Mark M. Bello’s Answers

Mark M. Bello

Farmington Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

Contributor Level 10
  1. Dog Bite

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Daniel G. Romano
    2. Mark M. Bello
    3. Michael Paul O'Brien
    3 lawyer answers

    Michigan is a strict liability state for dog bites; the only defense, unless there was a trespass, is provocation and that does not seem to be an issue here. I suggest that you notify your homeowners insurance carrier, tell them what happened, and let them handle things.

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  2. Can I fire my personal injury lawyer?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Mark M. Bello
    2. Howard Robert Roitman
    3. Greta Muirhead
    4. Ryan Patrick McClure
    4 lawyer answers

    In the attorney-client relationship, you are the employer and the attorney is the employee. Therefore, yes, absolutely, you may terminate his services or "fire" him, as you put it. However, you cannot hire an employee and terminate him without paying him for his services. This is true of an attorney, just as it is with any other employee. If the attorney is on a contingency fee arrangement and is terminated, in most jurisdictions, he may tabulate his hours, present a bill, and place a lien...

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  3. Default judgement

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Mark M. Bello
    1 lawyer answer

    Judges have significant discretion in these types of situations. If the plaintiff filed fraudulent documents and the judgment was set aside because of that, you can assume that the judge will keep a careful eye on him throughout the balance of the litigation. Plaintiff could file new documents, to be scrutinized by the judge or the judge could set a trial date. The judge could also permit discovery or additional discovery before setting a trial date. With the setting aside of the judgment,...

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  4. The insurance is not wanting to give me what I think is right for injuries. What should I do? How should I handle this?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Gregg Samuel Harrison
    2. Stephen Alan Sauer
    3. Joe Newman Perdue
    4. Joel Brantley Hudson
    5. Mark M. Bello
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with the others. Trying to get an unrepresented client to settle a claim, early and cheap, is a classic method used by insurance companies to save money on claims. It is a growing trend and very troubling. Turn the matter over to someone (an experienced personal injury attorney) who beats on insurance companies for a living. You won't be sorry. Good luck.

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  5. What happens if I am at fault for a car wreck?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. George Louis Legrand
    2. Mark M. Bello
    3. Matthew Stuart Cochran
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous comment, but would add that if you truly feel that the other car ran the red light, let your insurance company know that. If an investigation reveals that there are real questions about who was at fault, this may minimize the effect of this accident on your record and may effect how much it impacts your insurance rates. Who knows? Investigators may find a witness or other evidence that may tend to show that the "other guy" was at fault. If you are determined to be...

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  6. If a person injured in an auto accident sues my employer and I, could I be personally liable for her damages

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Morgan G Adams
    2. Mark M. Bello
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    4. Jeremy Richard Rosenthal
    5. Scot Dale Goldberg
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Just because she is suing you doesn't make you personally responsible for paying any judgment she receives. The final award would have to exceed all insurance coverages. Your employer probably has substantial insurance on the dump truck and other owned vehicles; your personal insurance would kick in next. From the story your are telling, there may some liability problems for her, as well. I would make an appointment to see the attorney who is defending the case for your employer and ask him...

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  7. I was hit by a car while riding my bike. From whom can I expect compensation for my pain and work loss?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Brian A. McKenna
    2. Mark M. Bello
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    3 lawyer answers

    Michigan is a unique state in that it is a pure no-fault state. As such, regardless of fault, you can collect wage loss, medical bills and other out-of-pocket expenses from your own insurance carrier. If the SUV was at fault, you can also collect for pain and suffering, but only if you have suffered a "serious impairment of body function" or a "serious disfigurement". Pain, if it lasts a long time, and can be measured, objectively, can meet the serious impairment threshold, but it is a...

  8. I was fire due to back injuries

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark M. Bello
    1 lawyer answer

    Talk to a workers comp attorney in Flint. David Black is an excellent workers comp lawyer in that area. You do not indicate whether you hurt your back at work or not. I am making the assumption that you did. If you did not injure your back at work, injured it elsewhere, and cannot perform your ordinary work functions, you employer is not required to continue to employ someone who cannot perform his/her work functions. Certain federal statutes may require the employer to accomodate your...

  9. I was injured in an auto accident. The case settled up to the date of settlement. Can I get still get medical?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Gregory M. Janks
    2. Steven D. Dunnings
    3. Mark M. Bello
    4. Michael Jason Lawrence
    5. Andrew Daniel Myers
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Michigan is the only state in the country that has unlimited (clear proof of need is required) 1st party medical benefits. This means that if your injury warrants it, you are entitled to medical coverage, under your own no-fault policy, for life. The two Michigan attorneys who responded gave you sound advice. It DOES depend on the release that you signed, however, it appears, from your information, that you signed a release for no-fault benefits through the date of the release. If that is...

  10. How do I proceed on hail-damaged roof disagreement with my insurer?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    2. Mark M. Bello
    3. Michael F. Lawrence
    3 lawyer answers

    With all due respect to the previous answer, if you are looking to have your roof replaced, the amount of your damage will exceed small claims limits and if you file in small claims court in Michigan, you will limit the amount of your claim to the small claim limit. I would get an estimate from a reputable, local, roofer (a "second opinion", if you will) and I would take the insurance policy to an attorney or public adjuster in your area. In Michigan, Associated Adjusters, in West Bloomfield,...