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In recent years, Michigan has seen a significant increase in personal injury claims, which has raised concerns among lawmakers, insurance companies, and legal professionals. In this article, we will explore some of the causes of this trend, its implications for the state’s legal system and insurance industry, and the legal responses that are being proposed to address this issue.

Causes of Rising Personal Injury Claims

One of the primary causes of rising personal injury claims in Michigan is the increase in car accidents and other types of accidents that result in bodily injury. According to the Michigan State Police, there were over 312,000 car accidents in the state in 2019, resulting in over 75,000 injuries and 985 fatalities.

“Yeah, that’s going to be a problem. That’s going to be a problem for them.”

In so few words, Jackie Chiles, legendary consumer rights warrior, issued a battle cry, distilling public safety litigation into its most primal essence. Dangerous products impose a cost upon the consumer. Product liability lawsuits reallocate the cost wChiles-Top-of-Bloghere it belongs: the manufacturer. A dangerous product is a problem, but this time, it will be a problem for them.

This article is the first installment in a series that explores the evolution of personal jurisdiction as it relates to product liability litigation, concluding with a discussion of two personal jurisdiction cases pending before the Supreme Court. In those consolidated cases, Ford Motor Company is asking the Court to severely limit the number of courts that can hear a case against a company that serves a regional or national market.

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