Personal Injury

Whether it's an on the job injury, an auto accident, slip and fall, injuries from defective products, negligence, malpractice, or other injury, make us your first call for any injury case.  With expertise across multiple areas of injury law, our integrated approach gives you the best chance to recover all available benefits and damages.  For those injured on the job or in auto accidents, in addition to making sure you get all the workers' comp or no fault benefits you deserve, we'll pursue claims for damages from third parties responsible for causing your injuries.   

Every on-the-job injury, and many auto accidents, include a possible third-party liability case. In workers' comp, an injured worker's exclusive remedy for wage loss and medical benefits from his employer are provided in the workers' compensation law. Tort law, which is the law of covering injury cases, covers claims against third parties who may be responsible for causing a work injury. Third parties can include a general contractor, employees of a different contractor on a job site, the owner of the premises where work is performed, manufacturers of defective products, and many more. In auto cases, third parties include other drivers at fault, manufacturers of defective vehicles and others whose negligence caused the accident.

Unlike workers' comp and no-fault law, tort law allows recovery of all damages incurred as a result of another party's negligence. Damages can include full wage loss (compared to a maximum of 80% of take-home pay in workers' comp and 85% of gross pay in no-fault cases), loss of insurance and pension benefits, future wage increases, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

In recent years, construction accident law in Michigan has undergone many changes. Access to courts has been denied in many cases and damages reduced or eliminated in others. 

Now, more than ever, in the face of these radical changes in the law, you need our expertise and our personal attention to make sure you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our expert attorneys. The initial consultation is FREE and there is No Obligation to hire us.

 

Case Law references:

Latham v Barton Malow Co, 2006 WL 2956334 (Mich App Oct 17, 2006) and

Latham v Barton Malow Co, 480 Mich 105, 746 NW2d 868 (2008)

A general contractor can be held liable for an injury to a subcontractor's employee when it is shown that the general contractor failed to ensure compliance with safety procedures/protection and the contractor ignored the non-use of provided safety equipment by a number of workers on its construction site. In our case, we successfully argued that the employee of a subcontractor who fell 13 - 17' while unloading drywall from a lift was entitled to sue the general contractor even though the worker was not wearing mandated safety harness.

Andrew Lefko: Public Act 103, known as "Andy's Law" went into effect Oct. 1, 2001. The law creates penalties of up to one year in prison for injuring and up to 15 years in prison for killing a highway construction or maintenance worker. It also imposes a maximum penalty of $7,500. The law is named for Andrew Lefko, a 19-year-old who was left paralyzed after being hit while working on I-275 in Metro Detroit.

2001 settlement in the amount of $4.1 Million Dollars for an injured construction worker, Andy Lefko, who was struck by a motor vehicle during the course of his employment while moving barrels in the traveled portion of a roadway.

http://www.workzonesafety.org/research/record/739

http://www.michigan.gov/printerFriendly/0,1687,7-151-9615_11261_45351-92183--,00.html