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Grand Rapids MI Carnival Ride Injury lawyerThis month, a startling video circulated online of a carnival ride in Traverse City, Michigan that appeared as if it might tip over backward while in motion and fully loaded with riders. Fortunately, a group of courageous bystanders stepped in to balance the ride by hanging onto the front railing, possibly preventing what could have caused catastrophic injuries to those on the ride and the bystanders.

 

While no one appears to have been injured in this case, the incident has made many people wary of the safety of rides at carnivals and amusement parks throughout Michigan and the United States. You may be wondering just how common amusement park ride injuries are, as well as what you can do if you or a loved one is injured.

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Grand Rapids boat accident attorneyLast month, a proposal came before the East Grand Rapids city planning commission for new developments on Reeds Lake, a longtime popular location for boating and other recreational activities. The plan would bring several changes, among them a public marina with pontoon boat rentals. Supporters claim that these developments will increase access to and enjoyment of the lake, but some residents fear that the ease of renting a boat will lead to an uptick in boating accidents. The impact of the plan, if approved, remains to be seen, but it is nonetheless important for Grand Rapids residents to understand their rights if they are injured in a boat accident.

Michigan Boat Accident Statistics

According to statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 128 recreational boating accidents in Michigan in 2019, resulting in 22 fatalities and several more injuries. Though this is a relatively small number, the potential for serious boat accident injuries is certainly present. When these injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, injury victims and their families are often entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim.

Common Examples of Negligence in Boating Accidents

The Coast Guard has identified five factors that have contributed to the most boating accidents throughout the U.S. over the last several years, most of which are related to boat operator negligence. These include:

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Grand Rapids MI personal injury lawyerMany people are aware of the ability to recover compensation for damages related to car accident injuries, whether through insurance or a personal injury claim against the negligent party. However, you may be unsure of what to do if you are injured because of someone’s intentional actions, such as assault or battery. Is it enough to press criminal charges, or should you also file a civil claim for compensation? An experienced attorney can help you answer that question and determine the best course of action.

Restitution vs. Compensatory Damages in Michigan

In Michigan, assault and battery are both criminal offenses. Assault is defined as threatening or attempting to cause bodily harm to another person, while battery is defined as intentionally causing bodily harm. If a person is convicted of assault or battery committed against you, the court may order them to pay you restitution for your medical care and rehabilitation, lost income, and other costs related to the injuries you have suffered.

However, even if you decide to press criminal charges against the person who caused your injuries, there is no guarantee that they will be convicted, which means there is no guarantee of restitution, either. For this reason, it is often a good idea to file a civil personal injury claim whether or not there are pending criminal charges. A personal injury lawsuit may help you recover compensation more quickly, and a successful settlement or verdict ensures that you receive compensation even if the person is not convicted. However, keep in mind that a criminal court will not award restitution for damages that you have already been compensated for in a civil case, or vice versa.

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Grand Rapids personal injury attorney truck accident

If you have been in a semi-truck accident, it is understandable that your thoughts would be preoccupied with your severe injuries and their effects on your day-to-day life, leaving you little time or energy to focus on legal matters such as the question of whose negligence is responsible for the crash. However, determining the answer to this question is crucial when it comes to securing the financial compensation you need to address your injuries. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury attorney can handle this matter for you while you recover.

Driver and Trucking Company Negligence 

Typically, when you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, your first instinct may be to assume that liability lies with another driver. It is true that in many accidents involving large commercial trucks, the truck driver’s negligence is a contributing factor, meaning that he or she is liable for resulting injuries. However, the driver’s employer often shares responsibility in these cases, including in situations that you may not expect. For example:

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