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By Lipton Law on February 15, 2013 - No comments

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Lipton Law Stands Against Capping Benefits to Accident Victims

Governor Snyder’s new proposal on Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance would cap benefits that car accident victims can receive at one million dollars.  For many car accident victims, this amount will not secure the medical coverage a car accident victim actually needs.  Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan person injury law firm,  recommends you read this article and let your local state representative know that you do not agree with this change.

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Lipton Law is Concerned about Governor Snyder’s New Proposal

The new proposal put forth by Governor Snyder would have devastating consequences on Michigan car-accident victims and their families.  Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm, strongly encourages you to take a look at these articles and tell Governor Snyder that you won’t stand for this change.  It is time that families and individuals come before insurance companies when making policy.

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Lipton Law’s Own, Marc Lipton, Named to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee

Michigan residents and their families that were devastated by the meningitis outbreak can take some solace in the fact that Marc Lipton of Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm, will be representing them on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Multi-District litigation. With his appointment, Lipton Law will be in the driver’s seat, pushing the gas pedal towards recovery for Michigan victims.

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Lipton Law Excited to Sponsor Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Fund’s Heart of Champions Gala

Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2013 Heart of Champions Gala to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Fund that will take place on March 14, 2013 at the Fox Theatre.

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Lawsuit Filed for Michigan Residents Affected by Meningitis Outbreak

The number of people infected by the fungal meningitis outbreak continues to climb.

There are 231 cases of fungal meningitis in the nation, including 15 deaths – in 15 states.

In Michigan, there are 47 cases, with three deaths.

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  • In Detroit, Meningitis Lawsuit is Filed for Howell Woman

  • Target is steroid maker in Massachusetts

 

  • A class action has been filed for Michigan residents sickened by tainted steroid injections believed to be responsible for a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 15 people across the country.View Article
  • Michigan Has 1st Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit

    Attorney Marc Lipton files lawsuit in Federal court in Detroit.

    A Howell woman who is hospitalized with fungal meningitis is suing the pharmacy where the steroids came from.

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  • Lipton Law Supports the Campaign for Kelly, Johnson and McCormack

    Lipton Law supports three remarkable women: Judge Connie Kelley, Judge Shelia Johnson and Bridget McCormack, who are leading our charge to reclaim our supreme court for Michigan families.

     

  • Marc E. Lipton Named President of Michigan Association for Justice

    The Southfield personal injury law firm of Lipton Law is proud to announce that attorney Marc E. Lipton has been named President of the Michigan Association for Justice. This distinct honor is given to a lawyer committed to helping working families in Michigan attain justice when tragedy strikes as a result of negligence or recklessness. In his role as Michigan Association for Justice President, Marc will help lead a dedicated group of approximately 1,800 member lawyers who work daily to spread awareness about safety and take a stand against individuals and entities responsible for causing others to suffer injury, illness, or death.

    In being governed by an executive board made up of about 70 members and five officers, the Michigan Association for Justice is devoted to bettering the lives of those who have suffered injuries at work, on the road, at a hospital, or in another setting in which another’s negligence was detrimental. As a lawyer with extensive experience handling cases involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and defective products, Marc has the knowledge and tenacity to fulfill his duties as President of the Michigan Association for Justice.

    • Visit Michigan Association for Justice website

  • Michigan Personal Injury Attorneys at Lipton Law Launch Mobile Site

    The Southfield, MI personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law are proud to announce the debut of their mobile website.

    In the technological flood society is drenched in, waiting to get home or go the library to access the Internet on a computer may not be soon enough. The advancements of cell phones, iPhones and Smart Phones specifically, have made accessing the Internet not only quicker, but more efficient.

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  • Michigan Bills Recently Introduced Cause Debate Over Medical Malpractice Cases

    The trauma of medical malpractice for a patient is indescribable. Not only is there a sense of trust being betrayed, but due to the often invasive aspects of surgery, medical treatment, and other aspects of hospital care or diagnosis screenings, any act of negligence on the part of a medical professional or facility has the capability of changing a person’s life forever. With that being said, four bills recently introduced in Michigan, Senate Bill 1115, Senate Bill 1116, Senate Bill 1117, and Senate Bill 1118, have raised debate over who would really benefit.

    The main characteristic of medical malpractice that these bills would change is the limitation of non-economic damages, which includes the loss of household and other services. As Southfield personal injury lawyer Marc E. Lipton posited, “Who usually provides those household services?” As you may gather, Marc is suggesting that the bills would seem to do women a disservice in denying them compensation in the event that their lives are shaken by medical malpractice.

    The bills would also significantly cap, or limit, the amount of damages a person could receive in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Since the bills would protect medical professionals from being sued if the alleged malpractice is believed to have been “the exercise of professional judgment”, other critics of the bills claim that they give doctors who have made catastrophic mistakes immunity.

    • Republicans introduce bills to protect docs in med mal cases

  • 2012 Michigan Health & Rehab Conference

    Jody Lipton will be doing a break out session at the 2012 Michigan Health and Rehab Conference being held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Best Western Sterling Inn.

    • View the Conference Brochure (PDF)


  • Legacy Society Spring Tribute Dinner & Auction

    Jody Lipton was the Legislative Liaison Co-Chair for theBIAMI Spring Tribute Legacy Society Dinner that took place on March 31, 2012 at The Diamond Center at The Suburban Collection Showplace. Lipton Law was also a VIP Reception Sponsor for the event.

    • April 13, 2012 – View the Press Release on Lipton Law’s Involvement in the BIAMI Event


  • Crash Course: What’s in Your Policy

    • 3/01/11 - JARC
      Attorney Jody Lipton offers a “Crash Course” on helping Michigan drivers get the auto coverage they need.
    • 3/08/11 – NCJW
    • 3/25/11 – Farbman Group
    • 4/14/11 – Baker College
    • 4/17/11 – Temple Emanuel Oak Park
    • 4/28/11 – Lakeland Center
    • 5/12/11 – (Troy) and 5/18/11 (Novi) Inforum
    • 5/22/11 – Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
    • 5/23/11 – (Sterling Heights) and 6/27/11 (Novi) Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
    • 6/02/11 – Rotary Club of Bloomfield Hills
    • 6/14/11 – Medical Professionals, Inc.
    • 6/22/11 – Metro Home Health Care
    • 6/08/11 – Quicken Loans
    • 7/20/11 – Tender Home Health Care
    • 7/26/11 – The Med Team
    • 7/30/11 – Good Faith of Fight Ministry

    UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS:
    TBA Fall 2011 – The Birmingham Community House
    8/25/11 – At Home Network Inc
    8/11/11 – Macomb Networking Group

    NON CRASH COURSE:
    9/7/11 – Michigan Association of Justice No-Fault Institute


  • Carnival of Care

    Come see Lipton Law support the Carnival of Careat their Motown Moves and Memories Fundraiseron October 29, 2011.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Crash Course Seminar

      Jody B. Lipton will give her seminar, Crash Course, at the Birmingham Community house on October 18, 2011.

    • Crash Course Seminar

      Crash Course seminar at the Macomb Alliance Healthcare Providers on Thursday October 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM.


    • The Brain Injury Association of Michigan

      Come visit Lipton law’s booth at The Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s Annual Conference in Lansing on Thursday and Friday September 22- 23

 

 

Marc Lipton Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Fungal Meningitis Victim in Federal Court

By Lipton Law on October 24, 2012 - No comments

The nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections continues to spread across the U.S. and in Michigan. On October 8, 2012, there were 21 cases of meningitis in the state, including two deaths. Sixteen days later, on October 24, 2012, there are now 68 cases, including five deaths from contaminated steroid injections in Michigan.

One of these cases is that of Brenda Bansale, who received a tainted steroid injection at Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, MI. Bansale received the steroid injection on August 28, 2012 and was hospitalized early this month after experiencing severe debilitating headaches. She is the first fungal meningitis victim to take legal action in Michigan against the pharmaceutical company. Her attorney, Marc Lipton, of Lipton Law in Southfield, filed the class action lawsuit in Detroit’s U.S. District Court against New England Compounding Center (NECC), the company responsible for the contaminated steroids.

The lawsuit calls for tougher regulations on NECC as well as aims to recover compensation for the people affected by the pharmaceutical company’s negligence. This is the third lawsuit to be filed against NECC, the first two being in Minnesota. Mr. Lipton expects that all lawsuits will eventually be consolidated into a multi-district case and filed in the most convenient location for all parties involved.

As reported by the Livingston Daily, Mr. Lipton stated that Bansale “was having additional symptoms, her physicians ordered her to the Hospital for additional tests.” She was readmitted to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor on October 23, 2012.

If you or a loved one has contracted fungal meningitis as the result of contaminated steroid injections manufactured by NECC, Marc Lipton and the Michigan meningitis lawsuit attorneys at Lipton Law can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To learn more, call us at (248) 557-1688.

 

When a Doctor Has Injured You, Getting Relief Can Be Painful

By Lipton Law on October 23, 2012 - No comments

One of the most comprehensive studies on medical errors, the Harvard Medical Practice Study found that of the patients injured while in the care of a physician, a large number of those injured (or who lost their lives) were due to medical misdiagnosis.

Southfield Medical Error AccidentIn other words, getting to a hospital or a doctor does not guarantee that your ailment will be properly diagnosed. When a proper diagnosis is not made, proper treatment is not administered. As a result, you may spend more time than you should in a hospital or under a doctor’s care, you may lose more time from work, you may end up paying more for your out-of-pocket medical expenses, you may be required to have lifetime medical support to manage the condition brought on by the medical malpractice, or even worse, death may be the result of the doctor’s negligence.

Under Michigan law, when medical malpractice is suspected, the patient and/or his or her loved ones may have a claim for compensatory damages. These claims must be properly presented and timely filed in order that the responsible party(ies) be held accountable for their negligence and for you to get the compensation you may be entitled to.

If you or a loved one has been injured or you have lost a loved one to the negligence or error(s) of a Michigan medical practitioner, due to his or her medical malpractice, the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Lipton Law can help you get the justice you deserve. Call us at 1 (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.

 

Detroit Insurance Claims When No One is Identified at Fault Can Be a Challenge

By Lipton Law on October 17, 2012 - No comments

Detroit Auto Accident ClaimAccording to The News-Herald, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been involved in 4 traffic incidents since he signed with the Lions in 2010. As a rookie, he was involved in an accident which was determined to have been caused by the other driver. In December, 2011, he was involved in another crash which is currently in litigation. Then in March, 2012, he was cited for driving 91 mph in a 55 mph zone.

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Suh was involved in a traffic accident. According to the other driver, Suh’s vehicle sideswiped his vehicle without Suh stopping. Suh was not cited for the collision because, according to police, it could not be determined who was at fault, leaving the other driver to deal with the issue of fault and compensation for his damages.

Luckily, in the Thursday incident, no one appears to have been injured. Yet, what do you do when you are injured in a Detroit traffic accident, the police do not cite the other driver (who might be at fault for the accident), and you still have to repair your vehicle and mend your injuries? Sometimes, unfortunately, once your insurance claim is filed, you will need to do battle with the insurance company to receive just compensation for your damages and injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Michigan car accident, and are dealing with insurance companies who are delaying or denying your claim, let the knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated Detroit car insurance claims lawyers at Lipton Law help. Call us at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.

 

Paying Insurance Premiums for MI Car Accident Coverage Doesn’t Always Guarantee Compensation

By Lipton Law on October 15, 2012 - No comments

You pay insurance premiums in order to protect yourself against the financial destruction which may be inflicted on you in the event of an accident which damages or destroys your home or business, or when you or a loved one is injured or killed in an accident. You expect that when required, your insurance carrier will not treat you in “bad faith” by delaying or denying your valid claims. In Michigan, that is exactly what you may face without a skilled legal representative to help you.

Southfield Insurance Claim DenialIn 2009, the Michigan Court of Appeals, in Johnson v. Wausau, ruled that even when an insurance carrier has lied to you that your claim was not covered by your policy, you had no cause of action (no right to sue) for fraud because you could and should have consulted with an attorney to confirm the accuracy of the statement made by your carrier. Even though legislative attempts to correct this injustice were begun in 2009 (specifically the introduction of Bill 4244), to date, no law exists which curbs these types of insurance bad faith.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a delay or denial of an insurance claim, that delay or denial may have been in bad faith. The insurance company has all the money to continue to delay and deny your claim. Let the experienced insurance bad faith lawyers at Lipton Law even the playing field and get you the recovery and compensation you may be entitled to. Call us at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.

 

Doctors Take an Oath to Do No Harm, but as They Rarely Disclose Medical Malpractice, How Would You Know?

By Lipton Law on October 11, 2012 - No comments

Royal Oak Medical Malpractice StudyMost everyone knows that a doctor takes an oath to “do no harm”. Implicit in that oath one would think that the obligations of the medical profession require that the doctor inform the patient, or his/her family, of any negligence resulting in injury or death to the patient. In reality, in only a very small percentage of cases do doctors admit their medical malpractice.

In a 2006 survey, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), it was discovered that many doctors would not disclose a medical error causing injury or death to their patients/next of kin. Surgeons were more likely not to disclose errors made on the operating table than other medical practitioners.

In other words, if you or a loved one has been injured while seeking medical treatment or you have lost a loved one in the care of a doctor, medical malpractice may be at the root of the tragedy. Relying on the doctor to answer your questions regarding the cause of the injury or death, may be futile. If you suspect medical negligence, you may want to contact a skilled lawyer with experience handling these types of cases.

The knowledgeable and compassionate Royal Oak medical malpractice lawyers at Lipton Law can help you get the answers you need so that you can seek compensation from negligent parties. Call us at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.

 

2 Dead in Michigan, 105 Infected across Nation from Meningitis-Contaminated Steroid Injections

By Lipton Law on October 8, 2012 - No comments

Two people have died in Michigan from meningitis infections caused by infected steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). According to a USA Today report, a total of 105 patients across the United States have been infected with fungal meningitis, with eight dying from their illnesses.

Meningitis OutbreakThe drug, a steroid injected directly into the spine known as methylprednisolone acetate, is used to treat pain and inflammation. Currently, 105 people have been reported as contracting fungal meningitis due to receiving injections that were contaminated with the infection. Eight people have died due to the illness, two of which were residents of Michigan. A total of 76 medical facilities spread across 23 states received contaminated injections and the infections have been reported in a total of nine states. Visit www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html for a complete list of facilities that received the products.

The facilities in Michigan that received the contaminated drug include: the Michigan Neurological Institute, the Michigan Pain Specialists, the Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation, and the Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital.

Meningitis is an infection-caused inflammation of the membrane covering the spinal cord and brain. If it is not properly and quickly diagnosed, it can easily progress to becoming fatal.

NECC has voluntarily surrendered its license to operate while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates the circumstances of the contamination. The pharmacy has also recalled not only its steroids, but all products in case of further contaminations. The FDA has told all consumers and medical professionals to cease using NECC products and for anyone who received an injection on or after July 1 and experienced meningitis symptoms to immediately visit a doctor.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness due to a dangerous product, the Michigan recalled product lawyers at Lipton Law can aid you in holding at-fault companies responsible and finding compensation needed to recover from injuries and financial losses. Call (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation on your case.

 

Highway Safety Grants May Reduce Traffic Fatalities

By Lipton Law on October 8, 2012 - No comments

In 2005, the Federal government allocated $244.1 billion to fund state investment needed to maintain and grow our transportation infrastructure. Education of the public and enhanced law enforcement involvement is part of the transportation infrastructure funded by the money allocated by Congress.

Michigan Defective Road CrashAs of this month, September, 2012, Congress is seeking to slash grants which fund state programs designed to prevent alcohol/distracted driving accidents, motorcycle safety, and teen education. This Congressional intention comes at a time when in the first 3 months of this year, traffic fatalities have jumped 13.5%, the highest number, in a similar time frame, since 2008.

In response, the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) are asking Congress to continue funding the programs which they say reduce traffic accident deaths by continued education. They are not asking for a funding increase but for a continuation of funding previously provided to states for traffic accident prevention programs. Without continued funding, states will have to rely on any funds not utilized in the previous fiscal year. In many states, especially the smaller ones which received less funding to begin with, this will mean that programs in place may be discontinued. GHSA and MADD argue that this means that the trend begun at the outset of this year – increased traffic accident fatalities – would continue.

Being injured or having a loved one injured in a traffic accident is a horrible consequence of someone else’s lack of knowledge on traffic safety. If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another, a Detroit car accident attorney at Lipton Law is here to help at (248) 557-1688. Should you need us, call for a free consultation.

 

Oakland County Semi-Truck Jackknifes & Overturns, No Injuries Reported

By Lipton Law on October 4, 2012 - No comments

The Oakland Press reported that all 3 lanes of northbound I-75, on E. Holly Road in Holly, in Oakland County, were closed on the morning of September 20, because a semi-truck overturned and jack-knifed. Fortunately, in this particular incident, no one was injured. On many other occasions, an impact between a semi-truck and any other motorist or pedestrian is often not this benign.

Careful operation of your motor vehicle cannot always protect you from a situation where, through no fault of your own, a semi-truck loses control and overturns, jackknifes, and in the process causes your vehicle, and often others, to get struck in its path. Once the dust settles and you have had the chance to assess the situation, been treated for your personal injuries, and released by the emergency room doctors at the hospital, you must try to rebuild your life.

According to 2011 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 1/3 of all deaths and injuries attributed to traffic accidents, involve trucks as 1 of the vehicles involved. In fact, in 2010, there was an 8.7% increase in fatalities involving large trucks. In 2010, Michigan saw an 8.0% increase in the number of traffic accident fatalities.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, compensation from the responsible party(ies) may be available. In order to obtain that compensation, you will need the knowledge and commitment found in the Oakland County truck crash lawyers at Lipton Law. Call us for a free consultation at (248) 557-1688 and get on the road to your recovery.

 

Social Security is a Right, but is Often Something You Must Fight For

By Lipton Law on September 28, 2012 - No comments

Macomb County SSDI ApplicationIn the 1930’s, the United States made a commitment to take care of its elderly, less fortunate, and disabled through deductions to wage earners’ income. As long as you were working, you paid into the Social Security system. You knew that should you need it, the fund was there to pay for your living expenses and even your recuperation should you become disabled. However, obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is a complex and often stressful process. Proving disability typically requires the proper medical evidence and if your medical condition doesn’t fit the specific criteria established by the Social Security Administration (SSA), then you may not be eligible for benefits.

Applying for SSDI benefits or filing a claim for appeal frequently makes individuals dizzy with frustration. There is a lot to keep track of when pursuing benefits on top of ensuring that proper medical care and treatment is being obtained for your disability. To ensure that you don’t miss any steps in the application or appeals process, you may want to consult with an experienced attorney.

Coping with a disability is extremely challenging for an individual as well as his or her family. More often than not, finances are an issue when steep medical bills must be paid or when the primary wage-earner is no longer able to work.

The skilled Social Security lawyers in Michigan at Lipton Law can help you understand your rights and the process of getting the benefits that you deserve. For years, we have been providing our clients with effective legal guidance and representation. Contact the experienced legal team at Lipton Law for a free consultation by calling (248) 557-1688.