Detroit Personal Injury Lawyers - Serving Southfield & all of Michigan
PERSONAL INJURY RESOURCES
At Sommers Schwartz, we represent individuals and families in all types of Michigan personal injury claims. Through our tried-and-true style of client-centered representation, we have recovered over $1 billion in compensation for our clients
Unlike other law firms that handle only a handful of common types of cases, we believe we have a responsibility to help all accident victims, regardless of how they were injured.
Our team is ready to fight for you
Michigan Product Liability Cases
When a company manufactures a product and sells it, the public has a right to expect the product is safe. In a quest for profits, companies often overlook design or manufacturing defects that endanger the public. Manufacturers have a duty to warn users about the dangers of foreseeable uses.
The law in Michigan governing defective and dangerous products is complicated. A plaintiff must show there was a cost-effective alternative design the manufacturer could have used that would have prevented the risk of injury. Expert testimony from engineers, product designers, and others is necessary.
At Sommers Schwartz, we routinely handle complex product liability cases in Michigan and across the country. We have recovered compensation for clients who have suffered physical, emotional, and financial harm in cases involving defective medical devices and dangerous drugs, faulty vehicles, machinery, and consumer goods.
Settlement in a defective equipment case
Premises liability cases vary in type
Slip-and-fall accidents often occur in retail shops, grocery stores, or government buildings. Frequently, these accidents result from spilled liquids, damaged stairs, poor construction, missing handrails, uneven pavement, or other unmarked hazards. A plaintiff must prove that the landowner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to take the necessary steps to fix it. Michigan law does not allow a recovery if a hazard is deemed “open and obvious.”
Property owners can also be liable for injuries on their property because of a third party’s actions, such as an assault. For example, if someone is accosted at a bar, the bar may be liable for failing to prevent a violent or criminal act.
At Sommers Schwartz, we hold property owners accountable when their negligence injures others. Over the past 40 years, we have proudly represented those who have been injured in Michigan slip-and-fall accidents, and we know what it takes to succeed in even the most complex premises liability cases.
Settlement in fallen line electrocution case
Expert witnesses in medical malpractice and birth injury cases
Medical malpractice happens when a healthcare professional violates the accepted standard of care. A medical mistake can occur in many settings, such as a doctor’s office, operating room, dentist’s office, or emergency room. Professional negligence cases are complex due to volumes of medical records, multiple defendants, and intricate medical issues. Many of the issues are beyond the common understanding of most jurors, so the law requires the parties to have expert witnesses explain the medical procedures, treatment, and drugs that were used. Many times, the selection of an expert is the most critical decisions an attorney can make.
Sommers Schwartz represents clients in all kinds of medical malpractice cases. Our legal team has earned a reputation for being thoughtful, aggressive, and skilled litigators, earning the respect of both our colleagues and adversaries.
Compensatory damages for brain injury & cerebral palsy
Compensation in wrongful death cases
Aggrieved family members who successfully pursue a wrongful death claim may obtain compensation for medical, hospital, funeral, and burial expenses as well as damages for their loved one’s lost wages, and pain and suffering. Family members can recover for the loss of financial support and companionship that their loved one provided.
For those who have lost a loved one in a preventable accident, the Michigan law firm of Sommers Schwartz is here to help. Our team of skilled injury lawyers are well respected throughout Michigan and across the country and are known for helping clients get the compensation they – and their deceased love ones – deserve.
Personal Injury Lawyers Skillfully Navigate Clients Through Michigan’s Modified Comparative Negligence Laws
Michigan law allows an accident victim to obtain compensation for their injuries from all responsible parties. However, if an injured person is partially at fault for causing the accident, Michigan’s comparative negligence rules apply. A plaintiff is not precluded from pursuing a claim against an at-fault party, even when they share responsibility, but a party’s non-economic damages may be reduced or barred altogether if the percentage of fault exceeds 50 percent.
Settlement in the wrongful death of a 33-year-old man
If sharing fault, a party's non-economic damages may be reduced or entirely prohibited.
- If an accident victim is less than 50 percent at fault:
If an accident victim is less than 50 percent at fault, both their economic and non-economic damages will be reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, if a Michigan truck accident victim sustained $400,000 in damages but was 10 percent at fault, their total recovery would be $360,000.
- If an accident victim is more than 50 percent at fault:
In this case accident victims are not eligible to recover non-economic damages, including for their pain and suffering. However, even in this situation, a plaintiff can still pursue a claim for their economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. These damages will be reduced by the plaintiff's percentage of fault.
What to Expect When Working With Our Dedicated Team of Detroit Personal Injury Lawyers
After an accident or injury, you will likely have questions. The cause may not be straightforward, and you may be unsure about who was legally at fault. You may have questions about where to obtain the best medical care, how to pursue an insurance claim against a defendant, or whether you need to file a lawsuit. Call us – we will listen and answer all your questions.
And remember: There is no fee unless you win.
We are here to help you.
Respect: Throughout the country, our well-respected attorneys are known as authorities in Michigan personal injury and medical malpractice law. Of course, our results speak for themselves, but clients also appreciate our professionalism, enthusiasm and diligence. We understand how important the recovery process is to you and your family, and we will always make ourselves available to discuss your case and answer any questions.
Transparency: We believe in transparency. As part of our promise to you, we offer a free consultation in which you will meet with an attorney to discuss your case. Our attorney will listen to what is important to you and explain if we can help and, if so, how. We will answer any questions you have regarding the recovery process. And because we work on a contingency basis, we never receive any compensation for the work we put into your case unless we are successful in helping you recover for your injuries.