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2011 July Archive

I-94 Crash Injures Motorcyclist and Passenger

By Lipton Law on July 27, 2011 - No comments

A motorcycle accident on Interstate 94 in Jackson County left the bike’s driver and passenger critically injured, according to a recent article in The Jackson Citizen-Patriot.

The bikers were traveling through Hope Township when the Michigan motorcycle accident occurred. At the time, the motorcycle was traveling through a construction zone, where traffic had been reduced to one lane and back-ups were frequent, according to investigators. Rescue workers were not immediately able to tell what caused the crash, and investigators are still trying to figure out if alcohol, excessive speeding, or another vehicle or road obstacle was responsible for the motorcycle accident.

Rescue workers sent the motorcycle’s driver by helicopter to the University of Michigan Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition. The motorcycle’s passenger was taken to Allegiance Health, but her condition has not been released. Investigators did not say whether or not the two were wearing helmets at the time of the Michigan motorcycle crash.

Most Michigan residents are familiar with the state’s no-fault insurance laws, which require drivers of cars to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance. No-fault auto insurance covers medical bills and some property damage if an accident results, and it limits the cases in which drivers or passenger can sue one another to situations in which a serious injury or disfigurement occurs.

When a motorcycle crashes, however, the rules of insurance and other claims are different than cases in which two cars collide. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys at Lipton Law can help you receive the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other expenses, whether that means standing up to the insurance company or pursuing legal action. To learn more about your legal rights and options following a motorcycle crash caused by another person’s negligence, call Lipton Law today at 248-557-1688 for a free consultation.


Teen Drowns at Summer Camp in Van Buren County

By Lipton Law on July 26, 2011 - No comments

A teenager drowned recently while attending a summer camp in Van Buren County, according to a recent news report from WWMT. The teen was participating in an evening swim at Greenwoods Camp for Boys on Lake of the Woods. Four lifeguards were on duty at the time, but once the boy went under, they were unable to pull him from the water in time to save his life.

When rescue workers arrived, it was dark outside and difficult to see the beach or the water. Michigan Department of Human Services regulations for camps prohibit camps from holding water activities between sunset and sunrise, when it is too dark to see what campers are doing in the water and whether they need help. According to camp staff, however, the sun was still up and the beach was lit by floodlights when the boy slipped under the water.

Investigators from multiple agencies, including the Michigan Department of Human Services and the Michigan State Police, are investigating the drowning accident. Since most of the camp staff turned out to help when the emergency whistle was blown, investigators have several witnesses to interview.

Summer camps have provided outdoor fun for generations of young Michiganders, and most camps make camper safety their number-one priority. When an accident occurs, however, the results can be devastating. If your child has been injured during a camp or other activity, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan injury lawyers at Lipton Law. We will help you find hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. To discuss your case with us, call 248-557-1688 today for a free and confidential consultation.


Two Scottville Men Lost in Ludington-Area Boat Accident

By Lipton Law on July 25, 2011 - No comments

A 69-year-old grandfather and his 24-year-old grandson lost their lives in a boating accident recently in Eden Township near Ludington, Michigan. The men were fishing from their boat at the time, according to a news article in the Ludington Daily News.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was the first on the scene after rescue workers were called; workers from the Riverton Fire Department and the Michigan State Police also helped local sheriff’s deputies locate and recover the men’s bodies from the water.. The two men had been fishing in a private pond owned by the family when the accident occurred. Investigators say that it’s likely a boating accident of some kind occurred, though they have not yet determined what led to the men’s untimely deaths.

Michigan is unique among U.S. states because no part of the state is more than six miles from a natural body of water, whether it’s a river, pond, lake, or one of the Great Lakes that surround the state. As a result, boating is a natural part of many Michiganders’ lives and a popular tourist attraction. Although most boaters in Michigan are careful to avoid obvious dangers, many hidden dangers or risks caused by other visitors to the water can cause boating accidents. These include equipment malfunctions, distractions while driving a boat, or the presence of other boaters who are acting negligently.

When a boating accident occurs, it’s natural to want answers. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys fight to uncover the truth in each client’s case and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. To learn more, call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.


Understanding Michigan’s Dog Bite Law

By Lipton Law on July 22, 2011 - No comments

Michigan law allows people bitten by other people’s dogs to sue the dog’s owner for damages, including payments to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. In order to win a Michigan dog bite case, the person who was bitten must prove to the court that:

  • He or she was injured by a dog bite;
  • When the bite occurred, the injured person was on public property or was on private property, but was legally allowed to be on that property;
  • The person bitten did not provoke the dog; and
  • The person being sued owns the dog.

Under this law, it does not matter if the dog had bitten anyone before or was known to be aggressive, vicious, or bad-tempered. Even a “first bite” is enough to hold the dog’s owner liable for injuries caused by the dog’s bite, as long as all of the above requirements are established.

Michigan dog bite law offers only two defenses for a dog owner: that the person bitten was trespassing on private property, and/or that the dog was provoked. Even unintentional acts may count as provoking, if the average dog would have tried to bite under similar circumstances.

Dog bites send over 380,000 U.S. residents to the emergency room each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most dog bite victims are young children, but anyone may be bitten by a dog, regardless of age.

If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, the experienced Michigan dog bite attorneys at Lipton Law, P.C. can help. We will examine your case carefully and fight to protect your rights and seek the compensation you need. For a free and confidential consultation, call Lipton Law today at 248-557-1688.


Third-Party Liability Can Increase Compensation for a Michigan Workplace Injury

By Lipton Law on July 20, 2011 - No comments

When a Michigan worker is injured while on-the-job, workers’ compensation insurance may provide coverage for medical bills, lost wages, and other costs the worker has to pay in order to take care of and recover from the injury. Since Michigan workers’ compensation payments are set by law, however, they may not cover the full costs of a serious injury. When an injury is caused by someone who is not the injured worker’s employer, a third-party liability suit can help cover the bills that workers’ comp payments miss.

Third-party liability occurs when a third person, who is not the worker or the employer, acts negligently or intentionally in a way that injures someone who is at work. For instance, a company that builds a defective machine may be liable if that machine injures a worker who is using it while on-the-job. Although the details of each third-party liability case are unique, any third party who fails to use reasonable care to protect the safety of others may be held liable for the injuries and related losses that their neglect causes.

Like many other cases filed in Michigan, a third-party liability case must be filed within a certain amount of time after the injury occurs. In Michigan, a worker must file a third-party liability case within one year after they are injured. If the worker doesn’t file the case within one year, their employer may choose to file it on their behalf.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield personal injury attorneys at Lipton Law, P.C. We can help you file for workers’ compensation or seek compensation from responsible third parties on your behalf. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at 248-557-1688.


What Must a Michigan No-Fault Insurance Policy Cover?

By Lipton Law on July 18, 2011 - No comments

Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws require all drivers to carry a basic minimum of auto insurance. The insurance pays for medical bills and other costs if a driver or passenger is injured in an auto accident, no matter whether or not the accident was that person’s fault.

Since no-fault insurance is meant to cover most types of car accident injuries, Michigan drivers injured in auto accidents are generally not allowed to sue a driver who caused the accident, unless the driver or passenger suffered catastrophic injuries or was killed.

A basic Michigan no-fault insurance policy has three parts:

  • Personal injury protection. This is commonly known as PIP, 1st Party or No Fault benefits and covers certain benefits if someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident – regardless of fault. If an individual is injured in an accident where a motor vehicle is involved, the No Fault insurance company shall pay for lifetime medical benefits for accident related injuries; reimbursement up to $20 per day for three years for help with household chores (called replacement services); payment of lost wages at a rate of 85% of what the injured “would have earned” during the first three years from the accident; payment for medical related transportation; and payment to family members or friends to take care of the injured victims personal needs, commonly called “family provided attendant care.”
  • Property protection. This coverage pays for damage to other people’s property that occurs in an accident. For instance, if a driver crashes into someone’s fence, property protection pays for fence repair. It does not cover damage to the car, however.
  • Residual liability insurance. This coverage protects against damages in lawsuits. It pays if a driver kills, seriously injures, or permanently disfigures another driver, or if the driver causes an accident in another state.

No-fault insurance policies are supposed to provide prompt and accurate payments after a Michigan car accident. However, if an insurance company stalls or refuses to pay full benefits, an experienced Michigan no-fault insurance benefits lawyer like those at Lipton Law can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call Lipton Law today at 248-557-1688.


Michigan’s Motorcycle Helmet Law Saves Lives and Money

By Lipton Law on July 13, 2011 - No comments

Michigan is one of several U.S. states that require motorcycle riders to wear helmets when riding their bike. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), estimates that motorcycle helmets make the difference between life and death for 37 percent of motorcycle accident victims each year.

Despite helmets’ life-saving abilities, however, opponents of Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law seek to get it repealed nearly every year. What opponents rarely mention is that Michigan’s helmet law does more than save lives. It also saves every vehicle owner in Michigan money on their insurance bill each year.

Michigan’s no-fault car insurance law is one of the most comprehensive in the United States. If a car crash occurs, the drivers’ insurance covers the costs of any injuries suffered in the accident, no matter who is hurt. Insurance must offer lifetime benefits for certain lifelong injuries or permanent disabilities. All car owners are required to carry this insurance, but motorcyclists are not. When a car and a motorcycle crash in Michigan, the car owner’s insurance pays for everyone’s injuries, including the motorcyclists’ injuries. If bikers were allowed to ride without a helmet, the costs of serious injuries in motorcycle accidents would almost certainly increase – and so would insurance premiums.

Drivers or motorcyclists who suffer permanent impairments or disfigurement as well as family members of motorcyclists killed in an accident may be able to seek compensation from the person who caused the crash in order to cover bills that insurance does not cover. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Southfield motorcycle accident lawyers at Lipton Law, P.C. We will help you seek the compensation you deserve from insurance companies or negligent drivers. Call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free consultation.


Hot Weather may Cause Michigan Vehicle Accidents if Tires aren’t Properly Inflated

By Lipton Law on July 6, 2011 - No comments

Underinflated or damaged tires on cars, trucks, and other vehicles can cause a drop in the miles per gallon your car gets on the road. They can also cause accidents or injuries, especially in hot weather, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.

Between 2005 and 2009, NHTSA estimates that 3,400 people were killed and another 116,000 were injured in car crashes that might have been avoided if the car’s tires were properly inflated and maintained. An underinflated or worn tire can burst, and hot weather makes tires less able to stand the stress of long car trips and heavy loads of people and luggage. To help avoid a flat tire and the risk of a tire-related accident, keep tires inflated properly and check their age. Both the correct amount of inflation and the date the tire was made should be written on the sides of the tires.

In addition to helping families avoid flat tires and lower their risk of an accident during summer travels, keeping tires properly inflated can improve the vehicle’s gas mileage. This helps the car travel further on a tank of gas, which helps the family save money.

Traveling with safety in mind helps vacationing families avoid auto accidents in Michigan and enjoy their summer fun. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can’t always prevent defective vehicle parts or negligently maintained roads from causing an accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan auto accident attorneys at Lipton Law, P.C. To learn more, call us today at 248-557-1688.