How Do I Initiate An Auto Accident Case?

October 20, 2015 |
How Do I Initiate An Auto Accident Case?
How to start a car accident lawsuit in Michigan

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may believe that you are entitled to compensation for your losses but may not know exactly how to go about obtaining this financial relief. Fortunately, a qualified car accident lawyer in Michigan can guide you through the process and help you recovery as efficiently as possible. 

Talk to an attorney

Your first step in the legal process is to sit down with an experienced lawyer who can evaluate your situation and determine the best course of action for you. How you pursue recovery in Michigan will depends on many factors, including who was at fault for the accident and the severity of the injuries that you sustained. Having someone who understands you legal rights is critical to ensuring that you get properly reimbursed for your losses.

Make an insurance claim

Michigan's no-fault insurance1 system means that you will have to file a claim with your own insurance company whether or not you were at fault. Though you may think you can handle your insurance claim on your own, the counsel and assistance of an attorney is essential to making certain you receive the full amount you deserve. Insurance companies often attempt to reduce offers, so you should always have a lawyer review your case before you accept a settlement. An attorney can present evidence to the insurance claims adjuster to prove that your situation, in fact, warrants a much higher offer.

File a legal claim

Michigan law limits an accident victim's right to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. However, in situations involving serious or catastrophic injuries, a lawsuit may be necessary to obtain compensation for all of the damages you suffered. Such damages may include:

  • All costs of medical treatment, assistance, and equipment
  • Lost income and benefits, as well as future estimated wage losses
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Permanent disabilities, impairments, or disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma or distress

A lawsuit is initiated by a very specific process governed by the Michigan rules of civil procedure.2 Your attorney will file a petition with the civil courts that sets out the nature of your legal claims, the basis for your claims, and the damages you believe you deserve as a result of the negligent acts. This filing starts the legal process toward financial recovery.

Contact a Michigan auto accident lawyer for a free case evaluation today

It is only natural for an accident victim to be confused about where to turn for assistance. If you have sustained a severe injury, you are likely dealing with serious physical and/or cognitive impairments, as well as pain, suffering, and emotional distress. You deserve to be fully compensated for all of your losses, both tangible and intangible, and a highly experienced car accident attorney at Michigan Injury Lawyers can help you. Our consultations are free, so you should never hesitate to call our office at 313-438-4357 to discuss how we can assist in your case.