Lawyer Rating and Reviews
Reviewed by Dale Kramer August 30, 2020
One of the best attorneys in Michigan
I retained Patrick to deal with a case concerning workman's compensation for an on the job injury. We had problems with the comp attorney and the comp doctors from the start, and also with Medicare. Comp attorneys were always dragging their feet, and the comp doctors always had their own agenda. Medicare decided to list every doctor that I went too for any reason as a doctor who treated my work injury. Patrick was in constant communication with me by phone, letter, and e-mail through out this entire time and was always reassuring. He went above and beyond spending countless hours researching medical records and contacting Medicare about incorrect billing that did not pertain to the work injury. He also reached out on a personal level on numerous occasions with genuine concern as to how myself and my daughter were doing during this ordeal as it had affected us emotionally and financially. Even as the case dragged on Patrick never failed to pass on to us a positive and reassuring attitude that all would end in our favor. Had it not been for Patrick's hard work, dedication, and personable reassuring attitude I would have given up early on shortly after the case had begun. I am proud to say that we became more than an attorney and his client, we became friends. The case recently ended in my favor.
Reviewed by Mary D. July 31, 2020
Patrick Duff is ethical and professional.
Patrick worked with me on a workman's comp case involving my grand daughter. We met strong resistance and delay by the insurance company and their representation. Patrick was diligent, understood the dynamics, presented the information and evidence in an organized and patient way and kept the emotions out of it. The cumulative facts and information which he gathered, organized and presented became compelling. He kept me informed, consulted with me and eventually recommended a cash settlement which made sense and was accepted by the insuring party. I also found Patrick to be very personable, motivated by his professional responsibilities and personal concern for a fair and legal outcome. PLEASE NOTE: Since I do not have a Facebook or LinkedIn account I used my wife Mary's Facebook account. I am her husband, Glenn DeMots and my full name may be used.
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- State Bar of Michigan
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- Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean Attorneys At Law
- Grand Rapids Bar Association - Worker's Compensation Section
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- Michigan State University College of Law
- Michigan State University College of Law
- J.D. (2011)
- Calvin College
- B.A. (2008) | Philosophy
- Honors: Cum Laude
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3 Questions Answered
- Q. Drunk Driver accident in a no-fault state?
- A: For wage replacement benefits and medical expenses, your family will need to look to their own insurance, since MI is a no-fault state. They can go after the at-fault driver for pain and suffering and they can go after the bar for what is called a dram shop action (over-serving, basically). However, there are important notice deadlines for dram shop actions, so they will want to start the investigation sooner rather than later.
- Q. I need help understanding MACP for Auto
- A: The MACP assigns claims to private insurers when there is no coverage available for the claimant. They should assign your claim to a private insurance carrier. That carrier should pay your benefits. It is possible the assigned carrier will go after your dad's insurance if they think AAA wrongly denied the claim, but I don't see how your dad could be facing any personal liability unless he committed some fraud in getting the policy. It is also possible they will deny the claim altogether and you will have to use your private medical insurance. Sometimes, especially if there is a viable policy to point to, you can get different insurance companies pointing the finger at each other when things go through the MACP, and then the claimant is left waiting to see what happens. Hope this helps!
- Q. Can an individual get a DBA/AN or is this only for businesses? If so, what paperwork is necessary? Thank you!
- A: If you are using the assumed name as an individual, that means you are operating as a sole proprietor. You can register the name of your sole proprietor business at the county level. Here is a link with some info: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_61343_35413_60640-120017--,00.html You should call your county clerk or visit its website to find out the procedure for registering in that county. Once you are registered, if you also want to add an assumed name or d/b/a, the local county clerk's office should have info on how to do that as well. It is important to know, operating as a sole proprietor is rarely advisable, as doing so means you will be personally accountable for any debts or liabilities incurred by your company.
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