Coordinated No-Fault Benefits: No More Payment Delays For Medical Providers

By Dan James, Katie Tucker & Dan Zick

During the past year, medical providers have been operating under the notion that, when a patient has coordinated no-fault benefits, they had to first appeal the denial of the patient’s health insurance coverage before seeking payment for their services under Michigan’s No-Fault Act.

When it comes to coordinated no-fault benefits where health coverage is denied, an appeal of that denial can take months. This means that many medical providers have been under ...

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Steve Sinas Discusses People’s Law School with Tim Barron

Lawyer Steve Sinas gave an overview of the 2015 People’s Law School Program on the Tim Barron Show

If you haven’t heard by now, the 2015 People’s Law School – Lansing is less than one week away! We have an amazing lineup of topics and speakers for this year’s session, so make sure you reserve your spot today. In order to spread the word about People’s Law School and encourage attendance, Lansing attorney Steve Sinas recently appeared on Tim ...

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HUNTER v SISCO: Court of Appeals Bars Auto-Accident Victim’s Right to Damages for Pain and Suffering

The Michigan Court of Appeals handed down a published decision recently in a case involving the Michigan Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA). The decision bars an auto-accident victim from asking a jury to award damages for pain and suffering when the crash was caused by a governmental employee’s negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

In Michigan, the GTLA provides a general blanket of immunity for governmental employees and agencies when they are performing a “governmental function.” Section 1405 of the GTLA, ...

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Ottman v Great Lakes Gaming: Court of Appeals Denies Plaintiff Jury Trial

ice on the roadAs a result of a recent unpublished decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals, Ottman v Great Lakes Gaming of Michigan (unpublished opinion issued December 11, 2012), plaintiff Leetta Ottman will not have an opportunity to present her case to a jury of her peers.

In Ottman, the court rejected the plaintiff’s claim, which stemmed from a slip and fall ...

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Hamade v Garza: Court of Appeals Upholds Dog Bite Victim’s Case Against Landlord

The Michigan Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Hamade v Garzarepresents a positive development for Michigan plaintiffs who are victims of dog attacks. In fact, the case could benefit plaintiffs outside the context of dog bites.

Hamade deals with a landlord’s liability when a tenant’s dog attacks and injures an individual. In Michigan, both statute and common law govern the liability of an owner of a dog. However, any action against a landlord who is not the owner of the dog ...

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Stephen Sinas Argues Price v High Pointe Oil Company Before the Michigan Supreme Court

Steve Sinas - Michigan Supreme CourtOn Thursday, November 15, 2012, Stephen Sinas argued the case ofPrice v High Pointe Oil Company before the Michigan Supreme Court.  Jim Graves and Stephen Sinas have represented Beckie Price as a result of an incident that occurred on November 17, 2007, in which High Pointe Oil Company negligently released 400 gallons of fuel oil ...

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