Our top-rated Battle Creek lawyers represent victims in all types of personal injury cases. Since 1969, the Buckfire Law Firm has achieved extraordinary results for our clients. We regularly win among the highest compensation awards in Michigan every year.
Choosing the best attorney for your case is the most important decision you will make. It is the difference between winning a great settlement or none at all. Get help by calling our experienced law firm today. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our law firm handles all types of accident and injury cases in the Battle Creek area. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, dog bite attacks, and wrongful death cases. Call our experienced attorneys to find the best attorneys near you.
Attorneys Who Specialize in Auto Accidents
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you need a skilled attorney to help you recover your lost wages, get your medical bills paid, and win you compensation for your pain and suffering and emotional distress. We can assist you after any type of motor vehicle accident, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Serious accidents occur in Battle Creek on both city streets and on major highways. The major highways include I-94, M-37, M-66, M-89, and M-96. Crashes on the highways usually involve vehicles travelling at high speeds and result in serious injury and often death.
Car Accident Statistics
Statistics show there were three fatal car accidents in Battle Creek in 2017. This figure was down from seven deaths in 2016. These are below the average fatal accident count in Michigan. Fatal accidents resulted from drunk driving and high-speed crashes at intersections and on highways.
In Calhoun County, there were 4,224 motor vehicle crashes in 2017. These resulted in 17 deaths. Other victims suffered serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage.
Amtrak has a Battle Creek Station and railroad trains travel through the city on a daily basis carrying travelers and cargo. Serious injuries occur in train crashes and accidents involving cars on train tracks.
Battle Creek Cases for Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or medical provider makes a mistake that harms a patient. Also referred to as medical negligence lawsuits, these cases demand compensation for patients and their families for injuries caused by these errors.
Common medical errors included botched surgeries, misdiagnosis of a condition, the failure to treat an illness, and medication mistakes. Patients often require lengthy hospitalizations, additional surgeries, and even die to medical malpractice.
In addition to numerous clinics and doctors’ offices in the City, there are several major hospitals in the area. These include Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Ascension Borgess Hospital, Bronson Methodist Hospital, and Battle Creek VA Medical Center.
Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will get all of your records and review them. If you have a case, we will file a lawsuit for you demanding compensation for the harm caused by medical negligence.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuits
Battle Creek is home to several skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, including:
- Heartland Health Care Center
- Evergreen Manor Senior Care Center
- Laurels of Bedford
- Advantage Living Center
- NorthPointe Woods
- Bickford of Battle Creek
- The Legacy at the Oaks
- Lakeview Assisted Living
You put your full faith and trust into the nursing home when your family member moved into the facility. If your loved one suffered harm due to neglect or abuse, you can file a nursing home neglect lawsuit. The most common injuries include bed sores, falls resulting in fractured bones, choking on food, medication errors, and wandering away from the facility.
Cases for Dog Bite Attacks
Under Michigan law, a person injured by an attacking dog does have the legal right to be compensated for the harm suffered in the attack. The owner or keeper of the dog is liable to the victim for the injuries resulting from the bite, which can include permanent scars, nerve damage, and even broken bones.
In addition to state liability laws, the county has its own dog bite ordinance. In Calhoun County, if a dog attacks a person it is in violation of the local ordinance. The ordinance defines an attack as: “the intent to cause injury or otherwise forcefully endanger the safety of people or other animals.” If a violation occurs, it is considered evidence of carelessness in a Michigan civil lawsuit for a dog bite or attack.
Our law firm has won substantial settlements for victims of dog bite attacks. We can help you pursue compensation if you were bitten, knocked down, or attacked by a vicious dog.
About the City of Battle Creek
Battle Creek has a population around 50,000 people and is located in Calhoun County. It is considered to be a part of Western Michigan, but many consider it to be in Southern Michigan. It is the well-known home of Kellogg and the cereal maker is the city’s largest employer with 2,500 workers. Other major employers are Kraft Foods (Post Division), Denso, and the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center.
There are several colleges in Battle Creek. This includes Kellogg Community College and branches of several universities, including Western Michigan University, Spring Arbor University, and Central Michigan University. The city has an excellent public school system.
Other cities and municipalities in the vicinity include Albion, Marshall, Burlington, Clarendon, Emmett Charter Township, Homer Township, Leroy Township, Newton Township, Pennfield Charter Township, Sheridan Township, Springfield, and Tekonsha. All are located in Calhoun County.
Time Deadlines for Personal Injury Cases
The statute of limitations for filing lawsuits in Michigan is different for specific case types. Most accident cases have a three-year deadline for suing a negligent person or business. Cases involving medical malpractice and nursing home neglect have a two-year time limit for filing a lawsuit.
There are some exceptions to these general rules. These include cases for wrongful death, matters involving injuries to a minor, and lawsuits based upon insurance contracts and no-fault laws.
You should contact our attorneys immediately to determine how much time you have to file your case. You may qualify for an extension of time depending on your particular facts. However, f you miss the deadline your case will be lost forever.
Get Help from the Best Battle Creek Injury Lawyers
Our personal injury lawyers will listen to your story and explain how we can help you. We will gather all evidence needed to win you the highest possible settlement and assist you in filing all required insurance paperwork and court documents. We have a tremendous track record of success and can achieve excellent results for you as well.
We do not charge you any legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement. It costs nothing to start your case and we even pay all of the case expenses. Contact us today to start on your Battle Creek personal injury case. We will begin working for you immediately.
Battle Creek Resources
City of Battle Creek Police Department https://www.battlecreekmi.gov/247/Police-Department
City of Battle Creek Fire Department https://battlecreekmi.gov/202/Fire-Department
Battle Creek Animal Control https://battlecreekmi.gov/202/Fire-Department
Battle Creek District Court https://www.calhouncountymi.gov/government/district_court/
Calhoun County Medical Examiner: https://www.calhouncountymi.gov/government/health_department/medical_examiner/
Calhoun County Health Department https://www.calhouncountymi.gov/government/health_department/
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