Michigan Personal Injury Guide

MI personal injury case & accident info

Michigan is the motorist's dream, home to car museums and shows – these also lead to car accidents, negligence cases, and personal injuries. Maybe it was you who experienced an accident; maybe it was a friend or family member.

Half the time you don't even know where to pin liability. Whatever happened, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.

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Michigan personal injury law: the basics

Michigan statutes online

This is where you’ll find Michigan's laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (also known as damage caps), and other important information.

Michigan General Laws

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Michigan's car accident statutes of limitation

In Michigan, you have three years to bring both personal injury and property damage claims. That means you have three years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame. So, don't worry! You have time!

Michigan's Statute of Limitations

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Accident worksheets

Your First Meeting with an Attorney
A worksheet to prepare for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney – what to bring, what they'll ask
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Documents & Evidence Checklist
Checklist of 30 items to help you prepare for making a personal injury or accident claim
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Personal Injury Attorney Interview Sheet
Worksheet with questions to ask a personal injury attorney to help determine if he or she will be a good fit for your case
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Damages/Expenses Worksheet
Damages worksheet to track expenses for your injury claim (medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, prescriptions)
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Post-Accident Journal Form
Sample accident journal/diary to help you document the effect on your daily life
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Accident Report Form
Sample post-accident report form to keep in your glove box - fill out at the scene or as soon as you can after a car accident
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Hiring a lawyer in Michigan

The initial meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as intellectual property law or real estate law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will take a third of the eventual reward or settlement, plus whatever office expenses they incurred.

If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.

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Examples of personal injury cases and accidents

Personal injury cases (also know as a tort lawsuit) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Auto accidents, medical malpractice and premises liability (slip/fall) are a few examples of the most common types of personal injury cases, but there are many more. In fact, torts are among the most common legal actions in the United States. Read more

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Law libraries in Michigan

There are many issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer, surprisingly enough. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.

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