Letting Drivers Choose Their Michigan No-Fault Medical Benefits Is A Healthcare Gamble

A proposal to let drivers choose their Michigan no-fault medical benefits when they buy their auto insurance is nothing short of a healthcare gamble, and would end up leaving many car crash victims without enough coverage.

House Bill 5951, introduced by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance), seeks to change Michigan’s auto no-fault system and the guarantee of unlimited lifetime medical benefits for those who are catastrophically injured in car accidents. The legislation proposes that four levels of medical coverage be offered when people purchase their auto insurance:

  • $250,000
  • $500,000
  • $1 million
  • unlimited coverage (what Michigan currently offers)

Grand Rapids auto accident attorney Tom ...

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When Do Michigan Drivers Need To Buy Rental Car Insurance?

It can be pricey to rent a car. On top of paying for the vehicle itself, you’re also asked whether you want to buy any rental car insurance coverage. Question is, do Michigan drivers really need to purchase supplemental rental car insurance?

The answer is “not always” — and here’s why.

First, Michigan drivers are required by law to have their own auto no-fault insurance, which:

  • pays for an injured person’s reasonable medical expenses, for life.
  • applies to the policyholder, the policyholder’s spouse and any resident relatives.
  • applies even if they’re not operating their own vehicle — in other words, if they’re driving a ...
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Grand Rapids Personal Injury Attorney Recognized As An “Up & Coming Lawyer”

Thomas G. Sinas, a Sinas Dramis Law Firm partner and Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, has been named a 2016 “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a statewide legal publication.

Tom is one of 30 Michigan attorneys chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly to receive the honor. The practitioners selected for the award have been lawyers for 10 years or less and “display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that make them worthy of the Up & Coming Lawyers title.”

Upon learning of the award, Tom said: “It is truly an honor to be recognized alongside other excellent ...

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Parents: Talk To Your Teenagers About Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is involved in 6 of 10 crashes that seriously injure teenagers.

Each October, National Teen Driver Safety Week is held across the country, helping to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and teen driver safety in general. It also offers parents an excellent opportunity to talk to their teens about safe driving habits.

Studies show that only about 25 percent of parents have talked to their teens about driving safety. This is unfortunate because parents actually have more influence than they think over their teenager’s driving habits.

The bottom line? Parents need to talk with their teens about ...

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Bills Regulating Ride Sharing Regulations In Michigan Don’t Do Enough

*** Note: This blog post was updated 3/13/2017 to reflect Michigan’s new ride-sharing laws (Public Acts 345, 346, 347 and 348 of 2016).

For several years, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been operating in Michigan without any state oversight. But on March 21, 2017, this changed when Public Acts 345, 346, 347 and 348 went into effect.

Until now, it has been unsettled exactly how the auto no-fault insurance system works when Uber or Lyft drivers are in a Michigan car accident. There have also been liability concerns because drivers are considered independent contractors ...

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Home Sharing In Michigan: The Risks & Liability Concerns

In recent years, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have exploded onto the scene, helping create what is called the “sharing economy.” Now, home sharing in Michigan is also booming, with services like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.

Home-sharing companies basically operate like a hotel or a bed & breakfast. They help travelers who want temporary lodging in a particular location by connecting them with individuals in that location who will host them in their own home.

But if you’re part of Michigan’s home-sharing economy, you need to be careful. In this video, Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer Tom Sinas talks ...

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In A Michigan Car Accident? It’s Illegal For A Lawyer To Contact You Right After It Happens

Have you ever received a phone call shortly after being in a Michigan car accident, and the person on the other end claims they’re from a “no-fault benefits” or a “victims’ rights” office and they’ll get you a quick settlement?

If you ever get such a phone call, hang up. Do not talk to the person. Do not share any details about the accident, including any injuries you may have suffered or your personal information.

In some instances, you may get a letter instead of a phone call. Just like a phone call, do not respond.

Why should you keep quiet? ...

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Lansing, Grand Rapids Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Michigan Car Accident Laws

Three Sinas Dramis Law Firm attorneys recently spoke about Michigan car accident injuries and auto no-fault law at the 13th Annual No-Fault Institute in Detroit.

Personal injury attorneys from across the state gathered at the two-day event, and were advised by presenters to “stay focused” because “things are getting blurry.”

The conference, presented each year by the Michigan Association for Justice, was coordinated by Lansing personal injury attorney George Sinas and Farmington Hills lawyer Wayne Miller. Both are considered leading experts on auto no-fault law.

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Lansing Personal Injury Attorneys Recognized As “Super Lawyers”

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm is pleased to announce that five of its Lansing personal injury attorneys have been named “Michigan Super Lawyers” in the area of general personal injury.

The personal injury lawyers who received the “Michigan Super Lawyers” designation are: George Sinas, Tim Donovan, Jim Graves, Bryan Waldman and Stephen Sinas.

We are also thrilled to announce that Grand Rapids personal injury attorney Tom Sinas, who manages the firm’s West Michigan office, has been listed as a “Super Lawyers 2016 Rising Star in the field of plaintiffs’ general personal injury.

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Sinas Dramis Hires New Grand Rapids Personal Injury Attorney

Adrian Copeland has joined the Sinas Dramis Law Firm as the newest personal injury attorney in the Grand Rapids office, where she focuses her practice on auto liability, auto no-fault benefit and car accident cases in West Michigan, primarily.

Adrian comes to the firm with 13 years’ experience standing up for the rights of injured persons across Michigan. She has handled all types of personal injury cases, from auto no-fault to premises liability to dog bites to construction accidents.

Adrian was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2003. She is a member of the Grand Rapids ...

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