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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Social Security for Michigan on
Q: I receive SSI & had an accident. I will be receiving a settlement, will it affect my SSI payments, medicaid or EBT
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 29, 2017

Yes. You need to arrange a "spend down." Discuss this with your attorney.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I was injured a few months ago when another car slid into mine in icy conditions. Can the other driver be held legally

responsible in light of the extreme weather? They didn't seem to be able to control their car.

Neil Davis
Neil Davis answered on May 19, 2017

Absolutely. Drivers have a duty to operate their motor vehicles with due regard to traffic and surface conditions then and there existing pursuant to Michigan law. MCL 257.627.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: If someone was illegally parked and you swerved to avoid their car and got in an accident, can they be held responsible?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 29, 2017

I doubt it as they were parked and you were moving, even if they shouldn't have been parked there, you could see them and would've run into a stopped vehicle if you handn't veered off and had a different crash.

Members of the Michigan Assnfor Justice give free consults. Suggest you get one.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Will a judgment against you in an injury case show up on your credit report?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 3, 2017

Yes if they get that far. They are really after your insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: When filing a lawsuit, is it a set limit on pain and suffer because of the other person insurance policy?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 8, 2017

Not when filing but yes it's a limit. Contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice--they give Free consultations. If you look at your policy you have selected a certain amount. The other person also has an amount they set.

However in most states the filing amount is either a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: ARSON: New home being built, no insurance coverage when someone burned it down. Total loss. ????

No one was hurt, or there at the time. We were coming home from vacation, and have a hunch who may have done this, but no real proof. Not enough, anyway, but to me, it checks out. Just not to police. This was a home we were totally redoing, so tools/ladders and tons of new wood, doors, windows,... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 26, 2017

If you had a contractor their insurance might cover. Talk to your CPA about a big casualty loss deduction on your tax return--may have to file an amended (for 2015) if you didn't claim it

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: If a person is sick and in jail in need of a doctor how can you get them a court date and bond?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2017

See a criminal attorney. Understand they may not get the bond---law regarding medical treatment rights of prisoners is poor. Contact the prison project of the Michigan Civil Liberties Union for information.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Michigan on
Q: My dad drowned at the YMCA. He suffered from seizures. Is there anything I can go after the Y for
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 18, 2017

You should contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice--they give free consultations--and get a personal meeting as situations like this are difficult to evaluate over the phone. Much depends on your father's situation, where he was in the pool, other matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: What's the difference between a tort that is criminal and one that is filed in civil court?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 8, 2017

Some tort's are also crimes. There isn't a "crmininal tort."

If the tort is also a criminal offense difference is only police & DA can charge someone for a criminal matter.

A civil case also has a different burden of proof--criminal is beyond a reasonable...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I had a salon burn off a lot of my hair. Diagnosed with contact dermatitis after the didn't do the patch test per law

Depressed and prescribed an anti anxiety medication due to

This. Had to see family through holidays embarrassed. Ruined

My Christmas and new year. Will take at least a year to grow back. Can send pictures. Do I have a case worth pursuing?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 2, 2017

Contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice--they give free consults. You have a case, need to follow up with a dermatologist. You would seem to have a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Can I be sued for negligence for bumping into someone and they trip?

I was at a crowded place Friday evening. I turned to look over my shoulder, bumped into a man who tripped and fell on his face, causing his nose to bleed. I leaned down to help him, but saw the blood and stepped back, letting security handle it so I wouldn't come into contact with the blood.... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 31, 2016

Only if you were careless in turning or how you turned. If he wasn't moderating his speed,on him. However if no one got your name unlikely someone will be looking for you. If they do, If you have homeowners let them handle it.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I was at a university and was stabbed by a street sigh in the foot. Can I sue for negligence or something to that effect
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 21, 2016

Not sure why a sign would stab you--perhaps you mean your foot was cut by a sign.

Generally if the sign is static, I don't see why there would be a case assuming your foot was the moving object.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: My daughter broke the frame of another childs eyeglasses, just the frames, Am I responsible to pay for new lenses too?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 12, 2016

If the way the glasses are made requires that, yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: My daughter hit her head at school and ended up with a concussion and the school failed to notify me.

The incident took place on October 25, 2016. I didn't find out that she had a concussion until later I took her to the ER based off of her symptoms. My daughter told me that she had a headache; however she's 5 so I assumed she was just mocking and trying to get attention. It was until her... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 30, 2016

depends on how it happened. Get a consult from a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: My husband just died and my son is driving a car that's in my husband's name.

Am I responsible if he gets in an accident?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 30, 2016

Assuming he has a license, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Michigan on
Q: Question about circumcision

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 23, 2016

If you are over 20 I can't imagine any state that wouldn't find that you are barred by the Statute of Limitations. Let me note however that your parents had given consent, so the doctor was doing what at the time was viewed as a normal procedure.Let me also note that many doctors still... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law, Internet Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal to record video in the Department Motor Vehicles without permission?

Is it illegal to record video in the Department of Motor Vehicles without permission?

Is it also illegal to publically post said video (if taken without permission) and make available on social media (facebook, youtube) without permission?

Michigan - Jackson - DMV

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 15, 2016

First, may be illegal under their rules--usually is. Second you are looking for trouble with a reposting.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I was hurt on the job in Mi but the small family own business did not have workers compensation, what can I do

I don't believe they have a large lump sum of money but can I get monthly payments from them over a period of time?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 20, 2016

You need to contact a member of the Michigan Assn for Justice who handles workers compensation claims--most states have a state fund to cover situations like yours.Short answer is if there is no comp you may sue them for the injury.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: A 14 year old fought my 8 year old, leaving him with a knot on his head. Can charges be brought against 14 year old?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 4, 2016

Assuming he started it yes. Whether anything will come of it depends on many circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: My little dog sneaks out the front door while I'm walking inside, and runs after a kid, am I liable if nothing happens

My dog just likes to run after the kid, but does nothing to hurt him, or even comes close to him. But the kid gets scared and runs... So is that breaking any laws?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2016

Dog cant sneak out if he's on the leash.If the kid isn't on your property you are asking for trouble.Technically, depending on the law in your township, you may be violating leash laws.

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