Grand Rapids Attorney: Serving Kent County Since 1979
At Bahrie Law, PLLC, we believe in providing our clients with a high level of personal attention, compassionate legal counsel and aggressive representation. From our multiple office locations, we serve individuals and families throughout Michigan, including Kent County and the surrounding areas.
Our areas of practice include:
- Personal injury
- Workers’ compensation
- Social Security Disability
- Divorce and family law
- Criminal defense
- Probate and estate planning
As experienced litigators, we know what it takes to effectively advocate for our clients, both in and out of the courtroom. Regardless of the complexity of your case, our team is here to help you navigate the process and fight for the best possible outcome.
If you need help with a legal matter, contact our Lansing office at 888-473-1289 and request a free initial consultation.
When To File A Personal Injury Claim
There are several instances in which it may be appropriate to file a personal injury claim. In Michigan, these are also referred to as “third-party claims,” and they are often not the first option when it comes to recovering compensation after an accident. Specifically, the state follows a no-fault car accident system, which means your first step after a motor vehicle collision is typically to file a claim with your own insurance provider and seek compensation through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
However, you may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident if:
- The cost of your medical bills and other damages exceeds your PIP limits
- You wish to pursue compensation for noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering
- Your injuries meet the state’s “serious injury threshold”
- The other driver (or another party) was negligent or acted wrongfully
Additionally, if you were injured in a different type of traumatic event – such as slipping and falling due to unsafe property conditions or receiving substandard medical care – filing a personal injury lawsuit may be your first and best option when it comes to recovering for your damages.
In any case, you only have three years from the date of the accident/injury to file your claim. When an injury or medical condition is not discovered right away, you have three years from the date you discovered your injury or reasonably could have discovered your injury to bring a claim. If you fail to file your personal injury lawsuit within the three-year statute of limitations, your case will almost certainly be thrown out.
We encourage you to speak to one of our Grand Rapids personal injury attorneys right away if you believe you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Contact us today to set up a free initial consultation.
Why You Should Hire A Lawyer
Whether you have been involved in an accident, suffered a work-related injury, or had your Social Security Disability claim denied, it is a good idea to work with an experienced legal professional who can help you get back on your feet. Regardless of the matter at hand, navigating the legal system is a challenging, complicated process. You will need to meet various deadlines, gathering important documents, put together evidence, and prepare for negotiation, arbitration, litigation, and/or trial. An attorney can handle all of these legal details on your behalf, all while ensuring that your rights are protected, and your best interests are placed at the forefront of your case.
At Bahrie Law, PLLC, we bring more than 40 years of experience to every case. What’s more, we are extremely familiar with the local court systems and have earned a reputation for providing our clients with innovative, results-oriented representation. This approach has allowed us to recover millions of dollars in compensation for our personal injury clients, as well as numerous favorable results for those facing tough family law challenges and criminal charges.
Our firm is proud to offer:
- Complimentary case evaluations
- Direct, honest communication
- Highly accessible attorneys and staff
- Personal attention and support
- Creative legal strategies
- Extensive resources and experience
- A proven track record of success
- Contingency fees for personal injury services
- Fast responses to all calls and inquiries
Our Grand Rapids attorneys have what it takes to fight for you. We encourage you to reach out to us today to learn more about our services and practice areas, our locations, and how our team can assist you with your legal needs.