Michigan Personal Injury Law Blog | Goodwin & Scieszka

Scott Goodwin is being recognized as one of Michigan’s top personal injury lawyers… again.

What was formerly known as the Michigan Trial Lawyer Association, it is now the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), and it is an organization that promotes fairness through Michigan’s court systems.

Mr. Goodwin is currently serving as the chairman of MAJ’s judicial qualifications.

Nearly 3 million people are injured in an automobile-related accident every year. That amounts to an accident every minute! A staggering amount of those injuries are a result of people driving while intoxicated. According to MADD, almost every hour, someone’s life is taken as a result of a drunk driver.

If you’ve been injured because someone else was driving drunk, then follow the Goodwin & Scieszka 5 steps.

A Michigan personal injury claim is type of a law known as tort law. What is a tort you might ask? A Michigan tort claim is a civil wrong, other than a breach of contract, which the law has a remedy. A tort is a personal injury claim and a personal injury claim is a tort.

Think of personal injury claims as private causes of actions (i.e. lawsuits) that are enforced by private citizens. The purpose of a Michigan personal injury claim is to put the injured party back in the position they were in before the tort occurred.

So what’s a common Michigan personal injury claim?

Adrian, Michigan Car Accident

Thursday, 01 August 2013 by

A 90-year-old man from Adrian, Michigan was sentenced to probation and will no longer be able to drive after he pinned a woman between two vehicles in a parking lot.

59-year-old Linda Guzman was the woman killed in the accident. Her family didn’t want John Ellis in jail, just off of the road so that this terrible incident would never happen again.

Sue Your Credit Report Company?

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 by

Julie Miller from Marion County Oregon successfully sued Equifax, but only after years of trying to get Equifax to correct the incorrect information that was listed on her credit report.

What was incorrectly listed, you’re probably wondering? Julie’s social security number for one, and there were false collection accounts. Equifax demanded that Julie take up the issues with her creditors, and after years of arguing that the disputes never existed, she sued in federal court.

$18.6 million was award to Julie Miller! And while the company is likely going to appeal the ruling, it’s a wake-up call to an industry where 1 in 20 Americans have errors listed on their credit reports.

Our firm specializes in Michigan dog bite claims. Specifically, we represent individuals injured by dogs in Detroit, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Southfield, Flint, and the surrounding areas.

If a dog bites you in Michigan, then we want to help you recover for your pain and suffering.

Have you ever taken a look at the Michigan dog bite statute?

On May 22nd, Caron, a Canadian and single mother of four, was playing tug-of-war with her Shih Tzu, Buster. During the game, Buster accidently bit Caron. One of Caron’s other Shih Tzus began to lick the wound. Not thinking anything of it, she went on with her day.

However, a few days following the event, Caron went to hospital feeling sick. She was put into a doctor-induced coma that lasted a month and a half. Her body had a severe reaction to the bacteria in the dog bite.

An Auburn Hills man drove off the exit ramp on M-59 at Squirrel Lake Road and into a heavily wooded area. He was driving a 2004 silver Chrysler Sebring.

Auburn Hills Lt. Jill McDonnel said that car took out a tree. The man driving was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver’s 24-year-old passenger from Southfield was taken to a nearby hospital is being treated for serious injuries.

No names are being released and the accident is still an ongoing investigation.

Have any road trips planned in the remaining summer days? If you do, then think twice about which state you are going to because the words out on the nation’s worst states to drive through. You might think about driving around them after reading this article.

Want to stand outside the White House and picket, or see that tiny guy up close that sits inside the penny? Well, according to a GMAC insurance report conducted in 2011, the place where people are most likely to not know the written rules of the road is in the District of Columbia. Only 70% of those polled would likely pass the written vehicle-licensing exam.

On Air with WMUZ on Law Day

Thursday, 18 July 2013 by

June 9, 2013, Law Day, Russell Jalbert and Bob Dutko broadcasted live from Goodwin and Scieszka at 15 Mile Rd. and Woodward.

This is what they talked about:

They talked about the NSA tracking our moves online. It was described as very “Orwellian.” Both men seemed uneasy about the government’s involvement in our lives. They quickly moved on to talking about the stock market.

According to Russell Jalbert, the stock market and the economy are no longer mutually exclusive. Unemployment is rising, and while jobs are being added, job growth is not as high as it should be. The American people have lost faith in the stock market, and according to Jalbert, no new families have come into his office looking to invest in the market.

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