Michigan Personal Injury Resources

Michigan is located in the Midwestern United States in the Great Lakes Region. It got its name from the Ojibwa word, “mishigamaa,” which means “large water” or “large lake”. It is the only state that consists of two peninsulas, the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula, which are separated by the strait of Mackinac. The two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. Known for dangerous icy conditions, the roads in Michigan are safer now than they’ve ever been. There has been a decline in injuries and deaths caused by accidents over the past decade. The PIP, or personal injury protection, pays for injuries of drivers and passengers and is a mandatory coverage.
Michigan had an estimated population of 9,883,360 in 2012, which makes it the 9th most populous in the United States. The state had a total of 735,548 civil incoming cases, which is 7,447 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 17,244 are tort cases, tried in the Circuit court. 18 cases were tried in the Court of Claims. The Michigan tort trend has decreased the past decade but has gone up again in 2010. Historically a manufacturing hub, Detroit Michigan has had ongoing issues with factory shutdowns and residents moving out of the city. With some of the issues caused by poverty and vacant areas, unique legal challenges have arisen.
Michigan has a no fault law that includes a coverage referred to as limited property damage. This is the coverage used for the mini tort claim, legal only in Michigan. A mini tort claim is the right of the driver to sue after being involved in an accident where he or she is less than 50% at fault. Like the rest of the country, in Michigan, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents. Traffic accidents generally make up the bulk of personal injury claims, and this is certainly the case in Michigan.

Michigan State Resources
State of Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/
Official Portal of Michigan: http://www.michigan.org/
Michigan Legislature Online:https://www.legislature.mi.gov
Michigan Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-29701—,00.html
Michigan Secretary of State: http://www.michigan.gov/sos
Wayne County Official Website: http://www.co.wayne.mi.us/

Michigan Court Resources
Michigan Courts Online: http://courts.mi.gov/
Links for Michigan Courts: http://courts.mi.gov/Courts/Pages/default.aspx
Michigan Office of Court Administration: http://courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/Pages/default.aspx
Supreme Court of Michigan: http://courts.mi.gov/courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/Pages/default.aspx
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Michigan Legal Associates
State Bar of Michigan: http://www.michbar.org/
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
Wayne County Bar Association: http://waynecountybarassociation.com/
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Michigan Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Michigan: http://research.lawyers.com/Michigan/Personal-Injury-in-Michigan.html
Michigan Legal Resources: http://www.law.msu.edu/library/substantive/michigan.html
Michigan Constitution: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/historical/miconstitution1850.htm
Michigan Legislature and Statutes Online: https://www.legislature.mi.gov/
Michigan Rules of Evidence: http://courts.mi.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/CurrentCourtRules/2MichiganRulesOfEvidence.pdf
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Michigan Public Records finder:http://www.publiclibraries.com/records/michigan.htm
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com