for car Accident INJURY victims

MICHIGAN AND METRO DETROIT AUTO ACCIDENT SPECIALISTS

ONE ATTORNEY HANDLING YOUR CASE
ABOUT US

When you hire the Law Firm of Cherkinsky & Goutman, P.L.C., your will case will not be passed around between lawyers or other staff. Instead, it will be handled by Attorney Phil Goutman, personally. 


This provides you a big firm experienced attorney who will provide the most personalized approach possible.  When you call, you will talk to Attorney Phil, and he will know who you are and what is going on with your case. 

About me

I am a trial lawyer who truly cares about my clients.  I have been practicing law in all Michigan courts since 1984.  Over the course of my 30-year career practicing law, my firms, partner, and associates have represented thousands of clients, and litigated hundreds of cases, obtaining settlements totaling millions of dollars.

When you retain me to represent you, be assured that I will personally handle all aspects of your case.  I will fight for those injured due to the negligence of the other driver, whether the case involves a rear-end collision, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, rollover, or side collisions.

I will determine who is responsible, whose insurance policy pays for your expenses and losses, and what you can expect to recover for pain and suffering if the accident was someone else’s fault. 

I will first attempt to settle your claim out of court by negotiating with the responsible insurance company.  If a fair settlement cannot be reached, I will advise you on the feasibility of filing a lawsuit. 

If I file a lawsuit on your behalf, I will help you, every step of the way. 

I CHARGE NO ATTORNEY FEE IF THERE IS NO RECOVERY on any injury case where I am retained on a contingent fee basis. 


IT IS AN HONOR TO BE RECOGNIZED AS AN OUTSTANDING LAWYER BY PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS OVER THE YEARS. THE AWARDS SHOWN ABOVE ARE:

  • TOP 10 MICHIGAN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER FOR CLIENT SATISFACTION FOR 2015, 2016, AND 2017.
  • TOP 10 MICHIGAN PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY AS RECOGNIZED BY "ATTORNEY AND PRACTICE MAGAZINES."
  • LEAD COUNSEL RATED FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW AWARDED BY THOMPSON REUTERS NEWS SERVICE.    

Michigan has the best no-fault automobile law in the nation. Injured accident victims, who are covered under a no-fault policy, are entitled to lifetime medical care in addition to other important benefits. However, the law is complex and confusing. The key to getting all the benefits an injured Michigan auto accident victim is entitled to is working with an attorney who has vast experience with automobile accident cases. We have that experience, three decades worth!

BIG LAW FIRM EXPERIENCE PROVIDING PERSONAL SERVICE TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS
TRUST YOUR car accident INJURY CASE WITH AN ATTORNEY AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW

WE HAVE HELPED MICHIGAN AND METRO DETROIT RESIDENTS WITH THEIR DOG BITE AND OTHER PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

SINCE 1984

​​

COMPLETE THE FORM FOR A FREE CASE REVIEW.
BIO OF ATTORNEY PHIL GOUTMAN

The Law Firm of Cherkinsky & Goutman, P.L.C. was established in 1991 by attorneys Ed Cherkinsky and Phil Goutman. Ed and Phil began working together on automobile accident and other personal injury cases in 1984, at a law firm with six lawyers and a support staff of secretaries, law clerks, and file clerks.  


Working at a high-volume law firm meant that both attorneys were responsible for handling over 100 client files, each. The experience of handling so many cases provided invaluable experience. But, something was lost too. Big firms tend to delegate much of the work and client contact to secretaries and paralegals. 


Phil became the managing partner at Cherkinsky & Goutman, P.L.C. in 1996 when Ed retired. Phil wanted to provide direct and personal attention to each and every client. So, in 2004, Phil went solo and has been personally handling each and every case that the firm accepts.   

a Michigan lawyer