Were you or a loved one injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, calling a Ypsilanti car accident and personal injury lawyer as soon as possible is crucial.
When your injuries were the result of another person’s negligence, you can request damages with the help of a skilled attorney at Buckfire Law.
You Can Count on Buckfire Law
In the more than 50 years since Buckfire Law was founded in 1969, we have helped thousands of accident victims seek justice and damages for their injuries.
Over the years, we’ve received industry-wide recognition for our case results and our dedication to our clients’ needs. Here are just a few of the awards we’ve been given:
- The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- U.S. News Best Law Firms
- Multi-Million Dollars Advocates Forum
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Best Attorneys in America
- Top Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer
Our nearest office to Ypsilanti is in downtown Ann Arbor at 343 S. Main Street, #206. We are conveniently located just a few blocks away from the Washtenaw County Circuit Court, which is where we file many of the accident cases we help our clients pursue.
Legal Help After a Car Accident in Ypsilanti
Our legal team can guide you through filing suit after any kind of motor vehicle accident in Ypsilanti, including:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
Any of these incidents could happen just about anywhere in Ypsilanti. However, some of the major roadways and highways where crashes are particularly common include:
- US 12
- US 23
- US 12
According to data gathered by the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the most dangerous intersections in Ypsilanti are:
|1. Hewitt Rd at Washtenaw Ave||37||11|
|2. Michigan Ave at N Huron St||35||3|
|3. Hamilton St at W Michigan Ave||25||5|
|4. Harriet St at S Hamilton St||21||0|
|5. Huron St at Harriet St||16||2|
|6. Huron River Dr at Oakwood St||15||2|
|7. 1st Ave at W Michigan Ave||13||3|
|8. Huron St at I 94/Hamilton Ramp||13||3|
|9. Hamilton St at W Cross St||12||3|
|10. Oakwood St at Washtenaw Ave||12||2|
A car accident lawyer in Ypsilanti can help to gather evidence, answer your questions, and request compensation after a crash.
Recovering Damages After a Bus Accident
Given its proximity to Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti has plenty of public transit options for residents and visitors alike.
Fixed-route service is provided through TheRide, offering routes between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti as well throughout the Eastern Michigan University campus. Greyhound, Megabus, and other private companies also provide service to the area.
Unfortunately, with all these different buses on the road at once, there is a higher risk of traffic accidents involving them. Especially given the high foot traffic around EMU, injuries to bus passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers is a significant concern.
If you were struck by a common carrier or injured in an accident involving one, a Ypsilanti bus accident lawyer from Buckfire Law can review your legal options with you and potentially help you seek compensation.
Medical Malpractice Claims in Ypsilanti
Both Forest Health Medical Center and Select Specialty Hospital provide quality care to patients under most circumstances, as do the various other clinics and healthcare facilities in the Ypsilanti area.
However, mistakes can occur that have devastating outcomes for patients. When a healthcare provider fails to meet their applicable standard of care and causes a serious or fatal injury to a patient as a result, civil litigation may be possible.
Common grounds for medical malpractice lawsuits include incorrect readings of test and scan results, errors during surgical procedures, and misdiagnosis of or failure to diagnose dangerous conditions like strokes.
Our team of skilled medical malpractice lawyers in Ypsilanti can work with qualified medical experts to review your records and determine if you have a case. If so, we can help you seek full and fair compensation for your losses.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits
Several quality nursing homes and assisted living facilities operate in Ypsilanti, including:
- The Gilbert Residence
- Villa at Parkridge
- Global Home Healthcare
- Community Alliance
- Home Sweet Home Care
Unfortunately, not every nursing home resident receives the attention and support they deserve. If your family member suffered any kind of abuse or neglect in a care facility, our Ypsilanti nursing home abuse lawyers can help you seek restitution for medical bills, physical pain, emotional suffering, and more.
If the need arises, we can alternatively help you and your family pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if you lose a loved one due to nursing home neglect or abuse.
Filing a Claim After a Dog Bite
Michigan state law holds dog owners strictly liable for injuries their pet causes. The only exceptions to strict liability for dog bites are if the dog was provoked into attacking someone else, or if the bitten person was trespassing on the dog owner’s property.
Dozens of dog attacks occur every year in Ypsilanti and nearby Ann Arbor, many of which result in severe injuries. Unfortunately, minors are particularly susceptible to life-altering harm from dog bites and attacks.
Children who are bitten by dogs may need significant medical intervention and potentially plastic scarring to address permanent scars on the face and hands.
If you or your child were injured by someone else’s pet, our dog bite lawyers in Ypsilanti can help you seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and permanent disfigurement.
Dog Regulations Specific to Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti Code of Ordinances §14-1 specifically prohibits Ypsilanti residents from owning any breed of pit bull terrier, or any other breed of dog that matches most of the characteristics of a pit bull terrier.
It is also unlawful for anyone in Ypsilanti to possess a dog defined as a “nuisance.” Code §14-27 defines a nuisance as a dog that does any of the following:
- Defecates on public or private property, and its owner fails to clean up after it
- Frequently barks, howls, or makes unreasonable noise
- Chases or snaps at bicyclists, vehicles, or pedestrians
- Attacks or bites another person, with some exceptions
- Attacks or bites a domesticated animal that is under its owner’s control
- Places another person in reasonable fear of attack by charging at them
- Barks or growls at passersby without being property restrained from reaching them
- Causes an odor severe enough to reach another person’s property
It is likewise unlawful for any dog to be allowed to run at large, to tether a dog to any stationary object with a lead less than three times the dog’s body length, or fail to report a dog bite. A violation of any of these provisions is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and up to 90 days in jail.
What Damages Can I Recover After an Accident?
With the help of a car accident and personal injury lawyer in Ypsilanti, an injured victim can seek financial compensation for a number of damages. Depending on the case, these can include:
- Lost wages and income
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Medical devices
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of career
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
Deadlines for Filing an Injury Claim
It is important to understand how long you have to file an injury claim in Ypsilanti.
Under state law, most types of civil lawsuits (including those related to car crashes, property liability, and dog bites) have a three-year filing deadline.
However, this is not true for all injury claims. Nursing home abuse and medical negligence claims must be filed within two.
Our experienced lawyers can help you understand and meet the applicable deadlines.
Buckfire Law Has the Experience You Need
Along with car wreck and medical negligence cases, the Buckfire Law legal team also handles cases stemming from:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
- Water-related incidents, including boat accidents and swimming pool accidents
- Sexual assault cases, against minors or adults
- Accidents during athletic activities, including hunting and horseback riding
- Injuries from hazing by sports teams, sororities, or fraternities
- Defective product claims for everything from automobiles to children’s toys
- Premises liability, including slip and falls
- Wrongful death claims for accidents that prove fatal
No matter the circumstances of your case, our Ypsilanti attorneys can help to assess your legal rights and help you request compensation.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in Ypsilanti?
The short answer to that question is “yes.” Especially if you or a family member suffered a serious injury. Trying to settle your case without professional legal guidance is rarely a good idea, even if you do so with extreme caution.
The biggest risk unrepresented plaintiffs take comes in their interactions with insurance adjusters, who are trained to trick you into inadvertently harming your case with seemingly innocuous statements. Unfortunately, the wrong word said to the wrong person could end up permanently damaging your case.
Make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer before accepting any settlement offer or signing anything about your car accident or other personal injury case in Ypsilanti. Mistakes with your signature attached to them can be permanent, leaving you with no recourse for the larger amount of settlement money you might end up really needing.
Hire a Ypsilanti Car Accident & Personal Injury Attorney for Help
If you were injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you can seek justice with the help of a Ypsilanti car accident and personal injury lawyer.
The legal process is complex, so it’s important to work with an experienced attorney.
At Buckfire Law, we can help you with each step. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today.
Information About Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti, or “Ypsi” for short is a city in Washtenaw County, Michigan with a population of 21,018. Ypsilanti is home to Eastern Michigan University, and is bypassed by major highway I-94.
Some of the largest employers of Ypsilanti residents are:
- Eastern Michigan University
- Ypsilanti Public Schools
- Lincoln Consolidated Schools
- Cogitate Incorporated
- Potter Architectural Services
- McVey Enterprises
- United Parcel Service Customer Center
- Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
Ypsilanti Legal Resources
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Detroit, MI 48226
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Detroit, MI 48226
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