Serving Wayne County, Oakland County & Beyond
If you were injured in a serious accident, need help filing a workers’ compensation claim, or have had your Social Security disability benefits denied, turn to the team at Bahrie Law. For more than 40 years, our firm has been representing individuals and families throughout Michigan, providing compassionate, personalized service and zealous advocacy every step of the way.
We focus our practice on the following areas:
- Personal injury
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and falls
- Wrongful death
- Workers’ compensation
- Social Security disability
We also assist clients in Northville and the surrounding areas with complex family law and divorce cases, criminal defense, expungement, probate, and estate planning. No matter the situation you are facing, our team is ready to fight for you, your rights, and your future.
What Constitutes Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim?
Not every situation constitutes grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the nature of your accident, your first step in seeking compensation may be going through your own insurance provider. However, there are some instances in which it is appropriate and/or necessary to file a claim.
For example, if you are injured in a car crash and your damages exceed your personal injury protection (PIP) limits, you may be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If you slip and fall in a grocery store because of unsafe property conditions, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the negligent property owner. However, to have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, there are certain elements you must prove.
The elements of most standard personal injury claims are:
- Duty: To have grounds for a personal injury claim, you must prove that the other party (the “defendant”) owed you a duty of care. This essentially means that they had an explicit or implied responsibility to act reasonably and avoid causing you harm.
- Breach: Proving that the defendant breached the duty of care typically involves demonstrating that they acted negligently or wrongfully in some way. This includes general careless conduct, as well as reckless, intentional, and unlawful behavior.
- Causation: You only have grounds for a personal injury case if you can prove that you suffered some degree of injury or harm. You must prove that the defendant’s actions or omissions were the proximate cause of your injuries.
- Damages: Lastly, to recover compensation for your losses, you must prove that you did, in fact, suffer measurable damages. These damages can be either economic (having a set monetary value) or non-economic (not having a set monetary value) in nature.
As your legal team, our Northville personal injury lawyers can investigate your case and work to prove each of these elements. We have the experience, resources, and skills necessary to help you navigate the claims filing process. And should the insurance company or another liable party dispute your claim, we can represent you in the courtroom.
Can You Appeal a Denied Workers’ Comp or SSD Claim?
Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims are disputed or denied. The good news is that you have the right to appeal a denied claim. Additionally, if your benefits are terminated early, you can request a review and work to have them reinstated.
Workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims are often denied for the following reasons:
- Mistakes on the application
- Missing documents/paperwork
- Missed deadlines
- Eligibility issues
- Disputed injuries/medical conditions
By working with an attorney from the outset of your case, you can help reduce your risk of application and filing errors, which can negatively impact your claim. However, if you have already filed for workers’ compensation or SSD and your claim has been denied, do not hesitate to reach out to our Northville Township workers’ comp and SSD attorneys to learn how we can help.
Talk to an Attorney at Bahrie Law Today
Our team is dedicated to helping you get back on your feet, all while protecting your rights and best interests. Whether you need help filing a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, seeking SSD benefits, navigating a divorce, fighting back against criminal accusations, or protecting your assets, Bahrie Law is ready to take your call.
We offer compassionate, client-focused representation and aggressive, results-oriented advocacy. When you choose to work with our Northville attorneys, you can rest assured that you will receive direct, one-on-one communication from your lawyer.
Reach out to us today at 888-473-1289 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.