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Melanie J. VanOverloop

Commercial Trucking Accidents On the Rise Since 2009

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the rate of truck accidents and fatalities has begun to creep up after several years of decline.  The nearly 11 million trucks that travel U.S. roads each year make up only […]

Page Graves

2016-2017 No-Fault Year in Review

[Annually, Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C.’s law partner, L. Page Graves, is a featured speaker at the joint State Bar of Michigan’s and Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Upper Michigan Legal Institute where he reviews and discusses the latest appellate […]

Melanie J. VanOverloop

Lack of Fall Protection and Proper Scaffolding Leads to Construction Site Injuries and Deaths

As of January of 2016, about 6.5 million people were employed in the construction industry. Despite its popularity, the construction industry has proven to be one of the most hazardous occupations in the U.S. In 2014, 899 construction workers were […]

Tatum O’Brien

Why Carry More Auto Insurance Than the Limits?

In North Dakota, drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of bodily injury liability coverage equal to $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident, and $25,000 per accident for property damage. Why should you consider carrying more? When a crash is […]

Leslie Brueckner

Patients v. Profit: Landmark Case at South Dakota Supreme Court

When a patient’s doctor is found to have repeatedly, and brutally, performed unnecessary surgery after surgery, does the patient have a right to know why that physician was ever allowed inside a hospital’s doors in the first place? That’s the central question at the heart of Novotny v. Sossan, a case filed on behalf of more than thirty plaintiffs who claim they were victims of a scheme by two South Dakota hospitals to commit fraud by subjecting those patients to unnecessary and dangerous spinal surgeries that left many of them permanently injured.

Thomas Dennis

10 Year Old’s Death Shows Need for Water Park Oversight

Orlando is known as the theme park capital of the world.   It’s home to Disney and Universal Studios, along with many other theme parks such as SeaWorld,  Wet’n’Wild and FunSpot.  Many theme parks in Orlando have begun to incorporate water […]

Page Graves

No-Fault Medical Provider Actions Now At Potential Risk

On May 27, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court has effectively signaled a complete 180 from its stated opinion exactly one-year ago, despite no change in the Court’s current composition of justices.  Last May 28, 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court denied an application to appeal a decision […]

Page Graves

UBER & Michigan No-Fault Insurance Risks

Before getting into an “Uber” car in Michigan, or for that matter becoming an Uber driver in Michigan, it would be prudent to thoroughly investigate the idea before proceeding with either plan.  There are several inherent insurance related risks associated with […]

Page Graves

Boat Owner’s Duty & Liability To Passenger While Boarding

The Michigan Court of Appeals has just reaffirmed a boat owner’s duty and resulting liability to his/her passengers while boarding.  The case is Lenhoff v Rechter, an unpublished per curiam opinion (Docket No. , dated May 12, 2016).  In Lenhoff, the plaintiff […]

Page Graves

Generic Notice of Injury Satisfies Statutory Notice for No-Fault PIP Benefits

The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published decision affirming the basic rule that an injured claimant’s generic notice of injury constitutes sufficient notice to a liable no-fault insurer.  The case is Dillon v State Farm Mut Auto In Co, ___ […]