Ann Arbor Attorney
Serving Washtenaw County & All Of Southeastern Michigan
Since 1979, Bahrie Law, PLLC, has been representing injured individuals, disabled workers, and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout the state of Michigan. From our office in Detroit, we proudly serve clients in the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County areas. While we focus our practice on complex cases involving serious personal injuries, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability, we also regularly represent clients in a variety of family and criminal law cases, as well as probate and estate planning matters.
When you choose Bahrie Law, PLLC, you choose a team that will fight for you. If you are facing any legal challenge, we encourage you to contact our team today to learn how we can help. We offer complimentary consultations and provide our personal injury, workers’ compensation, and SSD services on a contingency fee basis. This means you owe nothing upfront, and we only collect attorney fees if/when we recover compensation for you.
How Much Is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
A serious accident or injury can leave you dealing with myriad physical, financial and emotional hardships. Understandably, many people want to know how much their claims are worth. Unfortunately, it is not possible to determine the value of your unique case without first sitting down with you and going over the details of your situation. We encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Ann Arbor personal injury lawyers to learn more.
That being said, there are certain types of damages many people are able to recover in personal injury lawsuits. These include:
- Emergency medical care
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Medications and medical equipment
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings and earning ability
Note that the damages available to you may differ depending on various factors, such as the extent and severity of your injuries, the level of care and treatment deemed “necessary and reasonable,” and the type of claim you are filing. When seeking compensation through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage after an accident, for example, you are not eligible for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. To recover for these types of damages, you will have to go outside Michigan’s no-fault car accident system.
At Bahrie Law, PLLC, we can help you understand how the law applies to your unique situation. Our attorneys are happy to answer any questions you may have and can go over the specifics of your case during your complimentary case evaluation.
How Long Do You Have To File A Claim In Michigan?
Every state has time limits when it comes to filing personal injury lawsuits. This is known as the “statute of limitations,” and in Michigan, it is three years from the date of the injury. When the injury is not discovered right away, the two-year time limit begins on the date of discovery or the date on which the injury reasonably could have been discovered.
When it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim, you only have two years from the date of the accident/injury or the date on which you discovered or reasonably could have discovered the work-related injury/illness to file a claim. You should note, however, that you have 90 days to notify your employer of your work-related injury or occupational disease. The 90-day deadline also begins on the date of the injury or the date on which the injury/illness was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.
Can You Appeal A Denied Social Security Disability Claim?
If your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim was denied, you have the right to request an appeal. In fact, most initial SSD claims are denied – it is nearly always in your best interests to appeal a claim denial rather than file a new claim or simply give up.
Below, we have provided a brief overview of the SSD appeals process:
- Request for reconsideration: The first step in appealing a denied SSD claim is typically filing a request for reconsideration. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will review the existing evidence, as well as any new evidence, and decide on your case.
- SSD hearing: The next step in the appeals process is requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). At the hearing, which operates similarly to a trial, the ALJ will hear evidence from both sides and decide on the case.
- Appeals council review: If you are unhappy with the ALJ’s decision, you can request a review by the Social Security Appeals Council. The Appeals Council may deny your request if it believes the ALJ’s decision was correct.
- Federal court review: The final step in the appeals process is filing a lawsuit in federal court. This is relatively rare but may be appropriate if you are not happy with the Appeals Council’s review, or if it denies your request for a review.
Appealing a denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim is a complex process, and you should absolutely consider working with an experienced attorney. At Bahrie Law, PLLC, our Ann Arbor SSD lawyers can help you navigate the appeals process and seek the fair benefits to which you are entitled.
Choose A Team With A Record Of Success
At Bahrie Law, PLLC, we understand how stressful it is to face any type of legal challenge. Whether you were severely injured in a motor vehicle collision or on someone else’s property, suffered a disabling medical condition after a workplace accident, or have been arrested on criminal charges, our Ann Arbor attorneys are here to help.
We work quickly and efficiently to find creative legal strategies tailored to each client’s unique needs. Our goal is to provide you with compassionate, personalized service and aggressive advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom. To date, our approach has helped us successfully secure millions of dollars in compensation for our personal injury clients, as well as numerous favorable results for those navigating difficult divorces, child custody battles, criminal charges, probate proceedings, and other challenging legal situations.
We have multiple offices located throughout the state of Michigan and are happy to meet with you in person or via phone/video conferencing for your convenience. Reach out to us today to learn more about our team and how we can help you with your case.