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Page Graves

Medical Service Providers’ Coordination of Primary Health v. No-fault Coverages

Medical service providers must carefully adhere to the procedures and administrative guidelines set forth in participating provider agreements with primary health insurers.  Failure to do so will prove fatal to any secondary no-fault claim.  That is exactly what happened to […]

Bob Shepherd

How to Lay the Foundation for Demonstrative Evidence

Many of the attorneys who use the demonstrative aids created by MediVisuals, or by others, are familiar with the technical aspects associated with “Laying the Foundation” of graphics for “Demonstrative Evidence.” Many attorneys using demonstrative evidence for the first time, […]

Page Graves

A Person Who Is Injured While Occupying An Uninsured Vehicle That Is Not Operable May Recover No-fault PIP Benefits

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently published a case that holds that a person who is injured while occupying an uninsured vehicle that is not operable may recover no-fault PIP benefits.  The case is Shinn v State of Michigan Assigned Claims Facility, ___ Mich […]

Page Graves

Chiropractic Care Reimbursement Restricted by No-Fault Act

On February 9, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a Published Opinion that restricts certain reimbursements for chiropractic care under the no-fault act.  The case is Measel v Auto Club Ins Co.  The basic facts are that Ms. Measal […]

Page Graves

Increasing Speed Limit Raises Safety Questions for Michigan Motorists

The Michigan Legislature is, again, debating a proposal to raise the speed limits for state and county roadways.  The package of bills (HB 4423  thru 4427) have been passed by the House Transportation Committee (Chaired by Republican, Peter Pettalia, District 106) and will now […]

Randy Appleton

Understanding the Federal Employers Liability Act

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was enacted in 1908 by Congress and still continues to provide a federal system of legal remedy for the protection of thousands of railroad workers and their families, nationwide. FELA also serves as a […]

Page Graves

Drunk Snowmobiling Can Be Fatal

Winter has finally arrived with piles of fresh powder.  And for snowmobilers across the State of Michigan, the trails of northern Michigan are increasingly becoming more populated.  In Michigan, it is illegal to operate a snowmobile with a blood alcohol level equal or greater […]

Page Graves

Winter Road Conditions Mandate Slowing Down

It may seem obvious.  It may seem an unnecessary public service caution to express.  Especially for us northern Michiganders.  But for whatever the reason, once winter returns the local news is ripe with car crashes occurring in our area, most […]

Bob Shepherd

Cervical Connective Tissue Injury (a.k.a. “Whiplash,” “Cervical Soft Tissue Injury,” and “Cervical Strain and/or Sprain”)

“Cervical Connective Tissue Injury,” “Cervical Soft Tissue Injury,” “Cervical Strain,” and “Cervical Sprain” are among the common names used to label specific injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the cervical spine resulting from trauma. Proving the presence of such injuries in litigation is particularly challenging for a number of reasons.

K. Lindsay Rakers

What If I Had Injuries Prior To My Car Crash?

Many injured people think if they had pre-existing injuries prior to their car crash, they are not entitled to compensation for the injuries from the car crash.  This is simply not true.  Cases involving pre-existing injuries are actually quite common. […]