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Steven M. Gursten

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  • I was in an accident and sustained closed head injury.

    i have speech problems which is stuttering. when i had the car accident it made my speech stuttering worse can i sue for my speech became worse after the car accident. before the accedent i had speech from when i was a kid and now my speech has b...

    Steven’s Answer

    The law in Michigan requires you show a serious impairment. So it is not whether your speech problem is aggravated from before, it is how this is impairing your life. This is different from a closed head injury however, which has its own exception under Michigan law. As long as a doctor who regularly treats and diagnosis closed head injuries says that you may have suffered a serious neurological injury, you are able to bring a lawsuit for your motor vehicle accident.

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  • I was in a car accident last 5 months ago i sustained a scar on my face 3 inchs can i sue for my scar

    can i sue for my scar in my face when my face whent threw a windshield i had 8 stitches for it can i sue for my scar or no? my doctor said its not going away can i sue for my scar on my face

    Steven’s Answer

    The law in Michigan requires you show a permanent serious disfigurement. Facial scars often will qualify.

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  • I was in an car accedent i was in the back passenger seat . car was going 40 mph and hit the side t bone when will i settle

    when will i settle my pain and suffering case. who long it takes a year or 9 months? i sustained c6 c7 herniation disk in my neck . herniation disk in my lower back l4 l5. also when will i get released from the doctors just give me a good guess ...

    Steven’s Answer

    It is impossible to answer this question without more information. It is certainly possible to settle within several months with an adjuster pre-lawsuit, but that assumes that you have reached maximum medical improvement. Is your case already filed and in a lawsuit? What is the nature and extent of your injuries and how often are you treating for them?
    These are all good questions, but you really need to talk to an experienced car accident lawyer.

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  • Who can closed head injury be detected in a car accident injury

    besides an nursphyclogist battery test. what can detect an closed head injury is it dti or pet or spect

    Steven’s Answer

    It can certainly be all three. However, be warned. The test will not be admissible without clinical correlation. Under Michigan law, you will need a doctor who regularly diagnosis and treats close head injury, and I always recommend neuropsychological testing.

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  • Whats a value on ptsd on a car accedent injury

    whats a value on ptsd on a car injury just take a good guess due to your experience in mi

    Steven’s Answer

    That's almost impossible to say without knowing more about the impairments and medical treatment for the PTSD. However, if you want to get a good base of understanding, you can pull the jury verdict reporter and settlements for this injury, which can certainly be debilitating.
    The range can be anywhere from 0 to over a $1,000,000. My partner David Christiansen has the largest psychiatric injury settlement in Michigan. He may be a good person to review your case with. We are at www.michiganautolaw.com

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  • I have a case pending on my car accident injury im suing auto insurance for my injuries mean while i want to go to vacation

    i want to go to overseas just for a month i missed my wife. can i go overseas just for one month and come back. im seeing 6 doctors for my injuries im going to physical therapy and spine therapy. is it ok if i go to a vaction and come back to con...

    Steven’s Answer

    It's probably okay but keep in mind you are in Michigan and Michigan has a serious impairment threshold law for auto accident cases. If the courts interpret that threshold more harshly next year as I predict they might, then evidence of long trips can be used to argue that your injuries are not seriously impairing you. So I can't tell you whether it is or is not okay, Just understand that Michigan law is based upon impairment, not pain. Certainly, ongoing treatment with a variety of specialists is also very important.
    Now, all of that being said, the best answer to your question is to ask your lawyer.
    I do have a lot of information on proving serious impairment on my website:
    www.Michiganautolaw.com
    Good luck

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  • Is it true that bc the car owner and the driver at fault do not have insurance that medical care will not be covered for life?

    My husband was in an accident that has left him with life altering injuries including tremendous amounts of pain and suffering. The quality of life has been completely compromised with injuries multiple doctors and specialists have concurred that...

    Steven’s Answer

    Both Tim and Dan are correct. Whether someone who causes a car crash can be sued is different from whether someone has insurance and/or is collectible.

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  • Is there a sensitive test that will detect an closed head injury in car accident

    i was in the back seat in the middle with no seat belt. a car t boned my friends car and the car that hit us was going 40 mph i jumped to the windshild and cracked it with my frontal lobe head. is there any test to detect it. mri and ct scan came ...

    Steven’s Answer

    MRI and ct almost always come out normal. They show structure, not function. A person who is dead or in a coma will have a normal MRI too. The most sensitive, and specific, test for a closed head injury is neuropsychological testing, preferably a standardized test battery. You should have your treating doctor refer you for testing. After this, you may want to consider DTI MRI or a Pet scan, both are diagnostic tests that are better at measuring function. Good luck, I hope you get better quickly.

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  • I was in an car accedent 4/13 and now its 7/13 im feeling pain in my hip

    i was in an car accedent on 4/13 now its 7/13 and im feeling pain in my hips is it to late to tell my doctors and are the insurance company going totake that from me or no cuz its late

    Steven’s Answer

    It is certainly not too late. You have one year under Michigan law to file an application for benefits with your own insurance company for no fault benefits. You have three years to sue the wrongdoer driver for your injuries if they prove to be serious.

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  • 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

    now i cant work for a long time the doctors said. due to my injuries. now my lawyer is suing them for lost benfits becouse i didnt get lost wages. he said we will sue them which takes 16 months. can i file for ssi will that effect my law sue again...

    Steven’s Answer

    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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