Steven M. Gursten’s Answers

Steven M. Gursten

Farmington Hills Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

Contributor Level 14
  1. What type/classification of lawyer should I get to DEFEND myself from an accident I was at fault for and caused injury?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy J. Klisz
    2. Steven M. Gursten
    3. Farid Yaghoubtil
    4. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    5. Charles J. Ware
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    Tim is correct. You don't need to hire a lawyer to defend you from a car accident (unless you were driving without insurance). All you need to do is turn it over to your own insurance company. The insurer hires a lawyer who will then defend you up to your policy limits.

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  2. I was at the stop sign I was stoped. I look both ways I did not see anything I started to pull out and a motorcycle was right

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Michael David Myers
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Edward Jacob Sternisha
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    The last part of your question was cut off, but you need to do two things now. You will need to contact your own auto insurance company to put them on notice, and have them eventually assign a lawyer to defend you in a pending civil case since the rider was injured in the motorcycle accident, and you will need to find an excellent local lawyer to help you now with the criminal misdemeanor charge. There are many excellent Michigan criminal lawyers on AVVO who can help you.

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  3. Chances at trial Oakland County Sympathetic Jury? Auto accident herniated disc

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Jeffrey Ira Schwimmer
    3. Gerald R Stahl
    4. David B. Carter Jr.
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    5 lawyer answers

    The largest non-operable herniated disc injury trial verdict in Oakland County Michigan was my own, and it was 1.1 million. That said, there certainly have been a number of no cause or zero dollar awards in Oakland County as well. Your question really is being asked in a vacuum and without knowing more about the case and seeing who will be sitting on the jury, it is really difficult to say. I personally feel the best resource is the jury verdict reporter. It will list all of the trial...

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  4. Can and do auto insurance companies spot clients at night time

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Jason Todd Studinski
    3. Brent Sitto
    4. Craig S. Romanzi
    5. Andrew Daniel Myers
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    Both your own insurance company if you are making a claim for PIP benefits, and the wrongdoer's insurance company if you've filed a lawsuit for personal injuries from a car accident can do surveillance at any time. The larger the potential claim, and the more money at issue, the more likely they will do surveillance. The best advice is always the simplest - tell the truth, and if you've tried to work etc always admit you've tried.

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  5. This is a follow up to a previous question I posted regarding an auto accident my car being t boned other driver at fault etc.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Andrew Daniel Myers
    4. Scott J. Corwin
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    I'm very sorry to hear this. I hate to say it, but if your attorney never took the deposition of the eyewitness, and it is indeed a he said-she said situation with each driver blaming the other and no other proof to show other drive ran the red light, then your girlfriend does indeed have a very serious problem. The seminal case is Miller v. Hensley in Michigan, and as the police officer who wrote the UD-10 police report will not be able to testify as to fault, unless the other driver made...

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  6. Can (pip) benefits paid by primary insurance co. be recovered from the at fault drivers insurance co ?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Ibrahim Youssef Hammoud
    3. Michael David Myers
    4. Manuel Alzamora Juarez
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Ignore the previous answer. Michigan is a no fault state and the at-fault driver does not, under Michigan law, pay PIP benefits. Your own no fault auto insurance company will pay all PIP benefits. If you did not have insurance, here is the order of priorities to recover PIP benefits in Michigan: http://www.michiganautolaw.com/no-fault/no-fault-act/who-pays-benefits Good luck.

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  7. I was in a car accedent and hurt really bad which led me to disablity i was in an passenger back seat and hit my head in winshel

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. David B. Carter Jr.
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Tanya Marie Bachand
    5. Adam L Rothenberg
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    I agree you need to ask your attorney, but 16 months is only an average in Wayne County. Yesterday I had a trial date get adjourned to next year, so it can take much longer. SSI can also create a set-off on wage loss if you are suing for those under Michigan PIP. It will depend on what wage loss, if any, he is suing for in your first party case and what economic loss, if any, you will be claiming in your tort case against the negligent driver.

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  8. I had an accident and crashed into my neighbor's garage. I have received subrogation papers with the wrong first & last name.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Daniel J. Melican
    4. Gerald R Stahl
    5. George G. Burke III
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    They will likely get around to amending and fixing your first and last name, but Michigan law is clear - if you are uninsured, you can be sued for all damage you have caused. There is no mini tort protection. You will likely be working out a payment plan with the insurance company..

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

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Bret A. Schnitzer
    3. Robert J. Ehrenberg
    4. Anthony A. Ferrante
    5. Andrew Daniel Myers
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    Not at all (and I don't mean to sound self-serving here, either). The reason is simple - you have one year to file an application for benefits with your no fault insurance company in Michigan to secure your future no fault insurance benefits. May you be fortunate and your back pain completely clear in the next few weeks or months, which it likely will if it is only connective tissue. But what happens if it starts to get progressively worse, and you end up needing very serious spine surgery...

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  10. Find out defendants policy limits michigan

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven M. Gursten
    2. Lisa Michelle Esser
    3. Timothy J. Klisz
    4. Scott Robert Reizen
    5. John F. Brennan
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    I am sorry to hear of your friend's death and your loss. All 3 previous answers are correct. But here are a couple additional suggestions: if the case is going to be settled pre-lawsuit communicating with the insurance company who insured the defendant, you must make sure you are getting the insurance company of BOTH the driver and the owner of the vehicle, if they are different individuals, and you should demand a certified copy of the declaration page of the insurance policies, as many...

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