Entries by Tim Smith

Carbon Monoxide Exposure Inexcusable

The tragic news out of Niles, Michigan, this past weekend is both shocking and inexcusable.  The children were exposed to over 800 parts per million of carbon monoxide, which exceeds the permissible 35 parts per million industry standard.   Authorities investigating the incident have discovered that the hotel’s exhaust ventilating system was failing.  This is inexcusable.  Michigan […]

2016-2017 No-Fault Year in Review

[From time-to-time, Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C.’s law partner, L. Page Graves, has been a featured speaker at the joint State Bar of Michigan’s and Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Upper Michigan Legal Institute where he reviews and discusses the latest appellate cases in Michigan’s No-Fault Jurisprudence.  Below is a copy of the materials hand-out for […]

Call A Cab: Don’t Drink & Drive

With summer tourism in full swing here in Northern Michigan, particularly with the upcoming Cherry Festival and 4th of July festivities in all our harbor towns and area inland lake communities, it is never too late or too redundant to advocate against drunk driving.  It affects us all.  The risks are immeasurable and sadly, in some instances, […]

No-Fault Medical Provider Actions Now At Potential Risk

On May 27, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court has effectively signaled a complete 180 from its stated opinion exactly one-year ago, despite no change in the Court’s current composition of justices.  Last May 28, 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court denied an application to appeal a decision issued by the Michigan Court of Appeals, in Wyoming Chiropractic Health Clinic, PC v Auto-Owners […]

UBER & Michigan No-Fault Insurance Risks

Before getting into an “Uber” car in Michigan, or for that matter becoming an Uber driver in Michigan, it would be prudent to thoroughly investigate the idea before proceeding with either plan.  There are several inherent insurance related risks associated with doing so when it comes to no-fault insurance coverage for your medical bills, wage loss […]

Boat Owner’s Duty & Liability To Passenger While Boarding

The Michigan Court of Appeals has just reaffirmed a boat owner’s duty and resulting liability to his/her passengers while boarding.  The case is Lenhoff v Rechter, an unpublished per curiam opinion (Docket No. , dated May 12, 2016).  In Lenhoff, the plaintiff was injured when she fell while attempting to board the defendant’s boat.  The defendant had […]