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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Our renters would like to get a pool for their fenced in back yard. We have liability insurance on the property but how

Do we limit our responsibility

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jun 4, 2020

Good question and I get this sort of question frequently from friends. First, although you have liability insurance, make sure your insurance company informs you, IN WRITING, that injuries related to the pool will be covered. The more information you send your insurer about the pool the better.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I was wonder if I could sue for pain and suffering after an not at fault accident which I now have bad back problems?

The car accident took place at February 28, 2020

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 26, 2020

Likely no. Our no-fault system makes your insurance company responsible for your medical bills. About the only way to get outside of the no-fault system and sue the other driver is if you suffered a serious impairment to a bodily function (e.g. paralysis, amputation, etc.). Back pain, usually,... Read more »

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Q: Can I be forced to take a coronavirus testing just to have a medical procedure done?

I don’t think I should be forced because I’m not sick I don’t have to be tested when I go to work and to me it’s a forcible action to be able to track you and follow your whereabouts in quarantine you you don’t think that’s a overreach of government

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 18, 2020

Likely yes. The medical professional could refuse services if you don't, unless it's an emergency situation. I'm not sure what benefit you'd receive by refusing. The procedure you receive could be compromised because the doctor doesn't have a complete picture of what is going on.

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Q: Slipped and fell

I had to have surgery to wire and pin it back together, the area I fell was a dangerous area unknown to me but the owner knew because I was later told he was asked to fix it several times but refused I was also told he normally had warning cones set in this are but not the day I was there, a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 14, 2020

It's difficult to tell, based on these facts alone. It would be helpful to know why the cones were removed, the extent of the defects involved, among other factors. You could contact a Michigan injury attorney to discuss the matter in greater detail, and that would probably enable a more... Read more »

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Q: can I request anything from this hotel or is there any legal action I could take? This is blatant neglect to me.

I stayed at a hotel in Southfield Michigan and noticed the sliding glass door for the shower was coming off the rail on the back top rollers. My roommate notified the front desk about the issue and the man told him he will call a work request in and to just be careful with it. I went to take a... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 13, 2020

Yikes! I would think so. At the very least, I would be in contact with hotel management - in the case of a chain hotel, I'm not talking about the local people; I'm talking about the actual parent company.

Whether it makes sense to pursue a personal injury lawsuit depends on a...
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Q: Is it my fault for slipping and falling at a carwash and breaking my kneecap and having to have surgery

I was getting out of my car to go over to the service area on March 12 2019 at a carwash, I was going to get change, I slipped and fell in a shaded area on what is called black ice, as a customer came to help he also fell.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 12, 2020

It could be, but if you consulted with a Michigan attorney who could examine more details about how your injury occurred, what precautionary measures were taken to melt or remove ice, etc., you could get a more complete picture of the respective liabilities here. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Complaint and Claim Based on Injuries Caused by Negligence at a private Islamic religious school.

On January 22nd, 2019, Sara, my daughter, was pushed by another student and fell on her head on a concrete floor covered in carpet.

The coordinator of the Tawheed center, Wahajuddin, refused to call the police to report the incident, instead, he called me and asked me to pick up my daughter... Read more »

John Francis Nicholson
John Francis Nicholson answered on Mar 5, 2020

You raise a number of good issues; however, I believe it is less complicated. The school must have premises liability to cover any injuries to persons on the premises that are there legally. The facts that you allege regarding negligence help your argument and serve to defeat a defense that your... Read more »

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Q: If I got a strawberry banana smoothy from McDonalds about 6 year and I found a needle as a sucked through the straw.

If I got a strawberry banana smoothy from McDonalds about 6 years ago and I found a needle as a sucked through the straw. I bit down thinking it was ice and it poked my mouth. I have the needle still. I was wondering if I still have a strong case.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 4, 2020

No. Why bring this up now 6 years after the fact? I would imagine McDonald's lawyers would attack that right off the bat.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Is there a claim when an unauthorized person writes to my spine doctor and my insurance company causing medical denial?

This is a very strange situation; I have been seeing a spine doctor for 8 years. My doctor wrote a couple scripts for medical equipment and letters to support their need. My insurance company sent letter with more questions to the doctor. I then contacted the medical records dept. of my doctors... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 29, 2020

It's difficult to offer an answer without knowing what the letter contained and what the grounds for the denial was (medical necessity?). You could consult with a Michigan attorney to learn if they feel it would be cost-effective to pursue. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue my mobile home park. They shut my water off on January 7th 2020 for no reason that same day I had a demand for

Payment. As of today January 23rd 2020 I still have not received an eviction notice however but regardless to this day I have not got a written reason why my water has been shut off or a not even a verbal reason they haven't said one word to me about it earlier that I had look into it and... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 23, 2020

Contact a Texas attorney who handles eviction defense to review the actions of the park and the terms of your agreement. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I slipped getting out if a vehicle a few months ago in a gas station parking lot...the er said i sprained my shoulder.

Its getting worse. I want to know if there is a time limit to file a lawsuit on a slip and fall..i live in michigan

Evan S. Sloan
Evan S. Sloan answered on Feb 4, 2020

The best thing you could do is contact a local personal injury attorney. They will be able to evaluate your situation and inform you of your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I want to know if I can sue my cell phone company for all the ads I get on my phone I did not sign up to get ads

I get between 150 to 200 ads on my phone weekly Detroit Michigan

Matt Schmoldt
Matt Schmoldt answered on Jan 31, 2020

There is federal law called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which protects individuals from unsolicited telephone calls and texts. It allows an individual to recover $500 to $1500 per call or text made in violation of the statute. The statute is a little complicated and I recommend... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Environmental for Michigan on
Q: I came in contact with silicosis dust from diamertous earth and i already had COPD anyways this powderly stuff

This powedrly stuff was put onto my capeting by my sister inlaw anyways afterwards after i inhauled this chemical called diametrous earth 3 days after i inhauled this powderly chemical 3 days afterwards i ended up into the hospital with small bowel obstruction i had to go through surgery because of... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 27, 2020

You should contact a Michigan attorney if this is something on which you are contemplating a claim. Your post remains open for a week and it looks like two-plus years have already elapsed. You should act without further delay to discuss state statutes of limitations for the applicable legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: catastrophic auto claims adujuster authorized amputation surgery when she knew it didn't need to be done
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 9, 2020

There wasn't a question here. If you're wondering whether the claim adjuster is liable for the amputation, the answer would generally be "no" in most any jurisdiction. A claim adjuster does not owe anyone a duty of care on the level of a medical practitioner. A claim adjuster... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Michigan on
Q: hello, 2 years ago after my surgery I was mistreated by a nurse at henry ford

had half of my left lung removed, so have a good size scar on left side. surgery went well. however it was the treatment I received in recovery that has my concern. I was treated horrible only way to describe it is as a dog. a day and a half after my surgery I was moved to a private room. a step... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 25, 2019

I believe I may have answered this question previously because the facility name seems familiar. My response was that although you suffered a painful and aggravating ordeal post-op, you mention that the surgery went well. Med mal cases are generally based on a breach of duty. As a practical matter,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: hello, 2 years ago after my surgery I was mistreated by a nurse at henry ford

had half of my left lung removed, so have a good size scar on left side. surgery went well. however it was the treatment I received in recovery that has my concern. I was treated horrible only way to describe it is as a dog. a day and a half after my surgery I was moved to a private room. a step... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 21, 2019

According to your description, your surgery went well. The other issues you describe here (while you explain there is more) depict considerable pain and aggravation you endured in post-op. However, it's important to keep in mind that medical malpractice lawsuits are very expensive to litigate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Can I get a new claim representative if the one I have is being difficult to work with
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 19, 2019

You could ask for one if there is something very acrimonious in the chemistry in your working relationship. But for the most part, the role of a claim rep is adversarial to the claimant. The claim rep is not there to be a mentor or friend. Claim reps are highly intelligent, analytical, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue my job for the incident that happened today?

Today at work, I work at Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services and a resident threw urine on me. The resident had already been acting out throughout the week and the punishment for that is he couldn’t come out his room. So during the day someone had to sit at his door to monitor him. That’s what I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 24, 2019

You can't sue your job for that. Unfortunately Mental Health workers face assault and abuse but there is little that can be done. If you have a union speak with them.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: f dont know what kind lawyer to get i am a senior there no funding in state for legal help I dont want lost my toes

my water is brown and codes saw it and fridge has been broke called codes they didnt enforce anything i waited for senor housing since it all happen finally got in packed i did what i was told to hold rent till stuff was fixed landlord sue me at last day my senior lawyercalled said sorry out... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 19, 2019

I'm sorry for your ordeal as a senior, and that Michigan DHS was not able to help you. Contact the State Bar of Michigan - they have resources for legal aid for the public. Also look into law schools in your area. Some law schools have clinics or internships where their students provide legal... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Can I take any legal action for an injury that occurred in January of last year?

I slipped on an icy step they didn't salt in the winter and broke my ankle. I had two surgeries and have healed but am now dealing with neuropathy I didn't have from before the incident. I was told by my company not to take legal action but I no longer work for them and am now living in... Read more »

Craig Pogosky
Craig Pogosky answered on Jul 16, 2019

It sounds like you may have two different kinds of actions. One is under the workers' compensation law of your state if you were in the course of your employment, which it sounds like you were, and a second action against the owner &/or tenant of the group home for failing to maintain the... Read more »

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