July 28

Have you experienced a slip and fall accident in the Downriver, Michigan area?

We have all seen some type of liquid such as oil, grease, or water in areas we may need to walk around or through.  Talk about an accident waiting to happen!   Perhaps there is a construction project happening, or you are at work and a cleaning crew has spilled something…in any case, slipping on any surface can cause pain both physically and financially.  If you have recently been the victim of a slip and fall accident, you need medical and legal attention.  You probably have a primary physician you call in the case of such an accident, but do you have a legal expert in your address book?  Most of us don’t, because generally we only need to know a legal professional if we have decided to file a lawsuit of some kind, and hopefully, those are not the norm but rather the exception.  If you want to call the #1 personal injury legal team in the area, look no further than Downriver Lawyer.  We handle hundreds of cases every year, including those involving slip and fall accidents.

Was a property owner negligent, resulting in you slipping and falling?

Most of us have a general idea as to what negligence means, but when it comes to legal cases, it has a very specific definition.  According to Wikipedia, the definition of negligence is:  A failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negligence

If you are walking along, and all of a sudden you slip and fall due to an unknown slippery substance that is covering the floor, you may be the victim of negligence.  Any area which is subject to wet, slippery surfaces must be clearly and properly labeled, warning those who approach about the impending hazard.  If not, there may be a legitimate case of negligence on the part of the party responsible, or property owner.

Sticky situation

Some substances, such as tar and oil, may be easy to detect and see, while others, such as water, oil, and floor polish, may be nearly invisible until you have already stepped into it and experienced a slip and fall.  A slip and fall can happen very fast, before you know it, you have fallen on a hard surface, and need medical help immediately.  Once you have received medical attention, your next order of business should be to consult legal experts such as those at Downriver Lawyer.  We know everything there is to know about investigating and trying slip and fall cases, which is why you need us in your corner.

It pays to call slip and fall specialists

If you call an inexperienced law firm, you will be wasting your time and won’t be afforded the slip and fall expertise we have.  We specialize in all sorts of slip and fall cases, involving substances such as water, oil, grease, ice, and more.  For a complete list of the types of slip and fall cases we handle, visit http://downriverlawyer.com/services/personal-injuries/

Placing a call right away to our legal team provides you with a multitude of benefits, including

 

  • Proven experience – We have an exceptional track record when it comes to handling slip and fall cases.  Our legal team has more than 20 years of experience, making us Downriver’s #1 Personal Injury Law Firm.

 

  • No upfront costs or fees – When you hire our legal team, there are no out of pocket legal costs or fees – we take your case on a contingency basis, collecting legal fees only if and when we win your slip and fall case.

 

  • Experts in every category – We have access to experts such as doctors and engineers, all at the ready to help with your slip and fall case.  We offer specialized expertise that is often critical to your case.  Therefore, a call to our legal experts is a call to not one but many industry experts, a fact that provides clients with peace of mind.

 

  • Immediate response – We know that time is of the essence when it comes to filing slip and fall lawsuits, which is why a member of our staff will respond to your call for help immediately, so we can get your legal case in motion.

Calling legal experts should be a priority

Perhaps you are in pain, or have to take a few days or weeks off of work…no matter what your situation is, it pays to call legal professionals as quickly as you can.  Postponing such a call can result in possible legal delays and red tape.  Our legal staff is well aware of the legal time limits when it comes to slip and fall claims, which is why we spring into action immediately once you call us.  To schedule a consultation, call 734-619-1237.  For more information visit our website at www.downriverlawyer.com, “Like” our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

 

 

July 21

Are you looking for a divorce lawyer Downriver?

Divorce is not a topic most of want to discuss, let alone have to go through, but unfortunately, the average divorce rate continues to hover around 50%. There are so many different things to think about when you and your spouse are contemplating divorce, some of which are personal, emotional concerns. How will you get through this? If you have children, will they be ok? Then there are the financial issues, such as the dividing of property and other assets…possibly alimony and child support. If you are smack dab in the eye of the storm, are you going to be able to make objective decisions? Furthermore, do you have the legal experience and know-how needed to handle a do-it-yourself divorce? If you answered “no” to either of these questions, you are in need of legal representation.

Divorce is a complex process

Contrary to popular belief, modern day divorces are not a “breeze.” Whether you’ve been married for a few years or 20 years, the process is still a multifaceted one and not a light undertaking. You need an expert to advocate for your rights during this painful time in your life. Think about it: when you need surgery, you don’t perform it yourself; you do some research and find a surgeon that is educated and experienced. The same holds true for legal problems. If you need legal advice you want to find the best legal team possible, and if you live Downriver, that means calling Downriver Lawyer. Family Law is one of our specialties. Our lawyers have more than 20 years of experience in the courtroom, negotiating on behalf of clients like you, who need and deserve fair and equitable representation.

Here’s why you need a legal expert

Even if you and your partner are seemingly headed for an amicable break up, there are some issues that will come up that warrant the expertise only experienced professionals such as ours possess. Consider the following:

Child custody: If you have children, custody will likely be a potential issue. Currently, the State of Michigan Custody Guideline is 18 pages long. Are you confident you can comprehend this highly technical document, and the legal jargon contained in it, in order to argue your own case? If not, you need legal advice. For example, there are two types of custody: sole and joint custody. Further, there are two types of joint custody: joint legal and joint physical custody. The definitions for all of these categories are several paragraphs long, and are quite involved. If both parents can’t agree on custody, the court will defer to Factors in the Child Custody Act, of which there are 12 for the judge to consider.   Once custody is decided, the next topic to consider is visitation, another complicated subject.

Property & Assets: The division of property and assets can be a tricky proposition. Each person in a divorce wants the share he or she thinks they deserve. The only logical way to accomplish that is by having a third party step in and figuring out what is fair to both parties. At Downriver Lawyer, we are recognized for the personal touch we provide our clients to help them get through the legal red tape as quickly as possible.

Alimony & Child Support: According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, alimony is defined as: “Money that a court orders someone to pay regularly to a former wife or husband after a divorce.” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alimony

Keep in mind that is just a general definition. Every state has its own specific laws regarding alimony, and the State of Michigan is no different. Our legal team keeps current on all our state’s legal rules, laws, changes, and updates so you don’t have to worry about doing so. We have every legal resource available at our fingertips.

Like alimony, child support is another subject that is best decided by an unbiased, third party. You may have the best intentions of working something out on your own, however, the wisest decision you can make is to call Downriver Lawyer. We will research all of the pertinent financial information and come up with a reasonable plan for all involved.

No need to panic

If you aren’t sure yet what you want to do, get to know us by “Liking” our Facebook page, or checking out our website at http://downriverlawyer.com. Once on our site, if you provide your email address you can subscribe to our free informational newsletter. We pride ourselves on being reputable, professional, and timely. We pledge to get you through this difficult time as quickly and painlessly as possible, so you can move on to the next, more positive chapter in your life. Let us handle the stress and legal hassles of divorce, by calling us at 1-734-619-1237 for a free consultation.

July 15

Michigan Worker’s Compensation Insider-Downriver Lawyer, MI

So you woke up this morning in a great mood and ready to ­­­­take the bulls by horn at work.  You eat your hearty breakfast, kiss your significant other goodbye and head off to work for another 8-10 hour day.  Surprisingly the day goes by quickly and you’re counting down the minutes before you can leave to head back home and spend some time with your family or friends.  But all of a sudden, something goes wrong.  That piece of machinery you were working with goes whacky on you, or the crate that you were packing gives way and you find yourself seriously injured.  You’re in tremendous pain but all you can think about is “what now?”

There are a million thoughts racing through your head.  “Who is going to cover the medical care I will need?” Since you may need to miss work to receive medical treatment, are you still going to get paid at work?  If not, who is going to pay your bills? “Is my employer required to pay in any way?”

These are all great questions and ones that you really need to become aware of to protect your rights after suffering a work-related injury or illness. The lawyers at Downriver Lawyer in Michigan are your number one source for information if you find yourself lying on your back in pain from an injury or illness.

Downriver Lawyer will introduce you to the concept of Worker’s Compensation, or better known as Workman’s Comp.  What is this, you ask.  Worker’s Compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that is specifically designed to compensate employees who have suffered an on-the-job injury or illness.  The silver lining you ask?  Your employer pays the insurance, not you!

What do you do after being injured?

Michigan Worker’s Compensation attorneys at Downriver Lawyer provide you with three simple steps to follow after having suffered an injury or an illness on the job site.  While it seems overwhelming, with the guidance of the experienced lawyers at Downriver Lawyer, you will quickly and smoothly protect your rights to compensation benefits.

  1. Notify your employer of your injury/illness.  Do this as quickly as possible and closest to the date of injury.  Also make sure that there is written notification or even a report documenting all of the facts of your injury or illness.  Waiting to notify your employer may minimize your worker’s compensation benefits substantially.  Michigan law mandates that you report this injury within 90 days of the date of injury.
  1. Make a claim for Worker’s Compensation.  Michigan law is very clear on the time period you have to file a claim against your employer.  You must file your claim within 2 years of the date of injury.  Complete this by doing it in writing and always keep a copy for yourself.  It would be a good idea to even request a claim number of the incident from your employer’s insurance company.
  1. Hire an experienced Worker’s Compensation Lawyer in MI.  Remember, there are deadlines and technicalities which you may not be aware of that can seriously compromise your case. Not hiring an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer can jeopardize your matter.  You need a quick acting, detail-oriented lawyer on your side that also has a team of investigators and doctors, which work together to ensure you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled.  Get a consultation with your Downriver Lawyer regarding what do next after you have been injured.

Don’t compromise your worker’s compensation benefits just because you don’t understand the law.  Insurance companies work with your employer to complete a thorough investigation to minimize your benefits.  So make sure you have an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer on your side to level the playing field.

Do you qualify for Worker’s Compensation under Michigan Law?

First and foremost, you need to be a formal “employee” of your company in order to qualify for benefits under worker’s compensation laws.  Keep in mind that if your company has classified you as an “independent contractor” or made you sign some sort of agreement to limit your employee status, you are not entitled to these benefits.

Secondly, if you’ve been injured or fallen ill at work in the course and scope of your employment duties, Michigan Worker’s Compensation laws cover you.  Most injuries are covered, but make sure you discuss yours with your Downriver Lawyer.  Sometimes even an old injury or illness may warrant compensation.

To benefit from future lost wages under Michigan law, you have to demonstrate that your work-related injury is the cause of a reduction of your maximum wage-earning capacity.  Your Downriver Lawyer team will have the resource and expert professionals to make this determination and prove this fact.

Finally, any reasonable and necessary medical treatment that may be required in nursing you back to health is covered once you qualify.  Again, discuss this with your attorney so together you can choose the best doctor for your treatments.

Benefits covered under Worker’s Compensation

Finally, you’re wondering how exactly you can benefit from Michigan’s Worker’s Compensation laws.

  1. Lost Wages.  The team of experts and attorneys at Downriver Lawyer are there to help you collect future lost wages to cover all of your bills while you focus on getting better.  You will receive advice on how to get paid at your maximum earnings while you are on leave from work.
  2. Medical Care.  This is perhaps the most important benefit provided under Michigan Worker’s Compensation laws.  Your employer or its worker’s compensation insurance is responsible for paying all of your reasonable and necessary medical treatments, even if it is needed for life.  It covers doctor visits, surgeries, hospital stays, prescriptions, and even rehabilitation and therapy programs.
  1. Vocational Rehabilitation.  If you can’t return to your previous job as a result of your injury, vocational rehabilitation benefits will train you for work in another field or even pay for your educational expenses through tuition reimbursement or job training to get you back to work.

How can a Lawyer in MI help you?

What can you expect from a lawyer in this situation?  Well at Downriver Lawyer you can first expect a detailed and thorough investigation of your injury or illness with your consultation from an experienced lawyer that knows all the tricks of the trade and any questionable practices that insurance companies use to minimize your benefits.  You can also expect an affordable legal representation while receiving maximum benefits.

Lawyers at Downriver Lawyer will ensure that you are receiving your full benefits, and at the highest rate you are entitled to, without any compromise.  They will guide you on what to expect and they will take care of all of the technicalities while you focus on recovery.  Remember, your employer has a team of experts on their side.  Shouldn’t you?

For more information and to obtain a consultation on a Worker’s Compensation claim, visit www.downriverlawyer.com or call them at 734-619-1237 or info@downriverlawyer.com.

 

 

July 2

Prenuptial Agreements – Family Law – Trenton, MI

“BLOOD RELATIONS” AND PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

“Blood is thicker than water”, so the saying goes. Originally this quote meant, “the bond between comrades is more important than your family allegiance. Nothing brings dudes together like bathing in the blood of the enemy.” But today, this saying means quite the opposite. It has evolved into a term of art that means that “blood relations” or people in our immediate family are a stronger bond than other relationships we may have. OR, if you’re in the Mafia, it serves as a reminder that their allegiance to the “Family” is all that matters.

So if this really were the case, why would anyone ask his or her fiancé and partner for life, “blood”, to sign a prenuptial agreement? Because sometimes, blood turns into water.

The idea of a discussion about a prenuptial agreement and the idea of discussing divorce before your marriage has even begun are far from romantic. But given the high rate of divorce and Family Law rules in Michigan, it is a discussion that is worth having. And one that will require guidance and expert information from a lawyer in Downriver, MI. You could look at it as a romantic concept that you are comfortable enough to discuss the idea of a divorce with your partner in life and to help provide security for both of you in the future.

So what is the next step when the dreaded “P” word comes up? Easy! You will quickly inform your fiancé that you know that family law regulations in Michigan are complicated, especially in the area of enforcement of marriage contracts such as prenuptials. If not drafted properly, your emotional discussions about the “P” word and your efforts will go straight down the drain.

Suggesting, much less signing a pre-nuptial agreement is a touchy subject. But having professionals like the experienced attorneys at Downriver Lawyer can provide you with the necessary sympathy and guidance that you will both need. Their goal as counselors of the law is to ensure that your investment as a spouse in your future family will be protected, even if it ends in divorce.

Should I get a prenuptial agreement?

If you’re reading this article and still contemplating a prenuptial agreement, ask yourself this simple question. Why do you have car insurance? Your answer will likely be because even though you don’t ever plan on being in a car wreck, if you ever get into one, you will be protected. A prenuptial agreement is no different. You don’t plan on getting a divorce, but if you do, it’s there to protect you and your assets.

Do I really need an attorney for a prenuptial agreement?

So how do you go about informing yourself of Michigan’s family law rules and the enforceability of a prenuptial agreement in court. Well, look no further than the knowledgeable and experienced lawyers in Downriver, Michigan. The attorneys at Downriver Lawyer not only provide their expertise in the years of drafting of such agreements, but they take the thorns out of the experience that could leave you and your fiancé feeling betrayed if not handled sympathetically. Experience of the attorneys at Downriver Lawyer, Michigan allows them to walk you and your partner step-by-step through the drafting of the agreement and in answering all of the “what if” questions that life throws at us. One consultation with these family law experts will leave you rest assured that all future kinds have been ironed out.

What needs to be in done in preparation of a prenuptial agreement?

  1. Retain an expert counselor of family law in Downriver, Michigan at Downriver Lawyer to bring you up to speed on the requirements of drafting a prenuptial agreement and to ensure that it is enforceable in a court of law.
  2. Full disclosure of all of your assets and debts, to minimize the chances that a court puts your agreement aside because you failed to disclose everything. At Downriver Lawyer, our team of professionals will walk you through the documents and information you need to gather to be in compliance with Michigan courts’ requirement of full disclosure.
  3. Give yourself and your Downriver Lawyer attorney ample time to obtain all necessary documents and to draft the agreement.       Michigan courts will not uphold prenuptial agreements that have been executed on the day of marriage or even a week before.

Enforceability of a prenuptial agreement by the Michigan Family Court

Michigan Family Courts will not enforce all prenuptial agreements. The facts and circumstances surrounding the execution of the agreement may allow the courts to invalidate your agreement.

That is why it is so important to find a professional Family Law expert in your Downriver, Michigan area. Knowledge, experience and sympathy have shaped the guidance of the attorneys at Downriver Lawyer which is why their clients praise them for the level of quality service that they provide. They ensure that your agreement will be held enforceable in a Michigan Family Court of Law. To get more information, visit http://downriverlawyer.com/services/family-law/.

Remember, a prenuptial agreement is a security that benefits both parties in a “blood relationship” should it ever turn into water.   To ensure that you have the right tools to protect yourself and your future partner, contact Downriver Lawyer at 734-619-1237 or info@downriverlawyer.com to schedule an appointment.

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