Suffering an injury from an accident can be a frightening experience. While some injuries may only be mild, others can be severe and lead to trauma, financial trouble, and personal losses.
If you were injured due to the reckless actions of another person, you should seek compensation with the help of a Waterford car accident and personal injury lawyer.
Working with Buckfire Law
For over 50 years, Buckfire Law has helped countless victims of negligence and personal injuries seek compensation for their losses.
Since our founding in 1969, we have represented each and every one of their clients with trademark integrity and skill. If you need help with your personal injury case, we can help you pursue the justice you deserve.
Our results speak for themselves. As a result of our hard work, we have received countless awards over the years. Some of the top industry awards Buckfire Law has been honored with include:
- Best Attorneys in America
- The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- The Best Lawyers in America
- U.S. News Best Law Firms
- Multi-Million Dollars Advocates Forum
- Top Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer
Why Retain a Personal Injury Attorney in Waterford?
Even if liability seems obvious after an accident, it is important to work with a skilled lawyer as soon as possible if you want to effectively seek compensation. While you are not legally required to retain an attorney for your case, you should think twice before pursing a claim alone.
There are many ways an unrepresented claimant can damage their case. For example, insurance adjusters have tactics to take advantage of anything you say to undervalue your claim – or deny you compensation.
It is critical to work with a lawyer in Waterford who has experience handling personal injury and car accident claims. Our attorneys can give you legal assistance and help you request the compensation you deserve.
We Can Help with Many Different Personal Injury Claims
Along with car crashes, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse, Buckfire Law can help with any number of personal injury claims. Our seasoned legal team focuses on many types of civil claims, including:
- Defective and dangerous consumer products, like automobiles and toys
- Premises liability, including slip and fall claims
- Sexual assaults suffered by adults or by minors
- Wrongful death lawsuits
- Catastrophic injuries to the brain or spinal cord
- Boat collisions, swimming pool accidents, and other water-related claims
- Sports-related accidents, including those stemming from horseback riding and hunting
- Injuries from hazing by fraternities, sororities, or sports organizations
If you’ve been injured in any type of accident in Waterford, call our lawyers today to get started on your claim.
Help with Car Accident Claims
Whether you are driving on a busy highway or a two-lane street, you are unfortunately always at risk of serious harm in an auto accident. Major roadways in the Waterford area include:
- M-59 (Huron Road)
- 22 Mile Road
- 23 Mile Road
- 53 Mile Road
- Encourse Road
According to data gathered by the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit shows the most dangerous intersections in Waterford:
|1. Dixie HWY at Telegraph Rd||55||18|
|2. Airport Rd at Highland Rd||54||14|
|3. Elizabeth Lake Rd at Highland Rd||53||21|
|4. Crescent Lake Rd at Highland Rd||53||18|
|5. Highland Rd at N Williams Lake Rd||50||8|
|6. Dixie HWY at W Walton Blvd||41||11|
|7. Highland Rd at Pontiac Lake Rd||39||13|
|8. Highland Rd at N Cass Lake Rd||36||16|
|9. Elizabeth Lake Rd at S Cass Lake Rd||32||9|
|10. Airport Rd at Williams Lake Rd||25||9|
A car accident or personal injury attorney in Waterford can assist you with any type of accident involving a motor vehicle, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Tractor-trailer and commercial truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
Filing a Bus Accident Lawsuit in Waterford
Aside from a couple stops on the 752 and 753 routes, SMART bus service is not available to most of Waterford Township. However, the Waterford Senior Center does allow shuttle service by appointment to Waterford residents who are either disabled or at least 60 years of age.
Whether you are on a public or private bus, traffic accidents involving these large vehicles can end up causing expensive losses. Unfortunately, those losses often impact not only bus passengers, but also other drivers, bicyclists, and even pedestrians.
If you or a family member were hurt in a crash involving a common carrier, a Waterford bus accident lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation.
Doctors Can Be Held Liable for Malpractice
For the most part, facilities like St. Joseph’s Mercy Lab Waterford, Henry Ford Medical Center – Waterford, and Honor Community Health provide high-quality care for every one of their patients. Unfortunately, malpractice can occur anywhere, especially in high-volume hospitals and clinics like these.
Some of the most common medical mistakes that lead to civil cases include misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, errors during surgery, and failure to property read scans and test results. Mistakes during childbirth and with medication prescriptions can also cause a great deal of harm.
If you believe you suffered harm as a result of reckless or careless medical treatment, get in touch with Buckfire Law as soon as possible. Our dedicated medical malpractice lawyers in Waterford can assist you with each step of your claim and help you request full and fair compensation.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Cases in Waterford
Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities call Waterford home, including:
- Lourdes Senior Community
- Ciena Healthcare
- Canterbury on the Lake
- Waterford Oaks Senior Care
- Clarkston Specialty Healthcare Center
- Waterford Senior Living at The Inn at Cass Lake
- Lockwood of Waterford
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for residents of facilities like these to suffer unconscionable neglect and/or abuse. If you believe your loved one was mistreated at any of these or other facilities, a nursing home abuse lawyer in Waterford can help you seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. If your loved one has suffered a premature death at a nursing home, Buckfire Law can help you file a wrongful death claim against the responsible facility.
Seeking Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
Michigan state law holds dog owners strictly liable for any harm their pet causes. This means that a dog bite victim does not have to prove negligence to recover compensation. The only possible exceptions to this rule are if the injured victim provoked the dog or were trespassing.
|Year||Total Dog Bites & Attacks|
|2019||17 (thru 11/14/2019)|
Bites from even small dogs can cause traumatic injuries and psychological trauma, as well as permanent scarring. Children are particularly susceptible to lifelong harm from dog attacks, and many require surgery to address permanent scarring on the limbs, hands, and face.
Our dog bite lawyers in Waterford has extensive experience fighting and winning lawsuits over dog bites. We can help you seek compensation for physical pain, emotional anguish, emergency medical expenses, costs for rehabilitative treatments, and more.
Rules and Regulations for Waterford Dog Owners
The Waterford Code of Ordinances expressly forbids Waterford residents from owning pit bulls, pit bull terriers, or any dog declared to be “dangerous.” Waterford ordinances define pit bulls and pit bull terriers based on the breed standards set by the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club. Possessing a pit bull or pit bull terrier in Waterford is classified as a civil infraction in Waterford Code of Ordinances §3-023.
An animal is considered “dangerous” if it bites or attacks a human being who was not provoking the dog, assaulting the dog’s owner, or trespassing, or if it causes serious or fatal injury to another dog while on its owner’s property.
Under §3-026, a first offense for possession of a dangerous animal is a civil infraction, and second and subsequent offenses are misdemeanors. Waterford residents found to illegally own prohibited dogs have the burden of proving in a court hearing that their dog should not be destroyed. Under §3-027, the animal control officer for the Township has the authority to order the animal’s destruction or to impose various requirements on the owner, both at the owner’s expense.
Recoverable Damages in Waterford
There are two main types of a recoverable damages that an injury victim can look to recover after an accident: economic and non-economic damages. Common economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and other injury-related costs. Non-economic damages, also known as pain and suffering, include emotional trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other associated losses.
A skilled Waterford lawyer from Buckfire Law can help you calculate the full extent of your losses to request fair compensation.
Filing Suit Within the Applicable Legal Deadline
Michigan state law sets strict limitations on the timeframe for filing a personal injury claim. In most situations, the deadline is three years.
However, cases based on medical malpractice and nursing home abuse or neglect must be filed within two years. Similarly, the statute of limitations for civil cases based on sexual assault is usually much longer than three years.
Seek the Services of a Waterford Personal Injury Attorney
Suffering a severe injury is always difficult. When another party’s carelessness or recklessness has led to your losses, you should not have to cover the resulting expenses alone.
A Waterford personal injury lawyer can help. From answering your questions and collecting evidence to filing a claim and requesting compensation, our attorneys can work to get you justice. To learn more, reach out to a legal professional to schedule a consultation.
Information About Waterford
Waterford Township is a charter township located in Oakland County, Michigan, with a population of 72,166. Waterford is the fifth largest Township in Michigan. Appropriately named, Waterford contains 34 different lakes. Oakland County International Airport is also located in Waterford Township.
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