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Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Family's Life is Changed but Good Lawyers Help Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Recover

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Wendy M. Schiller-Nichols

A lot of lawyers put posts and articles on Michigan law, results from other cases and client testimonials. Sometimes there is no better testimonial than seeing pictures of a client with his family enjoying life almost 10 years after he was nearly killed. I watched Wendy Schiller-Nichols tear up when she had a Facebook exchange with one of her favorite all-time clients the other day.

Nearly 10 years ago he was almost killed when a drunk driver who was still drunk from the night before, struck him while working at a construction site in the middle of the morning. Amazingly, defense attorneys for the insurance company attempted to keep evidence of his blood alcohol level out of trial. In a pivotal motion before Judge Timothy Hicks in Muskegon County, Wendy Schiller-Nichols preparedness, command of the rules of evidence and passion carried the day. The motion was denied. Judge Hicks found that Michigan Rule of Evidence 403 did not preclude the inflammatory evidence. The defense had no choice but to settle for the amount that was enough to let this man recover and live to enjoy life, enjoy his grandkids and realize the Justice he deserved.

The rules of evidence and preparing as if the case is going to be tried is as important as anything in the practice of personal injury litigation. Passion, will and the ability to confront high-priced insurance company lawyers is a critical character trait: my partner and wife Wendy Schiller-Nichols has all of that and more. Find out why she is committed to results, if you suffer a traumatic brain injury - call Wendy at 517.432.9000. Wendy wins.

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

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