Michigan Auto Insurance Changes – What Buyers Need to Know

Join Grand Rapids auto accident attorney, Tom Sinas, in this Fox 17 “Know the Law” special series highlighting the Michigan auto insurance changes and new purchasing decisions.

By now, almost everyone in Michigan knows that our state’s auto insurance law was reformed last year. The reform introduced vast and sweeping changes to the system as we know it. Many of those changes, however, haven’t impacted consumers yet, but are about to do so. For auto insurance policies renewing after July 1, 2020, consumers will need to make these new purchasing decisions.

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Rights of Sexual Abuse Victims of Elementary School Teacher Patrick Daley

How Do Their Legal Rights Compare To The Victims of MSU’s Larry Nassar?

As the Greater Lansing community was attempting to overcome the shock and grief caused by the decades of sexual abuse perpetrated by MSU doctor, Larry Nassar, we learned that there was another sexual abuse crisis at another school in our community. A former fifth-grade teacher at Holt Washington Woods Middle School, Patrick Daley, was charged in 2018 with 24 counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual misconduct for sexual abuse he perpetrated on his students in his class. In October 2019, Mr. Daley was ultimately convicted ...

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Campus Sexual Assault – The Importance of Holding Educational Institutions Accountable

In late 2016, we started hearing the first public rumblings of campus sexual assault allegations at Michigan State University at the hands of now incarcerated, former sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

In 2018, the country stopped what they were doing to listen to the victim impact statements from Sister Survivors and their unified call to hold educational institutions accountable for sexual misconduct and abuse. We watched in amazement as that disgraced former doctor received a sentence of 40-175 years in prison.

We discovered in 2018 that MSU had issued two different versions of a Title IX report concerning ...

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Dangers of Propane Gas – Common Causes and What to Do After a Gas Explosion and Fire

Authored by Kalamazoo injury lawyer, Steve Weston

The term “natural gas” actually encompasses several types of gases, including propane, butane, ethanol, and methane. Propane is separated from these other gases and sold for residential and commercial uses. It is naturally odorless and colorless and requires the addition of an odorant so humans can detect it in case of a gas leak. Propane is pressurized into a liquid state for storage and transportation and is therefore called “liquified propane” or LP. Because of this pressurization, even a small discharge of liquified propane will create a serious hazard of ...

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What is a Threshold Injury? No-Fault Reform Provides Further Clarification

Authored by Grand Rapids auto accident lawyer, Tom Sinas

What is a threshold injury? If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle collision, have heard this term tossed around, and are confused and wonder what it means, we have good and bad news. The bad news is, you’re not alone. Threshold law has been the source of great debate in Michigan amongst practitioners and judges throughout the years. It seems that as soon as the courts settle on what constitutes a “serious impairment of body function,” an appellate decision upends that definition. The good news, ...

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Insurer Flexibility During COVID-19 – DIFS Encourages Premium Payment Grace Period

Authored by Lansing car accident attorney, Kevin Komar

By now, you may be feeling the pinch and possible insecurity in your short-term finances. As one of the household’s largest monthly bills, you may be worried about paying your automobile insurance premium right now, in particular. To add further insult to injury, under the current “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, many Michigan families and small businesses aren’t even using those vehicles right now. Many are asking “why pay for insurance on something I can’t even use?” This is especially true for those whose finances are uncertain or whose small businesses ...

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When Chaos Devolves into Anarchy: The Hot Mess of Public Acts 21 and 22

Authored by Grand Rapids car crash lawyer, Tom Sinas

Every parent knows that when a child makes a mess, the only thing worse than the mess itself is when the child tries to hastily clean it up. The net result is what some affectionately call a “hot mess.” With the legislative overhaul of the no-fault law in 2019, also known as Public Acts 21 and 22, Michiganders are left with what can only be described as a hot mess.

Priority Scheme Upended

There is no better example than what has happened regarding the so-call “priority” scheme, i.e., the rules determining ...

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Jim Graves Featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine

With the aptly fitting title of “Compassionate PI Pro Fights for Michigan and Illinois Victims,” we proudly announce the publication of a recent Leading Lawyers article featuring Sinas Dramis partner, Jim Graves.

Jim Graves – Michigan Leading Lawyer

As a Michigan personal injury lawyer, Jim Graves has been included in the annual Leading Lawyers list every year since 2013. Through a lengthy nomination and selection process, Leading Lawyers recognizes only the top 5% of attorneys with this unique distinction. Every year, Leading Lawyers sends out its annual survey to state-licensed attorneys asking “If a family member or friend needs legal ...

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Out-Of-State Drivers Involved in Michigan Accidents: Impacts of the Recent No-Fault Reform

Summer typically brings in a wave of tourism to Michigan as out-of-state visitors flock to our state’s many shorelines and recreation sites. However, in 2020 these visitors could encounter surprises beyond just lakeshore erosion. Effective July 1st, 2020, Michigan’s auto insurance law reforms will impact out-of-state drivers involved in Michigan car accidents, as well as Michigan residents.

Changes to Michigan’s No-Fault PIP Benefits

Before Public Acts 21 & 22 were passed, out-out-state residents injured in Michigan auto accidents were eligible to receive PIP benefits. But under the new reformed law, unless operating a ...

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Recent DIFS Bulletin Further Clarifies Insurance Industry Requirements During COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order many Michigan businesses and industries around the State are temporarily shut down and operations suspended. However, one industry that must continue operations is the insurance industry. Pursuant to Governor Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order, workers in the insurance industry are designated as “critical infrastructure workers.” Therefore, they are exempt from this order. Insurance industry workers may continue in-person work operations to the extent that such work cannot be done at home.

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Whitmer declared an extension of the original shelter-in-place order to April 30, 2020. The ...

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