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Holding that the plaintiff complied with the notice requirements of MCL 691.1404(1) , the court reversed the trial court's order granting the defendants summary disposition on the basis of governmental immunity, and remanded.

Plaintiff alleged that she was injured "when she fell over the sheer edge of an excavated hole created by defendants." The trial court found that her failure to personally sign the notice letter was a "fatal defect." On appeal, the court concluded that she complied with the statute. The "subject line of the notice letter identified that the notice concerned the injuries plaintiff sustained on" 5/6/14. The letter specified that her attorney was acting on plaintiff's behalf when it stated that the attorney's named client "suffered severe and permanent injuries due to the improper opening of a large, unguarded hole in the roadway" and indicated the attorney would file suit if necessary on plaintiff's behalf "to seek adequate award for her injuries and damage suffered in this event." Thus, it "notified defendants of her intentions to make a claim for the injury she sustained." The court found "nothing in the language of MCL 691.1404(1) requiring an injured person to personally sign the notice letter." Defendants argued that "MCL 691.1404(1) and MCL 600.6431 should be construed alike as requiring that the notice be personally signed by the claimant. However, while the language of MCL 600.6431 provides that the 'notice shall be signed and verified by the claimant,' MCL 691.1404(1) has no such requirement." The court concluded that while "the trial court correctly interpreted MCL 691.1404(3) as creating an exception for certain injured persons, it wrongly interpreted MCL 691.1404(1) as requiring an injured person to personally sign the 'complaint.'" Finally, the notice was sufficient to inform defendants of her injuries. In addition to alleging that she "suffered severe and permanent damages" plaintiff referenced FOIA documents (police and ambulance reports) that were already in defendants' possession, which "not only explained in detail the injury that plaintiff sustained, but described in detail the location of the injury and defect."

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