An Ann Arbor personal injury lawyer should be your first call if you were injured in an accident or due to the someone else’s negligence.
You need an experienced attorney on your side to make sure that you get the justice you deserve. The key to winning great settlement is hiring the best lawyer.
Buckfire Law Will Help You
Buckfire Law was founded in 1969 and has helped thousands of injury victims for more than 50 years.
We represent our clients with the highest degree of skill and integrity. Let us achieve the same great results for you.
You don’t need to take our word for it. The top professional law organizations have recognized our accomplishments over the years. We’ve won the top awards in legal industry, including:
- U.S. News Best Law Firms
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Best Attorneys in America
- The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Top Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer
- Multi-Million Dollars Advocates Forum
We handle all types of personal injury cases and we have an office located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor.
The Ann Arbor office of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is located in the downtown area at 343. S. Main Street, #206 just above The Real Seafood Company restaurant. Parking is available on the street in front of the building, on a surface lot next to the building, or in the large parking structure just behind the building.
Our Ann Arbor office is located a few blocks from the Washtenaw County Circuit Court, where we file a large number of accident cases.
Do I Need an Ann Arbor Injury Lawyer?
If you or someone you care about suffered a serious injury, you do need a lawyer. While many people try to settle their own without an attorney, you should proceed that way with great caution.
Insurance adjusters are trained to get you to say things that will hurt your case. If you speak to an adjuster without a lawyer present, you may do permanent damage to your case.
Also, you should never sign anything without having it reviewed by an experienced lawyer. You may make a huge mistake that could cost you a lot of settlement money in the long run.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
- Fatal accidents leading to wrongful death lawsuits.
- Sexual assaults on both minors and adults.
- Premises liability, such as slip and falls and falling merchandise.
- Sports accidents, including hunting and horseback riding.
- Defective products, like toys and falling dressers.
- Water-related accidents, like swimming pools and boat accidents.
- Hazing lawsuits against fraternities, sororities, and sports teams.
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions and closed head injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries, such as paralysis, herniated discs, and spine fractures.
Our lawyers are friendly and eager to help you. We will listen to your story and then get started to get you the best result for your case.
Cases Involving Ann Arbor Auto Accidents
We will help you after any type of Ann Arbor motor vehicle accident, including:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving crashes
- Semi-truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Serious auto accidents occur in Ann Arbor on both city streets and on major highways. The major highways nearby include:
- US 23
- US 12 (Michigan Ave.)
- M-17 (Washtenaw Ave.)
- M-153 (Ford Rd.)
According to the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the following 10 intersections were the most dangerous in Ann Arbor in 2017 in terms of total number of crashes and injuries reported:
|Ann Arbor-Area Intersections||Crashes||Injuries|
|1. Huron Parkway at Washtenaw Ave.||41||3|
|2. Packard Street at Platt Road||38||9|
|3. Eisenhower Parkway at S. State St.||35||4|
|4. Jackson Ave. at S. Maple Road||34||3|
|5. Fuller Road at Maiden Lane||33||5|
|6. Hilton Blvd. at S. State St.||33||3|
|7. Hill St. at Washtenaw Ave.||31||11|
|8. Ellsworth Road at Platt Road||28||10|
|9. Platt Road at Washtenaw Ave.||26||9|
|10. Huron St. at S. Division St.||26||3|
Bus Accidents Cause Serious Injuries
Ann Arbor has excellent public transportation for the public and University of Michigan students.
Bus services are provided by TheRide through the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority. There are also university bus services as well as Greyhound, Megabus, and shuttles that provide airport service.
Unfortunately, buses accidents are all too frequent in the city. Victims include pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and even bus passengers.
With the large number of bikes and foot traffic through campus and the downtown area, the number of bus related injuries is a great concern.
The line graph below shows the total number of bus injury crashes in the United States from 2007-2017. From 2007-2012, there wasn’t a dramatic increase or decrease in total number of reported bus injuries from year to year. However, the data has been significantly more volatile and unpredictable in recent years.
What is Medical Malpractice in Ann Arbor?
The City of Ann Arbor is well known for the excellent medical care that it provides the community. The University of Michigan Hospital and health system treats thousands of patients every year. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and the VA Hospital are very busy as well.
Unfortunately, there are situations where medical care falls below accepted standards. When a patient is harmed or dies due to medical negligence, it can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. The most common types of medical errors include surgical errors, a misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition like cancer or a stroke, or the failure to properly read an MRI or CT scan.
Medication mistakes and errors that occur during the birth of a child cause serious harm and even death to a patient. A patient injured by a medical error can sue a doctor or hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you believe you were the victim of professional negligence, call us today.
Our top-rated medical malpractice lawyers will get your records and review them with our in-house team. If your case has merit, we will discuss it with our medical experts. If you have a qualifying case, we will file a lawsuit and demand a settlement to compensate you for your losses.
Ann Abor Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Cases
Ann Arbor has a large number of skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities, including:
- Heartland Health Care Center
- Glacier Hills
- Whitehall Healthcare Center
- Regency at Bluffs Park
- American House
- Hillside Terrace Senior Living
- Brookdale Ann Arbor
- Brookhaven Manor
Can You File a Lawsuit for Abuse in Nursing Homes?
If your loved one was neglected or abused at a nursing home or assisted living center, you can pursue legal recourse through a nursing home lawsuit. These cases demand pain and suffering compensation and payment of medical bills.
If a patient dies due to neglect, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Are My Legal Options After a Dog Bite in Ann Arbor?
Under Michigan law, a person bitten by a dog can sue for compensation. The dog owner or keeper is legally liable to the victim for the injuries resulting from the bite.
Child victims often suffer permanent scars, often on the face, that required medical treatment and even plastic surgery.
In the city of Ann Arbor, approximately 120 dog attacks and bites were reported and investigated from Jan. 1, 2019 through Nov. 20, 2019, according to data compiled by the Washtenaw County Office of the Sheriff.
|Year||Total Dog Bites & Attacks|
We regularly win great settlements in dog bite cases. Children are often the victims of canine attacks and are the most seriously injured.
Compensation includes payouts for pain and suffering, disfigurement, and medical expenses.
Rules & Regulations for Dog Ownership in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor has its own dog bite ordinance. According to the City of Ann Arbor, dogs must be secured by a leash held by the owner or the owner’s agent when walking, and dogs must be secured by a leash which is attached to a stationary object and attended by the owner or the owner’s agent when on premises or confined in a vehicle. Sidewalks and lawn extensions are public.
In addition, dogs should not be left tied outside stores and restaurants while the owners are inside. All animal control regulations (leash laws) also apply to parks.
According to Chapter 107, Section 9:47 of the Ann Arbor, Michigan – Code of Ordinances, the owner of any dog or other animal shall be guilty of a violation of the chapter if:
- The dog is at any time not under reasonable control.
- The animal causes a noise nuisance.
- The animal causes a sanitation nuisance.
- The dog is over 6 months old and is not currently licensed or is not wearing a license tag issued pursuant to this chapter.
- The dog (except leader dogs for the blind) discharges its feces on property other than that of its owner and the owner does not immediately remove such feces.
- The dog or dog-owner is in violation of any dog play area regulation.
- The animal is vicious.
- The dog is at a location other than as specified in a confinement order issued pursuant to this chapter.
- The animal has symptoms of rabies or has bitten or been bitten by another animal showing symptoms of rabies and the owner fails to notify an animal control officer of that fact.
- The owner fails to comply with all the terms of a confinement order.
- The dog has been impounded and disposed of or sold pursuant to section 9:49(4) and the owner acquires another dog within 1 year of said impoundment.
- The owner of a cat older than 6 months fails to have it at all times immunized against rabies.
- The owner fails to provide the animal with proper food, drink or shelter from the weather.
- The owner fails to provide the animal with medical attention necessary to prevent the animal from suffering.
- The owner confines or leaves the animal in a vehicle or other enclosure without adequate ventilation to prevent the animal from suffering.
- A dangerous dog, when kept out of doors, is not in a pen or kennel sufficient to restrain the dog and surrounded by a perimeter fence not sharing common fencing with the pen or kennel.
- The animal, other than a dog, is dangerous and is not kept indoors;(18)The person is convicted of owning a vicious dog and then acquires another dog within 2 years of the date of the conviction.
A copy of the city ordinances concerning animals can be obtained by contacting the city clerk’s office.
What is the Time Limit for Filing Civil Lawsuits in Ann Arbor?
There are strict time deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits in Ann Arbor and throughout Michigan.
Most accident cases have a three-year deadline filing a lawsuit. This includes motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls, dog bites, and all other general negligence cases. Cases involving medical malpractice and nursing home neglect have a two-year lawsuit filing time limit for sexual assaults, the law provides even a longer time to file a case.
There are only a few exceptions to these general rules. These include cases for wrongful death, injuries to a minor, and lawsuits based upon insurance contracts and no-fault laws.
To avoid missing an important deadline, call our award-winning attorneys today.
Contact our Ann Arbor Injury Lawyers Today
Contact us to see if you qualify for a settlement. We are friendly and eager to help you.
We will represent you under our contingent fee agreement. This means there are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement. And, we do not get paid our fee until you get your check.
Call us now to start case. We will begin working on your case immediately.
Information About the City of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, located in Washtenaw County, was founded in 1824. It is currently the 6th largest city in Michigan with over 113,000 residents and serves as the county seat of Washtenaw County.
Ann Arbor is also home to the historic University of Michigan, one of the foremost research universities in the United States.
The university employs nearly 30,000 people and is a driving force in the local economy, especially for technology companies and in the medical field.
The following is a list of Ann Arbor’s leading employers:
- University of Michigan
- University of Michigan Medical Center
- Trinity Health
- Ann Arbor Public Schools
- Thomson Reuters
- Washtenaw Community College
- Washtenaw County
- Veterans Administration Medical Center
Ann Arbor Area Legal Resources
As a resource for our Ann Arbor personal injury clients, we are providing you with a list of important contacts for accidents and injuries in Ann Arbor.
- Ann Arbor Police Department
- Request a Police Record
- Ann Arbor Fire Department
- Request Fire Report Records
- University of Michigan Hospital
- Request Medical Records
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
- Request Medical Records
- Ann Arbor Animal Control Department
- View Dog Bite Reports
- Washtenaw County Medical Examiner
- Request Autopsy Reports
- Washtenaw County Health Department
- Report a Public Health Concern
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Bob was responsive to my calls and text messages and kept me informed during the entire case. I would highly recommend Bob and Buckfire & Buckfire to my friends and family.
Hiring Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. was the best decision I could have made for my Michigan motorcycle accident case.
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