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Michigan No Fault work loss rate raised October 1, 2014

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

The new maximum work loss rate an auto accident victim can recover is $5,392 per month No Fault work loss  (also called wage loss or lost wages) is an important Michigan No Fault PIP benefit that compensates you for your wages that are lost when you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident and unable to […]

Words matter

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Police now being trained to use word “collision” instead of “accident” Words matter. I was recently taking the deposition of an investigating police officer and it made me think of how we commonly refer to car accidents as “accidents.” Labeling most of the motor vehicle collision cases that I see as an attorney as an […]

Michigan Supreme Court to decide whether ‘bodily injury’ includes brain injuries, pain & suffering under ‘motor vehicle exception’ to governmental immunity

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Will the Michigan Supreme Court ignore 150 years of jurisprudence? On October 8, 2014, the Michigan Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases, Hannay v. Michigan Department of Transportation (disclosure: Hannay is our case, and resulted in a $1.4 million dollar verdict for our client, see below) and  Hunter v. Sisco, where the central […]

New No Fault ‘hurdles’ proposed under HB 5854

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-drivers will have a harder time getting No Fault benefits after a motor vehicle accident under new ‘assigned claims plan’ from Rep. Lund Rep. Pete Lund (R-Macomb County) is back. Apparently, his past efforts trying to help dismantle Michigan’s No Fault auto insurance system weren’t enough. So the pro-insurance industry Representative […]

Blogging for the busy lawyer: Using blogs to enhance your practice

Posted on: October 11th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

7 reasons lawyers should blog This Sunday, I’ll be giving a talk in Sonoma, California with Karen Koehler, of the Stritmatter Kessler Whelan law firm. Karen is the award-winning author of The Velvet Hammer legal blog. Our talk will be for the TAOS Group, a group of some of the finest (and busiest) trial lawyers […]

Is government immune from auto accident lawsuits for brain injury and pain and suffering?

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Court affirms verdict for auto accident victim who suffered ‘bodily injury’ and sued under Michigan’s motor vehicle exception to governmental immunity Tension over what the words “bodily injury” mean continues to build as I write these words. Michigan lawyers are waiting for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of governmental immunity and […]

Michigan Auto Law attorney settles Shrine Circus motorcycle accident that went viral

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Steven Gursten No Comments

Robert Raitt and Alison Duffy recover $800,000 in pain and suffering settlement for Shrine Circus stuntman injured in motocross fall Stuntman Joshua Headford fell 45 feet during a Shrine Circus motocross act at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw. The case made headlines two years ago, and video of the fall went viral, collecting thousands of views […]

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