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. Survivor's Loss Benefits...

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Survivors’ Loss Benefits – Supporting Families Following a Fatal Car Accident in Michigan


Despite overwhelming public debate regarding Michigan's auto no-fault, there is seldom disagreement regarding one of its greatest and most aspirational benefits -  financial security for families following a tragedy. And that security is most needed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in Michigan. When Michigan families face such tragedies as the wrongful death of a loved one, our auto no-fault system is there to help. Survivor's loss benefits, MCL 500.301 et seq, help bridge the financial gap caused by a person's passing in a fatal car accident in Michigan. Who Can Claim Survivors' Loss Benefits The specific survivors' loss statute...

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Sinas Dramis Attorneys Obtain Significant Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Settlement


Grand Rapids car accident attorney, Thomas Sinas, and Lansing auto accident lawyer, Steve Sinas, dedicated a large portion of 2018 assisting one Michigan family with their complex wrongful death settlement and multiple personal injury claims. We are pleased to announce a major result of $7,775,000 on behalf of our clients. Despite best intentions, sometimes tragedy simply can't be avoided. This is the case for one particular Michigan family who has spent the last several years navigating the overwhelming aftermath of a serious automobile accident. The results of this accident included numerous traumatic injuries, psychological trauma, and the untimely death of a loved...

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Traffic Accident Deaths Spike For Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, Bicyclists


Last year, there were more than 37,000 traffic accident deaths in the United States -- an increase of 5.6% over the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). What stands out among these latest NHTSA findings? In 2016, there was a noticeable uptick in traffic accident deaths involving pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. Traffic Accident Deaths: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists And Bicyclists There were 5,987 traffic accident deaths involving pedestrians across the United States in 2016 -- an increase of 9%. This is the highest number since 1990. The spike in pedestrian accidents can be attributed to many factors, including more speeding motorists, distracted...

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Limitations on Damages in a Catastrophic Train Accident


The aftermath of the Amtrak train accident highlights an unfortunate reality with which its victims will have to grapple. We all remember the devastating Amtrak train accident that took place in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, killing eight people and injuring over 200. The train was traveling twice the speed limit, at 106 miles per hour, before it jumped the tracks with most of the cars landing on their sides. More than twenty lawsuits have been filed against Amtrak and the engineer responsible for the crash, and dozens of injured passengers struggle to recover from their injuries, including Kathryn Varnum and her...

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Multi-Million Dollar Settlement in Michigan Wrongful Death Case

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Sinas Dramis Attorneys James F. Graves and Joel T. Finnell Obtain a Multi-Million Dollar Settlement in a Michigan Wrongful Death Case Sinas Dramis Attorneys James F. Graves and Joel T. Finnell recently obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in a Michigan wrongful death case involving a motorcycle accident that occurred in a construction zone of a Michigan freeway. The crash was caused by a hazardous roadway condition created by the highway contractor during construction. There were no warning signs alerting motorists of the condition, and there were no construction barrels placed over the hazard to protect motorists. As a result, the motorcyclist...

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Obtains $3 Million Settlement for Slain War Veteran

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm has recently obtained a $3 million settlement stemming from the 2005 wrongful shooting death of Ionia County resident Fred Bletz, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.  Mr. Bletz was shot and killed in his own home on March 4, 2005, by members of the Ionia County Sherriff’s Department, when their failure to follow proper police procedure proved fatal. On the evening of March 4, 2005, while Fred and his wife Kitti Bletz were fast asleep, Ionia County Sheriff’s deputies Travis Gribble and Brent Denny set out to execute a misdemeanor traffic warrant for the arrest...

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