Frequently asked questions about personal injury and employment law

Searching for answers to the questions that you have about the services provided by our personal injury lawyers and employment lawyers? Below, you’ll find answers to a number of commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the information that you’re looking for, please reach out to us via our contact page.

In most cases, you won’t pay a cent unless we recover. Only when you collect will we get our payment by taking a percentage of what we recover for you. This way, you can exercise your rights without paying attorney fees.

You need to be aware that there are time limitations that may apply to your claim. The sooner you contact us, the better chance you have of preserving your rights and obtaining a favorable outcome.

Consultation with one of our employment lawyers is completely confidential: we will never contact your employer. Additionally, the law prohibits employers from taking action against employees for enforcing their rights. Even if you don’t have a winning case, your employer cannot legally retaliate against you for seeking information and legal assistance from an employment lawyer.

You may take action to enforce your rights while you are still employed. Many claims arise from ongoing employment and may be remedied without interruption of employment.

Unfair is not the same as unlawful. Unfortunately, sometimes unfair treatment is completely legal. Additionally, sometimes treatment that seems fair may be illegal. Gold Star Law’s employment lawyers can help you determine if your employer’s conduct is actionable.

In Michigan, the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act grants you the right to access your personnel file. Most states have similar laws regarding access to personnel files.

The Statute of Limitations for a Michigan motor vehicle or truck accident is one (1) year from the date of the accident or last payment of PIP / No-Fault benefits.

Yes, you can file suit against the person who caused the accident.

Michigan is a No-Fault State, which means you must first look to the automobile coverage on the vehicle you were occupying when injured (usually your own auto insurance if driving your own car). No-Fault, also called Personal Injury Protection or PIP, pays all of your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages.

Report all symptoms fully to your doctor to make sure each is documented. Your most severe symptom in the days following your accident (i.e. a headache) may resolve, but the shoulder soreness you were experiencing may linger and progress with time. If your physician only documents the headache, the opposing party might argue, without documentation of shoulder symptoms, that you have failed to prove the shoulder problem was caused by the accident.

Yes, as soon as possible take pictures of the damage to your vehicle. Many times, if the car is totaled, you will no longer have possession of the vehicle after settling the property damage portion of the claim with the insurance company. If this happens, you may no longer have the opportunity to take pictures of the damage resulting from the accident. Also, take pictures of any injuries that are visible. It’s likely that the injuries will become less visible over time, so it is important to have a record of how the injuries looked right after the accident.