As Michigan Personal Injury Attorneys, Our Role is to Seek All Compensation to Which Our Clients May Be Entitled. This Page Explains Some of the Categories of Compensation That May Be Available Under Michigan Law
In Michigan, if you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, company or entity, in general you will be entitled to the reasonable damages that you have suffered due to such negligence. The following is a list of damages to which you may be entitled; the actual damages that you may be entitled to will depend upon the specific facts and circumstances of your case.
Medical Treatment and Recovery Bills
These damages include all medical bills incurred in connection with the treatment of your injury, such as the costs of emergency room, hospitalization, doctors’ visits and treatment, x-rays, medicine, therapy, rehabilitation, and most other types of medical care. Expenses for items that must be purchased for medical care, such as wheelchairs, are also recoverable. These damages may include past and future medical expenses, depending on your injury. Medical expenses may also include charges paid by health insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid. Generally these medical expenses are recoverable through State or Federal law.
Future Medical Complications, Treatment, and Surgery
Many injuries are likely to require future medical treatment beyond the treatment initially necessary. As an example, injuries to knees and hips may lead to future knee and hip replacement surgeries that would not otherwise be required.
Pain and Suffering
If you’ve been injured, in Michigan you are entitled to recover for your pain and suffering as determined by a jury. Pain and suffering includes both physical pain as well as psychological suffering. There are no specific guidelines for juries to use determining the amount that an injured victim should be awarded. Instead, pain and suffering is up to the jury to determine.
Loss of Wages
When a person is unable to work because of an injury, the person is entitled to recover compensation for the lost wages that they would otherwise have earned.
Damages to Property
If your property is damaged, you are entitled to an amount equal to the property damages that you have sustained. The amount to which you will be entitled is generally the fair market value of the property on the date that damage occurred.
It is Important to Seek Recovery for ALL Damages During a Lawsuit
These are only some of the types of damages that may be recoverable; other damages may be recoverable in specific instances. It is important to understand that as part of the litigation process, an injury victim must seek recovery for all of the damages to which he or she may be entitled during the course of the lawsuit, as future lawsuits for the same accident against the same defendants cannot be brought.
As part of a settlement, the injury victim will be required to release the defendants from any and all other claims that they may have against the defendants in consideration for the agreed upon payment. At trial, an injury victim must present all of his or her claims to the jury for consideration, as another lawsuit against the defendants is not possible.
As your lawyers, we carefully document all the injuries and damages that clients have suffered so that we can seek for them the full amount of compensation and damages to which they may be entitled. When future damages are likely to be incurred, we also present our claim for such damages so that these too can be recovered.
If You Have Been Injured, Please Call Our Firm to Schedule a Free, No Obligation Consultation.
Upon learning about your case, we can advise you of your legal rights against those who may be responsible for your injuries and damages. We can also answer any questions that you may have about the type of damages which may be recoverable.