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Patrick Duff

Patrick Duff

Personalized guidance in your personal injury and worker's comp cases
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Business Law ...
  • Michigan
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Summary

I’ve worked with injured folks for the past decade, both in the context of auto accidents and worker’s compensation. I know that when you suffer an injury, you need firm and aggressive advocacy so your voice can be heard. But you also need frank and honest guidance so you can make good decisions for your future and for your family’s future. I provide both.

When you call my firm, I’m the one you’ll talk to on the phone, not some screener who passes you along to an associate. I take your call, I hear your story, I assess your needs.

Being injured is hard. Going through a lawsuit can make it even harder. My goal is to get you to closure so you can start feeling human again. It’s personally injury law with a personal touch.

Here’s a little bit about my background.

Education:

Juris Doctorate, Michigan State University College of Law, 2011, Cum Laude
Moot Court, Executive Director
Trial Practice Institute
Pretrial II Discovery and Negotiation, JD Award
Internship with Muskegon County Prosecutors Office
Bachelors of Art in Philosophy, Calvin University, 2008
Varsity Basketball

Courts and Bar Admission:

All Michigan State Courts
Michigan State Bar Association
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Michigan Association for Justice
Grand Rapids Bar Association Worker's Compensation Section, President

Community Activities:

I am a native of West Michigan, having grown up around Grand Rapids and the lakeshore. My wife and I, along with our two daughters, are members at Madison Square Christian Reformed Church. I chair a non-profit board that serves the Madison-Hall community. In my free time, I enjoy good company with friends and family, travelling, playing music, golfing, and playing rec league basketball.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Claims
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean Attorneys At Law
Current
President
Grand Rapids Bar Association - Worker's Compensation Section
- Current
Member
Michigan Association for Justice
- Current
Adjunct Professor
Michigan State University College of Law
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Education
Michigan State University College of Law
J.D. (2011)
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Calvin College
B.A. (2008) | Philosophy
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Senior Basketball
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Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The "Survivors" Benefit
The Grand Rapids Lawyer
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Blog - The Injury Lawyer
Legal Answers
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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Contact & Map
3996 Chicago Dr SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Telephone: (616) 531-7711