Ann Arbor is located in Washtenaw County, Michigan, with a population of almost 114,000 people. The city’s nickname is “Tree Town” due to the dense forestation of its parks and residential areas. It is home to the University of Michigan, one of the leading research universities in the United States. The university plays a significant role in Ann Arbor’s economy as it employs around 30,000 individuals. Many prominent businesses have offices in Ann Arbor including General Motors, Visteon and Pfizer. The city offers many attractions including the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people in Ann Arbor to sustain personal injuries in accidents that were not their fault. If this has happened to you, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Ann Arbor injury lawyer who can analyze the facts of your case. At the Neumann Law Group, we handle a wide range of cases including construction accidents, car wrecks, wrongful death, sexual assault, daycare injuries and more.Seeking Compensation for Injuries in Michigan
In order to bring a personal injury claim, you will need to demonstrate another person was at fault for your harm. The legal term for this fault is negligence. When an individual fails to exercise the expected level of care, and that failure results in injury, the individual would likely be considered negligent. Michigan law follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence in which the plaintiff’s recovery of damages is reduced by his or her percentage of fault. For example, if a plaintiff is deemed to be 20 percent at fault, he or she will only be able to recover 80 percent of the total damages.
In Michigan, the application of the modified comparative fault doctrine has another significant implication: an injured party cannot pursue non-economic damages if their degree of fault exceeds 50%. This means that for an injured plaintiff to be eligible for non-economic damages, they must establish that they are less than 50% responsible for the accident. The distinction between a determination of 49% fault and a 50-50 split can have a profound impact, especially in cases involving substantial damages or imbalanced liability among multiple parties. When applicable, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help devise effective strategies to demonstrate your responsibility falls below the 50% threshold. The legal experts at Neumann Law Group are well-prepared to build a compelling case for the maximum amount of damages available, even in situations where our clients may have been negligent leading up to an accident or injury.
It is important to note that you have a limited to file your personal injury claim, known as the statute of limitations. In Michigan, you have three years to file your lawsuit. Failure to file within this time frame could mean losing your right to take legal action altogether. Typically, the three-year clock starts to run on the date of the accident. However, if you don’t “discover” you are injured until some time later, the three-year time limit may begin to run at that later discovery date.
As a general rule, governmental agencies and employees are immune from liability for their negligent acts if those acts were performed within the scope of employment. Despite this immunity, there are certain exceptions for which governmental entities remain liable. Some of these exceptions include: maintenance of public highways; the public sidewalk exception; negligent operation of a government-owned motor vehicle; and public building defects. An individual who is injured in a manner that invokes one of these recognized exceptions will be able to sue the government for his or her harm.Enlist the Help of a Skilled Ann Arbor Lawyer
At the Neumann Law Group, our hard-working Ann Arbor accident attorneys have handled virtually all types of personal injury claims and can handle yours as well. You can trust that we will provide you with competent legal advice throughout the entire process. Please be aware that our practice is not limited to personal injury law - we also handle criminal defense, real estate, estate planning, family law, collections and mediations throughout our communities served. For more information, please feel free contact us online or call us toll free at (800) 525-6386.