Grand Rapids Personal Injury Attorneys

Have you or someone you love suffered an injury due to an accident? If so, you may have a legal claim for financial damages. Under the law, accident victims have certain protections. Specifically, if another person’s negligence caused the accident, that person may hold financial responsibility for your losses.

Money may not be your primary concern after an accident. And this is understandable. But it is essential to consider the financial implications of your injuries moving forward. Getting what you deserve doesn’t have to be complicated.

At Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC, we understand accident victims’ challenges, and we’re here to help. Let us focus on the legal aspects of your personal injury case so that you can focus on your recovery. To set up a free initial consultation, contact Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer today.

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Why Choose Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC?

One of the most important things an attorney can provide is a safe space for their clients. At Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC, we believe trust is the cornerstone of any attorney client relationship. When you work with us, we want you to know that your interests are our interests.

Coping with the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming. One of our goals is to help take away your stress and allow you to have the confidence that things will get better.

For over 35 years, our attorneys have worked to provide our clients and the Grand Rapids community with a better future. We believe everyone deserves proper legal representation. That’s why we make it our mission to work with underprivileged communities and give back through charity and pro bono representation. While we are a nationally recognized firm, we are proud to call Grand Rapids home and consider it an honor to give back to the people of the area.

As a personal injury attorney, there is nothing better than giving your client the resources they need to rebuild their life. While every case is different, we want to help you get what you need to feel comfortable moving forward.

While no guarantee of success in all cases as every claim is unique, past results include:

  • $5 million in damages for serious injuries sustained in a food truck explosion
  • $3 million for a wrongful death case resulting from an explosion
  • $1.9 million in damages following a factory accident
  • $450,000 for severe injuries after a dog bit
Attorneys for Personal Injury victims in Grand Rapids, MI

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Personal injury lawyers work with clients who have sustained an injury due to another person’s negligence, whether through their direct actions or lack of care.

In Michigan, the law allows you to recover financial damages if you can prove four elements:

  1. A party owed you a duty of care: Would a reasonable person be expected to account for your safety given the situation?
  2. The person broke their duty of care: Did the person act in a way that was not consistent with that of a reasonable person in the same situation?
  3. The person’s actions were direct causation for your injuries.
  4. Your injuries resulted in compensable damages.

Defendants in a personal injury case may include a person, a private corporation, or a public entity. In some cases, there may be more than one responsible party. Examples of personal injury cases include:

You can learn more about our specific practice areas below or by reaching out to one of our experienced lawyers today. Don’t wait to discuss your accident with an experienced personal injury lawyer and determine if you have a case.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. According to recent data from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, 245,432 accidents wracked the state over just one year.

Of these, there were over 1,000 deaths and over 44,000 injuries. Common injuries after a motor vehicle accident include traumatic brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.

Moreover, the state recently passed confusing new no-fault laws that complicate claims. You will want our help untangling which insurance companies should pay for what.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

The Michigan State Police reports more than 100 pedestrians die every year. When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, there is an 80 percent chance that the pedestrian will not survive the collision. Those that do survive often face a long road to recovery. Sadly, a large number of pedestrian accidents are the result of driver negligence.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Driving under the influence

Medical Malpractice

Patients should always be able to go to the doctor and trust that their condition will not get worse because of their caregiver’s actions. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are more common than you’d think.

A recent NBC News report found one in 10 patients suffers harm during their medical care. Of these, half are preventable, and one in 12 leads to permanent disability.

Medical mistakes and medical errors are different than unwanted outcomes. These injuries happen because of one or more parties’ negligence.

Examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Missed or delayed diagnosis
  • Improper medication
  • Wrong limb amputation
  • Misreading lab results
  • Unneeded surgery
  • Surgical errors
  • Foreign objects left in the body
  • Inadequate follow-up care

Wrongful Death

According to the CDC, accidental injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, and poisonings are the top causes of unintentional deaths. Losing a loved one is hard. And no amount of money will take away the pain.

However, take the time you need to grieve your loved one and heal yourself properly. A wrongful death case can help you recover damages associated with your loved one’s loss and provide resources for your family moving forward.

Typical costs in a wrongful death case include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Outstanding medical bills
  • Loss of earnings

Premises Liability

The law requires any person or business who owns a property to maintain that property in a manner that is conducive to the safety of others. This means a person should be able to enter a home or business with the reasonable expectation that they won’t get hurt. If an injury happens, the property owner may be financially liable for damages, even if they were unaware of the conditions.

Common examples of premises liability cases include:

Frequently Asked Questions

After an accident or loss, it’s normal to have questions. At Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC, we believe the more information you have, the better equipped you will be to move forward with your case. Below are some of the most common questions our attorneys receive from personal injury clients:

How much is my personal injury case worth?

Money is always a top concern to the people we talk to after an accident. And there is nothing wrong with this. A sudden accident can affect your livelihood and cause apprehension about your future. As your attorney, our goal is to help you get the most out of your case, so you don’t suffer a financial setback because of your injuries

Many variables can affect the value of a personal injury case, and it is impossible to provide an exact estimate for your specific case. However, we can look at the costs commonly associated with cases like yours.

Common costs in a personal injury case include:

  • Medical bills, including doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and other necessary costs.
  • Lost wages, covering any time missed from work as a direct result of the accident and potentially including future loss of earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering to compensate you for the physical and emotional toll of the accident, including chronic pain, mental distress, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
  • Loss of enjoyment is when you can no longer participate in the tasks or activities that made you happy before your accident.
  • Loss of consortium, when your injuries interfere with, diminish, or result in the loss of a familial or romantic relationship.

Will my case go to court?

The majority of personal injury cases settle outside of court. There are two main reasons for this. One, going to court is expensive. And two, juries are unpredictable. In most cases, both you and the insurance company are better off coming to a mutual agreement.

Your attorney will advise you whether the insurance company’s offer is appropriate and what your case looks like moving forward. However, you ultimately decide whether you want to accept a settlement or request a trial.

How long will my personal injury case take?

After an accident, watching the bills add up and missing time from work can stress you out. So it makes sense to question how long a personal injury case will take. When you work with an attorney, the goal is always to settle your case as quickly as possible. At the same time, we want you to get what you deserve. Typically, a case that settles out of court will take far less time than one that requires litigation.

Other factors that can affect the timeline of your case include:

  • The willingness of both parties to settle
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The number of parties involved
  • The complexity of your case

If you have concerns about how long your case takes, don’t hesitate to reach out to your attorney. Your attorney can tell you where you are in the case and what type of timeline you can expect.

What information should I take when I meet with my attorney?

The initial consultation is your opportunity to get to know your potential representation as well as your attorney’s opportunity to review your case. From the initial meeting, an attorney should be able to tell you whether you have a case, whether they want to take your case, and provide you with a basic understanding of what you should expect.

This meeting is important for both parties, so come prepared.

Helpful items include:

  • Information about the other party, including name, contact information, and insurance information
  • Your insurance information. For auto accidents, be prepared to show your health insurance and your car insurance
  • Photos of the accident
  • Detailed information about where and how the accident occurred
  • Any after-visit notes from doctor appointments
  • Witness contact information
  • Any communication from the insurance company or the other party

In addition, it helps to bring a list of questions to ask at your initial consultation. These questions can help you determine whether an attorney is qualified to handle your case and whether they are the right fit for you.

Sample questions include:

  • Do you have experience with my type of case?
  • How long have you been an attorney?
  • Will you be directly working on my case?
  • How big is your team? Who will be my direct contact?
  • How often should I expect updates on my case?
  • What is your billing structure?
  • Will I be responsible for any payment if I do not win?

Know what to do after an accident. Contact Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC

Scott R. Melton is a Lawyer for Personal Injury in Grand Rapids, MI
Scott R. Melton, Personal Injury Attorney in Grand Rapids

Following an accident, the best thing you can do is take steps to protect your rights. While the insurance company may claim they have your best interest in mind, the reality is that they are in the business of making money.

Right now, you need someone by your side that you can trust. At Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC, we work with insurance companies every day.

We know the moves they make to try to keep you from receiving the money you deserve. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you and your family. You deserve a fair and just resolution for your case. If you have questions, don’t wait.

For more information or to get started on your personal injury case, contact Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC Attorneys and Counselors at (616) 235-5500 or visit us online to request your free initial consultation.

Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC – Grand Rapids Office

Campau Square Plaza Building
99 Monroe Ave NW #800
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: (616) 235-5500

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Our Results

Over the years, we have achieved significant results for our clients, including the following:

Food truck explosion – serious personal injuries – $5 million
Explosion accident – wrongful death – $3 million
Pedestrian accident – wrongful death — $2.3 million
Factory accident – serious personal injuries –$1.9 million
Boat accident – serious personal injuries – $1.7 million
Aviation accident – amputation – $1.3 million
Loading dock accident –amputation – $1.275 million
Dog bite – serious personal injuries – $450,000