The Personal Injury Recovery Process in Michigan
An accident can change your life in a split second. As those who have suffered serious injury know too well, the hospital stays, surgeries, follow-up doctors’ appointments and physical therapy treatments can make “normal” feel like a pipe dream. Unfortunately, some victims never fully recover. Many are left with lingering pain, physical scars, and other health challenges carrying permanent life-altering effects.
Of course, there is no way to turn back time. But pursuing a personal injury claim can help compensate you for actual costs, pain and suffering, and lost quality of life. A successful suit aims to bring you as close to “whole” as possible. By removing financial burdens and providing the cushion required to heal comfortably, our clients can embrace their new normals better.
The legal process is foreign to most people, so we will guide you through the process. Our firm has decades of collective experience and a national reputation for excellence. We strive to further that reputation with every client we represent.
We fight hard. And we win.
What does the litigation process look like?
If the parties cannot reach a settlement, the case generally gets resolved through the court system. This process begins with your attorney drafting a complaint, which provides a detailed summary of your case. The next step is the discovery process, where each side demands relevant information from the other. Because this process forces all of the evidence onto the table, it can sometimes lead to renewed settlement negotiations.
However, if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, the case will eventually proceed to trial. At this point, each side presents their case before a jury. The jury will be instructed to decide whether the plaintiff proved the defendant contributed to the injury according to the standard of proof. Unlike in a criminal case, where the defendant must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the civil standard is based on a preponderance of credible evidence. This means the jury must find a greater than 50 percent chance the plaintiff’s claim is true.
If the defendant is found responsible, the jury will also determine damages. Under Michigan law, both economic and non-economic damages can be awarded. Depending on the specifics of a claim, limits may be placed on the amount of non-economic damages. However, there are no limits on economic damages.
Medical Malpractice Settlement
Contact an Experienced Michigan Personal Injury Law Firm for Immediate Assistance
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, please contact the dedicated team of attorneys at Sommers Schwartz. We have been fighting for the rights of injured individuals for over 40 years. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a compensation claim, call us today at 800-783-0989 to schedule a free consultation.