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2011 June Archive

Six Ways to Keep Fireworks Safe This Independence Day

By Lipton Law on June 29, 2011 - No comments

Fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July celebrations in the United States. The variety of light and color against a star-studded night sky is the perfect way to end a day of parties, picnics, and parades. Since fireworks are designed to explode, however, they can cause serious injury if they’re not used properly. Following these six simple safety tips can help you and your family avoid injuries at your Fourth of July festivities.

  1. Buy only fireworks that are designed for consumers, include warnings or instructions, and are legal in your state.
  2. Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in the fireworks-lighting area. If the weather has been dry, soak the area thoroughly with water before lighting any fireworks.
  3. Choose one adult to be responsible for lighting fireworks. That adult should be the only person in the fireworks-lighting area, and he or she should stay there only as long as it takes to light each firework. Never let children light fireworks or play with them.
  4. Light fireworks one at a time, and do not try to re-light fireworks that didn’t go off the first time.
  5. Do not try to make your own fireworks, and do not accept fireworks that are not made by professional fireworks-making companies.
  6. Before throwing away used fireworks, dunk them in a bucket of water to make sure any sparks or fire is completely out. Smouldering fireworks can start a trash fire.

By keeping these six tips in mind, you can reduce the risk that a fireworks-related injury will put an end to your Independence Day celebrations. If a family member has been injured by fireworks, the experienced Southfield injury lawyers at Lipton Law can help you hold responsible parties accountable for any negligence that may have led to the injury. Call us today at 248-557-1688 for a confidential consultation.


When is a Michigan Property Owner Liable for a Slip and Fall?

By Lipton Law on June 28, 2011 - No comments

Michigan law recognizes slip and fall and other premises liability claims, allowing those who have been injured by a property owner’s negligence to bring their cases to court.  However, like many states, the legal duty a property owner has to protect a visitor’s safety depends on the relationship between the property owner and the person who was injured.  These relationships usually fall into one of three categories:

  • Invitees. An “invitee” is a person whom the property owner allows on the property for a business purpose.  Shoppers, salespeople, and workers performing jobs for the property owner are all examples of invitees.  A property owner owes an invitee the highest duty of care: to warn the invitee about dangerous situations and/or to fix them.
  • Licensees.  A “licensee” is a person whom the property owner allows on the property, but not for business.  Social guests like partygoers are usually licensees.  A property owner must warn licensees about dangerous conditions, but needn’t rush to fix them.
  • Trespassers.  A “trespasser” is any person who is on the property without permission.  Property owners can’t make dangerous conditions worse to trap trespassers, but they don’t have to fix the conditions or put up warnings about them, either.

Dealing with the legal details of a Michigan slip and fall case can be overwhelming, especially while you’re trying to recover from a serious injury.  At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers have the practical experience to fight for compensation on your behalf.  To learn if a Lipton Law attorney is right for you, call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.


Michigan Small Plane Crash Involving University Recruit Results in Fatalities, Injuries

By Lipton Law on June 27, 2011 - No comments

A recent recruit to the University of Michigan men’s basketball team is in critical condition in a northern Lower Peninsula hospital after a plane crash that took the lives of his father and stepmother, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press.

The young man, a high school basketball star in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was riding in a single-engine plane piloted by his father. The family was headed to their summer home in Charlevoix when the plane crashed. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are still looking for the cause of the accident. The future Michigan student was the only survivor of the crash, and he is currently receiving care at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

The injured man and his family were no strangers to plane crashes. In 2003, the plane his father was piloting clipped a power line and crashed, taking the lives of his mother and two siblings.

The rate of accidents for airplanes of all sizes is much lower than the rate of accidents for other forms of transportation, especially cars. But when something does go wrong on a plane, the risks of severe injury and death are much greater. If you’ve been injured in an aviation accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan accident attorneys at Lipton Law. We will help you fight for compensation and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a confidential consultation, call us today at 248-557-1688.