Bryan M. Black
Personal Injury Law
Practice Areas

 

Plaintiff Personal Injury

We represent individuals and the families of individuals who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others. We understand how insurance companies and lawyers on the other side think. Insurance companies are interested in minimizing their economic exposure when a serious injury or death has occurred. They hire attorneys whose job it is to aggressively undermine each aspect of the your claim. We know their tactics. We take each case on as if it will proceed to trial and we are not afraid to take a case all the way to jury verdict if that is what is necessary to produce the best possible result. Our firm represents individuals injured in all types of situations.

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Wrongful Death

When one person's intentional act or negligent actions result in the death of another, a wrongful death has occurred.

The spouse, children, or agents of the deceased may bring lawsuits for wrongful death against the wrongdoers to compensate for the loss of wages or other support they would have received had the person lived.

A plaintiff in a wrongful death suit does not have to prove that he or she was completely dependent on the deceased for support, but only that the death results in a financial loss.

In common law, a government is also immune from wrongful death suits, although many states allow suits against the state government.

Some people who are responsible for wrongful deaths are "judgment proof" - that is, they have no assets or insurance that can be used to pay compensation.

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Auto Accidents

If a driver fails to use reasonable care and as a result of that failure you are injured, then the driver is responsible (liable) to you for those injuries.

Serious car and other motor vehicle accidents require the guidance of an experienced attorney. We have years of practice and an impressive track record representing people who have suffered significant injuries in motor vehicle accidents (commercial and personal). We work with physicians and other health care providers to assess and review all the short and long-term medical aspects of your case. Our detailed understanding of Michigan’s automobile, insurance and liability laws means we understand the different sources of recovery available to car accident victims and their families as well as the various theories of liability that enable those victims to collect from the parties who caused them harm.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider - a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital, or hospital worker - whose performance of duties departs from a standard of practice of those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient or patients.

Doctors and other health-care providers must follow certain standards when caring for patients. While a simple mistake is not enough to constitute negligence, a death or injury caused by the failure to provide reasonably appropriate or common standards of care or the failure to diagnose an easily detectable illness may be malpractice.

We aggressively investigate and pursue claims for catastrophic injuries and death arising out of:

  • Birth Trauma and CP (Cerebral Palsy)
  • Failure to Diagnose Cancer and Other Diseases
  • Inappropriate or Negligently Performed Surgery
  • Disfigurement
  • Inappropriate or Dangerous Treatment Practices
  • Pharmaceutical Injuries and Prescription Drug Errors
  • Nursing Home Negligence.

We are also associated withe other medical malpractice lawyers who can help clients determine whether or not malpractice has occurred where someone is injured as a result of negligence or misconduct of individuals in the dental, medical, podiatry, chiropractory, psychiatry, and other health professional fields.

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Nursing Home Negligence/Elder Abuse

Wehandle elder abuse and nursing home neglect cases. The decision to place a loved one in a long-term care facility is one of the toughest decisions a family has to make. When a family makes the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, the family places a great deal of trust in the owners and operators of the facility to care for their loved one.

Unfortunately, a disturbing number of nursing home owners and operators have violated this trust in order to maximize profits. Some nursing home operators improperly cut corners by not hiring a sufficient number of adequately trained staff and fail to give them the supplies and resources necessary to appropriately care for the nursing home residents. Our firm vigorously pursues justice for the families whose loved ones are harmed as a result of such conduct by nursing home owners and operators.

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Construction Related Accidents

We represent individuals who have been injured as a result of construction accidents. Every day, hundreds of workers are injured at their jobs. At particular risk are construction workers. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations protect most people at their jobs, but special laws have been introduced to protect the men and women who work in the construction industry.

Contractors and the owners of a construction site are responsible for providing a reasonably safe work environment. And there are special statutes that are designed to protect workers who work on ladders, scaffolding or in high places. Often the owner or general contractor is held to be "strictly liable" for all injuries sustained. This meansthat the injured party is not responsible for causing his or her own injuries, no matter how the fall occurred.

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Slip and Fall Accidents

There is no precise way to determine when an owner or occupier of property is legally responsible for something on which you slip or trip. Each case turns on whether the owner acted carefully so that slipping or tripping was not likely to happen - and whether the person who fell was careless in not seeing or avoiding the thing he or she fell on. This area of the law has been under the most serious legal attack by the insurance industry. Few claims are available but we will investigate your claim with out usual vigor.

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Premises Liability

Under traditional legal principles, your liability to people injured on your property changed according to the reason they came onto your property.

A more recent trend, however, holds land or property owners to a general duty of care to prevent injury to anyone coming onto their property, unless the dangerous condition was open and obvious.

Homeowners must tell their guests about - or make safe - any dangerous conditions that the guests are unlikely to recognize.

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Products Liability

We have years of experience and an excellent track record of representing individuals who have been injured as a result of an unsafe product that was designed, manufactured, sold, and/or furnished by a person or company. We assist those injured individuals in bringing their claims and being fairly compensated for their injuries.

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Workers' Compensation

The workers' compensation laws provide monetary compensation to pay for medical expenses and to replace income lost as a result of injuries or illnesses that arise out of employment.

If the employer does not challenge a claim, the insurance company will make payment for medical bills and wages to the employee.

If the employer contests a claim, a hearing is scheduled and evidence relating to the circumstances of the injury and the extent of the injury is presented.

Bryan Black has litigated a number of these cases through the appeals process all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court. In each case he was successful.

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Criminal Defense

Our firm represents clients at every stage of the case starting with the arrest. Our firm represents clients in the following areas:

  • Criminal Defense Violent Offenses
  • Criminal Defense White Collar Offenses
  • Criminal Defense Drug/Controlled Substance Offenses
  • Criminal Defense DUI/DUI Manslaughter
  • Traffic Offenses.

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DUI/Drunk Driving

In today’s society, a vehicle is a necessity. Our firm’s goal is to protect your right to own and operate a vehicle. The first line of defense is to challenge the reason that you were stopped. There are many things that you need to do before appearing in front of a judge. We know what these things are and we strongly urge you to move quickly and contact us immediately if you have been arrested or cited for a DUI traffic offense.

If it is your first arrest, our goal is make sure that you can continue driving. For second offenses, the goal is often to keep you out of jail and able to continue providing for your family. Our firm will get you the best shot at being able to continue driving and avoiding jail time. But you must move quickly. Many law firms react on behalf of their clients to situations as they arise.That is not how we practice law. We have earned a reputation for anticipating each step of the legal process and informing our clients of what will be happening next, when it will happen, and how we will proceed. From the time the legal process begins, our firm helps you take charge of the situation and prepare for the next proceeding. Both opposing lawyers and judges throughout Michigan know that we are always prepared when they walk through the courthouse door.

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Family Law

Our firm helps client with a full range of Family Law issues on the trial and appellate level. We provide representation for:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody, Visitation and Support
  • Alimony and Spousal Maintenance
  • Modification of Previous Orders and Awards
  • Prenuptial/Premarital Agreements

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