BY: Samuel A. Meklir | IN: Personal Injury
Personal injury actions can arise from many types of negligence. You can be seriously hurt – or worse – from automobile accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, dangerous property conditions, dog bites, and other careless or intentional acts. When the pain and expense you’ve suffered is someone else’s fault, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
In a personal injury action, the plaintiff – the person who sustained the injury or a designated individual acting on his or her behalf – seeks to be made “whole” in the form of damages.
In Michigan, how much you can recover is largely determined by the legislature and the courts, but compensation is generally broken down into economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include the direct financial loss from your injury, and are often easy to determine because there is usually an actual dollar amount involved. The two main categories of economic damages are:
By contrast, noneconomic damages are not as easy to determine, and can include awards for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium or companionship.
Punitive or exemplary damages are another type of award in personal injury lawsuits. Although not intended to make the victim whole, they may be awarded to discourage other individuals from engaging in the type of behavior that brought about the injuries and punish the wrongdoer. Due to tort reform legislations, Michigan does not recognize claims for punitive or exemplary damages.
Determining and proving your damages can be difficult and complicated. Insurance companies are not your friends or allies in this process, and if a lawsuit is filed, they will hire attorneys, investigators, and experts to aggressively defend them. That’s why you need your own courtroom-tested lawyers to fight for you.
The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz Personal Injury Group have successfully represented plaintiffs in many types of matters, helping them to recover the damages to which they are entitled under the law. If you have been harmed as the result of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or willful act, please contact us today to discuss your right to compensation.
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For over 35 years, Sam Meklir has focused on representing plaintiffs seriously harmed as the result of defective products, auto accidents, birth trauma, fire and property loss, trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and automobile negligence.