Teaching Lawyers How to Put Clients on the Road to Recovery with Settlement Tips and Trial Tactics in Car and Truck Wreck Cases

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Michigan Auto Law attorneys Steven Gursten, David Christensen, Kevin Seiferheld and Joshua Terebelo are presenting at the Michigan Association for Justice 2013 No Fault Institute Legal Seminar.

... there are very specific litigation strategies that every lawyer should employ to make sure there is no money left on the table when it comes to clients' care and recovery.

Michigan’s auto accident threshold law is strict, and Michigan’s No Fault insurance laws are complicated. But there are many legal tips and trial strategies that plaintiff personal injury attorneys can use when litigating auto and truck wreck cases, to help protect their seriously injured clients and ensure a fair injury settlement, says Steven M. Gursten, head of the Farmington Hills-based law firm, Michigan Auto Law.

"In fact, there are very specific litigation strategies that every lawyer should employ to make sure there is no money left on the table when it comes to clients' care and recovery," Gursten said.

Gursten, as well as Michigan Auto Law trial attorneys David Christensen, Kevin Seiferheld and Joshua Terebelo, will be speaking and sharing litigation tips for protecting auto and truck accident victims during the Michigan Association for Justice 2013 No Fault Institute. The seminar is September 19-20 at the Westin in Southfield.

Gursten's presentation is "Maximizing truck accident injury settlements in Michigan." He will tackle the misconception that car and truck accident lawsuits are alike, and show how focusing on the truck company's role in causing the crash – not on the truck driver – can yield better results. Steve will also explain the deposition questions he uses and give a sample closing argument that focuses on the trucking company's negligence and violations for of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rules.

Christensen's topic is, "Taking depositions of defendants in automobile and truck accident cases."

His presentation will focus on utilizing techniques for establishing liability in auto accident cases through the defendant driver's deposition. Christensen will also discuss using traffic rules, the Motor Vehicle Code and rules that the defendant has violated leading to a car crash.

And Seiferheld and Terebelo will discuss why it often pays to try lower vehicle damage cases in the face of an insurance company's lowball offer.

Seiferheld and Terebelo will share their experience from their recent trial Hannosh v. Varadi, et al. (Docket No. 10 0754 NI, Macomb County Circuit Court before Hon. Matthew S. Switalski), which started as a $10,000 insurance company offer and ended in a $1.485 million verdict. In Hannosh, the plaintiff was rear ended, but the car only showed very minimal vehicle damage, even though Mr. Hannosh suffered a lower back disc herniation.

Seiferheld and Terebelo will give tips on ways to combat the standard lawyer defenses like low impact and minor vehicle damage in car accident cases, and defense arguments on preexisting conditions such as spinal degeneration.

The Michigan Association for Justice is an association of consumer attorneys and plaintiff personal injury attorneys who fight for injury victims and consumer rights throughout the state of Michigan.


About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law has 18 lawyers exclusively handling automobile accidents and No-Fault insurance litigation throughout the state. The law firm has received the top-reported jury verdict or injury settlement for a car or truck accident victim for the past 15 consecutive years, according to published reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Michigan Auto Law has offices in Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. For more information, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028.

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