FAQ's

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How much will it cost to hire you?

We charge no fee unless you collect on all personal injury cases. At that time, we charge a one-third contingency fee. What this means is that once the claim is resolved, we get reimbursed for our expenses out of the award and take our one-third fee from the net remaining. Expenses are things like case filing fees, court reporter fees, subpoena fees, etc. that we pay for while your case is pending.

What happens when I call your office with a possible case?

We will ask you to briefly describe your accident and injury and if there is a basis for investigating further, we will set up a meeting in our offices. If it is hard for you to get to us, we can arrange to meet at a place that is convenient to you. At the meeting you will tell us what happened and we will try and provide an early indication of the strength of your claim. If we believe you have a worthwhile claim, we will agree to be your attorney to represent you in your claims arising from the accident or incident.

If I decide to hire your firm, what happens next?

We will immediately begin working on your case. We will obtain all available reports regarding your injury, gather your medical records and perform any necessary investigations, including interviewing witnesses, etc. At that time, we will usually attempt to negotiate with the insurance company. If the insurance company is not willing to pay what we have agreed is a reasonable settlement amount, we will then file a lawsuit on your behalf. Over several months we will then exchange paperwork with the insurance company attorneys and take depositions, where our client, the defendant and any necessary witnesses are questioned under oath. After all of this “discovery” is completed we will make every effort to resolve your claim for a reasonable and fair amount. If the insurance company continues to be unreasonable, we will ultimately have a trial.

How much is my case worth?

Every case is different. Factors to consider are the seriousness of the injuries and the ability to establish the defendant was at fault for your injuries. Claims with clear liability and serious injury are obviously worth more than cases with lesser injuries or liability questions. Often times, the amount of available insurance becomes an important factor in determining how much we may be able to recover for a particular case.

When you win my case, who pays?

Insurance pays. If the case involves an automobile accident, insurance coverage is mandatory in the State of Michigan in order to operate a vehicle. Therefore, an insurance company will most always pay any settlement or verdict obtained from the person that caused the accident. Dog bites and slip and falls are all covered under a homeowner’s or business policy of insurance and most homeowner’s policies have coverage of at least $300,000.00. If you are called to be a juror in a personal injury case, remember: No matter how sympathetic the Defendant sitting in the court room may appear, nothing you do to fairly compensate an injured Plaintiff will affect that person in any way.

How do we stay in touch while you are handling my claim?

Our office encourages clients to call or email whenever they have a question. We know just how life-changing an injury can be and how important your case is to you and your family. For that reason, calls and emails are always returned.

How long does it take before my case is finished?

Again, every case is different. Some cases settle without the necessity of filing a lawsuit and can be over in a matter of months. Other cases can be hard fought and last several months to over a year while waiting for a firm trial date from the court. The insurance company, the insurance company’s attorney, the judge your case is assigned to and the strengths and weakness of your particular claim are all factors that could affect how long it may take to resolve your case.

MICHIGAN AUTO ACCIDENT CLAIMS

What exactly does "No-Fault" mean?

In Michigan, every motor vehicle is required to be covered under a policy of “No-Fault” insurance. If you are hurt in an auto accident, this part of your no-fault policy will pay all of your medical costs, including mileage to and from your medical providers. It will also pay 85% of your wages, up to a maximum amount ($5452 per month in 2017), for the wages you would have earned if you had not been hurt. This coverage only lasts for up to three years however. If you are seriously injured, you may also collect attendant care benefits, paid at an hourly rate, which are practical nursing services performed by untrained medical personnel. These services can include serving meals, bathing, administering medication, and assisting with various therapies. No-fault insurance also provides up to $20 per day in replacement services which pays for services you are no longer able to provide for yourself or your family because you are injured, such as housekeeping and yard work. If you are killed in an accident, your policy will pay your family up to the maximum monthly amount for three years, based on what they would have received from your earnings and fringe benefits.

I was seriously hurt in a car crash. What are my rights against the person that caused the accident?

Auto accident injury victims can also receive compensation from an at-fault driver that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement or a "serious impairment of body function."  Serious impairment of body function is defined as, (1) an objectively manifested impairment, (2) of an important body function that, (3) affects the person's general ability to lead his or her normal life. Exactly what cases satisfy this threshold has been the subject of hundreds of cases and because of the influence of the insurance industry and chambers of commerce on our Michigan judges, very deserving and seriously injured victims of automobile accidents have had their cases thrown out. For this reason, if you have been seriously hurt in an automobile accident, it is essential you obtain attorneys such as the Davis Law Center that concentrate their practice in these types of cases.

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