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What attorneys must know about car accidents and cross border legal issues

September 26, 2015 by Steven M. Gursten

Attorney Josh Terebelo will speak on litigating auto accident cases for Canadian drivers injured in Michigan during the Michigan Association for Justice No Fault seminar


This week, trial attorney Joshua Terebelo will present during the Michigan Association for Justice 12th Annual No Fault Institute.  The topic is cross border legal issues in car accident cases involving Canadians injured in Michigan, and Michigan citizens injured in Canada. For the vast majority of Michigan personal injury lawyers, it’s an extremely confusing and difficult topic.

But it’s also an important one. There are so many drivers from Windsor and Ontario generally coming into Michigan and unfortunately, some of these drivers are involved in very serious car accidents when they cross the border. The same occurs for Michigan citizens driving into Windsor or Toronto or other areas in Canada.

To help clarify the legal issues involved, Josh will review important venue and filing issues that personal injury attorneys in both Canada and the United States must know about when dealing with suing a Canadian driver, or representing an Ontario resident who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Michigan and is hurt and needs help recovering compensation. Josh will also cover medical treatment issues, liens, notifications, statute of limitations and policy limits, and other areas that normally complicate (and frustrate) personal injury attorneys in both countries.

I’m also speaking this year at the MAJ No Fault Institute.  My own topic will be on “Practical Lessons from a $34 million truck accident settlement.”  It’s based on a $34 million truck accident settlement, the largest in the United States for 2014.  You can read more about these lessons in my blog post here.

In the meantime, a little more about Josh:

Josh focuses on No-Fault lawsuits, helping auto accident victims receive their first-party personal injury protection benefits. He’s a member of the Insurance and Indemnification Council of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a Michigan Super Lawyer – Rising Star, and was also named in the “Top 40 Under 40″ attorneys in the U.S. by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Both of these awards are for attorneys who have been practicing less than a decade, yet have already proven themselves with superior qualifications, trial results and leadership.

Josh prides himself on being kind and accessible to his clients  – while relentlessly litigating their cases to achieve the most favorable outcome possible. He’s now teaching other lawyers about auto accident litigation.

Here’s what one of Josh’s clients, Michelle Kinney of Adrian, had to say about him:

“I would recommend anyone in a car accident to go to Michigan Auto Law. My experience with my lawyer Josh Terebelo was awesome. The compassion from the get go, the attention to detail and care that he put into my case was amazing to me. Typically attorneys get a bad rap for wanting to take care of themselves. I didn’t get that from Josh. He genuinely cared about whether I was taken care of and to me, that speaks volumes. He is a great guy. Just the fact that he took care of everything, and I didn’t really have to worry about anything that had to do with legal stuff. He really handled my case seamlessly. It was nice to be able to trust somebody knowing he had my best interest in mind. The case settled out of court, which was great. I was absolutely happy with my settlement. Josh is still involved in helping me even though my case has ended. I feel like I gained a friend.”

The Michigan Association for Justice is the state’s largest organization of trial lawyers and consumer protection advocates representing the needs of Michigan citizens.

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