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Bret A. Schnitzer

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  • Lawyer fees percentage in michigan on a wrongful death case

    suspect crossed redlight and killed victim got (2 year sentense criminal suit) family filed civil suit against the driver and insurance company went to couple Lawyer fees based on contingency basis 1/3 of won For wrongfu...

    Bret’s Answer

    The costs always come off the entire settlement before the 1/3 attorney fee. The settlement will have to be approved by the Circuit and/or probate Court if it is a wrongful death case. Good luck to you.

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  • Wrongful death case. uncle is a victim died of auto accident last thanksgiving. other company not released insurance policy info

    other driver t boned my uncle(only person in the car), suspect drove on red light suspect insurance company hired lawyer. my aunt went and had deposition answered all the general questions by the other insurance attorney. suspect insurance attorne...

    Bret’s Answer

    Do you have an attorney now? If you don't have one you should get one.

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  • Who can sue for wrongful death case michigan

    my best friend (roommate) died of auto accident due to negligence of other driver. he was single, never married no children, has no living family or blood relative. who can file against the other driver for wrongful death?at is the next step ...

    Bret’s Answer

    The family should call a lawyer to discuss. A Personal Representative needs to be appointed in a death case.

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  • What kind of lawyer would I need to review my case involving a drunk driver that hit me while I was using my ex's vehicle?

    On 9/30/12, I was driving my ex husbands vehicle that he bought for me but was registered to him. I was struck by a drunk driver who fled the scene, leaving me in the vehicle, trapped. When I awoke, I was covered in blood and both air bags had dep...

    Bret’s Answer

    You would want to speak to an attorney that handles No-Fault claims and is familiar with Michigan No-Fault Insurance law. We have been handling these kinds of cases for almost 30 years.

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  • How and where could i get a case manager for my 83 year old grandpa that has been in a auto accident?

    My 83 year old grandfather had a auto accident a few weeks ago, was in a hospital for a week,and now in a rehabilitation center. He has a head injury and knee injury from the car wreck that requires 24/7 care and it has left him confused. Accordin...

    Bret’s Answer

    I could recommend a few in the Detroit area. It sounds like you might need to get a probate attorney as well if your grandfather is unable to make decisions. Good luck to you.

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  • I was involed in a pile up this morning.

    While the accident happened I slowed down and ended up getting hit by another motorist that slid into my side then took off. Can I go after the insurance of the first vehical that cause the whole chain reaction even though I never hit her. Since t...

    Bret’s Answer

    If you were hurt you have to go to your own insurance for your PIP benefits. If you sustained a significant injury then you could potentially sue the at-fault driver for your pain and suffering and other injuries. Good luck

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  • Should I seek legal advice if I was involved in an auto accident in December leaving me with back discomfort?

    On 12-19-12 I was at a complete stop and rear ended by a young lady who happened to be reaching for a cell phone she dropped. I personally chose to drive to the ER later that same evening to have my back checked for the discomfort while in a seate...

    Bret’s Answer

    It is not too soon. After an accident it is never too soon to consult with and retain an attorney. Fortunately for you , the law allows for recovery for aggravation of a preexisting condition. There are several jury instructions on this issue which are quite helpful for the injured party. You have to address the one year back rule, so it is important you hire an attorney in this matter.

    You can see more information on our blog www.schnitzerlaw.net/blog

    Good luck

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  • Wrogful death case do the family have a case. i was the passenger, my cousin was driving ran a yellow light

    (according to witness) on a intersection. car next me stopped at the yellow light. on the other side it takes 3 seconds to turn green after my line turns red. a car ran redlight according to the witness statement hit my cousin car killing my cou...

    Bret’s Answer

    You and your Cousin's estate or providers can file a First First Party Claim without a doubt. If there is a dispute as to who ran the red light both you and your Cousin's estate can file suits against the negligent driver. The jury will have to sort out liability. Good luck.

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  • Find out defendants policy limits michigan

    my friend died due to negligence of other driver. its been 6 months other party is not releasing the information Michigan. At what point can you find out the other persons policy limits? After suit and a demand is made, or at trial if a settlement...

    Bret’s Answer

    There is no requirement for the insurance company to release the policy limits in Michigan without filing a lawsuit and serving them with interrogatories to find out what those policy limits are . Additionally, even when you follow procedure they often try to omit the Umbrella Policies. That is why our offices have specific interrogatories that demand this information. If they do not provide it we file a motion to compel and get a court order from them. We can get you this information during the initial part of the litigation known as "discovery". It sounds like the liability is clear-cut in your case, but the insurance company always tries to make it a dispute. It is important to have an experienced law firm that does wrongful death cases. We have handled wrongful death automobile cases for almost 30 years. You can see our website if you click www.seriousautoaccident.com
    We will offer you a free consultation in this matter if you chose to contact us. Good luck you.

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  • Insurance company has appointed a lawyer for wrongful death

    my cousin was killed by a negligence drive in october. the insurance company has not released the insurance info and appointed a lawyer. how much policy limit can a insurance appoints a lawyer to defend 10K, 50K 100K more than 500K,1million premi...

    Bret’s Answer

    In a wrongful death case you need to have approval of the Court in order to settle any case. Additionally, there have to be a personal representative appointed to settle the case on behalf of the Estate. You certainly need to retain a good personal injury attorney to handle this case. The amount of insurance is unknown at this time. Generally, you need to file a lawsuit to get a sworn answer from the insurance carrier as to all applicable insurance . Unless, they provide a sworn affidavit or sworn answers to interrogatories as to the policy limits, then you really don't know what they are. We have been doing exclusively Plaintiff personal injury cases in Michigan for almost 30 years. We are very experienced in wrongful death cases arising out of auto accidents. you can visit our website by clicking www.seriousautoaccident.com to get to our site. Good luck to you.

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