Grand Rapids Injury Attorneys Protecting Your Rights
McCroskey Law is an established law firm recognized for its dedication to injured and working people since 1949.
We are proud of our strong ties to the community as well as our involvement with local organizations. Our experienced injury lawyers assist residents of Grand Rapids as well as Muskegon, Battle Creek, and other Michigan communities in many areas of law, including workers’ compensation, Social Security benefits, personal injury claims, auto accident cases, criminal matters and divorce proceedings. With substantial resources and proven legal skill, the attorneys at McCroskey Law recover millions of dollars for clients each year.
Seeking Compensation after an Accident
People who have been harmed due to someone else’s reckless or careless actions may be able to pursue compensation for their costs and losses from those responsible. Personal injury claims are commonly based upon the legal theory of negligence. This principle holds individuals, businesses, and other entities responsible for any injuries caused by a failure to use reasonable care in a certain set of circumstances. To establish negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff, the defendant failed to conform to that duty of care, the defendant’s actions caused the plaintiff’s injuries, and the plaintiff suffered damages. Everyone has a general duty to exercise reasonable care not to expose others to unreasonable risks of harm, but the standard of care may be more specific in some situations involving professional negligence. In Michigan, a personal injury claim must generally be brought within three years to comply with the statute of limitations.
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation Benefits
In Michigan, nearly all employers are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees under Michigan’s Workers’ Disability Compensation Act. If you have suffered an injury arising out of and in the course of your employment, you may be entitled to recover payment for your work-related medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation, and wage loss benefits. Disputes may arise that complicate this process, however, such as if your employer’s insurer does not accept the claim or does not agree that certain medical treatment is necessary. In such cases, a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can advocate on your behalf and contest disputed claims by your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company.
Guidance on the Social Security Disability Insurance Process
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a government program that assists qualified individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. To receive benefits, applicants must have SSDI coverage and meet the federal definition of disabled. The Social Security Administration will review an applicant’s work history to determine whether he or she has worked long enough and recently enough in a job covered by SSDI. If the applicant is found to meet these requirements, the claim will be forwarded to the local Disability Determination Services for a decision on whether the applicant qualifies as disabled. Under the Social Security Act, an applicant is disabled if he or she is unable to engage in substantial gainful activity as the result of a medical determinable physical or mental impairment that has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of 12 months or longer, or is expected to result in death. An experienced Social Security attorney can guide individuals throughout the SSDI benefits process, from filing the initial claim to representing the applicant in any subsequent appeals.
Representation for Divorce and Family Law Matters
Couples involved in divorce proceedings may have many important issues to resolve, potentially including the division of property and debt, child custody arrangements, child support, and spousal support. In Michigan, marital property is divided equitably by the courts, while separate property typically will be retained by the spouse who owned it before the marriage. More specifically, marital property is comprised of the property and assets earned or acquired by the spouses during their marriage, such as the residential home, vehicles, investment and bank accounts, and retirement and pension plans. Separate property includes property and assets that were earned or acquired before the marriage, or that were received as a gift or inheritance at any time. Many times, the distinction between separate and marital property is a contested issue. Enlisting the services of an attorney who can advocate on your behalf may be beneficial in protecting your interests during this emotional time.
Discuss Your Legal Matter with a Grand Rapids Injury Lawyer
At McCroskey Law, we have been representing individuals in civil and criminal cases for over 65 years. From offices in Muskegon, Battle Creek, and Grand Rapids, our injury attorneys represent Michigan residents in personal injury, matters, workers’ compensation claims, and Social Security disability claims, as well as family law and criminal matters. We also provide guidance to people in Kalamazoo, Niles, Jackson, Ludington, Holland, Grand Haven, Lansing, and other Michigan communities. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, contact us online or by phone: Muskegon at (231) 726-4861; Grand Rapids at (616) 364-6607; or Battle Creek at (269) 968-2215.