anyone whose dangerous, reckless, or intentional actions caused the rollover.

Parties who may be liable for causing a rollover can include the driver of the vehicle you are riding in, another motorist, the manufacturer of a defective car or car part, or a government entity responsible for building and maintaining safe roads.

The unique facts of each rollover accident case determine the specific types and amounts of compensation victims can seek. In Michigan, a large portion of the economic damages will be covered by your no-fault insurer. Non-economic damages and any economic damages not covered by your insurance can be recovered from the at-fault party if you suffer a severe injury that impacts your ability to live your normal life, even temporarily.

Economic damages consist of expenses and financial losses flowing from the crash and the harm it caused, such as:

  • Medical expenses for treating crash-related injuries and related health complications
  • The cost of rehabilitative therapies (physical, occupational, etc.)
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
  • The cost to repair or replace damaged property
  • Expenses connect to adapting to or living with crash injuries, such as childcare or transportation services;
  • Any other costs directly resulting from the rollover crash.

Non-economic damages pay for all other types of harm a victim might suffer because of a rollover accident, including:

  • Physical pain and discomfort
  • Loss of mobility or bodily functions
  • Emotional suffering and mental health challenges
  • Embarrassment, humiliation, or mortification
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of independence
  • Inconvenience
  • Scarring and disfigurement

Rollover accident victims may not realize the scope and extent of the damages they have the right to recover. An experienced car accident attorney can identify every aspect of their lives that has been impacted because of the crash, then take legal action to secure maximum compensation.

Rollover Accident Lawsuit Time Limits

A law called the statute of limitations sets a deadline on your right to sue the at-fault party (or parties) for damages. If you miss this deadline, you could forever lose your right to compensation.

Claims against the various parties who may be at fault for a rollover accident have different statutes of limitations. Some claims also require notice by a certain deadline, which can be as short as 60 days after a crash. An experienced attorney knows these deadlines and can make sure to preserve your rights. Contact an attorney as soon as possible after you or a loved one are injured in a crash to ensure that all of the time limits can be met.

Protect Your Rights After a Rollover Accident

The steps you take in the days, weeks, and months after getting hurt in a rollover accident can significantly affect your legal rights and financial future. Consider following these tips to protect yourself and your ability to pursue compensation.

Get Immediate Medical Treatment

Seek medical attention immediately after getting into a rollover crash, even if you think you avoided severe injury. Medical professionals can examine you to determine whether you suffered trauma such as a traumatic brain injury, which might otherwise take days or more to show symptoms and can worsen. Never trust your ability to diagnose your own injuries during the stressful, upsetting hours and days after a rollover.

Medical care protects both your health and your legal rights. Providers generate records of your care that prove your injuries and their cause. Seeking care also prevents insurers and defense lawyers from blaming you for allowing your injuries to get worse.

Avoid Social Media

While it may seem normal to vent on social media or online forums about your rollover accident, it is not a good idea.

When you put information about the crash on the internet, you risk giving the at-fault party a reason to refuse to compensate you for your losses. That party’s insurance company and defense lawyers will seize on any information they find on social media and try to twist it into a justification for paying you less than you deserve or nothing at all.

Don’t Agree to a Settlement or Sign Anything From an Insurance Company

The party at fault for your rollover probably carries insurance to cover at least some of your damages. But that doesn’t mean the party or insurer will pay you willingly.

In addition to looking for reasons to refuse to pay you, they may also try to trick you into agreeing to take less money than the law permits you to demand.

If an insurance company or defense lawyer offers you a settlement of your rollover accident claim, review it with a lawyer. Odds are the amount they put on the table will fall far short of what you need to pay your expenses and move forward with your life.

Never agree to settle your case and never sign anything from an insurance company without first consulting with a knowledgeable attorney. In most cases, a lawyer can handle the negotiations with insurers and defense lawyers on your behalf and get you far more than what was initially offered.

Contact a Lawyer ASAP

Connect with a car accident lawyer about your rollover accident immediately. The sooner you have a lawyer on your side protecting your interests, the better your chances of securing payment for your expenses and losses. Gruel Mills offers free, no-obligation consultations for rollover victims like you, so consulting with us won’t cost you a dime.

Waiting to talk to a lawyer carries significant risks. You could unintentionally sacrifice your rights by missing an important deadline. Or you could fall victim to an aggressive insurance company’s or defense lawyer’s tactics. But once a lawyer represents you, you are protected from those risks.

How a Lawyer Can Help After a Rollover Accident

A skilled car accident lawyer can provide a wide range of services to victims of rollover accidents. Chief among them is handling the entire process of pursuing financial compensation for crash-related injuries and losses. That process may require the lawyer to gather evidence, prepare and submit insurance claims, file lawsuits, negotiate settlements, and go to court to enforce the victim’s rights.

But a skilled lawyer can also play other important roles in helping a victim rebound from a rollover accident. For example, a lawyer can act as a trusted advisor when an injured victim or victim’s family member faces a difficult decision affecting their legal and financial interests. A lawyer can also serve as a victim’s personal representative in dealings with law enforcement, the media, and others.

In short, a lawyer lends critical legal services, support, and guidance to a rollover accident victim, representing only the victim’s interests and fighting to see justice done and compensation paid.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you or someone you love suffered significant harm in a rollover accident, do not delay getting the legal help you need. Contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Gruel Mills today for your free case evaluation and to learn about your rights and options for obtaining compensation.

How Do Car Accident Settlements Work?

August 22nd, 2022 by Ima Admin

If you suffered injuries in a motor vehicle collision, you might feel like your life is upside down. You may be left dealing with catastrophic injuries and excruciating pain while enduring significant financial hardships from the inability to work or medical bills not covered by your insurance. Fortunately, you have legal options. An experienced car accident attorney at Gruel Mills can help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back right-side up.

Types of Car Crash Settlements in Michigan

How Do Car Accident Settlements WorkIn Michigan, one insurer will be responsible for your personal injury protection (PIP) benefits after a crash, including medical expenses, any wage loss for the first three years after the crash, and attendant care, or nursing-type care inside the home. Insurers may deny these claims or refuse to pay for a certain treatment for a variety of reasons, such as if they do not think the medical care was necessary or if they believe a different insurer should be responsible for your claims. Your attorney can seek a settlement with this insurer for all of the bills you have incurred so far that should have been paid.

If you are seriously hurt or a loved one is killed in a crash, you can bring a claim against the at-fault driver and a different insurer will be involved. This insurer is responsible for the money damages that are not covered by the first insurer, such as wage loss if you are unable to work for more than three years, as well as noneconomic damages like pain and suffering. If the at-fault driver was not insured or did not have enough insurance, you may also have a claim against your own insurance carrier for these damages under optional underinsured or uninsured coverage. Your attorney can seek a one-time settlement with this insurer for your past, present, and future damages.

What Exactly Is a Settlement?

A settlement is a voluntary agreement between disputing parties about an issue before a court resolution. In general, the plaintiff agrees to voluntarily dismiss their claim or lawsuit against the defendant in exchange for a certain amount of money.

While the premise may seem simple, negotiating a settlement is rarely straightforward.  Reach out to an experienced car accident lawyer immediately for assistance if you are in a car crash. A lawyer understands the best way to conduct settlement negotiations and how to fight for your desired outcome.

The Motor Vehicle Accident Settlement Process

To start the settlement process after a motor vehicle accident, you must gather the necessary evidence and documents to support your claim. An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you with this process. Your lawyer will gather the evidence and secure all the appropriate documents, including medical records, receipts related to the accident, testimony, and other evidence that shows what happened.

Once you gather the evidence, your attorney will probably draft a demand letter stating your claim, explaining your injuries, providing a statement of fault, and laying out the monetary damages you want to recover and the deadline to meet these demands. At Gruel Mills, we often call this a “settlement brochure,” which we use to persuade the insurance adjuster of the value of your claims. The letter or brochure is sent to the insurance company, which will complete their investigation and accept or deny the demands.

If the insurance company accepts the claim, it will make a settlement offer, allowing you to start settlement negotiations. If the demands lead to settlement negotiations, both parties will present their arguments and try to come up with a settlement offer. If everyone agrees to it, then the matter resolves. Whether or not to accept a settlement offer is always your decision. However, if the parties cannot reach a mutual agreement, your lawyer—with your approval—will take your case to trial, where they will pursue maximum compensation.

What Is an Average Car Accident Settlement Amount?

Because each accident is different, there is no average settlement amount. Instead, to ensure the highest compensation for your harm and losses following a devastating accident, work with an experienced car crash lawyer. Your lawyer can determine the proper compensation for your accident based on several factors, including your injuries and losses.

What Factors Influence a Motor Vehicle Accident Settlement?

As mentioned above, many factors determine how much money you can obtain in a car accident settlement, including the severity of the injuries involved and the effect these injuries have on your life. Accidents involving wrongful death or debilitating trauma, such as a severe traumatic brain injury or paralysis, often lead to the highest settlement amounts.

The following factors often affect settlements:

  • The amount of lost income
  • The type of medical treatments needed and the length of these treatments
  • The insurance policy coverage available
  • The culpability of the person responsible for the motor vehicle collision
  • The other available coverage types, such as uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage
  • If the injuries resulted in any permanent limitations on your life
  • The extent of your pain and suffering
  • The lawyer representing the other side
  • The property damages involved
  • The evidence and its credibility

Due to these complex factors, work with a skilled car accident lawyer following your accident. Because these lawyers are familiar with this process and understand what factors can impact your case, they know how to prepare the strongest legal case on your behalf to go after the financial recovery you deserve.

Accepting the First Settlement From the Insurance Company

Even though a settlement offer from the insurance company may seem great, never accept their first offer until a lawyer reviews it. It is probably not enough to compensate you for your injuries, and it is probably not the full value they are willing to pay for your claims. The insurance company’s goal is to pay out the least amount of money possible so that it can continue to make profit.

The Statute of Limitations and What It Means for Your Car Accident Settlement

While some car accident cases settle before a lawsuit is filed, it is often necessary to file a lawsuit to get the insurer to the bargaining table. However, you must know that you have a limited time to file your case based on the statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations is a regulation that dictates how long a person has to pursue a lawsuit after an alleged offense. If an individual does not bring their case within this period, they cannot pursue the money they need for their injuries and losses. Most states only provide individuals with a few years to file their case, but in rare occasions, some exceptions may apply if you have missed the deadline.

For these reasons, discuss your case with an experienced car accident lawyer immediately after the crash. These lawyers can determine how long you have to file your lawsuit and keep track of the settlement process to ensure you do not miss your deadline to file your case. If necessary, your lawyer will prepare and submit the paperwork to the court before this period runs out.

Actions You Can Take to Help the Settlement Process

Between the chaos of the accident scene and your injuries, the last thing you want to do after a devastating event is interview witnesses or gather evidence from the crash. However, the things you do after an incident are critical in ensuring you stay safe and protect your legal rights.

For these reasons, following a motor vehicle accident, consider doing the following:

Call 911

Call 911 immediately after a car accident. This step is the fastest way to alert medical personnel and the police of the collision and get the accident on record. After the police arrive, they can review the facts and document the details of the incident in their report. During the settlement negotiations, your lawyer can use this report to help you fight for maximum compensation.

Gather Details

If the area is safe, gather as much evidence following the accident as possible.

This step includes taking photos of:

  • The injuries you see
  • The cars involved in the crash
  • The location of these cars on the road
  • The damage to the cars
  • The weather conditions
  • Defects on the streets
  • Skid marks
  • Traffic signs and signals near the collision
  • Any other evidence demonstrating what happened

If you cannot gather this evidence, an experienced car accident lawyer can handle the investigation on your behalf and obtain the evidence needed to prove fault and damages.

Exchange Information With Others

Try to obtain information from everyone involved in the collision, including their names, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, insurance information, and vehicle details, such as make and model.

Additionally, if anyone else saw the incident, try to get their personal information. These witnesses can often provide testimony to help substantiate your case and further details to support your settlement negotiations.

However, as you discuss this accident with these individuals, remember that the other side can try to use your words against you. Therefore, avoid making any definitive statements or apologizing for the crash.

Fight for the Money You Need with an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

Dealing with an insurance company or defense team following a motor vehicle collision is stressful, especially as you try to heal. Fortunately, you will not have to take on this challenging situation alone when you work with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer.

Once you retain one of these legal professionals, they can:

  • Figure out if you have a viable claim and determine what legal options you should pursue.
  • Gather the evidence needed to prove who was at fault, what happened, and the damages you sustained.
  • Bring on experts to help substantiate your case, including accident specialists, medical care workers, and even economists.
  • Determine which parties were responsible for the accident and hold all of them accountable for the harm and losses you suffered.
  • Deal with the settlement negotiations and fight for an amount that is fair to you.
  • Proceed to trial if the other side is unwilling to give the money you need, and go after the resolution you want.

If you sustained injuries in a car accident and are looking to secure compensation for your losses, do not take on settlement negotiations alone. Instead, reach out to an experienced car accident attorney today for a free consultation and learn how these lawyers can help you fight for the justice and monetary damages you deserve.

Settlements in Car Accident Neck and Back Injury Cases

August 20th, 2022 by Ima Admin

Car accidents often result in neck and back injuries. These injuries range from soft tissue strains to major damage to the spine and even paralysis. If you have suffered a neck or back injury in a car crash, many factors influence the value of your claim. This article will help you understand what you can expect from settlement talks after your motor vehicle accident and how an experienced car accident attorney can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

Common Examples of Back and Neck Injuries

Settlements in Car Accident Neck and Back Injury CasesAny car accident can result in back and neck injuries. Even a crash at slow speeds can cause damage to the fragile components of the spine. Some back and neck injuries will heal with time or medical treatment, but they are certainly painful while they are healing. Other injuries can cause chronic pain and physical limitations or may be permanent.

Some back and neck injuries that a car crash can cause include:

If you have been in a car crash, you should get medical attention immediately, even if your injuries appear to be minor. Many neck and back issues get worse in the days after a crash and you may not know that your neck or spine has been injured  right away.

How to Obtain Compensation After a Car Wreck that Resulted in a Neck or Back Injury

If you have sustained neck or back trauma in a car crash that was someone else’s fault, you can bring only a claim against the at-fault driver if your injuries are serious. Under Michigan No-Fault law, an injured person must show a serious impairment of body function, permanent serious disfigurement, or death to bring a claim against the negligent driver. The experienced attorneys at Gruel Mills, along with our medical team, can advise you as to whether your injuries satisfy this requirement.

If your neck or back injury is impacting your ability to live your normal life, you can bring a claim and potentially obtain a monetary recovery either through a settlement or a court verdict after a trial. Because trials are costly and their outcomes are not certain, most people prefer to settle their claims before trial if possible. There are some circumstances when it is worth going to trial to try to get the maximum award you deserve, but out-of-court settlements are much more common than jury trial verdicts.

Factors That Can Influence Your Settlement Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

Every car accident is unique, so no lawyer can tell you exactly how much money you will be able to recover after being injured in a car crash. The value of your case depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • The extent and the severity of your back and neck injuries
  • The type of treatments your injuries require
  • Whether future medical treatments will be necessary, and if so, for how long
  • How your back and neck injuries affect your overall quality of life
  • Whether your neck and back injuries resulted in paralysis or a permanent disability
  • Your ability to work after the car crash and whether the injury resulted in lost wages, and if so, for how long
  • The extent of your pain and suffering
  • Your ability to partake in regular and everyday activities that you did before the accident, and whether you need help taking care of yourself or your household
  • The type of evidence presented and the credibility of this evidence
  • The defendant’s culpability in the crash
  • The insurance policy limits and whether the defendant has assets that could be collected

Even though an attorney cannot predict precisely how much money you can obtain, they can review these factors and the specifics of what happened and prepare the best case for you as they pursue the money you need to recover.

Types of Monetary Damages You Can Pursue in a Lawsuit Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

There are different types of damages that you can pursue in a claim against an at-fault driver. Some of these damages depend on the amount of insurance coverage both you and the at-fault driver had at the time of the crash. These damages include:

Economic Damages

Economic damages are the easily measurable monetary losses that result from an accident. In Michigan, if you have no-fault insurance, your own insurer will cover some or all of these expenses, which are called personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. If you have chosen a no-fault insurance plan with less than unlimited PIP coverage, the at-fault driver may be liable for any economic damages not covered by your insurer.

These losses include things such as:

  • Medical bills related to doctor visits, hospital stay, emergency services, including ambulance services and emergency room visits, surgeries, medications, and other medical treatments, and medical equipment
  • Personal property damages (replacement services and repair costs)
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Replacement of household services, such as child care, home maintenance, and similar services
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair
  • Other expenses resulting from the accident

Non-Economic Damages

These damages refer to the personal losses that result from an accident that are not easy to quantify, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Physical impairment or physical disfigurement
  • Impact on your relationships, which is called loss of society and companionship
  • Reputation loss
  • Inconvenience

To determine which of these damages you can pursue following your car accident, it is a good idea to work with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. These lawyers can review the facts of your crash, determine the extent of your losses, determine which of these damages apply, and help you go after the money you need.

Should You Accept the First Settlement Offer You Receive From the Insurance Company?

The at-fault driver’s insurance company may offer you a settlement amount shortly after your accident. However, before you accept this amount, you need to consider whether taking this money will meet your needs.

Insurance companies, like other businesses, want to make a profit. They meet this goal by doing what they can to get you to accept a settlement for the lowest possible amount. It is thus no surprise that after a car collision, when you are most vulnerable, these insurance companies may offer you a low settlement in hopes you do not verify whether it is fair to you.

Right after a crash, you do not know whether your injuries will heal, how long that will take or what medical treatments will be necessary, or whether you may have lifelong limitations. Thus, you cannot know if a settlement is enough. Worse yet, if you accept this settlement, you cannot return to the company in the future and ask them for more money.

Consequently, before you accept anything from the insurance company, you should review their offer with a knowledgeable car accident attorney. These legal professionals can determine whether the amount is fair.. If not, they can go back to the negotiation table with the insurance company and fight for the money you deserve.

The Time Limitations That Affect Your Claim In These Accidents

Another factor that victims of a car crash should watch out for when pursuing money for their neck and back injuries is the time limitations involved in filing their case. In Michigan, claims against an at-fault driver must be filed within three years after the crash, although there are a few narrow exceptions to this statute of limitations.

Although this may seem like a long time, you should reach out to an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible following a car crash that resulted in a back or neck injury. There is also a lot that must be done before this deadline to prepare your case, and your attorney can also work to negotiate a settlement before filing suit. Your lawyers will also figure out precisely how much time you have to file your case and ensure that all the legal filings are prepared and submitted to the appropriate court before this period expires.

The Evidence That Is Most Useful in a Neck and Back Injury Case

Generally, in a neck and back injury case, certain types of evidence are more valuable than others. For instance, consider the following:

Medical Experts

Proving you are entitled to monetary recovery after a car crash that resulted in a neck and back injury can be complicated and challenging. Many people have degenerative damage to their neck and back simply due to normal aging, and it is difficult to distinguish some of this damage from a traumatic injury on medical imaging. Insurance companies often argue that your back or neck pain existed before the crash, or is only due to aging rather than a result of the crash. Medical experts can provide testimony to show the severity of your injuries and the connection between your injuries and the motor vehicle accident.

Even if you had a preexisting issue or degenerative damage, a car crash may cause you new or worse pain in your neck and back. This exacerbation of neck and back issues can entitle you to a recovery if your life is significantly affected.

Medical Documentation

Another piece of evidence that can significantly help your case is your medical records from your doctors, both before and after the crash. This evidence can help show the financial costs associated with your injuries, the diagnosis of your injuries, and the types of treatments you will need following this accident. Your medical records can also show if you have new or worse pain and injuries that did not exist prior to the accident.

As a result, you should keep copies of all your records and bills as you receive treatment and provide them to your attorney when you meet to discuss your case.

Photos and Videos of the Accident

If possible, collect videos or photos of the accident to present to your lawyer, including pictures of:

  • Your visible trauma
  • The motor vehicles involved in the crash
  • The placement of these vehicles on the road
  • Traffic signs near the area
  • Skid marks or road defects

These photos can help your attorney bolster your case, prove what happened, support the extent and validity of your injuries, and determine who was at fault for the collision. However, if you are having difficulty securing any of this evidence, do not worry. When you work with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer, these attorneys can help you obtain this evidence while you focus on recovery and healing.

Go After the Money You Need With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

After a back and neck injury, you are likely dealing with significant stress. Between your pain, medical treatment, and recovery, and worries about the future and finances, it can be a lot to deal with. To help ease your burden, reach out to an experienced car accident lawyer, like those at Gruel Mills, as soon as possible.

We can:

  • Review the facts of your car crash, determine whether you have a viable case, and what legal options are available.
  • Provide you with the legal support you require and the answers to your questions and concerns.
  • Handle the investigation into the incident, analyze the details of what happened, and try to find all the evidence needed to show fault and damages.
  • Figure out who was responsible for the accident, and hold all those individuals accountable for your losses and injuries.
  • Retain experts, including doctors, accident specialists, and economists, to validate your claim.
  • Handle all negotiations with the insurer and the other side to obtain a just settlement offer.
  • Proceed to trial if the insurance company is unwilling to get you the money you need and fight for the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.

If you or a family member suffered back and neck injuries in a car collision, do not deal with the drastic repercussions on your own. Instead, contact an experienced car accident attorney at Gruel Mills today for a free case evaluation and learn more about how these attorneys can help you fight for your rights and the money you deserve.

How Can a Construction Accident Lawyer Help You?

August 18th, 2022 by Rankings LLC

How can a construction accident lawyer help you? A construction accident can leave you dealing with severe or life-changing injuries, excruciating pain, and extensive medical bills. Dealing with insurance companies can make life even more difficult as you try to heal. Thankfully, with an attorney who is experienced in construction accident law on your side, you will not have to go through this devastating ordeal alone. Instead, your lawyer can guide you through the complex legal process that often follows these incidents. Reach out to a Grand Rapids construction accident lawyer.

You may wonder if you need to seek legal help after a construction accident. This article details why you should reach out to an attorney and how they can help you fight for the justice and financial damages you deserve.

A Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help You Figure Out If You Have a Viable Legal Claim

Construction accidents can happen for any number of reasons. However, these incidents generally tend to result from:

  • Slip and falls
  • Crane accidents
  • Falls from significant heights
  • Fires and explosions
  • Power tool accidents
  • Overexertion
  • Falling debris
  • Forklift accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Electrocutions
  • Machinery accidents
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals
  • Caught in-between accidents

Determining whether you have a valid legal claim following a construction accident requires a thorough investigation. Reach out to an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible after the incident. A legal professional can review your accident, make sure the evidence is preserved, determine whether you can take legal action, and help you figure out your legal remedies.

A Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help You Determine Your Legal Options

construction accident A workers’ compensation claim is often the only remedy a worker can pursue against their employer after a construction accident. Yet, there are some exceptions to this rule, and construction workers are free to pursue legal remedies against other parties that were involved in the incident.

Workers’ compensation insurance provides wage and medical benefits to those workers who become sick or injured on the job. Workers can receive these benefits regardless of fault. However, in exchange for these benefits, employees relinquish their rights to sue their employer for monetary damages following the accident. If your employer does not carry proper workers’ compensation insurance, you can file a lawsuit against them. You may also be able to file a lawsuit if your employer intentionally tried to hurt you, or blatantly disregarded an obvious danger, knowing you would be hurt.

Workers’ compensation is not the “exclusive remedy” against third parties. Many different contractors and subcontractors may be on a job site at any time, and there are complex rules about when you can hold these other parties responsible for injuries their actions cause. Certain parties can be held responsible for ensuring the entire job site is safe, while another subcontractor may be liable if its employee created a dangerous condition that caused your injury.

To determine which of these legal options applies to your case, speak with a knowledgeable construction accident attorney regarding your accident. A lawyer can review the facts, determine your best legal option, and go after the financial damages you deserve.

A Construction Accident Lawyer Can Calculate Your Injuries and Losses

Due to the nature of a construction accident, injuries that can result from these incidents are wide-ranging and often quite serious or even fatal. Some injuries that are frequently caused by a construction accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord trauma and paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Significant burns
  • Lacerations
  • Internal organ damage and bleeding
  • Facial trauma and eye injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Toxic exposure to chemicals
  • Death

Depending on the harm suffered, the injured person may require medical treatments or experience physical limitations for the rest of their life. Thus, you should consult with an experienced construction accident attorney following a construction accident. These lawyers can help you determine the extent of your losses following the accident and the total monetary damages you need to help cover your necessary medical care and accommodations now and in the future.

A Construction Accident Attorney Can Recover Your Financial Damages

If you were harmed in a construction accident due to a negligent third party, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit for financial damages beyond the limits of workers’ compensation. These damages fall into two categories:

Economic Damages

These damages refer to payment for the financial losses that result from an accident. They include:

  • Medical expenses related to doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription medications, emergency services, ambulance rides, surgeries, rehabilitative therapy, and other types of treatments
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Property damages, including replacement and repair costs
  • Domestic replacement services, such as childcare services
  • Other financial losses resulting from the incident

Non-economic Damages

These damages include payment for the personal, non-monetary losses that result from an accident. These losses include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental trauma from the incident
  • Inconvenience because of the injuries that resulted
  • Damage to relationships with loved ones
  • Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
  • Disfigurement and physical impairment

To determine which financial damages you can pursue following your construction accident, you should discuss your case with a construction accident attorney. The lawyers at Gruel Mills know Michigan’s laws regarding these damages and can determine which damages apply to your situation to help you go after the maximum compensation possible.

A Construction Accident Attorney Can Determine How Much Time You Have to File Your Legal Claim

There is a limit on how long those harmed in a construction accident have to pursue legal action, called the statute of limitations.  If individuals do not file their lawsuit within that period, they can never pursue legal action to obtain the money they deserve.

In Michigan, the statute of limitations is generally three years. There are some exceptions to this rule that may allow the claim to be filed later, but there are also other laws that may require a notice to be served on the defendant much sooner. That is why you should not wait to discuss your case with an experienced construction accident attorney. When you work with a legal professional, they can determine how much time you have to file your claim, then prepare and submit all your legal documents to the proper court before the statute of limitations runs out.

Although you may think you have plenty of time to file your case, you should not wait to pursue it. Over time, there is a higher likelihood of evidence disappearing, memories of the incident fading, and witnesses no longer being able to testify on your behalf. These factors can hurt your legal claim and your chances of getting the money you need.

A Construction Accident Attorney Can Help Protect Your Legal Rights

After a construction accident, you are already going through a difficult time. The last thing you want to worry about is investigating the incident to find the evidence to show what happened, who was at fault, and the extent of your damages. Fortunately, with an experienced construction accident attorney, you will not have to handle this yourself. Your lawyer can:

Thoroughly Investigate the Scene of the Accident

After an accident, if it is possible, gather as much evidence from the scene as you can, including photos of:

  • Your visible injuries;
  • The accident scene and surrounding areas;
  • The construction equipment or materials that contributed to the accident;
  • Personal property damages; and
  • Anything else that can help show what happened.

However, do not stress if you cannot gather this evidence because of the severity of your injuries. A construction accident attorney can handle this investigation process for you and work to obtain the proof required to show fault and your damages, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Speak to Individuals Who Saw the Accident

Your lawyer can reach out to people who were at the scene and saw your accident happen. These individuals can often provide your attorney with further information regarding the incident and offer testimony that can help substantiate your legal claim.

Help Gather Relevant Documents to Support Your Case

Your lawyers can also help you obtain documents and other evidence associated with your case, including the police report, medical records, video footage of the incident, and any other evidence that can help them prove what happened, who is at fault, and the extent of your injuries.

A Construction Accident Attorney Can Help You Take on the Insurance Company

Employers and businesses often carry liability insurance to help take care of anyone who is injured on a job site. However, insurance companies obviously make more profit if they pay out the least amount possible on a claim. After a construction accident, it is thus common for insurers and their adjusters to try to reduce the amount of your claim or place blame for the incident on you or someone else they do not insure.

When you work with an experienced construction accident lawyer, you will not have to take on these insurance companies by yourself. Instead, your lawyer can handle all the discussions and negotiations with insurers and ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and damages.

A Construction Accident Attorney Can Help You Fight for the Justice You Deserve

While money will never undo the losses, injuries, and stress caused by a construction accident, compensation for your losses can help you rebuild your life. Importantly, with an experienced construction accident attorney fighting for your rights, you will not have to go after compensation alone.

Instead, a lawyer can:

  • Determine whether you have a viable claim and the legal options you can pursue;
  • Answer your challenging questions and provide the legal support you need;
  • Investigate and analyze the construction incident in detail and gather the evidence needed to prove liability and damages;
  • Determine which parties were responsible for the incident and hold all of them accountable for your injuries and other losses;
  • Handle all the settlement negotiations and fight for a fair offer; and
  • Proceed to trial and go after maximum damages if the insurance company or the other defendant(s) will not settle for a fair amount.

If you or a loved one was harmed in a construction accident, do not wait to obtain the legal help you need. Instead, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Gruel Mills today for your free case consultation. We can help fight for the outcome you deserve.

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