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A Skilled Attorney Helping Car Accident Injury Victims

An injury in a car accident leads to challenges from all directions. Your job is to recover from your injuries; our job is to help you get back on track and maximize the value of your case. Since you may be unable to work, you need money to pay for living and health care expenses. And you must deal with insurance companies that may balk at helping you. This is when you need a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney.

For decades, our attorneys at Schefman & Associates, PC, in Bloomfield Hills, have represented thousands of clients injured in car accidents. Attorney Bryan L. Schefman leads a talented, understanding and knowledgeable team. Together, they will do their best to secure the compensation you deserve.

Understanding Car Accident Compensation And Legal Costs In Michigan

A car accident can leave you with significant physical, emotional and financial burdens. While it’s impossible to predict the exact value of your case beforehand, understanding the different components of compensation, the role of insurance and potential legal costs can empower you to navigate this challenging situation.

What is my car accident case worth?

Determining the value of your car accident case depends on several factors, including:

  • Severity of your injuries: More severe injuries with long-term impacts typically result in higher compensation
  • Medical expenses: Past, present and future medical costs associated with your treatment
  • Lost wages: Income lost due to your inability to work while recovering
  • Property damage: Repair or replacement costs for your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for physical and emotional distress caused by the accident

Michigan is a no-fault state, meaning your own insurance company typically covers your medical bills and lost wages, regardless of who caused the accident, up to specific limits outlined in your policy. These benefits are known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and cover:

  • Medical expenses: Up to $58,000 for medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Wage loss: Up to 85% of your lost wages, with a maximum of $380 per week
  • Replacement services: Up to $20 per day for necessary household services you can no longer perform due to your injuries
  • Funeral expenses: Up to $3,000 if the accident results in death

However, these benefits may not cover all your losses, especially if you have severe injuries or significant lost wages. In such cases, you may be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover additional compensation for pain and suffering and loss of earning capacity.

How long do I have to file a car accident claim?

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Michigan is three years from the date of the accident. This means you generally have three years to initiate legal action against the at-fault party. Acting promptly is crucial, as evidence may weaken over time, and delays can negatively impact your case.

How much does a car accident attorney cost?

Many car accident lawyers in Michigan work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if they win your case. The attorney’s fee is typically a percentage of the total settlement or verdict you receive. This percentage is usually pre-determined and outlined in your written agreement with the lawyer. Additionally, many car accident lawyers offer free consultations to discuss your case and assess its potential merits, allowing you to understand your options without upfront financial risk.

Negotiating And Fighting On Your Behalf

A car accident can abruptly change your life, and negligence is usually at the root. Drunk, speeding, reckless and distracted drivers are always threats on Michigan’s roads. Their actions can lead to serious and catastrophic injuries, including:

Mr. Schefman and his team understand the pain you are going through. Since they understand the insurance industry, they will negotiate with insurance companies to secure settlements but are not afraid to take your case to trial. Mr. Schefman has practiced law for 40 years, representing clients throughout the Detroit metro area and the state. He has been recognized by his peers, making the Super Lawyers list in 2019.

Call An Experienced Attorney Now

Car accident injuries can take months or even years to overcome. You need an aggressive personal injury attorney who will pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, costly medical bills, loss of income and emotional trauma. Our lawyers at Schefman & Associates, PC, in Bloomfield Hills, have the experience to help. For a free initial consultation, contact us online or call 248-800-1665.