State Bar of Michigan Elects Tom Sinas to Serve West Michigan on Board

It is with great pleasure that Sinas Dramis Law Firm announces the election of Tom Sinas to the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. Tom is one of three attorneys who won contested seats in this year’s Board of Commissioners election. He will serve a three-year term concluding in 2022.

Responsibilities of the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners

Each attorney practicing in the state of Michigan must be a member of the State Bar of Michigan. With a mission to build relations between legal professionals and the public, the State Bar of Michigan helps promote and improve the ...

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Michigan Court of Appeals Issues Significant Published Survivor’s Loss Benefits Opinion

This week, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a very significant published decision in a case that attorneys at our law firm had the privilege of handling on behalf of the surviving family members of a motorcyclist who was tragically struck and killed by an automobile. The motorcyclist left behind a wife and three minor children. Prior to his death, the motorcyclist was a hardworking husband and father. He provided a livelihood, including stable household income, health insurance, and dental insurance benefits for his entire family. Unfortunately, the family lost all of these things once the motorcyclist died.

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Food Poisoning From a Restaurant – What Are My Legal Rights?

Authored by Michigan personal injury attorney, Lauren Kissell 

Contracting food poisoning from a restaurant is more common than some may think. Up to 48 million people sustain foodborne illness in the United States each year. For reference, take the recent case of Chipotle. Last year, Chipotle made headlines for causing hundreds of people to get sick when the establishment served contaminated food. The restaurant chain caused such bad food poisoning that Chipotle provided extra food training to employees around the nation. With such prevalence, and so many families enjoying an evening dining out, understanding your legal rights is essential ...

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Unreasonable Search and Seizure – Vehicle Passenger Rights and Tire Chalking in Michigan

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects an individual from unreasonable search and seizure of their person, home, papers, and effects. However, a few recent cases have brought vehicle searches into the spotlight. In essence, both state and federal courts have struggled time and again when dealing with searches of motor vehicles. A person’s car can become caught in a gray area – halfway between being home and in private and out in the public. In general, law enforcement can search a vehicle without a warrant as long as they have probable cause or consent. However, passenger rights and, ...

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Are Trampoline Parks Safe? Everything Parents Should Know

In recent years, the popularity of trampoline parks has grown significantly. Less than a decade ago, there were only three trampoline parks across the United States. Today, that number has increased to over 800. The rise in popularity of trampoline parks and attractions can be cause for concern for many parents. Are trampoline parks safe? With such a rapid expansion of trampoline park attendance, it is not surprising that injuries at these establishments have increased dramatically among children as well.

Trampoline Injuries on the Rise

The number of serious injuries that occur from trampoline use each year is astonishing. It estimated that ...

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Distracted Driving Michigan – Where We’re At, Where We’re (Hopefully) Going

“Get your face out of your app!” reads Michigan State Police’s new slogan aimed at reducing Michigan distracted driving. And the State Police should know. After all, their own statistics reveal that drivers using some kind of electronic device behind the wheel caused 5,237 accidents in 2017, 23 of which were fatal and 1,514 results in injuries. Obviously, distracted driving is an epidemic and causes far too many serious and fatal accidents on Michigan’s roads, but the real question is whether anyone is going to make any real effort beyond ad slogans to do anything about it.

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Statutes of Limitations in Michigan – Importance and Examples

Tom Sinas, Michigan personal injury attorney, recently appeared on Fox 17’s Know the Law segment to explain the statutes of limitations in Michigan. In essence, statutes of limitations are deadlines for which a lawsuit can be filed. Tom explains the importance of the statutes of limitations in Michigan for our justice system regarding both civil and criminal cases.

Basic Rule of Statutes of Limitations in Michigan

The basic rule of statutes of limitations in Michigan is this – the legal proceeding has to start before a certain deadline has passed. The statutes of limitations in Michigan applies to the majority of civil ...

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Recent Proposals to Reform the Michigan Bail System

Michigan lawmakers are currently scrutinizing and debating the state’s bail system.  Tom Sinas recently appeared on Fox 17’s Know the Law to update Michigan citizens on the possible reform. Though Tom is now primarily a Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer, his previous work as a prosecuting attorney means he has background and experience with the criminal justice system.

Michigan Bail System – What It Is, What It Isn’t

Contrary to popular belief, bail is not intended to act as punishment. Unfortunately though, for some, it seems as if it is. However, Michigan’s bail system helps ensure convicted people return ...

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Potential Changes Could Be Coming to Michigan’s Drunk Driving Limit

Michigan roads could become a lot safer in the near future. Potential bills to change the drunk driving limit in Michigan would help reduce the dangers that come with driving while intoxicated. Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids auto accident attorney, recently appeared on Fox 17’s Know the Law. Tom explains the current drunk driving limits and laws as well as describes the changes that could be coming.

Drunk and Super Drunk Driving Limit

Michigan’s current drunk driving laws categorize drunk driving limit in two tiers: drunk driving and super drunk driving. With drunk driving, the BAC limit is 0.08 and ...

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Auto No-Fault Intentional Injuries Exclusion – You Don’t Have to Prove Innocence

To understand the intentional injuries exclusion, you must first familiarize yourself with the basics of Michigan’s auto no‑fault law. While oftentimes shrouded in mystery, Michigan’s no-fault law, at its core, provides every resident injured in auto-related accidents certain financial and medical insurance benefits with very limited exception. Intentional injuries are one of the exceptions insurance providers attempt to exempt injured parties from obtaining benefits. These benefits pay for accident-related medical care and certain financial losses resulting from a collision. No-fault benefits are also payable to the surviving dependents of a person killed in a fatal auto-related accident.

Since Michigan is ...

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