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Michigan Lawyers Weekly on auto attorney: “Million-dollar man”

Newspaper profiles Steve Gursten and his law firm, as they’re thriving despite Michigan’s difficult personal injury threshold law

Michigan Lawyers Weekly profiles Steven M. Gursten and his law firm, Michigan Auto Law; and  how the auto accident litigation practice is thriving despite a law called Kreiner v. Fischer.

Kreiner interpreted the No-Fault act’s “serious impairment of body function” statute, establishing the precondition plaintiffs must meet before they can sue for non-economic damages in such a way that many people who suffered serious injuries and who missed months from work, have virtually zero rights. Yet the story shows how Michigan Auto Law is expanding its offices, attorneys and million-dollar verdicts and settlements for auto accident cases.

Meanwhile, Kreiner has made it so that many other general practice personal injury lawyers in Michigan cannot take car accident and truck accident cases any longer.

Here’s the Michigan Lawyers Weekly story: Steve Gursten is the ‘Million-dollar man’

June 16, 2008

Update: On August 1, 2010, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned Kreiner v. Fischer with McCormick v. Carrier, restoring the rights of auto accident victims in the state. Now, when auto accident victims are pursuing pain and suffering damages, they have to prove their life has been affected – not completely altered as was required under Kreiner.

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