Steve Matz and his team have been practicing law in Michigan for decades. They’ve logged hundreds of thousands of miles traveling to virtually every county in Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, meeting with clients, and doing the work necessary to earn significant settlements on their clients’ behalf.
A car accident can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience. It can cause severe, debilitating injuries to you or a loved one. You could face lost income from being unable to return to work, as well as medical expenses and other costs. An auto accident can also damage or destroy your vehicle, leaving you without a means of transportation.
This process is almost certain to bring up a range of emotions, including anger and fear. Unfortunately, those emotions can make your situation even worse. Insurance companies will be looking for a reason not to pay you the full amount of compensation you deserve. You need a clear head in order to avoid accidentally adding more salt to the wound.
A Houghton car accident attorney can fight to help you receive everything owed to you. Matz Injury Law has extensive experience assisting Houghton County car accident victims to recover fair compensation from their insurance company. We can handle all the details of filing a claim for your legal issue with your insurance company, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries as best you can during this difficult time.
Matz Injury Law has represented clients in personal injury claims for decades, helping people recover damages for injuries sustained in automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. Our firm has recovered settlements or judgments of $1 million or more in nine personal injury practice areas. Founder Steven Matz is a recipient of America’s top 100 Attorney’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also consistently recognized by Super Lawyers.
The Matz Injury Law personal injury lawyers are highly respected by their peers. They serve on multiple professional boards and committees, and they publish and teach about multiple legal topics. They are also active in the community, providing pro bono legal services and other volunteer work.
Having a lawyer on your side after a car accident gives you the best opportunity at obtaining the most compensation possible. A personal injury lawyer knows how to gather evidence and present a claim to an insurance company. They can negotiate settlements and, when necessary, prepare a case for court. Perhaps most importantly, they know the kinds of tactics that insurance companies use to avoid paying what they owe, and they know how to beat those tactics.
Michigan is a “no-fault” state when it comes to car accidents. Michigan auto law requires every driver to have insurance that covers their own injuries, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. You have a right to compensation for your injuries, property damage, and other losses, and you do not have to prove that anyone was to blame.
You may sue the driver who was at fault in the accident. You will have to prove that the driver was at fault. Michigan yield laws might be a factor in the case. You may also sue your insurance company if does not pay what it owes you for a no-fault claim.
Damages that you may be able to recover in a car accident claim include:
“Pain and suffering” is considered a form of “non-economic damages” in Michigan. They can be very difficult to quantify. Even after a doctor has set a broken bone, for example, severe pain may linger for a long time. A doctor’s bill cannot establish an amount of money that could compensate for that experience. A Matz Injury Law attorney can assist you with determining a value for non-economic damage claims.
The deadline to file a lawsuit against another driver, known as the statute of limitations, is three years from the date of the accident. This applies to claims for bodily injury, property damage, and wrongful death. You have one year from the accident date to file a suit against your insurance company for failing to pay no-fault damages.
Most personal injury attorneys charge nothing unless they recover money, and then they take a percentage of that as their fee. Matz Injury Law takes a 22 percent fee instead of the traditional 33 percent contingency fee.
Time is of the essence after an auto accident. Getting legal advice as soon as possible will help prevent you from accidentally making incriminating statements to insurance adjusters.
At the scene of a car accident, your first call should be to 911 to make sure anyone who needs medical attention receives it. You should then take pictures of the scene if possible, and exchange information with other drivers and witnesses. Your next call should be to a lawyer.
The knowledgeable attorneys at Matz Injury Law have years of experience representing Houghton auto accident victims as well as those in the Upper Peninsula. Our law firm has obtained many six and seven-figure settlements and judgments for our clients over the years. To schedule a free consultation to learn more about our legal services, contact us today through our website or at 1-866-22Not33.
$360,000 settlement on behalf of a 28 year-old dairy worker who suffered a separated shoulder.
$400,000 for a vacationing motorist whose SUV was struck by a pickup truck that crossed the center line on an icy northern Michigan road.
$600,000 settlement for a mild closed head injury victim.
$170,000 settlement for a construction worker who suffered a shoulder injury when struck by a driver on an icy road in Clare County.
$200,000 settlement on behalf of a young woman who suffered leg and foot fractures after an automobile/pedestrian collision.
$200,000 settlement in a rural county for a 4 year-old who died as a result of a truck/pedestrian collision.
$350,000 to a woman who suffered a broken arm when her vehicle was struck by a semi.
$825,000 settlement on behalf of a 25 year-old man in a rural county with a peroneal nerve injury as a consequence of an automobile/truck collision.
$290,000 for a 70 year-old woman whose car was broadsided by a driver who claimed he had the green light at an intersection.
$200,000 (policy limit) settlement for the wrongful death of a recent immigrant.