Frankfort is a city in Benzie County, Michigan with a population of about 1,200 people. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the city is a popular tourist spot that offers many sightseeing opportunities, such as the Point Betsie Lighthouse, the Betsie Valley Trail, and the Frankfort Beach. The antique stores in the historic downtown are a significant part of the city’s economy. Just as in other charming small cities across the state, however, people in Frankfort experience their share of unexpected accidents. If you find yourself in this painful and challenging situation, you should reach out to a Frankfort injury lawyer at the Neumann Law Group. We can assist you with virtually any type of personal injury case, including those involving automobile accidents, slip and falls, defective products, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and nursing home negligence.Pursuing Compensation Through a Negligence Claim
When you have been hurt by someone else’s carelessness, you can typically file a negligence claim against the at-fault party. Negligence is a failure to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances, which causes harm to someone else. The elements of negligence are duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. All four of these elements must be established by a preponderance of the evidence in order for a plaintiff to be able to recover damages.
For example, a storeowner may vertically stack merchandise without securing it. The merchandise possibly could fall and strike a customer. In such a situation, the storeowner probably would be considered negligent because improperly stacking the merchandise likely breached the duty to use reasonable care, and the breach was the direct cause of the customer’s harm.
The amount of compensation that you may be entitled to obtain through a negligence claim will depend on the specific nature and extent of your injuries. In many situations, a plaintiff will be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, and more.
A personal injury claim must be filed within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. In Michigan, you typically have three years from the date of the accident to take legal action. However, there are exceptions and variations to this rule that may apply to your case. It is important to act quickly and consult with counsel about your options. Filing within the appropriate time frame is critical to preserving your legal rights.Retaining a Personal Injury Attorney at no Out-of-Pocket Cost to You
Neumann Law Group represents personal injury clients on a contingent fee structure, to ensure that legal fees are only incurred if you emerge victorious. Essentially, we will undertake the entirety of your case without any upfront charges. If you secure a monetary award, their compensation will be a percentage of it, payable only at the conclusion of the case. This means that you won't be burdened with any out-of-pocket expenses—no hefty retainer fees or costly hourly billing. The beauty of a contingent fee arrangement lies in the fact that attorneys only receive payment when you do, and if your case doesn't yield a payout, you pay nothing.
Regarding costs, it's important to note that in the event of a successful case, you might be responsible for covering court costs and filing fees from the settlement you receive. These amounts are separate from the contingent fee. Additionally, specific fees for expert services, such as those provided by an accident reconstruction specialist, may be applicable. However, under a contingent fee arrangement, you'll only be obligated to settle these expenses at the conclusion of the case if you emerge victorious. Importantly, in an unsuccessful lawsuit, our firm won't present you with a bill for costs—you won't be responsible for covering them.Discuss Your Personal Injury Claim with a Frankfort Lawyer
A sudden accident can have a severe impact on a victim and an entire family. At the Neumann Law Group, our Frankfort injury attorneys are dedicated to helping people seek the compensation they deserve for their harm. Our founder Kelly Neumann has been the recipient of many legal awards, including the Lawyers Weekly Rising Star Award of 2014. You can rely on us to carefully assess the details of your situation and help you understand your legal rights and options. We also are available to people who need a criminal defense attorney or representation in many other areas of law, including real estate, estate planning, family law, collections, and mediation. To set up a free consultation, or to see our communities served, you can contact us online or call us toll-free at (800) 525-6386.