Michigan Personal Injury Attorneys

Two Main Claims When Injured in an Auto Accident

Pip/No-Fault Benefits

  1. Typically comes from your own auto insurance.
    • Don’t have auto insurance? Contact us to find out what your rights are!
  2. Covers the Following:
  3. ONLY one year to put the insurance company on Notice that you were in an accident and seeking PIP/No-Fault Benefits
  4. Once the insurance company is “on notice,” have one year from each date of service to file a lawsuit or lose the ability to recover that service. Services include:
    • Medical date of service
    • Nursing date of service
    • Someone helping you around the home (each day)
    • Prescription fill date
    • Mileage dates
    • Or each date of wage loss

Bodily Injury/Pain and Suffering

  • Comes from the Tortfeasor or “Bad Guy”
  • Need to show the following:
    • Objective Injury or Serious impairment of;
    • An important body function; AND
    • You cannot lead your normal life
  • Three Years to file a lawsuit

Points to Remember:

  • The No-Fault claim and the Bodily Injury claim are separate and distinct claims. You could settle or reach resolution of one claim and have the other continue forward.
  • Most health insurance policies will not pay auto-related injuries, so it is very important to bill your claim number given to you by your insurance company.

Hear It From Our Clients

  • Very professional & informative

    “Paul is an awesome attorney who definitely cares about his clients. I would recommend him to anyone. He was very professional and informative with my case. Highly recommended!!!”

    - Shawn C.
  • They go above & beyond for you

    “Loryn was an amazing attorney to work with. She always took the time to answer questions and went out of her way to make sure I understood each and every action being taken. I highly recommend her as a personal injury attorney.”

    - Former Client
  • Thank you!

    “John Schlinker handled my case and he was awesome. He did a great job, was always available to talk, and worked hard to get me a great settlement. He explained what was going on and walked me through a complicated case. I recommend him to anyone with an in”

    - David S.
  • He’s the best in my book

    “I got bit by a dog and nearly died until the germ doctors figured out what was wrong. I called John “My Man” Schlinker and he treated me like family and got me an awesome recovery. I recommend John to everyone! He’s the best in my book.”

    - Steve B.
  • Very knowledgeable & experienced

    “My experience with Paul was exceptional! Always responds in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable and experienced. Compassionate and caring. I recommend everyone that asks me to go to this firm.”

    - Tina F.

Our Victories

  • $625,000 Loss of Vision

    Settlement for a man who suffered a loss of vision in his left eye, after falling from his bike, when his bike tire hit an excavated portion of sidewalk that had no markings, barriers, or warnings.

  • $500,000 Truck Accident

    Ottawa County case settlement for mother injured in a contested liability trucking accident.

  • $500,000 Truck Accident

    Muskegon County settlement for mother who was driving her children to have Christmas portraits done when a pick-up truck doing snow plowing backed in front of her vehicle.

  • $400,000 Drunk Driver

    Newaygo County settlement for man seriously injured by a drunk driver.

  • $370,000 Auto Accident

    Muskegon County settlement for Muskegon County resident seriously injured in a head-on auto accident.

  • $250,000 Truck Accident

    Barry County settlement for man injured by an improperly parked pickup truck.

  • $245,000 Bus Accident

    settlement for high school student injured as a result of severe spinal injury sustained while bus he was occupying struck something in the road to propel him out of his seat and suffer extensive spinal injuries.

  • $175,000 Car Accident

    Kent County settlement for client injured as a result of rear-end auto accident.

  • $175,000 Car Accident

    Kent County settlement for gentlemen injured in shopping plaza road head-on accident by young lady who was believed to have been texting or distracted.

  • $175,000 Truck Accident

    Kent County settlement for young lady struck while in a ditch in a disabled car that spun out of control on snowy roads when a semi-truck also slid into the ditch.