Can I Puruse a Liability Claim for Injuries Caused by Roadway Defects?

Michigan is known for its beautiful summers, crisp autumns, and brutally cold winters. Unfortunately, the seasons that make Michigan so unique can also cause problems for motorists. Michigan roads are subject to extreme wear and tear due to the rapidly changing weather of the state. Because of this, potholes and other roadway defects are some of the most common reasons for accidents on Michigan roads. When you’re injured as the result of a highway or roadway defect, pursuing a liability claim oftentimes requires taking legal action against the governmental entity responsible for fixing or maintaining that road. Unfortunately, the Continue Reading →

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Importance of Underinsured Motorist Coverage and Michigan’s New Auto Law

We recently shared our auto insurance recommendations due to the consumer options available as of July 1, 2020. In that article, we recommended purchasing significant amounts of underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). This week on Fox 17 “Know the Law,” Grand Rapids car crash lawyer, Tom Sinas, further explained the importance of underinsured motorist coverage and Michigan’s new auto law, including a significant shift in the system leading to our recommendation of purchasing significant amounts of UIM.

Should I Purchase Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

First, it’s important to know that underinsured motorist coverage is not mandatory but an optional add-on to ...

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The Dangers of Buying Car Insurance Online

Authored by Lansing car accident lawyer, Kevin Komar

Life moves today faster than it ever has before thanks to the onset of the digital age. You can buy a car online now, have it delivered to your home, and never have to set foot inside a dealership, for example! Buying car insurance online is now an option, too, which means never having to connect in-person with an insurance agent. In fact, more and more people are skipping the agent and buying their auto insurance directly online. However, there are some serious pitfalls to buying auto insurance online that many people ...

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COVID-19 Back to School Advice for Separated Parents from a Family Law Attorney

As the summer months dwindle down, Michigan families are experiencing unprecedented back to school anxiety this year. For many families, unanswered questions abound following the school’s early shutdown due to coronavirus last spring. Is your school district re-opening for fall classes? How will your family navigate back to school in the COVID era? Should you keep the kids home and teach them virtually? What about your own work? These questions can be even further complicated for divorced parents, families with a parenting time arrangement, and others navigating the Michigan family law system during COVID-19. If this is you, our ...

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Should I Opt-Out of PIP Coverage if I Have Medicare or Medicaid?

Dramatic changes are taking effect as we speak in our auto insurance system in Michigan. With no-fault reform signed into law in 2019, and consumer no-fault PIP level options becoming available this month, we’ve discussed the auto coverage recommendations we suggest everyone seriously consider purchasing. We haven’t, however, spent a lot of time discussing the groups who could potentially opt-out of no-fault coverage altogether, and what the consequences of doing so could entail. If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid recipient and are considering opting out of no-fault PIP coverage, we encourage you to read on to understand which ...

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Do I Have to Buy Car Insurance in Michigan?

We cannot tell you how many people contact our firm after a car crash wondering what their rights are if they were driving without insurance at the time of the collision. These are often difficult intakes to field. More often than not, an uninsured driver’s rights are very, very limited in Michigan. This is true even if the other driver was totally at-fault for the collision. And with so much going on in our state’s auto insurance system currently, many people still wonder “do I have to buy car insurance in Michigan?” and “what happens if I’m in a ...

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Tom Sinas Recognized as a Michigan Top 10 Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer

We are proud to announce that Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer, Tom Sinas, has earned the peer-recognized distinction of a Michigan Top 10 Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Lawyer by Leading Lawyers. Tom is the only West Michigan-based attorney on the 2020 Top 10 list as well as the youngest lawyer on the list.

Leading Lawyers releases annual Top 10 Lawyer lists to recognize highly regarded attorneys in various practice areas. The selection process for inclusion on this distinguished list is based on peer-selected surveys and critical analysis by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board.

In addition to Tom’s Top 10 recognition, he ...

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Recommended Michigan Car Insurance and the New No-Fault Law

Michigan’s new auto no-fault law is now in full effect, and many new car insurance options are available for consumers to purchase for the first time since the 1970s. The choices many people will make in response to the new auto insurance law will be dictated by the harsh economic reality of cost. People can only buy what they can afford. However, buying less than what is affordable will only invite disaster if the policyholder suffers a catastrophic injury that exceeds the selected no-fault PIP coverage levels or causes another person to suffer such an injury. As a law ...

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Motorcycles and the New Auto No-Fault Law

We’ve been talking a lot about the changes happening to Michigan’s auto no-fault law. You can read all about these changes to our no-fault system here. Additionally, our firm created “Making Smart Choices” – a comprehensive guide to helping consumers make educated auto insurance decisions. In addition to a plethora of concerns about these changes and their impacts on motorists in Michigan, many are also wondering about motorcycles and the new auto no-fault law.

This week Tom Sinas and Bryan Waldman both spoke to the media about the new auto insurance impacts on motorcyclists.

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What is a Medical Lien – Health Insurance Liens and Car Accident Settlements

If you’ve been injured in a car accident because of a negligent or reckless driver, you may consider pursuing a liability claim against them. But did you know that your personal health insurer might ask for reimbursement for medical expenses from that liability settlement? In a recent “Know the Law” segment, Grand Rapids car crash lawyer, Tom Sinas, answers the question “what is a medical lien?”, explaining how health insurance liens and car accident settlements work.

What is a Medical Lien?

To understand health insurance liens, you must first understand how

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