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    • No-fault PIP Benefit Claim Enforceable Without Written Notice of Claim Having Been Filed

      No-fault PIP Benefit Claim Enforceable Without Written Notice of Claim Having Been Filed

       Jesperson v Auto Club Ins Ass’n, ___ Mich ___ (2016)(Docket No. 150332, dated March 21, 2016).  In Jesperson, the injured person never submitted to the liable no-fault insurer, written notice of his no-fault PIP claim.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, more than […]

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

      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 […]

    • Chiropractic Care Reimbursement Restricted by No-Fault Act

      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 […]

    • Increasing Speed Limit Raises Safety Questions for Michigan Motorists

      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 […]

    • Drunk Snowmobiling Can Be Fatal

      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 […]

    • Winter Road Conditions Mandate Slowing Down

      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 […]

    • Highway Liability Back Before The Michigan Supreme Court

      Highway Liability Back Before The Michigan Supreme Court

      Smith & Johnson’s partner, L. Page Graves, argued a case of first impression regarding liability against the MDOT for failing to maintain parallel parking spaces in reasonable repair for the safety of pedestrians exiting their motor vehicle, before the Michigan […]

    • Skiing/Snowboarding Helmets Increase Safety

      Skiing/Snowboarding Helmets Increase Safety

      Several ski resorts in Northern Michigan have already opened and several more have announced their season will begin this weekend.  With that in mind, it is time to re-check and make sure your and your child’s ski or snowboarding helmet fits properly and […]

    • Avoiding Unsuspected Snow-Blower Injuries When Engine Is Off

      Avoiding Unsuspected Snow-Blower Injuries When Engine Is Off

      It’s time to dust off the snow-blower and move it to the front of the garage for regular use.  And it is time to learn that even the most cautious person can still sustain catastrophic injury while exercising extreme care.  […]

    • Medical Provider No-Fault Rights Strengthened Again

      Medical Provider No-Fault Rights Strengthened Again

      Since last week’s blog post, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued yet another published decision strengthening a medical provider’s independent standing to pursue no-fault benefits.  The case is Chiropractors Rehabilitation Group v State Farm Mut Ins Co, found here.   As has […]