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2012 March Archive

Michigan Attorney Jody Lipton of Lipton Law Honored as Legislative Liaison Co-Chair for BIAMI Spring Tribute Legacy Society Dinner

By Lipton Law on March 30, 2012 - No comments

Southfield personal injury lawyer Jody Lipton, of the Michigan law firm Lipton Law, is proud to be the Legislative Liaison Co-Chair for the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) Spring Tribute Legacy Society Dinner and Auction being held on March 31st at The Diamond Center at The Suburban Collection Showplace. In addition, Lipton Law is a VIP Reception Sponsor for the fundraising event.

The BIAMI is part of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) network, the country’s largest and oldest nationwide brain injury advocacy, education, and research organization which focuses on bringing hope, healing, and help to the millions of people living with brain injury, their families, and the dedicated professionals who serve them. The Legacy Society Tribute is an important fundraiser for BIAMI. Last year’s Legacy Society’s Spring Tribute Dinner raised over $170,000 in net income for BIAMI and hopefully this year’s will be just as successful, if not more so.

This year’s black-tie optional event will have a Special Guest Presentation by Captain Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was the victim of an assassination attempt in January 2011. The honorees at the 2012 Dinner are Phillip W. Weaver, CEO of the Hope Network, who is receiving the Community Service & Leadership Award, and Joel R. Saper, MD, FACP, FAAN, founder and director of the Michigan Head Pain & Neurological Institute, who is receiving the Professional Service Award. The online auction accompanying the event will be open for bidding through April 11th.

A brain injury can create undue emotional, physical, and financial hardships for the victim and their family. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys are committed to obtaining just compensation for victims of negligence. If you have suffered injury as the result of another’s reckless or negligent actions, contact us today for a consultation at (248) 557-1688.

 

Clinic Offering Bionic Options for Paraplegics Opens in UK

By Lipton Law on March 29, 2012 - No comments

A clinic offering bionic technology that might help paraplegic individuals walk again recently opened in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. Similar clinics in the United States might not be far behind, according to an article in the Yorkshire Post.

Paraplegia Treatment MichiganThe “bionic suit” is one of several treatment options offered by the clinic. It consists of a robotic “suit”, or exoskeleton, that the patient wears over his or her paralyzed legs. The suit sends electrical impulses to the muscles in the legs, similar to those the brain would send them to signal them to walk if a spinal cord injury had not interrupted the connection between the brain and legs. Patients who use the suit often find that they can walk with little or no assistance while in it.

The suit is not yet appropriate for every patient, say researchers. Its weight makes it difficult to maneuver, requiring patients to have good muscle tone in order to use it. However, it has given some patients, including both spinal cord injury sufferers and patients with certain types of neurological diseases, a new way to move and a new source of hope.

Spinal cord injuries are often difficult to treat and include some of the highest costs of all types of serious injuries, and also frequently result in serious and permanent impairments. If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.

 

NHTSA Considers Higher Fines for Automakers Who Conceal Safety Defects

By Lipton Law on March 27, 2012 - No comments

Michigan Auto Product SafetySince Toyota faced high fines for concealing information related to safety issues in several of its vehicles in 2010, automakers have been more forward with information related to possible defects and in issuing auto product recalls. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering increasing the maximum fines possible in such cases.

The increase in fines will have to pass through Congress and be signed by the President to go into effect. A bill introduced recently in the Senate would increase the maximum fine to $250 million. Currently, the maximum fine is $17 million per failure to report. Toyota received a total fine of $32 million in 2010 for two separate instances in which lawmakers say the company failed to report safety defects, with deadly consequences.

Supporters of the bill say that increasing the fines would better reflect the size of automakers’ budgets, creating a real deterrent to withholding necessary safety information. They note that, while $17 million does not represent a real hardship for most auto companies to pay, $250 million would. Opponents of the increase, however, say that $17 million is an adequate deterrent, and that raising the amount would put an unnecessary burden on automakers. Opponents also note that, with millions of vehicles on U.S. roads, automakers already face a hefty responsibility to make cars as safe as possible, one that they take seriously.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle part, the experienced Southfield product liability attorneys at Lipton Law can help. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation about your car accident injury. Our number is (248) 557-1688.

 

Understanding Basic Michigan No-Fault Insurance Requirements

By Lipton Law on March 22, 2012 - No comments

Michigan is one of several states that requires auto drivers to carry basic no-fault insurance, and also requires motorcyclists to carry insurance. No-fault auto insurance covers medical bills, property damage, and other costs for those who are injured in Michigan car accidents. Some basic types and amounts of insurance are required, although drivers may purchase additional coverage – both in the form of higher limits and different types of coverage – in addition to the required insurance if they prefer.

At a minimum, Michigan drivers must carry coverage for bodily injury, property damage, personal injury protection, and property protection insurance. Bodily injury covers the costs for others who are injured in the accident, while personal injury protection pays the bills of the insured person and any dependents. Property damage and property protection insurance coverage both cover damage to non-vehicle property. For instance, if your car crashes into a fence during an accident, this coverage will pay to replace the fence.

Michigan drivers must carry proof of no-fault auto insurance coverage with them at all times. Most drivers place their proof of insurance in their vehicle, so that it is always available when they drive. If you cannot show proof of insurance, your driver’s license may be suspended until you provide proof of insurance to the Secretary of State.

The experienced Michigan no-fault insurance attorneys at Lipton Law are dedicated to helping those injured in car accidents through every step of the process, from filing an insurance claim to holding any negligent parties accountable in court. For a free and confidential consultation, call our office today at (248) 557-1688.

 

Motorists Who See Truck Safety Issues May Contact FMCSA

By Lipton Law on March 20, 2012 - No comments

FMCSA Truck ViolationsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) accepts both telephone and online reports of potential safety violations committed by truck drivers on U.S. highways. Motorists who see or suspect unsafe driving behavior from truck drivers can call the FMCSA toll-free or hop online when they get to their destination to send a safety concern. These reports can be filed anonymously, and they are kept confidential by the agency.

Although many types of truck-related safety complaints can be reported to the FMCSA, the agency typically hears reports about unsafe driving from motorists who share the road with truck drivers. However, motorists who know about or suspect other types of trucking regulation violations, such as hours of service (HOS) violations or safety problems with trucking equipment, can also send their concerns to the FMCSA. Concerns about safety in workplaces, such as on loading docks, should be reported to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

FMCSA can be reached online at https://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/HomePage.asp or by phone toll-free at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238). OSHA can be reached at 1-800-321-OSHA.

Truck accident injuries can seriously and permanently change the course of a person’s and a family’s life. If you’ve been injured in a Michigan truck crash, the experienced Southfield truck accident injury attorneys at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.

 

St. Clair Shores Construction Worker Dies in Car Accident

By Lipton Law on March 15, 2012 - No comments

A construction worker employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) lost his life recently when he was hit by an SUV while working on a construction site on I-94 near St. Clair Shores, according to a recent news report from WNEM.

The worker, a 26-year-old Standish resident, was working with a crew on the construction project, which was expected to last only a couple of days, when he was hit head-on by an SUV. Witnesses say that the SUV tried to stop to avoid hitting the construction worker, but that a pickup truck following behind it rear-ended the SUV, pushing it into the young man.

Rescue crews rushed the 26-year-old to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving due to the severity of his injuries. The driver of the SUV was trapped in the vehicle by the force of the crash and had to be extracted by rescue workers. That driver is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the truck was not injured.

On-the-job motor vehicle injuries affect hundreds of Michigan workers each year. Those who drive for a living and those who work in road construction sites have the highest risk of an accident, but anyone operating a motor vehicle or working near a roadway or parking lot may be at risk for a Michigan car crash.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident of any kind, please don’t hesitate to call the practiced Michigan personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law. We’ve helped many Michigan workers and their families seek compensation after an injury, and we may be able to help you protect your legal rights as well. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a St. Patrick’s Day Drunk-Driving Crash

By Lipton Law on March 13, 2012 - No comments

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, making it easier to head to parties sooner and stay out later. If you’re planning on making alcohol part of your March 17 festivities, here are a few easy ways you can help protect yourself and your friends from suffering a serious alcohol-related car accident in Michigan.

  • Choose a designated driver before the first round of alcohol is served. Make sure your designated driver has plenty of non-alcoholic drink choices and snacks. To show support, you might even want to cover your designated driver’s tab, or order him or her a favorite non-alcoholic drink or food.
  • Don’t hesitate to take away the keys of any friends who may have had one drink too many. Keep numbers for taxi services, mass transit, or sober-ride programs handy so you can help these friends find a safe ride home. If you’re hosting a party, consider having your guests leave their keys at the door, so you can check that the driver is sober before letting them hit the road.
  • Call your local law enforcement if you see a driver who appears to be drunk. You may be able to prevent a tragedy.

Drunk driving causes serious injuries and many deaths each year. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you have legal rights. Call Lipton Law today to talk to one of our dedicated Southfield drunk driving accident attorneys. Our number is (248) 557-1688. There is no charge for your initial consultation, and the call is completely confidential.

 

Lipton Law Product Liability Attorneys Help Michigan Victims of Transvaginal Mesh Failure through Mass Tort Action

By Lipton Law on March 7, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device made from absorbable biologic material or absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic material which is surgically implanted through an incision in the vagina to repair and/or strengthen damaged or weakened tissue in a woman’s pelvic region. It is most often used to treat stress urinary continence (SUI) and pelvic organ proplapse (POP), and many women, in Michigan and across the nation, have undergone the procedure to accomplish just that. Unfortunately, it not only eventually failed in the repair of those conditions, but also caused numerous other complications that have jeopardized the physical and emotional health of thousands of women.

At Lipton Law, our dedicated product liability attorneys in Southfield are involved in a multi-district litigation effort on behalf of the innocent women in Michigan who have suffered due to the negligence of medical device manufacturers, Boston Scientific Corp., American Medical Systems, Inc., and Ethicon, Inc. /Johnson & Johnson. We are committed to helping the victims of defective transvaginal mesh obtain the compensation they deserve for the losses they’ve suffered.

The victims of defective transvaginal mesh have experienced a variety of adverse complications as the result of medical device failure, leading to additional medical costs, time lost from work, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 1,000 reports were received between 2005 and 2007 concerning adverse effects from the transvaginal mesh. Some of these included:

  • Erosion through vaginal epithelium;
  • Pain;
  • Urinary problems;
  • Recurrence of organ prolapsed or incontinence;
  • Infection;
  • Internal bleeding; and
  • Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse).

Treating these side effects typically involves surgery, IV therapy, and/or draining of abscesses or hematomas.
It is a product manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that their product, especially if it is a medical device, not only does what it is intended to do, but also does not cause any serious side effects. Insufficient safety testing only leads to disaster. If you have suffered injury or illness after a transvaginal mesh procedure, the compassionate Michigan transvaginal mesh mass tort attorneys at Lipton Law can help you hold the at-fault parties liable for the physical, financial, and emotional hardships they have caused you. Please contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have. Call us for a free consultation today at (248) 557-1688 or (800) 322-1688.

 

Practicing “Smart Sleep” Can Prevent Driver Fatigue

By Lipton Law on March 6, 2012 - No comments

Sleepiness and driving can be a dangerous and even deadly combination. Many drivers rely on cold air, loud music, or stimulants like coffee or energy drinks to keep them awake, not realizing that these things don’t help; however, getting adequate, restful sleep does. During National Sleep Awareness Week, March 5-11, the National Sleep Foundation recommends working to improve the quality of your sleep and your family’s sleep by following these tips:

  • Get enough sleep. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night; for children and teens, the numbers can be higher. If you don’t wake up feeling refreshed, consider talking to a doctor about possible conditions like sleep apnea that could be robbing you of your rest.
  • Avoid watching TV or using the computer before bed. Exercise within three hours of bedtime may also make it hard to fall asleep, so get your exercise in well before bedtime.
  • Use your bed only for sleep and intimacy. If you can’t sleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down, get up and go into another room. Read or listen to quiet music until you feel sleepy again, but avoid TV or computer screens and bright lights. Don’t watch the clock – thinking about the time passing while you’re not sleeping often makes insomnia worse.

Driver fatigue is a major cause of accidents, especially among those who drive for a living, like truckers and commercial bus drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a fatigued or distracted driver, the skilled Southfield auto accident attorneys of Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 to learn more about your legal rights after an accident occurs.