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The Role, Rise, and Advantages of an Injury Lawyer

Have you been hurt in an accident that was no fault of your own and require injury legal services? Navigating the realm of law is a difficult feat for those without knowledge of the field. Personal injury lawyers are extremely beneficial for defending your case and getting you the compensation, you deserve. To best understand why you may want to consult with a Muskegon injury attorney, you should learn their role in the legal world, as well as what advantages they can provide for you.

Firstly, an injury lawyer is a legal aid that specializes in tort law. This area of law covers civil wrong doings, especially those committed against another person. There are three categories of tort, intentional torts, negligent torts, and strict liability torts. Intentional torts are when a person deliberately harms another, negligent is when a person accidentally harms another due to their own negligence, and strict liability tort is when a person has been harmed by tort and can prove the defendant responsible; a good example of this is a dog bite attack. An injury attorney is necessary to help classify tort and assist the plaintiff with obtaining damages from tort.

Examples of Torts that a Nolan & Shafer Injury Attorney can Assist With:

Personal injury law attorneys spend years learning about tort and are experts in their field. A student must complete a total of seven years of schooling, which includes obtaining a 4-year law degree from an accredited university and then another three years of law school. After a student has graduated from law school, they must pass the bar with a score of at least 135. In Michigan, the bar is a two-day exam that is offered twice per year.  The Michigan Bar is not the same as the Uniform Bar Exam, which allows those who have passed to transfer their score from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Michigan bar results are typically posted six to nine weeks after exam date. In order to be admitted to the bar, a prospective lawyer must be sworn into court. After being admitted, a future law practitioner must apply for a license to practice with the State Bar of Michigan.

Even after considerable years of education, new accident injury lawyers should obtain continuing legal education credits, but again this varies by state. There are currently no CLE requirements for local injury lawyers in Michigan, but they may continue to take courses if they please and should stay up to date on new laws to best compete in their field. Another avenue many new lawyers take is joining an association, like the Michigan Association for Justice, which improves communities and educates lawyers on how to provide excellence for their clients. Lawyers will typically build a network and consider whether to join a firm or start their own.

Now that you’ve seen what it takes to become a lawyer, it’s time to trust that they have your best interest in mind. There are numerous advantages to inquiring about injury legal services, the first is that at Nolan & Shafer, consultations are free.

Other Benefits of a Personal Injury Lawyer Include:

  • Case Building – A legal professional knows how to thoroughly obtain documents to build the strongest case for you possible. They can also help you decide whether it’s best to settle for compensation or file a suit.
  • Valuing a Claim – Without an injury lawyer, you may not know how much compensation you can receive from a claim. Sure, there are calculators out there, but having a professional party with hundreds of victories under their belt is a huge advantage. Lawyers can help evaluate the extent of your injuries as well as understand how the insurance company might fight back, which takes us to our next topic.
  • Tackling Insurance Companies – Insurance companies may try to get you to settle with as little as they can get away with, but a proper injury attorney will help you increase your chances of receiving a higher payout.
  • Negotiating – Receiving a higher settlement is a matter of negotiations. Lawyers know what’s considered reasonable and fair and are able to maneuver the justice system with more ease than the claimant.
  • Provide Peace of Mind – Lawsuits are stressful, as are dealing with any injuries that resulted in the suit in the first place. Experienced injury attorneys take a burden off your shoulders with their professionalism, prowess, and purpose.

Hiring an injury attorney after you’ve been in an accident is akin to going to the doctor when you’re feeling ill. If you want the best care and best experience, you go with a professional rather than try to manage on your own. With years of education and training, the legal aids at Nolan & Shafter can assist you to better understand the legal process and possible outcomes of your claim.

Contact a Muskegon injury attorney today!

 

Sources:

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-a-personal-injury-lawyer-2164350#:~:text=The%20Role%20of%20a%20Personal%20Injury%20Lawyer&text=A%20personal%20injury%20lawyer%20is,person%2C%20entity%2C%20or%20organization.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/tort#:~:text=Torts%20fall%20into%20three%20general,products%20%2D%20see%20Products%20Liability).

https://www.michbar.org/professional/step6

https://www.lorman.com/Minimum-CLE-Hours-by-State#:~:text=All%20states%20require%20lawyer%20continuing,of%20continuing%20education%20for%20lawyers

https://crushendo.com/michigan-bar-exam-prep/

https://www.injurylawcolorado.com/legal-library/tort-law-types.html

Common Types of Car Accidents

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Whether it’s a serious collision or minor fender-bender, car accidents and their consequences are frightening. In 2019, 314,377 crashes and 5,629 suspected injuries occurred here in Michigan alone. There was an average of 6 million accidents in the entirety of the United States, but that begs the question, how many people died in car accidents? The National Safety Council estimates a total of 38,800 people lost their lives from fatal accidents in 2019, which is actually a 2% decrease from the previous year. To protect yourself, it’s important to understand the most common types of car crashes, how they can harm you, and what to do after being in an accident.

Car Accidents Example: Car with shattered windshield and dented frame.

What are Some of the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

Rear-End Collisions – The most common types of accident is when a driver rear-ends, or hits the car in front of them. There are over 1 million rear-end collisions per year in the U.S. and many can cause back injuries. The easiest way to avoid a rear-end collision is to increase your following distance and not stop abruptly. Be predictable for yours and other drivers’ safety.

Single Vehicle Accident – These happen when only one car is involved. The driver may be to trying to avoid an animal in the road and swerve to the side, a tree may have abruptly fallen on the roadway due to unforeseen weather, rockslides, speeding, reaching for a cell phone, or drunk driving are also factors. Oftentimes, single vehicle crashes result in rollover crashes where the car rolls onto its roof and often causes injuries to muscles and ligaments.

T-Bone Accident – When a car strikes another at the side, creating a T-shape, this type of accident can have serious consequences. Besides whiplash and concussions, broken bones in the ribs and arms may occur due to the angle of impact.

Sideswipe  Car – Cars can easily swipe the edges of another in narrow roads with construction, or when one’s not paying much attention. Oftentimes, these types of accidents are caused by changing lanes or improperly merging on the road. T-boning another vehicle can cause broken bones in arms, hands, and feet, depending on how fast the cars are moving.

Head-On Collision  – When two cars driving in opposite directions crash head on, these are the most dangerous types of collisions and traumatic head injuries are prominent. Drunk driving, or driving while impaired, is the major cause of these types of accidents.

What to Do In A Car Accident?

Stop, Check for Injuries, and Call 911 – Stop your car and check to see if you or any of your passengers were hurt. Call the police and notify them if you need medical attention. It’s important to document your injuries.
Try to Move to a Safe Area – If you’re unable to move your car, be sure to protect yourself and find a safe place to wait off to the side of the road.
Exchange Information – Exchange your name, contact information, insurance, license, license plate number, car make and model, and location with the person you got into an accident with.
Document the Scene – Take pictures of the accidents (having a dashcam in your car is also a nice preemptive measure). If there are witnesses, exchange information.
Notify Insurance – Call your insurance while on the scene and start your claims process.

 

Some of the most common lawsuits are due to automobile injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident consult with us today.

 

Sources:

https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Michigan-traffic-fatalities-remain-below-1000-for-all-of-2019-570660341.html
https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/fatality-estimateshttps://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/car-accident-claims-basic-terms-defined.html
https://www.thewanderingrv.com/car-accident-statistics

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Motorcycle Safety: Are Motorcycles Dangerous?

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Motorcycle Safety Accident Statistics InfographicMotorcycle Safety

Motorcycles vs Cars:

With rugged nicknames, like chopper and hog, it’s easy to see how motorcycles are far more dangerous than their larger and heavier counterparts: cars. When it comes to vehicle safety, motorcyclists are more exposed than car passengers, they don’t have seatbelts, and many motorcycles don’t have airbags. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are 29 times more likely to suffer fatal motorcycle injuries than car passengers. In fact, there were 4,985 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2018 alone. What’s more frightening is that 42% of accidents are with cars turning left, not seeing an oncoming motorcyclist, and then colliding with them.

Common motorcycle injuries include:

  • Road rash
  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • Disfigurement

Motorcycle Safety Gear Necessary:

The best thing motorcyclists can do for themselves is wear protective gear, like padded clothing, helmets, and goggles. Motorcycle helmets lower the risk of head injury by 69%, and the risk of death by almost 50%. Luckily, helmet use has increased over the years from 48% in 2005 to 71% in 2019. Glasses and goggles are another preemptive safety measure. Without goggles, riders are likely to encounter impaired vision from sunlight or wind. In 2019, 73% of riders who caused accidents weren’t wearing any eyewear.

More Road Hazards for Two-Wheeled Vehicles:

Even with protective gear, it’s integral to be aware of road hazards and road risks. Motorcycles are less stable than cars, so when it comes to motorcycle safety, watch for pavement issues, like oil spills, potholes, or debris. Take caution during weather changes, especially in the rain because motorcycles have less traction on wet surfaces. The same goes for snowy and windy conditions. Just like awareness, safety riding is something riders should always keep in mind. Ride responsibly. Nearly half of crashes are caused by speed and alcohol use.  One should also always obey traffic laws, utilize defensive driving, go the speed limit, and be aware of surrounding vehicles. Since motorcycles are less visible than cars, take head when changing lanes and merging.

A Growing Demographic:

Although motorcycles are dangerous, they’re also appealing. Many motorcyclists are enthusiasts.  They find thrill and a sense of freedom on two wheels. Many riders find solace in the friendships that can be created through a mutual love of riding. Motorcycles have a completely different aesthetic than cars and riding them comes complete with its own style. The NHTSA had found that in the past 10 years, fatalities for riders in their 40s and over have increased, while accidents involving drivers between the ages of 20-29 have decreased. This is simply because more people in their 40s are buying bikes. Motorcycle ownership for those in their 40s jumped from 15.1% to 43.7 percent from 1980 to 1998 alone.

Yes, motorcycles are dangerous and even the most experienced rider can get hurt, but that doesn’t mean motorcyclists should stop riding. Knowing the statistics of motorcycle fatalities and keeping motorcycle safety in mind should help provide riders a sense of ease knowing they’re taking care of themselves and others while on the road.

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Does Your Dog Bite

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Dog Bite Statistics InfographicsDoes Your Dog Bite?

Each year, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. Most are family pets, and, many times, family members are present during the attack. From 2005-2019, it was determined that family dogs inflicted 54% of all fatal attacks. Children 0-2 made up 25% of all dog fatality victims from 2005-2019. So, why do dogs bite, especially when it comes to the hand that feeds them? Typically, canines bite when they’re protecting food or a toy, when they’re scared, or even when they’re feeling sick. If you have a dog that’s prone to biting and ask, “Why does my dog bite me?” Some people tie their dogs up, and it’s been found that dogs that are tethered are 2.8 times more likely to attack. If you don’t tie your canine up, your dog may have learned bad habits as a puppy, or  may have a deeper issue if the biting is aggressive.

Does Your Breed Bite?

Unfortunately, not all dog owners purchase their pets as loyal companions. It’s estimated that 78% of dogs are kept for guarding, fighting, or breeding. In fact, there are a few dog breeds that are known for biting the most, as identified in a 2019 study by the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center. Moreover, the teams researched bite force by breed and found that pit bulls and mixed breeds had the highest chances of biting. A pit bull’s bite also causes the most damage. Other dog breeds that frequently bite are German shepherds, rottweilers, and terriers. The dogs breast least likely to bite are Dalmatians, pointers, Great Danes, the Pekingese, and spitz.

Although pit bulls have a fierce bite, it’s not actually the strongest. Dog bites are determined by PSI, or pound-force per square inch. So, what dog has the strongest bite? Some of the top results are from the least common breeds.

Cane Corso – 700 PSI
Dogue de Bordeaux – 556 PSI
American Bulldog – 305 PSI
Doberman – 245 PSI
German Shepherd Dog – 238 PSI

Dog Bite Prevention:

Furthermore, there are few ways to prevent dogs from biting, some include training, while other ways involve risk mitigation. Firstly, teaching your dog not to bite as a puppy will often result in them biting less as an adult.  One way to help a puppy learn not to bite is to let out a loud yelp when they do, but this doesn’t deter them, you might want to put them in their crate for a few minutes. Once they’re calm, reward them with a treat. If a dog is teething, it’s best to give them a toy to chew on. When it comes to adult dogs that bite, it’s best to practice responsible pet ownership.

Additionally, Spay and neuter your pets. Over 70% of dog bites occur with dogs that haven’t been neutered. Socialize your pets with people and other dogs. Educate your family members on how to approach dogs. Don’t startle or run towards a dog. If a dog is displaying relaxed body language, reach out your hand and let them sniff it. Moreover, it’s imperative to pay attention to a dog’s body language. An aggressive dog often snarls, growls, has erect ears or tail, barks, and seems stiff. Sometimes dominant dogs won’t give signs or warnings before biting.

How to Treat a Dog Bite:

If the bite is minor, you can:

  1. Put pressure on the wound
  2. Wash the bite with soap and water
  3. Apply an antibiotic ointment
  4. Place a bandage over the abrasion

If the bite is serious, you should seek immediate medical attention. Nearly 1 out of 5 bites become infected.

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Muskegon Car Accident Results in Wrongful Death

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A car accident in Muskegon, MI involving a US Postal Service van resulted in wrongful death on July 23rd, 2020.

The Postal Van was northbound on Holton Rd. and stopped to make a left turn on Pillon Rd. An SUV rear-ended the Postal Van, pushing it into oncoming traffic where it collided with a southbound minivan.

The crash resulted in serious injuries and the death of one person.

More about this story can be found here: https://www.woodtv.com/news/muskegon-county/1-dead-in-crash-involving-us-postal-service-vehicle/

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Changes to Michigan Personal Injury Protection

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Today is THE day: any auto insurance policies that are renewed today and into the future will have a dizzying array of changes due to no-fault reform.

We are reviewing auto insurance policies for our clients and anybody else who wants us to review their policies. All you need to do is obtain a copy of your most recent policy and declarations sheet. Please provide a PDF copy of these documents and email them to us at info@wemakeitright.com and David Shafer or Matthew Swartz will review them and give you our thoughts on your coverage. No charge for this service. Better to learn about this now than after an auto accident.

Many who have retired and have Medicare will think it wise to perhaps opt-out. Many non-Medicare recipients will choose to save a nickel by lowering their medical coverage: bad idea. Many others are not getting the best advice about their policy decisions.

Do not blow this off. Do not be the unlucky one who walks into our office after a terrible accident (and, yes, it can happen to you) and find out, for the first time, that your coverage is going to significantly affect your life.
Find out the answers now by calling us at 231-722-2444 or email us your questions and declaration sheets and policies to info@wemakeitright.com. Ask for Dave Shafer or Matt Swartz.
changes to Michigan Personal Injury Protection requirments.
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2019 West Michigan Auto Accident settles for 2.7 Million

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A West Michigan auto accident was settled in 2019 for 2.7 million dollars by personal injury attorney David P. Shafer.

Mr. Shafer is a long-standing personal injury attorney in Muskegon, MI, and has secured the largest auto accident injury verdict in Muskegon County history.  He has obtained verdicts settlements on behalf of up to Fifteen Million Dollars.

David represents those who have been seriously injured or killed in car, motorcycle, and trucking accidents, as well as those who have been injured or killed due to bus accidents, dog bites, general negligence, slip and falls, boating accidents, medical malpractice, and civil rights/police misconduct.

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