Accomplished Auto Accident Attorneys in Grand Rapids & Coopersville
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If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Michigan, you may be entitled to benefits from your own insurance company even when you were at fault for the accident. These types of cases are commonly referred to by lawyers as "first party cases." Benefits available from your own insurance company include but are not limited to the following:
- Wage loss benefits for three years after your accident,
- Unlimited benefits for reasonable and necessary medical expenses, including paying for doctor and hospital bills and even covering the costs to modify a vehicle and home to accommodate a disability caused by an automobile accident,
- Replacement service benefits, typically covering such services as housecleaning, washing dishes, yard work, home maintenance, and babysitting,
- Funeral expenses,
- Medical mileage expenses related to traveling to medical appointments,
- Survivor's loss payments for a dependent survivor of an individual who dies in car accident.
The second type of case a person injured in an automobile accident might have is often referred to by attorneys as a "third party case" or an "auto negligence suit." In Michigan, if you are injured because of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. However, you have to first prove that other party was more than 50% at fault for the accident and that you suffered a "serious impairment of an important bodily function" or death or "permanent serious disfigurement." In addition to compensation for pain and suffering, you may also be entitled to wage loss benefits when your auto-related injury will impair your ability to earn wages more than three years after the accident. You may recover these benefits even when the negligent driver is less than 50% at fault.
Automobile Accident Attorneys in Grand Rapids and Coopersville
For more answers to your questions about your rights after an auto accident, contact us today for a FREE initial consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys in Grand Rapids or Coopersville.