Jon Homa Named “Top 40 Under 40” Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Sinas Dramis Law Firm attorney Jonathon Homa has been selected as a “Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Lawyer” in Michigan by The National Trial Lawyers.

To be honored as a “Top 40 Under 40” attorney, awardees must pass a multi-phase selection process that includes peer nominations and third-party research. Jon has been recognized for his proven representation of clients and obtaining exceptional trial results through superior performance, skills, and leadership ability. His name will be included in a comprehensive list of credible attorneys in The National ...

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The Intersection of Grunge Rock and Auto Liability Threshold Law

By Grand Rapids auto crash lawyer, Tom Sinas

On 1994’s Vitalogy, Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder sings a refrain at the end of the album’s seminal track, Corduroy: “Everything has changed, absolutely nothing’s changed.” Little did the singer know that those words would summarize changes to third-party automobile threshold law courtesy of the 2019 no-fault overhaul known as Public Acts 21 and 22.

Changes to Serious Impairment of Body Function Requirement Under the New No-Fault Law

So how did everything change? For the first time since 1995, the statutory definition of “serious impairment of body function” ...

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Understanding Your Legal Right to Protest

The recent egregious deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have resulted in an enormous outpouring of emotions across the country. People want to do something to acknowledge that our criminal justice system treats Black people differently than it treats White people, and, as a result, protests have been held in every single state in the last week. Sinas Dramis Law Firm is encouraged to see people exercising their legal right to protest and bring about positive change in this country. However, certain risks are involved when attending a protest, and it’s vitally important protesters understand their ...

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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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