Oak Park Attorney
Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation & SSD Claims in Oakland County
Were you injured in an accident? Did you suffer a work-related injury or illness that left you temporarily or permanently disabled? No matter how complex your case may be or how uncertain the future, Bahrie Law can help.
Since 1979, our firm has been representing clients throughout Michigan in all types of personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability cases. We dedicate a significant portion of our practice to helping injured and disabled individuals get back on their feet and fight for the maximum recoveries they deserve. If you need help with your claim, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Oak Park personal injury lawyers for a free consultation. From our office in Detroit, we serve clients throughout Oakland County and the surrounding areas.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim in Michigan?
Generally speaking, you are entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit when another person or party causes you harm.
More specifically, you must prove each of the following elements to have grounds for a personal injury claim in Michigan:
- The other party (the “defendant”) had a legal responsibility to act reasonably/lawfully (known as a “duty of care”)
- The defendant failed to act reasonably/lawfully or was negligent (known as “breaching the duty of care”)
- The defendant’s negligent or wrongful actions or omissions were the proximate cause of your injuries (known as “causation”)
- You sustained measurable economic and/or non-economic losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering (known as “damages”)
Certain situations may necessitate additional elements that you must prove to have grounds for a lawsuit. For example, because Michigan follows a no-fault car accident system, you typically do not file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver after a crash. Instead, you can seek compensation through your own auto insurance company under your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. If you wish to step outside the no-fault system and bring a lawsuit against an at-fault motorist, you will likely need to prove certain elements, including that you suffered “excess medical expenses” and that your injuries meet the state’s “serious injury threshold.”
It is important to note that, in any case, your time to file a personal injury lawsuit is limited. In Michigan, there is a three-year statute of limitations on nearly all personal injury claims. This means you only have three years from the date of the accident/injury or the date on which you discovered or reasonably could have discovered the injury to file your claim.
We encourage you to reach out to our personal injury lawyers in Oak Park, MI for help with your claim. We are happy to answer any questions you have during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
What Injuries Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
If you are covered by workers’ compensation—and most employees in the state of Michigan are—you are entitled to certain benefits if you suffer a work-related injury or illness. Workers’ compensation covers any and all injuries (including occupational diseases) incurred in the course of one’s employment or sustained while carrying out any activities that benefitted one’s employer.
Workers’ compensation claims can be filed for the following work-related injuries and illnesses:
- Accident-related injuries
- Asbestos exposure
- Back injuries
- Blindness (partial or complete)
- Brain and head injuries
- Broken bones
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hearing loss
- Internal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Organ damage
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Toxic exposure
Note that this is not an exhaustive list; if you suffered any type of injury or illness due to work-related activities, duties, or conditions, you could be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation system allows you to recover benefits for medical expenses, wage replacement, permanent disability, vocational rehabilitation, and more. Contact our Oak Park workers’ compensation lawyers to learn more during a free initial consultation.
When to Hire an Attorney
If you are facing any type of legal challenge, it is in your best interests to work with a professional attorney. State and federal legal systems are complex, but an attorney can help you navigate these processes successfully, all while protecting your rights and best interests.
If you have been injured in an accident or at work, have had your claim denied, or are facing a legal dispute of any kind, we strongly recommend that you hire a lawyer. At Bahrie Law, our Oak Park attorneys are standing by, ready to assist you. We offer personalized attention and compassionate legal support, coupled with aggressive, results-oriented advocacy. When you choose our firm, you will work directly with your attorney for the duration of your case.