Being involved in a car accident can have devastating effects on victims and their families. People who have suffered an automobile crash often face serious injury or, sadly, worse. Many types of injuries are life-altering and come with long-term physical and financial struggles.
Even if you did not suffer serious injuries in a car crash, there is also the possibility your vehicle is rendered inoperable. This can cause significant stress if you rely on your car or live in an area where public transportation is not available.
Matz Injury Law has experience helping car accident victims recover fair compensation from their insurance companies. If you, or a loved one, has experienced a personal injury from a car accident, contact the compassionate legal team at Matz Injury Law at 866-226-6833 for legal advice.
Steven Matz and his team have been practicing law in Michigan for several decades—since 1977 after obtaining his degree from law school at the George Washington University National Law Center. Mr. Matz offers a significant experience to his clients, along with sharing his expertise in a number of areas, as he is published and is often called to speak or lecture at schools. The firm holds several honors and awards, consistently being named a “Superlawyer” for its services in personal injury law in several practice areas.
As a premier law office that represents clients in Petoskey and throughout Michigan, the Matz Injury Law team has negotiated more than $300 million for their clients. In 2009, Matz Injury Law obtained the largest car accident settlement in Michigan for $3,000,000.
Petoskey is no stranger to serious car accidents in Emmet County. While car crashes occur everywhere, Petoskey has seen some of Michigan’s most serious accidents due to dangerous roads and intersections. For instance, the I-496 and US-127 corridors are particularly distressing and see a high number of crashes. Other high-crash areas include the intersection of Charlevoix Avenue and Spring Street. Also of concern is the fact so many drivers recklessly speed in Petoskey. Sadly, due to many reasons, a high percentage of Petoskey crashes are preventable.
If you or someone in your family are a car accident victim, you will want to call a Petoskey attorney as soon as possible. Having an experienced car accident attorney by your side offers you the best opportunity to get the most compensation possible.
Also, important to consider is car accident victims do not always experience immediate symptoms of injury. Unfortunately, several types of injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), may not show signs for days, weeks, or even months. Losses associated with serious injuries can be permanent and become expensive over time, especially if an injury affects your ability to work.
The State of Michigan is a no-fault state. This means drivers must maintain their own personal injury protection insurance to cover their own injuries and damages in a car accident—it does not matter who was at fault. Unfortunately, this system, while beneficial in many ways, also has its flaws. It is common for victims to experience delays and denials of claims, despite them paying their insurance premiums as required. An experienced attorney can fight the system to help their clients obtain the compensation they need—and deserve.
A no-fault system means your own insurance coverage pays for any injuries. It also covers any damage you cause to another person’s property. A tort system essentially means wrongdoing, which means the person who caused the accident is responsible for any losses. In other words, victims can hold the person or entity who caused their injury entirely accountable for any losses. However, with the no-fault system, drivers injured in Petoskey car accidents still retain the right to pursue a claim against at-fault drivers for pain and suffering if they can demonstrate they have suffered a serious impairment of bodily function.
Michigan drivers are required to be self-insured so they can obtain medical coverage as quickly as possible, but unfortunately, coverage may not cover the extent of the injuries. If your injuries exceed what your insurance covers, you can sue the at-fault driver, regardless of the cause of the accident, whether it was reckless driving or a DUI.
Damages you can pursue from a car accident or truck accident case consists of both economic and non-economic damages. This includes medical bills, hospital bills, ongoing healthcare treatment, lost wages, loss of future income, household services, in-home care, and lifestyle modifications (e.g. homes and cars). You can also pursue damages that aren’t as easily calculable, such as post-accident suffering.
Michigan defines pain and suffering as a type of non-economic damage and includes mental anguish, scars, disfigurement, humiliation, and other injuries that don’t carry a price tag. Pain and suffering are difficult to calculate and losses must be clearly demonstrated. A Matz Injury Law attorney can assist in helping you obtain compensation for these types of losses.
In Michigan, you have three years from the date of a car accident to file a case against the at-fault driver. This is referred to as a statute of limitations and applies to both bodily injury and wrongful death claims. It is important to speak to a Petoskey attorney ASAP to ensure you do not miss your window to file.
Matz Injury Law is a local, trusted law firm in Northern Michigan that is committed to helping its clients recover compensation from losses they’ve suffered due to car accidents. The client relationship is of the utmost importance to them. Our law firm does not charge a set amount for any legal services provided, and instead of 33% of any recovery or settlement award like other law firms do, their percentage is just 22%. The personal injury attorneys at Matz Injury Law are highly experienced at what they do and are well-versed in Michigan law—they know how to win. Contact them today. They offer free evaluations to determine if you have a case.
In the immediate aftermath of a crash, call 911 to make sure any medical needs are quickly attended to. It is also vital to contact police to ensure an accident report is filed, and then collect evidence from the scene of a crash. However, time is of the essence. Calling a car accident attorney sooner than later is important because it prevents you from accidentally giving incriminating statements to insurance adjusters and also ensures you do not miss your window to file a claim.
Unfortunately, insurance companies look for reasons not to pay you the full amount of compensation you deserve. Even if they do, it still might not be enough to cover medical bills, surgeries, rehabilitation, missed time off work, or loss of future income.
An auto accident has a high potential to change your life—and that of your family—forever. Insurance companies are not going to necessarily help you, you need a Petoskey car accident attorney on your side to advocate for your best interests.
Steven Matz and Jared Matz are compassionate motor vehicle accident attorneys that can offer you years of experience. If you’re ready to discuss your case, call our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation at 866-226-6833 or complete our online contact form.
The maximum contingency fee permitted by law is actually 331/3%. Michigan court rules require that the attorney fee be computed on the net sum recovered after deducting all disbursements properly chargeable to the enforcement of the claim.
We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 331/3% because we are very, very, good at obtaining results for our clients.
We do not spend millions of dollars on television ads; instead, we offer a lower fee to all our clients. We do not have dozens of lower paid associates handling our work. All our clients are represented by Steven and Jared Matz. Steven Matz started the firm in 1977 and since then has dedicated his life to representing injury victims. Jared joined the firm in 2016 but grew up listening to stories, discussing theories, and generally learning at the dinner table about how to effectively and compassionately represent injury victims. Jared Matz was literally born to represent individuals involved in motor vehicle crashes.
All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee and all our cases are handled at 22%. Whether the case settles or goes through trial, the fee does not change. While our competitors make excuses as to why they charge so much, we are obtaining results for our clients at a lower fee.
At a typical television advertising law firm, your first call will be handled by a receptionist, who may refer you to an intake person, who will discuss your claim with an intake manager, who then discusses your claim with an associate, who may then report to a partner. You may never speak with the person whose name is at the top of the letterhead. At Matz Injury Law you will always speak with either Steven Matz or Jared Matz.