Practice Areas

Muskegon Attorneys Skilled in Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security, Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Employment Matters

Whether you are injured on the job or in another accident, you may be concerned about how you can pay your medical bills, go to work, and take care of your family. There are a number of legal options that may be available to you, depending on your particular circumstances. The Muskegon personal injury lawyers at McCroskey Law are ready to vigorously advocate for the rights of Michigan residents. We also can assist you with a workers' compensation or Social Security claim, a family law matter, a defense against criminal charges, or an employment dispute. Our firm has provided legal representation from offices in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and Battle Creek since 1949.

Personal Injury

We handle cases arising out of motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, product liability, and nursing home negligence, among other harmful events. Most personal injury cases are the result of negligence by one or more individuals. A plaintiff trying to prove negligence must establish that the defendant owed a duty of care, the defendant breached the duty, the breach caused injuries, and the plaintiff suffered actual damages. Many forms of compensation may be available to victims of preventable accidents, ranging from medical bills, lost income and earning capacity, and property damage to non-economic damages like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Workers' Compensation

Workers' compensation is a no-fault system in which you need not prove your employer was negligent in order to recover compensation for an injury or illness sustained on the job. Almost all public and private employers in Michigan are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. The Workers' Compensation Act limits what you can recover to specific wage loss benefits, medical bills, and certain rehabilitation services. Unlike personal injury cases filed in civil court, you cannot recover non-economic damages, but you may be able to pursue these through a personal injury claim against a third party that shared responsibility for the accident.

Social Security

The federal government creates and administers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is a program that allows certain individuals with disabilities to meet their basic needs. To be eligible for benefits, you must have worked and paid Social Security taxes, and you must also have a disability that qualifies. A disability qualifies if it has prevented an individual from engaging in substantial gainful activity for 12 months or longer, or if it is expected to lead to death. Moreover, the disability must prevent the claimant from returning to work or finding another job. In addition to assisting you with an SSDI claim, we also can advocate for your right to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which are based on economic need rather than the claimant’s work history. Sometimes people suffering from disabilities may qualify for both SSI and SSDI.

Family Law

We are familiar with the complex issues that may arise in the divorce process, including child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support. Each state has its own residency rules that must be met in order to obtain a divorce. In Michigan, one of the spouses must have lived in the state for 180 days immediately before filing the complaint, and one of the spouses must have lived in the county in which the complaint is filed for 10 days immediately before filing the complaint. In Michigan, you can obtain a divorce without regard to fault, but fault may be considered in connection with property division and spousal support.

Criminal Defense

In Michigan, the penalties that may be imposed for a felony or misdemeanor conviction depend on the sentencing guidelines, which divide crimes into six groups. Each group includes a range of offenses from least to most serious. Regardless of the crime being charged, the prosecution must prove the elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Both the police and the prosecution must abide by certain rules in collecting and presenting evidence. Sometimes a strong defense depends upon attacking the way evidence was gathered or presented to the court. For example, if the police stopped you solely on the basis of a hunch or intuition that you were doing something wrong, this would likely violate the Fourth Amendment, and any evidence from that investigatory stop might be subject to suppression.

Labor and Employment Law

McCroskey Law handles cases involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, employee benefits, wrongful discharge, employment and labor contracts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our firm also handles matters involving unemployment benefits. The Americans with Disabilities Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in covered workplaces based on a worker's actual or perceived disability. Among other things, it requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled qualified worker, unless providing the accommodation would result in an undue hardship. Qualified workers with disabilities are those who meet the requirements of the employment position—including skills, education, and experience— and can perform the essential functions of that position with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Consult a Muskegon Lawyer to Discuss a Personal Injury, Social Security, Workers’ Compensation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, or Employment Case

The experienced Muskegon personal injury attorneys at McCroskey Law can provide legal representation and sound advice to people in many areas of Michigan. In addition to the practice areas discussed above, we also handle insurance-related disputes and provide mediation and dispute resolution services. Our firm has offices in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and Battle Creek, and we also represent people in Kalamazoo, Niles, Jackson, Ludington, and Holland, among other communities. Contact us online or call us at 800-442-0237 to set up a free consultation with a Social Security attorney or seek assistance with a wide range of other legal matters.