Novi is a city located in Oakland County, Michigan, with a population of approximately 55,000 people. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan due to its strong economy that is comprised of different types of businesses. In 2008, Money magazine ranked Novi #48 on its list of Top 100 Best Places to Live. Residents and visitors of the area can enjoy a number of historic sites including the Historic Township Hall; the Tollgate Farm; and the Novi Depot, which is a portion of the original railroad constructed in 1871. Just like in other cities in Michigan, people in Novi often sustain injuries in accidents that were not their fault. If this has happened to you, it is important to act quickly. At the Neumann Law Group, our seasoned Novi injury attorneys can help you determine the viability of your claim and the possibility of obtaining damages for your harm. In addition to personal injury cases, we represent clients with estate planning, real estate, family law, and criminal defense issues.Personal Injury Claims Are Usually Based on Negligence
There are many types of personal injury claims in Michigan, including but not limited to: auto accident claims, medical malpractice cases, product liability lawsuits, nursing home negligence, aviation accidents, boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, and wrongful death cases.
Many personal injuries or wrongful deaths occur due to negligence on the part of one or more parties involved. Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care in one’s actions or omissions that causes foreseeable injury to another. Reasonable care is defined as the level of care a sensible person would use in the same or similar circumstances. As such what is considered ‘reasonable’ will vary based on the specific circumstances of the case. Consider the following examples:
- A car driver who speeds excessively is not exercising reasonable care. This is because a sensible driver would understand that excessively speeding could cause an accident and resulting harm to others on the road.
- A storeowner who fails to clean up a spill in an aisle is not exercising reasonable care. This is because a sensible storeowner would understand that a liquid on the floor could injure customers by causing them to slip and fall.
- A healthcare provider who gives a patient medication a dangerous cocktail of medication would not be exercising reasonable care. This is because a sensible healthcare provider would understand which medications cannot be safely given together.
- A product manufacturer who ignores a dangerous design defect or manufacturing malfunction is not exercising reasonable care to protect consumers who purchase or use the product from physical harm.
- An event facilitator who fails to hire and maintain adequate security for a large and hectic event is not exercising reasonable care. This is because patrons may be in danger of assault or injury from the reasonably foreseeable actions of other patrons that the event manager or company should be aware of.
It is important to note that mere failure to exercise reasonable care does not automatically create liability. The lack of reasonable care must cause quantifiable harm to the plaintiff. In sum, establishing a negligence claim requires showing the following elements: i) the defendant owed plaintiff a duty to exercise reasonable care; ii) the defendant breached the duty; iii) the defendant’s breach was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.Our Novi Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help
At the Neumann Law Group, our experienced Novi accident attorneys will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve for your harm. We believe in holding negligent parties responsible for their actions. You can rest assured that you are getting competent legal advice every step of the way. While much of the firm is devoted to personal injury cases, we also take on criminal defense, real estate, estate planning, family law, collections and mediations in all of our communities served. To learn more, please feel free to contact us online or call us toll free at (800) 525-6386 for a free consultation.