Can Victims Of Michigan Semi-Truck Crashes Get No-Fault Benefits?

Persons involved in a Michigan semi-truck accident frequently have catastrophic injuries and require lifetime care, resulting in mounting medical bills. Given this, does auto no-fault apply to Michigan semi-truck crashes?

Semi-truck crashes are some of the deadliest accidents on the roadways. In 2016, nearly 12,000 heavy trucks and buses were in collisions on Michigan highways. Nationwide, studies show that 98 percent of semi-truck crashes result in at least one fatality — and about 86 percent of these deaths are not the semi-truck driver.

To help reduce fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Continue Reading →


Nursing Home Contracts Can No Longer Require The Arbitration Of Disputes

For decades, nursing home contracts have included mandatory arbitration clauses, often without the knowledge of patients and their families. These clauses required that claims against a nursing home be resolved through a private arbitration process, rather than through a traditional court proceeding.

A new federal rule, however, now says that nursing home contracts can no longer require the arbitration of disputes. This includes claims for nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence.

The rule applies to all nursing homes that receive federal funding — which most do — and was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

Continue Reading →

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 pressure to meet the one-year statutory deadline for submitting their no-fault claims — with some providers not being able to ...

Continue Reading →

What Is “Reasonable Proof” Under The Michigan No-Fault Act?

Since being enacted more than 40 years ago, the Michigan No-Fault Act has been rather difficult to understand and apply. But despite the Act’s overall complexities, there are some no-fault concepts that have retained their elegant simplicity — and one of these is “reasonable proof.”

Under the Michigan No-Fault Act, an insurance company is required to pay personal protection insurance (PIP) claims within 30 days of receiving “reasonable proof of the fact and of the amount of loss sustained.” If an insurer fails to do this, it is liable for 12% annual penalty interest.

Liability for penalty interest is strict ...

Continue Reading →

Where Are The Most Dangerous Roads In Michigan?

Michigan roadways present many challenges for motorists, especially during the busy summer travel season and the treacherous winter months. Do you know which roads are considered some of the most dangerous in Michigan?

In an effort to educate the public about the most dangerous roads in Michigan, Sinas Dramis has launched a campaign called “Understanding Dangerous Roads.”

Throughout the campaign, our attorneys will identify the most dangerous roads in Michigan by collecting and analyzing car crash statistics and other data. Videos are also created that highlight the particular roadways, with a thorough explanation of the unique risks associated with each highway.

The “Understanding ...

Continue Reading →

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 ...

Continue Reading →

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 ...
Continue Reading →

Why Do We Need A 9th Justice On The U.S. Supreme Court?

The seat of the 9th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court has been empty for more than eight months. Why? Because the 9th justice, Antonin Scalia, passed away earlier this year and the person nominated to fill the vacancy, Merrick Garland, has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

When the 9th justice is no longer on the U.S. Supreme Court, usually due to death or retirement, the President nominates someone to fill the open seat. The nominee must be confirmed through a hearing and a vote of the U.S. Senate. If the nominee is confirmed, he or she serves ...

Continue Reading →

Can You Get No-Fault Benefits & Damages In A Michigan Hit-And-Run Crash?

No one ever anticipates being in a hit-and-run crash where the other driver flees the scene. If you’re injured in a Michigan hit-and-run car accident, one crucial question is whether you’re entitled to no-fault benefits to pay your medical bills, replacement services and any lost wages.

Another important question is whether you can recover damages for your non-economic loss, like pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment, even though you don’t know who hit your vehicle.

No-Fault Benefits

Under Michigan no-fault law, hit-and-run crash victims are treated like any other car accident victim. This means they ...

Continue Reading →

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 ...

Continue Reading →
Page 17 of 26 «...101516171819...»