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Concluding that the plaintiff established a genuine issue of material fact on the issue of causation, the court held that the trial court erroneously granted summary disposition in favor of defendant-State Farm under MCR 2.116(C)(10).

She was hit from behind by a pickup truck. Plaintiff argued that (1) she proffered documentary evidence that showed a genuine issue of material fact for trial, (2) the trial court failed to view the evidence in the light most favorable to her, (3) the trial court's decision was based on erroneous legal and factual determinations, and (4) the trial court improperly made credibility and factual determinations that were within the jury's province. The court agreed. Plaintiff proffered evidence on the issue of causation. Thus, whether defendant was liable for any injuries that she may have suffered in the accident was a question of fact. "However, the trial court was looking for objective evidence." After thoroughly reviewing published and unpublished Michigan case law, the court found "no basis for concluding that plaintiff was required to proffer evidence showing objective manifestations of her injuries in order to establish a genuine issue of material fact on the issue of causation for purposes of MCL 500.3105." Rather, it held that, when viewed in the light most favorable to plaintiff, the medical records, reports, and deposition testimony of her treating doctors, which were based on her subjective complaints of pain as well as their objective observations, supported a "finding that the accident may have caused various injuries that resulted in reasonable and necessary medical expenses and other PIP benefits." Reversed and remanded. 

Basic responsibilities of an executor

Originally posted on 01/11/2017 The emotional toils of dealing with the death of a loved one can be considerably difficult. Nevertheless, perseverance is paramount; especially if you are appointed to be an executor to one’s...

What you need to compliment your will

Originally posted on 02/08/2017 Making end-of-life plans usually end with a will, but they shouldn't. Some believe that simply having a will is enough. However, this post will briefly explain how having other estate planning...

The benefits of home health care providers

Originally posted on 03/22/2017 As we get older or suffer an injury, we need a little extra help. Home health care providers or caregivers can provide the assistance needed to handle your or your loved one's health and safety...

What to know about bail conditions

Originally posted on 03/06/2017 If you have been arrested and are being held on the suspicion that you have committed a particular crime, chances are that the only thing you are thinking about is getting out of jail as soon as possible and...

College students and estate planning

Originally posted on 12/16/2016 With college semesters starting up in Michigan, it may not be so easy to get college students to think responsibly. This time can be especially tough with the need of moving back to school and getting...

Three reasons to put a power of attorney in place

Originally posted on 11/08/2016 While no one wants to think of the unfortunate possibility of being incapacitated or of a time when we can't handle our own affairs, this circumstance is a real possibility. If something happens and this...

How to approach parents about estate planning

Originally posted on 12/09/2016 Family forms a strong foundation for many people's first and most intimate community. It is important to strengthen these first relationships so even uncommon questions become natural. For those...

PROBATE 44: Petition for Mental Health Treatment

Michigan’s Mental Health Code governs the civil admission and discharge procedures for a person with a mental illness. Specifically, MCL 330.1434 sets forth the procedure and content requirements for a petition for mental health treatment.

Should you get your criminal record expunged?

Originally posted on 04/12/2017 If you have been convicted of a crime, have served your sentence, and have followed all court recommendations, you should be able to put your past behind you and move on with life. Moving forward is critical...

Choosing the right executor for an estate

Originally posted on 05/28/2017 When people are thinking about planning their estate, they often think about trying to minimize the estate tax, keeping their will updated, and keeping items out of probate court; however, there is another...

Understanding how the Miranda warning works

Originally posted on 11/25/2016 Michigan residents who have seen television police shows or movies involving law enforcement have no doubt watched many dramatic scenes with officers quoting something to the effect of, "You have the...

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