The battle to save Northern Michigan jobs and to preserve Michigan’s Auto No-fault Insurance resumes in 2012

In the 1992 and 1994 Michigan statewide elections, many remember the no-fault insurance industry’s ballot initiatives (Proposals C and D) which sought to dramatically convert Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system into managed care funded by tax payers.  These efforst were resoundingly defeated by the people of Michigan.  See the Official election results here. After 17 […]

Opening a tailgate to a motor vehicle trailer triggers no-fault insurance coverage

Facts & Ruling By Court: A man was hauling waste to a landfill using his attached trailer.  The tailgate would not open freely.  The man pushed on the tailgate and it sprung open, causing him to lose his balance.  He fell down into the landfill and suffered bodily injury requiring medical care.  The no-fault act […]

Michigan’s highest court decides a medical service provider’s defense against an attorney’s fee lien in a no-fault PIP recovery, leaving unanswered several procedural questions.

Facts & Ruling by Court: A man was catastrophically injured in a car accident and was taken to the Detroit Medical Center for care.  The patient’s medical expenses were covered by the No-Fault law.  Before the patient was discharged and before the DMC issued an itemization of charges to the patient’s no-fault insurer, the patient’s […]

Driving too close behind another and stopping abruptly are factors that may lead to driver liability for personal injury suffered by another. And, when multiple motor vehicles are involved in a scenario which is a factor resulting in a motorcyclist’s injury, liability for no-fault coverage afforded to the motorcyclist may rest with more than one of the involved motor vehicles.

Facts & Ruling by Court: Three cars were traveling south on M-37 approaching a curve in the roadway.  Heading northbound was a motorcyclist.  The first of the three cars was looking for wood.  It is here where testimony of several witnesses differed on what actually occurred next: the driver of the first car says he […]

When your child leaves home to go off to school but does not sever ties with the family household, s/he is still domiciled in your home and covered by your auto insurance.

An 18 year old moved out of his family home and into a friend’s home to attend school in another town.  The son, however, kept his family home address on his driver’s license and provided his school and a part-time employer with it as opposed to the friend’s.  His checking account also kept his home […]

Auto no-fault insurance no longer applies to process of closing your car door Facts & Ruling by Court: An adult was placing personal items into her motor vehicle which was parked.  She had reached into the passenger side of the vehicle with its door open.  In one fluid motion, she stood back up to regain […]

Child’s personal injury claim against city garbage truck upheld.

Facts & Ruling by Court:   A minor riding a school bus suffered bodily injuries when the school bus swiped a temporarily stopped city garbage truck that pulled back into the travel lane while the school bus was passing.  The Michigan Court of Appeals held that even if the garbage truck was temporarily stopped, that […]

Good reading for healthcare providers

In 2010, Michigan’s Court of Appeals issued a published opinion on an important legal issue facing a number of our healthcare provider clients. The issue on appeal dealt with defining what are “usual and customary charges” for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. At the trial court level, defendant was a non-profit corporation that owns and […]

Rural Development Loan and Grant Programs Available in Michigan

Congressman Dave Camp represents the people of the 4th Congressional District of Michigan, which spans from Owosso to Greenville and northward to Traverse City and the Leelanau peninsula. Camp is the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, which is one of the oldest and most powerful committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. […]

A Rare Win for Car Crash Victims in the Michigan Court of Appeals

Everyone knows that no matter where you live, you are required by law to have car insurance. Michigan is no exception to this. Also, Michigan is a no-fault auto insurance state. In Michigan, your no-fault insurance pays all your medical bills in the event that you are injured in an auto accident. So, if you […]