APRIL N. MALAK is an Associate Attorney at Vandeveer Garzia and focuses her practice on civil litigation matters including complex first-party automotive claims, third-party bodily injury claims, premises liability and general negligence. April also has no-fault trial experience in both circuit court and district court. While attending law school, April became a certified civil mediator and participated in externships focused on complex commercial defense. April has consulted with section 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations focusing on domestic violence aid, juvenile law, and animal advocacy.
Oakland University, B. S., with honors, General Management, 2006
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. 2010
State Bar of Michigan 2011
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 2013
State Bar of Michigan
Dismissal granted on BI claim
Saar v. Johns
April Malak was granted summary disposition in Oakland County Circuit Court on Plaintiff’s claim for damages stemming from an automobile accident. Defendant alleged the accident was minor in nature, occurring while both parties were in line for gas at a gas station. Plaintiff alleged injuries including those to his neck and shoulder, and also alleged dizziness and lack of concentration, that in turn affected his ability to lead his normal life. During the course of discovery, Defendant obtained medical records and conducted surveillance on Plaintiff. Defendant argued the medical records failed to support an objective injury to the extent claimed by Plaintiff. Further, Defendant obtained surveillance of Plaintiff, which showed Plaintiff participating in hours-long bike rides, and doing outdoor chores, in addition to other activities. In turn, Defendant argued Plaintiff has failed to satisfy the “serious impairment” threshold. The Court agreed and dismissed Plaintiff’s claims.
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