James O. Elliott's Areas of Practice

Automobile Accidents

If you're injured in a car accident in Michigan, you may be entitled to benefits under Michigan automobile accident law. These include compensation from the responsible party and your own insurance company, such as lost wages, replacement services, and lifelong medical services related to the accident. Seek the guidance of an experienced attorney like James O. Elliott, who specializes in automobile accidents and can provide a free consultation to discuss your injuries and offer expert advice on the best course of action.

In addition, understanding insurance coverage is crucial. Pursue the liable driver's insurance if they have liability coverage, or rely on your own uninsured or under-insured coverage if they lack sufficient insurance. Be aware of Michigan's statute of limitations, which sets time limits for filing lawsuits after an accident. Promptly consult an attorney to protect your rights, secure necessary evidence, and navigate the legal process. James O. Elliott is an attorney who will personally handle your case and provide the attention and expertise you deserve.

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Truck Accidents

James O. Elliott specializes in representing plaintiffs in truck accident cases. With over 100,000 individuals injured in trucking accidents each year, these incidents can have devastating consequences, including fatalities. Michigan's streets see a constant presence of trucks, ranging from semi-trucks to buses, due to its industrial background.

Truck accidents often result in severe injuries or death due to the size, weight, and longer stopping time of these vehicles. Handling such cases can be complex, given the distinct regulations that truck drivers must follow in Michigan. With extensive experience in truck accident cases, James O. Elliott is dedicated to advocating for victims affected by these accidents, addressing issues like rear-end collisions and improper turns. By leveraging his expertise, he provides dedicated representation for individuals impacted by truck accidents in Michigan.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists in Michigan face unique regulations and risks. Although motorcycles are not classified as "motor vehicles" under Michigan's no-fault law, injured riders still have legal protections. However, due to the lack of protection and the weight of motorcycles, riders are at a higher risk of severe injuries. With a required endorsement on driver's licenses for motorcycle operations, James O. Elliott, an experienced attorney, possesses the necessary knowledge and expertise to handle complex motorcycle accident cases, ensuring effective representation for injured motorcyclists in Michigan.

Snowmobile Accidents

During Michigan's winter season, snowmobiling attracts many individuals to the state's trail system. However, snowmobile accidents can lead to severe injuries and fatalities despite its potential for enjoyment. Negligent operation, such as speeding or alcohol impairment, contributes to these preventable incidents. Taking safety courses is strongly advised to minimize accidents and deaths on snowmobile trails. Mr. Elliott, an experienced snowmobile driver, possesses firsthand knowledge of the rules and risks associated with snowmobiling in Michigan. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a snowmobile accident caused by another party's negligence, whether as a driver or passenger, contact his office for professional legal assistance.

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Boating Accidents

Boating accidents are common during Michigan's summer months due to the high number of watercraft on lakes and waterways. Unlike automobile laws, watercraft operation typically doesn't require extensive training or licensing, leading to a significant number of accidents resulting in serious or fatal injuries. With the increasing popularity of jet skis, jet boats, and wave runners, water activities can quickly turn dangerous if operated improperly. James O. Elliott, an experienced boater, is available for case consultations to address your concerns and provide legal guidance.

Bicycle Accidents

Michigan recently witnessed 1,235 bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles, resulting in 38 fatalities and 933 injuries. Male bicyclists accounted for the majority of these incidents, with 32 fatalities compared to 6 for females. James O. Elliott, an experienced attorney, is committed to helping clients navigate the serious nature of these cases and achieve favorable resolutions.

Dog Bites

Dog bites are a common occurrence in Michigan and the United States, leading to the enactment of the Dog Bite Statute to address the issue. The law holds dog owners responsible for injuries if the victim was not provoking the dog and was legally present. Even if the dog belongs to a friend or neighbor, homeowners insurance generally provides coverage for compensating the injured party. Additionally, if a dog owner was aware of their dog's tendency to cause harm, they may be held liable separately. With extensive experience representing individuals injured by dog attacks, Mr. Elliott understands the lasting trauma these incidents can cause.

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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles or bicycles have seen a concerning increase in recent years, with a surge of 519 additional deaths and an 18% rise. The rate of pedestrian deaths reached 1.04 per 100,000 people recently, up significantly from 0.90 in past years. Several factors contribute to this trend, including a surge in dangerous driving, larger and heavier vehicles posing greater risks to pedestrians, road designs prioritizing fast-moving traffic over pedestrian safety, and inadequate infrastructure such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and lighting. Addressing these factors is crucial to mitigating pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

Slip and Falls

Slip and fall cases in Michigan often fall under premise liability, where property owners have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors. This includes ensuring there are no slippery substances on walking areas and providing necessary safety measures such as handrails on stairs. Failure to meet building codes and regulations can contribute to slip and fall accidents. Factors like lighting conditions and the "Open and Obvious Doctrine" are also considered in determining liability. James O. Elliott, an experienced attorney, has successfully handled numerous premise liability cases and is available to address any questions related to individual situations.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases in Michigan occur when an individual's life is tragically lost due to the negligence, recklessness, or wrongful actions of another party. These cases can arise from various situations, such as:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Biking accidents
  • Defective products
  • Nursing home negligence or abuse
  • Boating accidents
  • And snowmobile accidents

The aftermath of a wrongful death often entails significant financial burdens, including medical bills, hospital costs, funeral expenses, and burial arrangements. Family members and loved ones may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. For compassionate legal guidance during this difficult time, individuals can turn to James O. Elliott, who understands the emotional impact of such cases and strives to provide support to those affected.

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Construction-Related Accidents

Construction accidents cover a wide range of injuries, including:

  • Falls
  • Fatalities
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Electrocution

Factors like automobile collisions, improper placement of cones and barrels, and machinery issues can contribute to these accidents. While workers' compensation claims usually handle employee injuries, separate civil lawsuits may be pursued based on individual circumstances. For guidance and evaluation regarding construction accidents, consult James O. Elliott.

Sports-Related or Spectator Accidents

Attorney James O. Elliott has extensive experience handling various sports-related injuries, such as incidents involving spectators and patrons, including:

  • Cases of baseball bats and balls entering the stands
  • High-velocity hockey pucks
  • Violence during sporting events
  • Trampoline accidents
  • Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) injuries
  • Snowmobile injuries
  • And watercraft accidents

Both participants and spectators in sports have legal rights, and it's important to understand these rights. If you or a family member has been injured while participating in or observing a sporting event, it is advisable to consult with James O. Elliott to discuss your legal options and receive guidance.

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Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual assault, a form of assault and sex crime, involves unwanted sexual touching. The definition of sexual assault varies among states, with some distinguishing it as a lesser degree of forced sexual contact compared to rape, while others use it as a broad term covering all forms of nonconsensual sexual contact. It is important to understand that sexual assault is never the victim's fault; the responsibility lies solely with the assailant. While the path to recovery may seem overwhelming, remember that you have options and resources available. You don't have to face it alone, as there are people ready to offer support and assistance.


The terms libel, slander, and defamation are often misconstrued, but they all pertain to the same area of law concerning false statements that damage a person's reputation. This area of law is known as defamation. Libel and slander are two distinct forms of defamatory statements. Libel refers to written defamatory statements, while slander refers to defamatory statements made orally.

Head Injury/Closed Head Injury

Head injuries in Michigan can be categorized as closed-head injuries or open-head injuries. Closed-head injuries result from blows or shaking without skull fractures, while open-head injuries involve skull fractures. While minor head injuries may resolve on their own, many require medical attention or hospitalization. Serious head injuries can have various symptoms and even be fatal. It is important for individuals with head injuries to seek medical attention and consult an experienced attorney.

Defective Products

Michigan's product liability laws hold manufacturers accountable for injuries caused by defective or unsafe products. Thousands of individuals have suffered serious harm or even death due to poorly designed or manufactured products with inadequate warnings. Defective products can range from collapsible chairs to saws without proper guards, contaminated food and medicine, untested medications, and machinery lacking appropriate warnings. Product liability attorneys understand that many injuries could have been prevented with better care from manufacturers. If you've been injured by a defective product, it is crucial to consult an experienced attorney.

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Police Misconduct

Instances of police misconduct can have severe consequences for civil rights. Police officers are expected to uphold the law and respect the rights of individuals, but unfortunately, there are situations where they fail to do so. Acts of police brutality, excessive force, racial profiling, and falsifying information are all unacceptable. It is important to remember that police officers are not above the justice system and cannot violate the rights of individuals. If you have been a victim of police misconduct, it is crucial to seek legal assistance to protect your rights and pursue justice. James O. Elliott is available to discuss your case and provide guidance in addressing instances of police misconduct. Your rights matter, and there are avenues to seek justice.