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Negligence

Personal injury, auto accidents and wrongful death cases.

Serious injuries can happen to anyone. Bishop & Heintz Attorneys take great pride in the firm's ability to assist clients and their families in handling very difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases with the thoroughness and integrity demonstrated in all of our practice areas. Bishop & Heintz Attorneys who concentrate their work in this area dedicate their efforts to assisting clients achieve the best possible results in these very trying situations.

Typical Cases Handled:

  • Auto and truck accidents
  • Wrongful death claims
  • Auto no-fault claims
  • Dog bites
  • Snowmobile accidents
  • Closed head injury claims
  • Many other serious personal injury claims

Free Initial Consultation. If you are uncertain whether your case has merit or is appropriate for Bishop & Heintz, it will cost you nothing to find out. There is no charge for our initial consultation. Please contact us so that we may have the opportunity to discuss your circumstances and evaluate your options.

Contingency Fees. Bishop & Heintz attorney fees in these types of cases are normally contingent. You don't have to pay any attorney fees unless there is a monetary recovery. That is, in contingency cases, if we are not successful in recovering monies for you, you pay no attorney fees. Obviously, success benefits everyone. When Bishop & Heintz obtains a substantial award for you, we recover our attorney fees at the same time as a percentage of the award. There is a legally required obligation for the client to pay out-of-pocket expenses. However, that is the limitation of your risk when you retain Bishop & Heintz to pursue this type of case on a contingency fee basis. When you contact us, we can explain to you in further detail how these arrangements work.

Why Retain Bishop & Heintz For These Types of Cases?

  • Zealous Advocacy. First, retaining Bishop & Heintz ensures that you will have aggressive, experienced lawyers involved in your case. Our attorneys will zealously represent you in directing your case to swift and appropriate conclusion under the particular circumstances. We endeavor to pursue resolution of our clients' cases as quickly as circumstances and proper representation permit.
     
  • Collaborative Approach. Bishop & Heintz Attorneys work as a team on these types of cases and review them on a regular basis. Our clients are fully informed of every aspect of the case and their input is obtained on appropriate points involved. The collective wisdom and input from our attorneys who focus in this area is available and afforded to each individual client.
     
  • All Necessary Legal Support. Our entire firm - attorneys and support staff alike - take great pride in providing professional services of the highest level available. Litigation time requirements are met and scheduling conflicts are normally avoided with the availability of our multiple experienced trial lawyers.
     
  • Experience In Related Matters. Serious personal injury and wrongful death cases often involve other related areas of the law, such as probate, taxation, estate planning, collections, bankruptcy, employment, among others. Bishop & Heintz maintains expertise in all of these areas and the firm is prepared to handle peripheral issues as they may arise.
     
  • Proven Results. The track record of Bishop & Heintz speaks for itself. Firm lawyers have been involved in some of the highest profile personal injury and wrongful death cases in northwest Michigan. In fact, the highest jury verdict ever awarded in a local county circuit court was obtained by a Bishop & Heintz attorney.
     
  • Time Is Of The Essence. In these types of cases, it is critical for us to become involved as early as possible in the research and investigation process. We often hire expert investigators and accident reconstructionists to assist us in the analysis of the case and the factual development necessary to a successful resolution. These experts are most effective when the case is fresh. Therefore, it is extremely important that you speak to Bishop & Heintz as soon as possible after the accident and/or injury occurs.
     
  • Limitation Of Practice Areas. Occasionally we are asked to comment on medical liability and related issues. Bishop & Heintz represents many medical professionals and medical care providers and as a matter of Firm policy, we do not take plaintiff's cases which allege medical malpractice.

We are available to answer any of your questions concerning personal injury and wrongful death cases, initially, without fee. The primary supervising attorneys for Bishop & Heintz in this area of practice are Patrick E. Heintz and David A. Cvengros.


NEGLIGENCE

Bishop and Heintz has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for injured clients.  Our personal injury team focuses on the following areas:

  • Auto Accidents. 
    • We represent individuals who have been injured in the State of Michigan.  Michigan's no fault act requirinsurance companies to pay for certain costs and losses suffered as a result of an accident involving the use of a motor vehicle.  This is referred to as a first party claim.  These benefits are contractual by their nature, meaning the right to recovery does not depend on whether the other party(ies) were negligent or not.  Substantial benefits are available to individuals injured arising from the use of a motor vehicle, including the right to reimburesement of medical treatment, wage loss.  You should not assume that your insurer or agent has told you about, or paid all claims you may be entitled to receive under your no-fault policy.  Our firm offers a free initial consulation in such cases.  We often represent individuals in first party claims on an hourly basis, but in certain circumstances may also consider representation of first party claims on a contingency fee. 
    • We represent  ndividuals who have been seriously injured against the driver of another vehicle.  This is referred to as a third party claim.  In a third party claim, the insurance company of a negligent driver or vehicle owner will pay certain costs, expenses, and damages to an inured party.  An injured person may recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and future earning potential in some cases.  We typically represent individuals in third party claims on a contingency fee basis.  Our firm offers a free initial consultation in such cases. 
  • Motorcyle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Boating and Personal Watercraft Accidents