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My Child Is a University of Michigan Student Hurt in a Car Accident - What Should I Do?

University of Michigan Student Hurt in Car Accident

It's a call that no parent wants to receive. Your son or daughter is away at college. Your child was hurt in a car accident. What should you do? Who do you turn to?

Focus on Recovering from Injuries

Your first priority is making sure that your son or daughter gets the medical care they need. Many people who are injured in car accidents in and around Ann Arbor are treated at the University of Michigan Medical Center, or at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. But regardless of where your child receives their initial medical treatment, it's important that they continue to follow-up with scheduled visits. The road to recovery can be a difficult one, and you and your child needs to focus on the healing process. Whether they continue their medical treatment here in Michigan or return home, your family needs to focus on getting better and returning to normal.

Hire an Experienced Ann Arbor, Michigan Car Accident Lawyer

Once the initial shock of the car accident is over and your son or daughter's medical condition has stabilized, you'll have a better idea of the types of injuries your family will be dealing with. Unfortunately, the serious physical injuries caused by a car crash can linger for months, years, or forever. As your family adjusts to your new normal, you may begin to receive medical bills that cannot afford. While you may never have considered contacting an attorney, you might find that you need help. That's where we come in.

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the attorneys at Muth Law, P.C. are no strangers to representing U of M students and their families. Many of our clients have been hurt on the highways surrounding the University of Michigan: I-94, I-75, M-14 and M-23. We understand that you're worried about you child's well-being, and we'll do everything we can to help ease your burden.

Regardless of where you live, if your child was injured in Michigan, you should contact an experienced Michigan personal injury attorney. Muth Law has been representing people who have been hurt in catastrophic car accidents for more than 35 years. We understand the complexities Michigan's No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act, and partner with our clients to help them get the benefits they need and deserve. When you hire the attorneys at Muth Law, your child can focus on his or her health, while we work to get you the maximum financial recovery possible and ease the financial strain a catastrophic car accident can put on you and your family.

Working With You for Maximum Financial Benefits

Serious car accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, months or even years of recovery, mountains of medical bills and, for college students, a possibly significant loss in earning potential.

People who have been hurt in Michigan car accidents may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Loss of past and future income
  • Damage to personal property
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent impairment
  • Scars or disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of the ability to participate in pre-accident activities

Since 1995, Michigan has had a complicated No Fault Insurance Act which creates two types of insurance claims for any automobile accident that causes serious injury or death. It also limits the circumstances in which Michigan drivers can sue for damages.

Under the No Fault Insurance Act, Michigan drivers are entitled to first-party benefits, also known as personal protection insurance (PIP). These benefits cover medical expenses, the cost of patient care, lost wages, modifications to your home or vehicle, and replacement services that you or your child would have done if not for the injury. If you are a Michigan driver or your insurance company has a certificate of compliance with the state of Michigan, your automobile insurance company is responsible for PIP benefits.

Third party benefits cover claims for non-economic and economic damages against the driver who was at fault. These benefits include payment for intangibles like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as property damage. The at-fault driver's insurance company is responsible for paying these benefits.

If you live in state that does not have no fault insurance, or if your insurance company does not have a certificate of compliance with the state of Michigan, then Michigan's no fault insurance law might not apply. In that circumstance, you might be able to recover benefits directly from the at-fault driver. Navigating these exceptions requires an experienced attorney. 

Because Michigan's No Fault Insurance Act is complicated, especially for out-of-state drivers who were injured in Michigan, it is wise to hire an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer to help you and your family recover the maximum benefits financial benefits possible under the law.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Experienced Michigan Car Accident Attorney?

At Muth Law, we help people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, including paraplegia, quadriplegia, and amputation. We also help the families of people who have been killed in car accidents in Michigan. Because our focus is on easing your financial burden, you will never pay a fee unless we recover money for you.

If your child is a Michigan student and was injured or even killed in a car accident, contact Muth Law, P.C. today for a free, confidential consultation. Call us at 734-481-8800, email us, or complete our online form. We look forward to helping your family.

Categories: Auto Accidents