Traverse City, Detroit, and Grand Rapids Personal Injury Attorneys Helping Accident Victims
At the Neumann Law Group, we understand how difficult it is to be hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions. It may be challenging to pay for medical bills and take the necessary time off work to fully recover. Sometimes the injured person cannot work at all, and this can put a financial and emotional strain on his or her family. Unfortunately, however, insurers often do not willingly pay out everything that a victim deserves. Enlisting Traverse City, Detroit, and Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer Kelly Neumann may be critical in asserting your rights. The Neumann Law Group is dedicated to helping accident victims, as well as advising clients throughout the West Side of Michigan in a variety of other legal matters.
Our principal is Kelly Neumann, an award-winning trial lawyer who has consistently settled over $3 million in personal injury cases every year for the past several years. Some examples of the broad range of claims that we handle include car accidents, work injuries, construction accidents, nursing home negligence, boating accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice. At the Neumann Law Group, we also can represent victims of sports accidents, day care injuries, sexual assaults, aviation accidents, pedestrian accidents, product liability, and wrongful death. Beyond personal injury, we can advise Michigan residents on matters related to criminal defense, real estate, estate planning, family law, collections, and mediation.Pursuing Compensation from a Negligent Defendant
In Michigan, people who have been hurt because someone else acted negligently generally have the opportunity to take legal action against that party. In most personal injury cases, a plaintiff will need to prove four main elements: a duty of care, a breach of duty, causation, and damages. The standard of proof is the preponderance of the evidence, which is a relatively lenient burden that simply means that the plaintiff’s version of events is more likely than not to be true.
The duty of care is evaluated according to a reasonable-person standard in most ordinary situations, although it may vary in contexts involving professional negligence and others. A breach is any action that falls short of what a reasonable person in the same position as the defendant would have done to avoid creating foreseeable risks of harm for others. Causation can involve a complicated inquiry into the sequence of events leading to the accident. It requires showing that the victim likely would not have been hurt if the defendant had complied with the appropriate standard of care.
Both economic and non-economic damages may be available to an accident victim if he or she prevails in a negligence claim. These can account for both objective and subjective forms of harm, extending from hospital bills, lost wages, and property damage to pain and suffering or scarring and disfigurement. In most situations, it is necessary to bring a personal injury claim within three years from the accident to comply with the Michigan statute of limitations. This means that it is critical to avoid any delay in taking action.Protecting Your Rights against the Prosecution
When an individual is facing criminal charges, each element of the offense must be proven by the State beyond a reasonable doubt. This tends to be a very high burden of proof to meet. It is the job of a criminal defense lawyer to make sure that the defendant’s rights are asserted and the prosecution’s theories are challenged whenever possible. Some of the most common defenses to crimes involve procedural rules, which can affect the evidence that is presented to a jury. For example, the U.S. Constitution requires police to follow certain search and seizure rules. If the defense is able to show that law enforcement did not comply with these requirements, it may be possible to suppress the evidence seized during an illegal search and seizure.Guiding Individuals through a Property Transaction
Often, homeowners and sellers assume that all they need are real estate agents. However, agents cannot give you legal advice about a purchase agreement. Real estate contracts may implicate issues such as zoning, liens, encumbrances, land use, creditors' rights, and other matters with substantial legal consequences that may be difficult to navigate without a knowledgeable real estate attorney. A buyer's failure to conduct an adequate title examination, for example, can result in a nasty surprise and expensive litigation if a third party claims to have an easement or ownership interest in the property. Consulting a lawyer throughout the process can help both buyers and sellers protect their interests.Crafting Wills and Trusts
In Michigan, property is distributed according to state intestacy laws if a decedent dies without a will. If you want to direct what happens to your possessions after your passing, therefore, it is important to prepare a will or trust. A will must be signed in front of two witnesses, who in turn must sign your will. No notary is necessary, but you can make your will self-proving by notarizing the will. This can make the probate process smoother for your loved ones. An estate planning attorney can advise you on the specific instruments that may make sense for your circumstances, as well as draft them in a manner that assures their validity.Advice and Advocacy for Individuals Seeking a Divorce
It is an unfortunate reality of modern life that many marriages do not last as long as the spouses initially hoped. If you decide to file for divorce in Michigan, either you or your spouse must have lived there for the 180 days before filing. Dissolving a marriage can be a stressful process because of the significant issues that are often contested. For example, the spouses may need to determine child custody and support issues as well as dividing their assets. When resolving a dispute over child custody, the paramount concern is the best interests of the child. These arrangements and others in family law matters may be modified, but this requires proof of a substantial change in circumstances. If you need guidance on any issue related to a divorce, the Neumann Law Group is ready to provide the diligent representation you need.Representation in Collecting a Debt
If you are trying to collect a debt by filing a lawsuit, you should consult an experienced Michigan attorney. The statute of limitations for most contract-based claims is six years. However, it is generally advisable to enlist a lawyer far enough in advance that he or she can attempt to collect the debt without filing suit. Even if you obtain a judgment from the court, the debtor may refuse to pay and you may still need to use various legal methods to enforce the judgment and obtain payment. Rather than going through this process alone, you should let a collections attorney navigate its complexities for you.Guidance through the Mediation Process
Mediation is a non-binding alternative dispute resolution mechanism, in which two parties to a conflict meet with a neutral third party called a mediator to resolve their dispute. For example, it is often used in divorce cases involving children so that parents can come to some sort of agreement about where the child will live and a visitation schedule. Litigation can be very expensive and time-consuming, and in many situations mediation may be a more effective way to resolve conflict. While you might not completely resolve every issue, you and other party can make at least some of your own decisions and narrow the issues for which litigation is needed. Contact mediation attorney Kelly Neumann for knowledgeable assistance with protecting your interests.Consult a Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Traverse City Lawyer for an Injury Claim
At the Neumann Law Group, we provide trustworthy, experienced legal representation to people throughout the West Side of Michigan. Traverse City, Detroit, and Grand Rapids personal injury attorney Kelly Neumann can explore your options with you and develop a strategy that is tailored to your situation. She can represent injured individuals and other clients in Flint, Detroit, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Wyoming, Saginaw, Midland, Muskegon, Holland, Ann Arbor, Warren, Dearborn, Petoskey, and communities throughout the Upper Peninsula. Contact accident attorney Kelly Neumann at (231) 221-0050 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation.