Sinas Dramis Attorneys Speak on Cutting-Edge Issues in Michigan Auto Law

Three attorneys presented at last week’s No-Fault Institute in Southfield, Michigan

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The no-fault institute faculty included George Sinas (third from right), Tom Sinas (far right), and Steve Sinas (not pictured).

Last week, three lawyers from the Sinas Dramis Law Firm spoke to a group of nearly 200 attorneys about some of the most important current issues in Michigan auto law. On September 29 and 30, the Michigan Association for Justice held the 11th Annual No-Fault Institute in Southfield, Michigan. The Institute was attended by personal injury attorneys from all over Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Detroit. The faculty consisted of some of the most distinguished lawyers in the state, and our firm was honored to have three of its lawyers included in the faculty.

Grand Rapids personal injury attorney Tom Sinas spoke first about the Michigan Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in the case of Admire v. Auto-Owners. As Tom explained, that decision has had a serious impact on the lives of injured people throughout Michigan. First, it took away the right of catastrophically injured people to have insurance companies pay the full price of handicap-accessible vans. Second, the Admire decision is affecting the ability of injured people to pursue claims for handicap-accessible housing. Tom spoke about ways that personal injury attorneys and medical providers should deal with the Admire decision to fight for the rights of injured people.

Lansing personal injury attorney Steve Sinas spoke about important issues facing Michigan medical providers who treat auto accident victims. Steve reviewed the law regarding how medical providers are entitled to reimbursement for all “reasonable charges” for care rendered to people injured in auto accidents. In addition to reviewing Michigan case law regarding the “reasonable charge” requirement, Steve also discussed the current tactics used by the insurance industry to deny payment to medical providers and ways that auto accident lawyers can fight those tactics.

Finally, the second day of the Institute feature two presentations by senior partner George Sinas, who practices in our Lansing and Grand Rapids offices. George is one of the Michigan’s foremost experts on Michigan’s auto no-fault law and co-moderated the Institute. First, George spoke about the legislation pending in Lansing to “reform” Michigan’s no-fault law. As we have explained on this blog, HB 4612 (H-3) seeks to eliminate many of the rights and benefits that injured people and their medical providers have under our current law.

George Sinas also spoke about the current state of Michigan’s auto law “threshold” injury requirement. As explained throughout this site, people who suffer personal injury in auto accidents in Michigan can pursue a claim against an at-fault driver only if they have a serious enough injury. That is what many personal injury lawyers call a “threshold” injury. At the Institute, George reviewed all of the recent case regarding the threshold requirement. In addition to an outstanding presentation, George presented a paper that he co-authored with Sinas Dramis lawyer Joel Finnell. That paper was an extensive review of every single threshold case issued in the last four years by Michigan appellate courts. George and Joel’s paper demonstrated the kind of extensive legal knowledge that Michigan citizens who suffer personal injury in auto accident need to protect their rights.

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