At Mihelich & Kavanaugh, PLC, we understand how overwhelming it can be to navigate the complicated legal process. Handling insurance claims and lawsuits is more complex than it might seem. You likely have questions about your case and what to expect. Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions to help you prepare.
What happens if I’m partly at fault for the accident?
In Michigan, modified comparative negligence allows the court to reduce a plaintiff’s compensation by their percentage of fault. That means you might receive less money than you need to compensate for your medical bills and other costs.
For example, let’s say you were in a car accident, resulting in $100,000 in losses. However, the court determines you are 20 percent liable for your injury. They can diminish your financial award by your percentage of fault, leaving you with a maximum of $80,000 in compensation. If the judge or jury were to find you 51 percent or more at fault, you would be unable to obtain compensation for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Will my case go to trial?
It depends on the circumstances of your case. Many personal injury cases settle before trial. You might resolve the matter during the insurance claim or mediation during the lawsuit. Proceeding to trial might be necessary if the insurance company unfairly denies your claim or the defense attorney refuses to negotiate a settlement.
When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
You should hire a personal injury lawyer from Mihelich & Kavanaugh, PLC as soon as possible. Seeking legal representation immediately after an accident can increase your chance of getting a favorable outcome in your case.
We can begin preparing your case by investigating the incident and gathering evidence while you treat your injury. Filing a claim promptly is critical to avoid missing deadlines if pursuing a lawsuit becomes necessary in the future.
Injured in an Accident? Contact Us Now
The last thing you want to do when you’re injured and in pain is deal with confusing paperwork, an intimidating insurance company, and strict deadlines. Your only responsibility should be to seek medical care and get your life back on track. Don’t waste your time with a lawyer who only cares about making money. You need a legal team who cares about you, will treat you compassionately, and will meet your needs.
Mihelich & Kavanaugh, PLC provides the dependable legal services of a large firm while maintaining the personal attention and availability of a small firm. We will protect your rights and fight by your side for the justice you deserve.
If you sustained injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, call (586) 776-1700 or reach out to us online for a free consultation today. We are ready to put our skills and experience to work for you.