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The term “Personal Injury” refers to Injury of body, mind and/or emotional distress caused by the negligence of another party and does not include property damage. Examples of incidences that include personal injury are; Car, Truck, Bus, Motorcycle, Railroad & Boating accidents - Animal attacks - Dog Bites - Premises Liability - Apartment complex Slip & Fall.

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Automobile Accident

Automobile accidents are a frequent occurrence throughout the State of Michigan, and even more so in the Metro Area. Odds are, either yourself or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident in their lifetime. As a result of these accidents, it is common for serious injuries to occur as well. The Law Firm of Elia & Ponto represents clients that have sustained injuries that include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, back and neck injuries, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, lacerations, and all other serious injuries.

Current Michigan law requires three things before an injured person may be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained (“pain and suffering”) in an automobile accident. First, the person seeking compensation must not be at fault for the accident. Second, the injured person must sustain an injury that is “objectively manifested”. In more simple terms, the person must sustain an injury that will show up on a medical diagnostic test (MRI, X- Ray, CAT Scan, EEG, etc.). Lastly, the injury must cause a “serious impairment”. Basically, the injured party’s lifestyle must be effected due to the accident and the injuries sustained for a period of time.

A person must take legal action within three years from the date of the accident or they will not be able to pursue a claim for their “pain and suffering” against the at fault driver. Failure to initiate a lawsuit within that three years may result in your claim being forever barred.

Again, each individual’s claim is different. If you were injured in an automobile accident, call the Law Firm of Elia & Ponto and let us help you today!

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Personal Injury

Here at the Elia & Ponto Law Firm, we take every case deadly serious. Personal injury law is our bread and butter when it comes to our practice areas. We know how to handle cases in an aggressive and professional manner that shows the best results for our clients. The term “Personal Injury” refers to Injury of body, mind and/or emotional distress caused by the negligence of another party and does not include property damage. Examples of incidences that include personal injury are; Car, Truck, Bus, Motorcycle, Railroad & Boating accidents – Animal attacks – Dog Bites – Premises Liability – Apartment complex Slip & Fall. At the Elia & Ponto Law Firm we will do everything in our power to win your case and make sure you get the justice you deserve.

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Time Limits

Time is always of the importance in Michigan No-Fault claims. One must properly put the proper insurance company on notice of their claim within one- year from the date of the loss. If this is not done, your claim will legally be barred and you will be unable to obtain Michigan No-Fault Benefits.

Furthermore, if a benefit goes unpaid, one must initiate a lawsuit within one year from the date that benefits is accrued, or you will be barred from recovering that benefit. If you believe you may have some outstanding no-fault benefits, call the Law Firm of E & P and let us help you….

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Dog Bites

The law in Michigan surrounding dog bites is very clear. The owners and keepers of dogs in Michigan are strictly liable for dog bites and attacks. What this means is that the victim of the dog bite does not have to prove that the owner and keeper of the dog was negligence, only that they were bitten and/or attacked. So long as the victim did not legally “provoke” the dog that attacked them, the owner and keeper of the dog is legally liable.

A victim of a dog bite or attack can recover for their pain and suffering, disfigurement as a result of scarring, or any infection caused secondary to the bite and emotional distress. A victim of a dog bite or attack in Michigan has three years from the date of the incident to take legal action against the proper owner and keeper of the dog, or their claim will be forever barred.

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Premisis Liability

Michigan law is constantly evolving surrounding this area of personal injury law. However, what remains constant is that the owner or possessor of property owes certain duties to make their property reasonably safe to those allowed on its properties. The failure of the owner or possessor to either warn of the dangerous condition, or to remedy the dangerous condition, makes the owner or possessor of the property liable under Michigan law. Unfortunately, currently there are a number of defenses provided to property owners under current Michigan law that leads to most claims being denied. If you were injured as a result of a slip and fall, or another dangerous condition on another’s property, call The Law Firm of Elia & Ponto and let us help you.

Common causes of injuries on another’s property arise out of slip and falls. In general, most victims fall as a result of ice and snow, “black ice” and liquid(s) on the floor, However, there are plenty of other reasons as to how one may be injured on the property of another such as falling merchandise, defective walkways, poor/inadequate lighting, and fires. If you have been the victim of any of these circumstances, call The Law Firm of Elia & Ponto.

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Semi Accident

I was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while merging onto a local freeway, and I was hospitalized for several days. The insurance company for the semi truck argued that I was at fault for the accident, but the attorneys at The Law Firm of Elia & Ponto recovered a six-figure settlement on my behalf.

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Payment of No Fault Benefits

I sustained severe and debilitating injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident. As a result of my injuries, my doctors informed me that my life would never be the same, and that I would have physical limitations that would prevent me from even doing the most basic of daily tasks, including taking care of my own wellbeing. The attorneys at the Law Firm of Elia and Ponto, PLLC made sure that I would be taken care of and not cheated by the insurance company. The attorneys have made sure that my home was modified for my physical disabilities, that my medical bills were paid timely, and that my care provider is fairly compensated for having to render care to me 24 hours per day as my doctor has recommended. The attorneys have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for me in the form of No- Fault Personal Injury Protection benefits, and will continue to do so for the remainder of my life.

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Uninsured Motorist Claim

While leaving a house party, I unknowingly got into a vehicle that was being operated by a drunk driver. Moments after entering the vehicle, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over. I was ejected from my seat and threw the front windshield. I sustained life threatening injuries and was immediately rushed to the hospital in a life flight helicopter. The drunk driver was not insured. Thankfully, my personal insurance policy contained Uninsured Motorist Coverage, which allowed me to seek compensation for my pain and suffering through my own insurance; however, my own insurance company argued that I was in fact the driver of the vehicle, which the attorneys at the Law Firm of Elia and Ponto, PLLC vigorously opposed. Thanks to the attorneys at Elia and Ponto, I reached a settlement with my own insurance company for my policy limits of $300,000.00.