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Monday, January 25, 2016

"In the Blink of An Eye - Life Changes - How Do You Move On? Michigan Law on Justice for Victims"

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols, Personal Injury

A 7-year-old Bay County girl has died after she was struck by an SUV on M-84. Abigail Schaefer was hit by the vehicle on Friday, January 22d. She was crossing the road after a school basketball game according to the Bay County Sheriff Department. The SUV was driven by a 61-year-old man according to M-Live Saginaw. Now Abigal's family has set up a fundraising page. She fought for her life for nearly 2 days at a Saginaw hospital before she succumbed to her injuries on January 24th the paper says.

Michigan Auto Accident attorney Wendy Schiller-Nichols says "this goes to show you how life can change in the blink of an eye. Right now there are grieving parents who should not have to go through the pain of burying a child." Schiller-Nichols also takes aim at Michigan lawmakers who are considering a package of bills that will revamp the auto insurance industry in part to adjust the catastrophic claims fund that provides relief for injured people when insurance funds are not enough. She says "any Michigan lawmaker who votes for SB 248 should have to look in the eyes of victims of auto accidents and their families."

The bill would modify the way benefits are funded. Critics say that it would force injured victims out of the care funded by the catastrophic claims fund too soon and force them onto Medicaid and into poverty.

Lawmakers may give final approval to auto insurance reform when they return for session once the issues of the Flint Water Crisis and Detroit Public Schools are addressed. For lawyers who are on the cutting edge of the latest changes in the law and who fight for you, find out what we mean when we say "committed to results" by calling the Nichols Law Firm at. 517.432.9000.

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