At Varnum, our primary focus is to get you well – physically, emotionally and financially. As your advisors, we counsel you throughout the legal process while providing effective, experienced representation and the resources of one of the largest law firms in Michigan.
We help obtain healing, fair compensation and a just resolution for traumatically injured people by passionately believing in their causes and standing with courage on that belief.
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Helping a traumatically-injured person requires more than generalized legal knowledge. So along with a focus in personal injury law, our attorneys have also acquired extensive medical knowledge. We have an in-depth understanding of how the body functions and how that function is altered by injury.
We also have a thorough understanding of medical concepts and terminology, which is essential in order to effectively explain to juries the relationship of physical trauma to a patient’s life and entire sense of well-being.
Varnum attorneys are called upon in some of the most difficult times in people’s lives, when the future is uncertain and the concerns are many. We understand that you have questions and are happy to talk to you at no cost.
We accept cases on a contingency basis, where we receive a percentage of the money we recover for you. If we are not successful, you will owe us nothing for the time we have invested in your case.
Varnum’s personal injury team is made up of nationally-respected attorneys who genuinely care about helping you through one of the most difficult challenges you may ever face.
All of Varnum's senior personal injury attorneys are rated AV® Preeminent – the highest rating possible – by Martindale-Hubbell, the nationally-renowned lawyer grading system. Varnum's personal injury group is recognized by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers®, and all of our senior attorneys are listed in The Best Lawyers in America®.
When you retain a Varnum attorney, you have access to the full resources of the firm. If your matter requires establishing a trust, or you must deal with probate or Social Security issues, our attorneys who are experienced in those areas are ready to help.
Varnum attorneys investigate and research each case thoroughly. Comprehensive materials are meticulously prepared, outlining the legal liability of the defendant and the substantive damages suffered by our client. We clearly explain your options, such as if the case can be settled more quickly out of court or whether litigation and a jury verdict may be required.
Many lawyers forget that they work for the client. We pride ourselves on keeping our clients fully informed, returning phone calls and responding promptly. At least two attorneys are committed to each client we represent, and our entire practice group is actively involved when needed during the trial.
If you do not see your case type listed, please contact us to discuss your options. We will be happy to talk to you at no cost. At Varnum, we accept cases on a contingency basis, where we receive a percentage of the money we recover for you. If we are not successful, you will owe us nothing for the time we have invested in your matter.
We have obtained legal results because of unsurpassed personal attention and commitment to the people we represent – as people, not "cases." – Varnum Personal Injury Team
16-year-old girl suffered burn injuries. Case required proofs for willful and wanton conduct, recklessness and gross negligence to overcome governmental immunity. Settlement after over a year of litigation.
Fire sprinkler installer was crushed to death when sidewall collapsed, pinning him between a 20,000 gallon water storage tank and the opposite wall of the hole. He was survived by his wife and two teenage children.
A man was killed after coming into contact with a live electrical wire. Initial discovery showed the utility pole not properly maintained. A mediation took place and the case was resolved through a settlement.
20-year-old single man suffered burns from fire in building. Proofs required evidence to overcome governmental immunity and arson causation by other person (sentenced to prison for starting fire). Settlement pre-suit for non-economic damages only.
Wrongful death case and brain injury to 2-year-old boy. Difficult liability claims with evidence that one Plaintiff at fault. Settlement after four years of litigation.
Decedent, 15 years old, was a passenger in a vehicle struck by an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing. The view of the on-coming train was blocked by a building at the crossing. The active train warning system failed to provide sufficient time to warn the driver of the approaching train.
4-year-old child crawled into an unlocked electrical transformer box at an apartment complex while outside playing with her siblings and neighbors. The child suffered second and third degree electrical burns. The settlement was used to purchase a structure guaranteed to payout over the child’s lifetime.
"I learned early on that these attorneys are not in the business of backing down from a fight; at the same time, they knew how to wisely pick their battles to protect their client's interest." – Client
I was seriously scalded while I was in a health club facility in Indiana, with third degree burns over my legs. I do not speak English. The lawyers and staff at Varnum were kind, caring, and able to get translators and work with me and my relatives to understand my case, my injuries, and obtain a favorable settlement. I would recommend this law firm for anyone, but especially for anyone who has been burned in an accident.
From a client letter written after a mother that lost her son in a car accident involving farm machinery stranded on a road at dusk. Since the accident, she has adopted two Russian children:
"Thank you all so much for remembering me and my family. You guys are truly heaven sent. Every day I awaken I not only think of Robbie but I count my blessings for my new life and family. Without you this would never have happened. Thank you and your staff once again."
Where do we begin to thank you for all the support and love you have given us over the last 4 years? We can vividly remember our first meeting at our dining room table. How you explained so carefully "the process." We were immediately drawn to the advice you gave us. Looking back over the years we can now see how important your representation was to us.
My husband made a miraculous recovery from an auto accident. After being airlifted to U of M, I didn’t know that my angel Bonnie was already working to help me through battles that I had no idea how to prepare for or how to fight but she stood by me and helped me win not only the legal battle but more importantly the life changing battles that I faced then and now on a daily basis. She handled our case with care and compassion.
I was attacked by a dog. My wounds required a plastic surgeon, and I was off work. Attorney Debbie Palmer explained everything to me and answered all my questions and concerns. When the firm and its lawyers take your case, they are good at righting a wrong. I know the law firm is well-known for handling major catastrophic cases, but the lawyers and the staff treated me and my dog-bite case no differently.
My son was seriously injured in an automobile accident. Mr. Weston and staff assisted us through the maze of No-Fault insurance law. They took the time to understand my son’s injuries and needs. We were kept regularly updated on progress through personal contact. We highly recommend them to anyone needing in-depth legal assistance delivered in a courteous, personal way. I've felt my son’s well-being was as important to Mr. Weston as it is to me.
Nothing in life ever prepares you for the death of a child and the serious injury of another. I can honestly say my son and I would never have made it through this tragedy without Bonnie and her team. They are very skilled attorneys but the most important thing was the manner in which they cared for us supported us and were always there, no matter how difficult. They continue to be our friends and a blessing in our lives.
I was burned in a chemistry explosion in high school. My whole life flashed before my eyes and I knew that day would change my life forever. What I didn’t know was that this firm would also change my life. They supported me, my family and friends through my whole ordeal. They put our emotional state of mind and our physical condition before anything else. Steve, Bonnie, Debbie are amazing individuals and all wear their hearts on their sleeves.
My dad was killed by a negligent semi-truck driver. Not a moment goes by that we don’t miss him; but with your help, we have achieved justice through criminal prosecution and a wrongful death suit. The proceeds from the lawsuit will provide for my mom to replace her lost income, and provide money for my dad’s grandkids to attend college. Thank you for your compassion and integrity with my family throughout the process.
From a mother whose two-year-old son suffered burns over 90% of his body in a flash fire:
“This is the type of firm that takes care of all of you and not just the plaintiff, but the family also. They understand that you are individuals first, then family member, then patient, and maybe then a plaintiff. Long after the case is over you have this group as a resource, advocate and friends. I would recommend these attorneys not only as lawyers but also as friends to keep forever.”
My husband was tragically and wrongfully killed in an auto accident, I was faced with grief and the realization that my four young children and I faced an emotional and financial battle I could not fight alone. I researched and interviewed top-rated lawyers in three states. Their excellent reputation for winning to the satisfaction of their clients was only one factor in my decision to hire them. They secured a record settlement for my family.
My husband and I were hit by a drunk driver as we walked along our quiet country road. Fortunately, we recovered from our injuries. Bonnie showed us considerable compassion, directed us to the best physical therapists and helped us find the counseling needed to move forward after such a devastating event. We were never considered just another claim for Bonnie, we were always treated with care and compassion and consider her like family.
At the most horrific time in my life, a little 5 ft. woman comes in to it, Bonnie Sawusch. I called her the pit bull, never to her face, but to everyone else. She also had a soft side, I could call and talk to her about personal issues, and she would listen, give me advice, people to talk to, everything she thought I needed. She remembered everything about me, my husband, my kids and grandkids. This kind of dedication and sincere caring is why I cannot EVER thank them enough.
Not every case is a multi-million dollar or record-setting case. But we devote the time and preparation to every case as though it was. – Varnum Personal Injury Team
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