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Kevin Seiferheld speaks on Threshold Injuries at MAJ No-Fault seminar

October 4, 2018 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan Auto Law attorney Kevin Seiferheld shares tips on ‘Best Practices for Proving Threshold Injuries’ for car crash victims at No-Fault Institute seminar

Attorney Kevin Seiferheld of Michigan Auto Law
Kevin Seiferheld, Attorney at Law, Michigan Auto Law

Kevin Seiferheld will be sharing his tips and strategies on “Best Practices for Proving Threshold Injuries” in car accident cases during his presentation at the Michigan Association for Justice’s 15th Annual No-Fault Institute in Novi, Michigan, on October 4-5, 2018.

Kevin’s hard-won insight from having litigated hundreds of cases – and from his many recoveries in excess of $1 million – will be a valuable resource for all Michigan auto accident attorneys, from the newly licensed to the seasoned veterans.

Michigan’s law on recovering pain and suffering compensation (i.e., noneconomic loss damages) for crash victims seems to keep getting more complicated by the day.

But Kevin’s suggestions and advice will help lawyers safely navigate their clients around the landmines in the law and past the legal trickery routinely deployed by Michigan’s No-Fault auto insurers.

The topics that Kevin will cover during his presentation, “Best Practices for Proving Threshold Injuries,” include:

  • The importance of emphasizing what No-Fault’s threshold law actually requires: Whether a victim’s accident-related impairment “affect[s] the person’s ability to lead his or her normal life” depends on whether it has “an influence on some of the person’s capacity to live his or her manner of normal living.”
  • The importance of disabusing judges, defense lawyers and insurance adjusters of the erroneous notion that a victim’s life has been affected by an “objectively manifested impairment of body function” only if his or her normal life is permanently destroyed.
  • The burden on insurance companies’ burden to present admissible evidence to prove that dismissal is legally warranted (when a summary disposition motion has been filed).
  • Correcting the long-held, albeit misguided, belief by defense lawyers and insurance adjusters that “physician imposed restrictions” are the only acceptable proof of a victim’s impairment.
  • The role that the “closed head injury exception” and the “serious permanent disfigurement” provision play in lawsuits for pain and suffering compensation.

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