For more than 50 years, the personal injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. have represented clients in all types of cases in the Flint area. Our award-winning lawyers have recovered substantial settlements for victims of a car accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall, and any other type of personal injury.
When someone else’s negligent, careless, or reckless behavior causes you to suffer injuries, Michigan law allows you to hold them responsible for the damages they caused.
At Buckfire Law, we have the experience, knowledge, and skill to win your case, and we will go wherever you are to meet you and to get started on your case immediately.
We settle more than 97% of our cases for the maximum amount of compensation before ever going to court. We will do the same for you.
Contact our award-winning law firm and speak with an experienced Flint accident lawyer about your case today.
Types Of Flint Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our top-rated Flint lawyers represent victims in all types of personal injury cases, including:
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Lead poisoning
- Birth injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Sexual assault
- Slip and fall
- Dog bite attacks
- Wrongful death
If an injury caused by another results in death, family members may also be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim under Mich. Comp. Laws §600.2922. Wrongful death lawsuits allow family members to recover compensation for the loss of a loved one.
Do I Need A Flint Car Accident Attorney?
Traffic collisions are one of Michigan’s leading causes of death each year, and Flint is no exception. Throughout Genesee County, motorists suffer serious and even fatal injuries from automobile accidents.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you need a skilled car accident lawyer on your side. Our law firm will help you recover your lost wages, medical bills paid, and other No-Fault insurance benefits. We will also hep you win a great settlement to compensate for your pain and suffering and emotional distress.
We will assist you after any type of motor vehicle accident, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
Serious auto accidents occur in Flint on both city streets and on major highways. The major highways include:
- US 23
At Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., we represent people who have been injured or who have lost loved ones because of the negligent driving of others. Above all, we represent our clients with the highest degree of skill, integrity and compassion.
Since 1969, we’ve witnessed the devastating effects caused by careless and distracted drivers, and the physical and emotional stress that an accident can take on both you and your loved ones.
What Are The Most Dangerous Intersections In Flint?
Michigan drivers traveled a record number of miles last year, according to the most recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Along with that rise in driving came a bump in crash deaths and a 20-year high for pedestrian fatalities.
According to the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the following 10 intersections were the most dangerous in Flint in 2017 in terms of total number of crashes and injuries reported:
|1. Cesar Chavez Dr. at Robert T. Longway Blvd. N||49||28|
|2. Corunna Rd. at S. Ballenger Hwy.||33||8|
|3. Court St. at S. Dort Hwy.||25||8|
|4. Cesar Chavez Dr. at E. Court St.||21||14|
|5. Beecher Rd. at S. Ballenger Hwy.||20||4|
|6. Grand Traverse St. at W. 5th Ave.||19||13|
|7. Lippincott Blvd. at S. Dort Hwy.||19||9|
|8. Davison Rd. at N. Dort Hwy.||18||11|
|9. Van Slyke Rd. at W. Bristol Rd.||18||9|
|10. Lapeer Rd. at S. Dort Hwy.||17||13|
A serious car accident quickly result in tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income. Serious injuries require the skill and experience of serious attorneys. We can help.
Can I File A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit In Flint?
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 include 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 due to medical malpractice.
In addition to numerous clinics and doctors’ offices in the city, there are several major hospitals in the Flint area. For example:
- McLaren Flint
- Main Campus & Level 1 Trauma Center
- Mott Children’s Health Center
Victims of medical malpractice have the right to sue a doctor, hospital, or clinic for their losses. 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 the maximum compensation for the harm caused by medical negligence.
Flint Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Lawsuits
Flint is home to several skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, including:
- Willowbrook Manor Skilled Nursing Home in Michigan
- Heartland Health Care Center-Briarwood
- Heritage Manor Healthcare Center
- Kith Haven
- Sugarbush House
- Woodkrest House
- Beecher Circle House
- Calkins House
- Sugarbush Manor
You put your full faith and trust into the nursing home when your family member moved into the facility. When that trust was violated, you felt betrayed.
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 mistakes
- Wandering away from the facility
We also file cases against assisted living facilities and Adult Foster Care (AFC) Homes. These case are brought for residents who are harmed due to poor conditions, neglectful care, and poor supervision. We regularly win among the top nursing home settlements in Michigan every year.
Can I Sue If I Was Bitten By A Dog?
Under Michigan law, a person injured by an attacking dog has 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 the city of Flint, if a dog attacks a person, it is in violation of the local ordinance.
According to the city ordinance (Sec. 6.14-4), it’s unlawful for any owner to permit a domestic animal to run at large. Any dog found to be in violation of the article, is subject to immediate seizure and impoundment. A fine up to $500.00 plus costs shall be paid by a defendant who is found responsible for each such violation.
According to the article, “Violators shall also be subject to sanctions, remedies and procedures as set forth in article 6 of chapter 2 of this Code and Public Act No. 236 1961 (MCL 600.101 et seq.).”
If a violation occurs, it is considered evidence of negligence in a Michigan civil lawsuit for a dog bite or attack. These cases seem compensation for the victim’s physical and psychological injuries caused by the attack. Settlements also include payouts for medical bills and even future plastic surgery to repair scars.
Flint Dog Bite Statistics
In the city of Flint, a record-breaking 393 dog bites and attacks were reported and investigated in 2019, highlighting a 400% increase in bites since 2018, when only 78 attacks were reported.
|Year||Dog Bites & Attacks|
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.
Motorcycle, Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists occur less than car accidents in Michigan, but these types of crashes continue to increase in frequency year after year, and are more likely to cause serious injury or death.
The pie chart below shows the number of deaths for each age group for bicyclists in 2018. According to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, 1 out of 5 deaths happens to people under the age of 16, with a majority of deaths happening to adults in the 21-64 age range.
Age Group: % of Total Deaths
- 10 and under: 9.52%
- 11-15 9.52%
- 16-20 19.05%
- 21-64 47.62%
- 65 and older 14.23%
Oftentimes, an injured individual may be unable to work full-time or at all due to an accident, reducing income to the household.
Medical treatment is necessary, resulting in added medical bills, which may continue far into the future. Following an accident, services may be required to provide transportation, or to make temporary or permanent modifications to an accident victim’s home.
Our award-winning Flint personal injury attorneys will help pursue compensation for these injury-related bills. In addition, our team of personal injury attorneys will seek compensation for pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of enjoyment.
About the City of Flint
With a population of nearly 100,000, Flint is the seventh-largest city of Michigan, according to the 2010 census.
Located along the Flint River, Flint is a city with deep roots in the auto industry. At its peak in the 1970s when Flint’s population was roughly 190,000, General Motors employed 80,000 people in Flint alone before experiencing a major decline.
The leading employment sectors in Flint nowadays include: healthcare, educational services, manufacturing, construction, transportation equipment, accommodation and food services, and social assistance. The following is a list of Flint’s leading employers:
- General Motors
- Genesys Health System
- McLaren Medical Center
- Hurley Medical Center
- Genesee County
- City of Flint
- Citizens Bank
- Flint Community Schools
As the largest city and seat of Genesee County, Flint is a vital city within Mid-Michigan. Other cities, villages and municipalities in the vicinity include:
- Mount Morris
- Swartz Creek
- Grand Blanc
According to 2016 Census estimates, Flint is 53 percent African American. In addition, 45 percent of Flint’s residents live in poverty, and census data recently released showed that it is among the nation’s poorest cities.
Can I File A Flint Lead Poisoning Lawsuit?
The subject of several crises this past decade, Flint is largely recognized for its high crime rates and has repeatedly been ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States. The city was under a state of financial emergency from 2002–2004 and again from 2011–2015. More recently, Flint is most widely recognized nationwide for lead contamination in its local water supply.
Since 2014, the city has faced a major public health emergency due to contamination in the local water supply that has affected thousands of residents, as well as an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease due to tainted water. As a result, the contamination catastrophe was identified as the third-largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease recorded in U.S. history.
Our Flint lead poisoning lawyers have won the top settlements in Michigan over the last 20 years. Many cases have resulted in compensation to provide for the child over his or her lifetime, including a $390,000 settlement for a child who suffered lead poisoning from lead-based paint and dust hazards at a rental property in Flint.
Flint Lead Poisoning Statistics & Crisis Timeline
The harmful effects of lead exposure on children’s health are well-documented. They include cognitive deficiencies, increased antisocial behavior, lower educational attainment, and a host of problems affecting the brain, kidneys and liver.
Not all children in Michigan are tested for lead. Children who are enrolled in Medicaid are required to be tested at 12 and 24 months, or between 36 and 72 months if they have not been tested before then. Anyone else can be tested voluntarily, regardless of age. Testing tends to be concentrated in areas with a higher likelihood of exposure to lead poisoning, such as Flint.
In the year 2016, there were 157,892 children that tested positive for elevated blood lead levels in Michigan. That is a 20 percent increase from the previous year. In Flint, specifically, blood levels in children under the age of six were at 92.3 percent.
With so many negative effects, it is devastating for parents to watch as their children become sick from lead poisoning.
To better understand the events of this crisis, our lead poisoning lawyers have created the Flint Water Crisis Timeline Infographic. The timeline depicts the major events in chronological order, beginning from the change in the water supply until former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s appearance before a congressional committee in March 2016.
What Are The Time Deadlines For Personal Injury Cases?
The statute of limitations for filing lawsuits in Michigan is different for specific case types.
Most personal injury 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 Flint 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, if you miss the deadline, your case will be lost forever.
Which Court do I File a Flint Personal Injury Lawsuit?
For cases with damages of greater than $25,000, personal injury lawsuits are filed in Genesee County Circuit Court. When the damages that do not exceed $25,000, the case must be filed in 67th District Court. Litigants are entitled to a trial by jury in all courthouses.
Cases involving civil rights — including police brutality and certain employment law cases — can be filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
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