Living in Flint
Flint is a mid-size city in Genesee County with a strong community spirit and a population of about 100,000 people. It has a well-known history as an automotive manufacturing city that has overcome difficult economic hardships, particularly during a recent water crisis.
Flint also has a thriving cultural and arts community, numerous outdoor and recreational opportunities, and numerous small businesses.
Driving in Flint can be dangerous, however. According to the city’s crash statistics, there were 2,644 traffic accidents in the city in a single year including 2,670 injuries and deaths. The top types of crashes include rear-end crashes, sideswipes, and angled crashes involving two or more vehicles.
Dangerous Roads & Intersections in Flint
- Bristol Rd. at I-75
- Bristol Rd. at S Grand Traverse St.
- Cesar Chavez Dr. at Robert Longway Blvd.
- Corunna Rd at I-75
- Court St. at S. Center Rd.
- E. Court St. and S. Dort Highway
- E. Stewart Ave. at N. I-475
- Hill Rd. at Fenton Rd.
- Interchange at I-69 and M-54
- Lapeer Rd. and S. Dort Highway
- Linden Rd. at W. Pierson Rd.
- Miller Rd. at I -75
- N. I-475 at S. Grand Traverse St.
Motor Vehicles Accidents We Help With in Flint
Why Hire a Flint Personal Injury Lawyer?
The Lee Steinberg Law Firm has expertise in many practice areas, but the majority of cases that we help Flint residents with include the following types:
Car accident compensation is usually secured through the auto insurance claims process, but it can be challenging to get the insurance company to pay. Your attorney can help you show the insurance company you are serious about payment on your case, and can boldly represent you in court if necessary.
Our attorneys at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm are car accident experts who have been helping the people of Flint and surrounding communities, such as Grand Blanc, Burton, Davison, Mt. Morris, Flushing, Clio and Swartz Creek for more than 40 years. If you were in a car accident and were injured, contact us for a consultation to understand your options for the compensation you deserve.
Each Flint car accident case is different and the time it takes to resolve an auto accident in Flint varies depending on the individual facts, the injuries and the parties involved. Some cases can resolve in a few months, while others can take much longer.
If a lawsuit is required to get pain and suffering compensation or to recover Michigan no-fault benefits following a Flint crash, a period of discovery is ordered by the judge. This period of discovery can last six months or longer. After discovery concludes, then the parties usually begin a process of negotiation to help work towards a settlement.
What Do I Have to Prove In A Flint Car Accident Case?
Besides liability, the plaintiff must also prove he or she was injured and that the injuries are related to the car accident. This is called causation. Pre-existing injuries that are aggravated or made worse by the car accident do count and are often a major part of car accident cases.
Last, the plaintiff has to show a “threshold injury.” Basically, this means the plaintiff proves the car accident has generally changed his or her ability to lead a normal life. Things like missed time from work, inability to do chores, recreational activities, hobbies and other daily activities are important to highlight. Proving a threshold injury is not a high hurdle, but there are certain things an experienced and aggressive car accident lawyer can do to assist you in getting over this hurdle.
When a trucking accident happens here in Flint, the victims are entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries. Trucking companies carry huge insurance policies to cover situations where their truckers injure people on the road.
You can seek compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, trauma, scarring, lost wages, current medical bills, future medical bills, and more. Truck accident cases in Flint require the expertise of a knowledgeable and aggressive Flint truck accident lawyer. At The Lee Steinberg Law Firm, we have a long history of standing up for victims injured by big rigs and big trucks on Michigan’s roads.
In The Case of a Trucking Accident in Flint, Who is Responsible for the Injuries?
There is more than just the driver of the truck who can be held responsible for causing a bad truck accident in Flint or Genesee County. In addition, the employer for the truck driver can also be held responsible. Under Michigan law, the principal (employer) is responsible for the bad actions if its agent (employee) through a doctrine called respondeat superior.
Further, the owner of the truck itself may also be held responsible and sued for compensation. Under the Owners’ Liability Statute, MCL 257.401, the owner of a truck is liable for the negligent operation of the truck driver, so long as the owner gave the driver permission or consent to use the vehicle.
During a Flint truck accident case, the insurance company for the trucking company will be involved and the entity that pays the claim. If the truck is driven by an owner-operator, then the insurance company for the truck driver will be responsible for defending and paying the claim.
How are Truck Accident Investigations Conducted in Flint?
The police will do a preliminary investigation and file a police report. Sometimes the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department will do the investigation, but often the Michigan State Police will get involved depending on the case. You can request a copy of this report, but you’ll also need to start an investigation with your Flint truck accident lawyer. In the meantime, state and federal agencies may conduct investigations to determine whether the trucker violated any regulations.
It is important to send a spoilation letter to the defendant trucking company as quickly as possible after the accident. The spoilation letter should demand the company preserve the truck itself, the event data recorder (EDR) or “black box”, maintenance records, receipts, driver logs, audio and video recordings and personnel files.
It is also important to retain and hire an accident reconstruction expert. An experienced Flint trucking accident lawyer will be able to get an accident reconstruction expert to the crash site as quickly as possible to start the investigation process. Trucking companies are very aggressive in the defense of these claims. Getting a jump on your own investigation is vital.
Along the way, the truck will be examined along with any in-truck recordings, the trucker’s licensure and qualifications will be reviewed and the trucking company’s compliance will be under scrutiny. Experts may be asked to weigh in with their opinions of what happened during the crash. All this works to your benefit, as the injured victim, because it provides evidence for your case.
Truck accident cases in Flint and Genesee County are a special type of case. Getting an aggressive truck accident injury law firm on your side early on can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. Protecting evidence, retaining experts and conducting a thorough investigation as early as possible is very important.
After a motorcycle accident, you need a a law firm that understands this specific type of accident and has compassion for Michigan motorcyclists.
Our legal team of motorcycle accident lawyers has handled countless motorcycle wrecks all over the state of Michigan, including here in Flint. We know how to work with experts and doctors to obtain the best outcome possible after your motorcycle accident.
After an accident or injury, you may worry that you can’t afford a top-rated lawyer to represent you. Here at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, we believe everyone should be able to retain an experienced lawyer in their fight against negligent people and their insurance companies. That’s why we take no money unless you win your case.
When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident but you have no insurance, there’s still hope of getting compensation in Michigan. Our state allows motorcyclists to claim pain and suffering regardless of whether their motorcycle is insured, but the injured motorcyclist must still prove that the other person was at least 50% at fault for causing the crash.
However, if a motorcycle owner does not maintain insurance on his or her motorcylce, the owner cannot make a claim for Michigan no-fault benefits when a motor vehicle is involved in the accident.
If the owner does have insurance on the motorcycle, and a motor vehicle was involved in the accident, the owner or motorcycle passenger can make a claim for no-fault benefits, just like the operator or passenger in a car or truck.
For these reasons, it highly recommended you carry liability insurance on your motorcycle and make sure the policy is up to date and paid before hitting the road.
Drunk driving is a persistent and dangerous problem in Flint, as it is across the United States. If you have the misfortune of being hit by a drunk driver, you can demand money damages for your losses.
In almost all situations, by state law someone who is injured by a drunk driver is entitled to Michigan no-fault benefits and compensation for pain and suffering. Our Flint drunk driving injury attorneys can help you understand the process, help you obtain justice and compensation, and get your bills from the accident paid so you can move forward.
Michigan’s Dram Shop Statute allows victims of drunk driving to sue providers of alcohol. This can apply to a store, bar, a private citizen serving alcohol at a party, and others who may serve/sell alcohol to visibly intoxicated people. These are complex cases, so please contact an attorney with experience handling dram shop liability cases.
Bike accidents are increasing in frequency and becoming more costly as they occur on roadways throughout Genesee County and the state of Michigan. No longer is the average bike accident victim a child. People of all ages are injured in severe bike accidents involving trucks, vans, cars, and other vehicles.
Our Flint bike accident team of lawyers are experts who have represented bicycle accident victims for decades. If you or a loved one was in a car crash involving a bicycle, or if you are a bicyclist severely injured due to a negligent driver, we will fight to ensure you receive the money compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
When cyclists are injured in traffic accidents, they often claim high compensation due to severe injuries. These accidents tend to involve injuries like skull fractures, closed head injury, back injuries, neck injuries, herniated discs, torn ligaments or tendons, broken bones and road rash.
Here in Flint, a pedestrian hit by a vehicle has a greater chance of being severely injured. Pedestrians are often left with life-changing injuries like brain damage, spinal cord damage, back injuries, crushed pelvises, and broken legs. Recovery can take months or more.
At the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, we take pedestrian accidents very seriously and will work to get you the full and fair compensation you’ll need to rest and recover. We can help you understand Michigan’s complex laws for pedestrian and auto accidents and put together the evidence you need to hold a negligent driver responsible.
Sources of evidence in a pedestrian accident can include medical records, medical bills, the police report, photos of the accident scene, photos of the vehicle damage, videos from nearby businesses, footage from traffic cameras and security devices, witnesses, the testimony of law enforcement and expert testimony.
Michigan’s no-fault law applies to pedestrians. This means they can collect compensation after being injured because the lack of car insurance doesn’t preclude them from being entitled to benefits. So long as a truck or car was involved in causing the crash, a pedestrian can still get benefits. This is true even if the pedestrian was at-fault for causing the accident.
A pedestrian can request compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and other damages from the insurance company or individual responsible for paying the claim. If the driver of the vehicle was at-fault, a pedestrian can also make a claim for pain and suffering, emotional distress and other “non-economic” damages.
Flint’s streets also now include drivers for Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing companies. When these drivers hurt other motorists, they can be held accountable – but the ride share companies are famous for trying to deflect the blame and avoid paying injured victims.
You’ll need a Flint lawyer who has extensive experience going up against ride sharing companies, their insurance companies, and the irresponsible drivers who cause victims so much expense and pain. We have a history of success for our clients in these accidents.
The amount of money an injured person can obtain following an Uber or Lyft car accident in Flint depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the injuries and how the crash occurred. The insurance coverage available is also important.
Under the Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Network Company Act, an Uber or Lyft driver who is logged on to the transportation network company’s digital network and is available to receive a transportation request, but is not engaged in a ride, must maintain a minimum of $50,000 in liability coverage for that time period. However, when the Uber or Lyft driver is engaged in a ride, that operator must maintain a least $1,000,000 in liability coverage.
Other Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Flint
Did you slip, trip, and fall on someone else’s property here in Flint, Michigan? Talk to your lawyer about the conditions present at the time of your injury and who may be responsible. We can help you place the blame where it belongs and obtain compensation for your injuries.
Most slip and fall cases involve negligence, where the injured person sues the premises owner for creating unsafe conditions or allowing it to persist and lead to injury. In Michigan, property owners, including homeowners, landlords, and building owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to protect against harming people on their property.
To hold a building owner liable for negligence, they must have had actual or constructive notice of the danger. This means the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition before the incident took place. It’s vital to establish that notice was given, and it can make the difference between getting compensation or a judge dismissing your case.
Here at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm, we represent a wide variety of dog bite victims, including parents, children, senior citizens, utility workers, delivery workers, and more. A dog attack is emotionally traumatic and can have long-lasting psychological consequences, especially for children.
There are various ways to handle dog bite claims in Flint. The most prevalent claim is a violation of the Michigan dog bite statute, MCL 287.351. Under this rule, so long as the dog bite victim did not provoke the attack, a dog owner is strictly liable for all damages the dog caused. This includes the payment of medical expenses, lost wages, scarring, surgery as well as pain and suffering.
Another type of dog bite claim is a standard negligence action against the dog owner for failing to keep his or her dog under control in a reasonable manner. Dog bite claims are typically paid by homeowners’ insurance companies. We’ve helped clients recover millions for medical bills, puncture wounds, scarring, nerve damage, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
Winning a dog bite case entails collecting evidence to prove your case. The Genesee County Animal Control will take a report following a vicious attack. This report should include the name and address of the dog owner and vicitm, as well as description of how the attack occurred and where it occurred. In addition, a police report may also be filed by a dog bite victim. These pieces of information are very important in obtaining compensation from the insurance company.
Medical malpractice is widely misunderstood and is much more common than most people realize. It’s the main reason hospitals and practitioners carry large insurance policies. Even skilled, experienced healthcare professionals sometimes make mistakes that impact patients’ lives and health.
When you’re injured due to medical malpractice in Flint, you may be dealing with pain, physical disability, limited mobility, stress, and expensive medical bills. Your home and work life could be disrupted forever. Contact a lawyer to start a medical malpractice claim for the resources you need.
Michigan has a medical malpractice damages cap that limits the amount you can be awarded in a medical malpractice case. The standard cap is currently $476,000 for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. For cases that involve significant, long-lasting harm to the patient, like permanent organ damage or permanent cognitive impairment, the cap expands to $851,000.
However, there is no cap on economic damages like medical expenses and lost wages.
What is Medical Malpractice in Michigan?
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient sustains an injury due to an improper action, or failure to act, by a member of the medical profession. When a doctor fails to meet the standard of care for the profession, or the level of professional medical that is relevant for a specific medication situation, then that doctor can be held civilly responsible for the injuries that are caused.
There are multiple examples of medical malpractice. Some of the most common examples include:
- Missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis;
- Surgical errors;
- Childbirth injuries – oxygen deprivation, shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injuries;
- Cerebral palsy;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Medication mistakes.
Although there are exceptions, in general the statute of limitations for a Flint medical malpractice case is two years. This means the malpractice victim has two years from the date of the malpractice to file a lawsuit against the correct defendants or the victim forever loses his or her right to recover compensation for their injuries.
You may be surprised to discover how difficult it is to claim SSD or SSI successfully and receive the payment you need to survive. Social security disability claims are quite complex, so it is important to get good legal help when applying for disability benefits. You’ll lose your chance to receive disability if you handle it incorrectly.
A social security lawyer understands the complexities of the process and can guide you through applying for and receiving disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides Social Security disability (SSD) benefits to qualified individuals who are considered disabled by the federal government.
For someone who qualifies under the legal definition of disabled, certain family members may qualify for disability family benefits. This may include the spouse, divorced spouse, children, and an adult child who is disabled, up to age 22.
Were you injured while working for your employer in Flint? You may be able to receive workers’ compensation under the Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation law. Employees are entitled to certain benefits from their employers for most work-related injuries.
This could be your best option because workers’ compensation is usually the exclusive remedy for a worker against an employer for an injury or disease that arises as a result of their employment. If you miss out on workers’ compensation, you may lose your ability to have your medical bills and other costs paid by your employer.
In Flint, How Much Must the Work Injury Contribute?
If you’re unable to work at all, you would most likely receive 80% of your pre-injury wages using a formula that involves the 52 weeks before you were injured. If you can work at partial capacity you may receive a lower amount that is calculated as 80% of the difference between pre-injury and post-injury wages. Please ask a Flint workers’ compensation lawyer if you need additional clarification on this topic because it can be quite confusing.
Tenants injured due to the negligence of their landlord or property manager in Flint have a special type of case. Tenants receive special protections according to Michigan law.
Under MCL 554.139, a landlord has a duty to keep the premises – such as the apartment complex or home – in reasonable repair. The landlord also has a duty to keep the premises and all common areas fit for their intended use. If a landlord breaches this duty, then the tenant can file a lawsuit against the landlord or the property management company for their injuries.
Most tenant injuries that occur due to landlord negligence occur in areas of the home that often ignored and thus not properly maintained. Common tenant injuries include a handrail giving way, broken steps, broken porch, a cracked floor or walkway, or water damage resulting in ceiling collapse or building collapse.
Landlord-tenant injury cases often involve challenging battles with management companies and building owners. You, as the tenant or injured party, must prove the landlord was negligent in maintaining the building and this negligence caused the injuries. Seek the help of an experienced landlord negligence injury lawyer in the Flint area.
Although it’s unbearable to think of a loved one suffering neglect or abuse at the hands of nursing home workers, it happens often. You can take action to protect yourself or a loved one who is experiencing nursing home injuries or neglect.
Nursing home abuse and injury laws are constantly changing here in Michigan. You’ll need a knowledgeable Flint nursing home abuse lawyer who will fight to protect your family’s rights and can handle the massive load of paperwork these cases involve, including interactions with government agencies and medical experts in Flint.
Common nursing home injury cases involve pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers, bedsores, falls, bed falls, medication overdose or improper medication, and wandering injuries.
A case for neglect or abuse in a nursing home must relate to the care the nursing home provided. If the person had a pre-existing condition, the total settlement value could be reduced by the amount of the impact the pre-existing condition had. However, a pre-existing condition doesn’t negate the ability to pursue compensation for nursing home neglect or abuse.
Did your child suffer at the hands of a medical professional at birth? Sometimes the joyous event of birth is marred by a medical mistake. Doctors, nurses, birthing coaches, and many other healthcare workers create serious medical challenges for mothers and babies when they make preventable errors.
Don’t wait to seek compensation. You and your baby could be facing a lifetime of health problems or even permanent disability. This situation could shake up your entire world and you deserve resources that will allow you and your child to move forward.
When one person’s negligence leads to another person’s death, it may be a wrongful death case. Here in Flint, these cases involve a wide variety of situations like car crashes, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, drunk driving, product liability, motorcycle accidents, fires, explosions, and job-related deaths.
You should know that a wrongful death claim is a special type of claim that involves very specific duties and deadlines. This is why it’s so important to have the assistance of an experienced Flint wrongful death lawyer who has a thorough knowledge of these claims.
In Flint, Who Gets Shares of a Wrongful Death Settlement?
It’s hard to say in advance who will be awarded a monetary amount in a wrongful death case. In the state of Michigan, wrongful death suits are limited to certain people, including the deceased’s spouse, parents, children, grandparents, siblings, and children. People who are specifically named in a will, including non-family members, are sometimes eligible too.
Generally speaking, the Personal Representative of the Estate and family members decide the distribution and a judge approves it. When the family can’t agree, the judge can hold a hearing and then rule on a distribution.
Ask Lee Free
If you need more information about any of the following questions, we encourage you to contact our office immediately for a free consultation to discuss your concerns and legal options.
- Should I file a lawsuit?
- What is the value of my case?
- Will I have to go court?
- What things should I avoid doing when I am involved in a lawsuit?
- What is the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit?
- What damages can be recovered in a claim?
- What will my settlement cover?
In the meantime, please visit our FAQ for Personal Injury Questions to see the answers to the questions above and much more.
Compensation You Deserve
The party that caused your injuries should be the one who is held financially accountable for all of your damages. It’s as simple as that. However, insurance companies rarely let things stay that simple. Instead, they will work to delay and then deny your claim, sometimes even skirting the edge of what is legally permitted.
Our personal injury attorneys don’t stand for such treatment by the insurance companies. If you deserve $1 million in damages, then $1 million in damages is what we will be fighting for when acting as your legal representatives. We don’t slow down or stop until we achieve the optimal case result for you, which is how we’re able to say we’ve won 99% of our cases.
In your personal injury claim, you may be able to seek damages for the following and more:
- Emergency medical treatments
- Past medical bills and future medical bills
- Lifelong rehabilitative therapy
- Lost or reduced wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lasting emotional scarring and physical scarring
Emergency Services and Local Contact Information for Flint
Flint Fire Department 310 E. 5th St. Flint, MI 48502 (810) 762-7336
Flint Police Department 210 E. 5th St. Flint, MI 48502 (810) 237-6800
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office 1002 S. Saginaw Flint, MI 48502 (810) 257-3407
Michigan State Police 333 S. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48909-0634 (517) 332-2521
McLaren Regional Medical Center 401 S. Ballenger Hwy. Flint, MI 48532 (810) 342-2000
Hurley Medical Center 1 Hurley Plaza Flint, MI 48503 (810) 257-9000
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The Lee Steinberg Law Firm in Flint
Our nearest office is located at 717 S Grand Traverse St., Suite 2, Flint, MI 48502
Over the past 40 years, The Lee Steinberg Law Firm has helped thousands of people win settlements and verdicts whose lives have been affected by Michigan car and truck accidents, Michigan motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice cases, Michigan slip and fall accidents and other personal injuries cases. The experience we bring to each case allows us to assist our clients with the highest level of expertise.
For Flint car accident cases, Michigan is a “no-fault” state, which essentially means that almost all parties in an accident are eligible for benefits from their insurance companies, regardless of who was at fault.
Our attorneys will take care of everything, leaving you and your family to the most important job – recovering and getting your lives back on track. Having an experienced Michigan car, truck, and motorcycle attorney behind you can make all the difference. And remember, there are no fees until you win or settle your case. We don’t get paid unless you do.
Flint Auto Accident Cases
Flint Car Accident Case
A client from Flint was in a single car crash on University Avenue, just shy of the intersection with Nolen Drive. The crash occurred at night in Genesee County, near the Flint River. There were two people in the car, and our client was in the front passenger seat.
The driver was traveling east at a high rate of speed when it passed an unknown vehicle at the curve in the road. The driver lost control of the vehicle and went over the right curb, hitting a metal fence and a utility pole. The passenger, our client, was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The driver was cited for reckless driving.
Due to the extent of her injuries, the passenger reached out to the Flint injury attorneys at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm. We worked with her and helped navigate a complex legal situation with multiple insurance companies. Our Flint attorney team with decades of years of experience was able to win her a great settlement.
With an office in Flint, the attorneys at the Lee Steinberg Law Firm have handled numerous accident and injury cases in the city. As part of the community, the Lee Free blog writes often on stories that directly affect Flint residents.
We have an office right in downtown Flint. It’s not far, actually, from the courthouse in Flint. And we handle car accident cases in Flint, slip and fall cases, construction accidents, social security cases, general negligence cases as well in Flint and in Gennessee County. At that location, we meet with clients, answer their questions, update them on the progress of their case. Gennessee County is an area that has been beaten down a lot over the years, but we are forever grateful for the clients we have there. It’s great people. It’s an area that has a lot of can-do motivation, especially with everything going on with Flint.