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2012 April Archive

Michigan Crash Course Led by Attorney Jody Lipton Will Help Drivers Get the Auto Coverage They Need

By Lipton Law on April 30, 2012 - No comments

Having Michigan no-fault auto insurance coverage that pays the bills when you need it is a key part of recovering from a serious car accident. Unfortunately, not all Michigan drivers have the coverage they need – and once an accident happens, it’s too late to change the coverage for it.

To help Michigan drivers get the coverage they need, attorney Jody Lipton offers a “Crash Course” on May 1, from 12:10 to 12:55, in the basement conference room at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) at 216 Mack Avenue in Detroit.

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the Declarations Page from their own policies. Ms. Lipton will walk participants through the information on the Declarations Page step by step, helping those who attend to understand each item listed on the sheet and what it will do for them after an accident. Ms. Lipton will also help attendees determine where there may be gaps in auto insurance coverage and how they can address them in a cost-effective way that provides the protection an individual and a family needs.

The presentation includes plenty of time for specific questions about your own auto insurance policy, as well as general questions about auto accidents and insurance coverage.

At Lipton Law, a dedicated and skilled Michigan car accident attorney has been helping families with their auto accident needs for over twenty years. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, we can provide the experienced guidance you need at every step of the process, from filing a no-fault insurance claim to holding negligent parties liable in court. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


NHTSA Examines Rollaway Complaints in BMW 7 Series

By Lipton Law on April 26, 2012 - No comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun investigating reports of rollaways in BMW 7-series vehicles. The rollaway problem could result in a serious auto accident, especially if the rolling vehicle collides with a person, a building, or another vehicle.

The NHTSA has received a total of 50 complaints about rollaways in BMW 7-series vehicles, including 16 complaints since the agency began investigating the claims in August 2011 and 5 reports of injuries. The complaints cover vehicles in every model year from 2002 to 2008.

BMW reports that the design of the 7-series transmission controls could play a role in the rollaway accidents. The vehicle is started and stopped with a button, and the transmission is controlled with a lever that has a button on it that one presses to put the vehicle in park. If the “park” button is not pressed or the vehicle’s ignition button is pressed in certain ways during or after parking, the transmission may switch into neutral, even though the driver thinks it is parked. A vehicle in neutral will roll if placed on a slanted surface like a hill, or if it is hit or pushed.

The NHTSA and BMW recommend double-checking that the vehicle is in park before getting out, and parking on flat surfaces whenever possible. The NHTSA says a recall may be forthcoming, but one has not currently been issued.

Driver negligence isn’t the only cause of auto accidents. Defective vehicle parts, badly-done repairs, or ignored maintenance problems can all cause vehicle steering or braking issues that can cause an accident and serious injuries. At Lipton Law, our knowledgeable Southfield product liability lawyers can help you get to the bottom of your accident when it has been caused by a vehicle defect and seek compensation from any parties who may have caused your crash. For a free and confidential consultation, call our office today at (248) 557-1688.


Self-Driving Cars May Be Closer Than We Think

By Lipton Law on April 24, 2012 - No comments

The idea of a car that drives itself belongs, for many people, in a science-fiction future that they’ll never live to see. But self-driving cars might start popping up on the market in as little as three years, according to a recent article in Market Watch.

Southfield New Car TechnologySafety systems, like cameras that watch what’s behind the vehicle, sensors that warn when the vehicles is too close to other vehicles or obstacles, course correction to keep vehicles in their lanes, and systems that allow the vehicle to make emergency stops more quickly are all available on many cars currently sold in the U.S. However, automakers have put more effort into researching ways to integrate these systems to allow the car to pilot itself – research that some say is now paying off.

For instance, General Motors is currently working on a system that allows vehicles to take over a substantial part of the driving, including automatically adjusting to leave safe space between the car and the one ahead of it, keep the vehicle in its lane, and brake or adjust to changing road conditions. The system, which can be turned on or off by the driver, may be available on GM’s Cadillac line as soon as 2015, according to the automaker. Automakers hope these systems will help improve safety, decreasing the number of serious accidents motorists suffer each year.

At Lipton Law, our dedicated Michigan car accident attorneys are here to help with every aspect of putting your life together after an accident. From filing a no-fault insurance claim to seeking compensation in court, we can help you handle the details of your case so that you can focus on healing. Call (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.


What’s in Your Insurance Policy? Attorney Jody Lipton Answers at Michigan Health & Rehab Conference

By Lipton Law on April 18, 2012 - No comments

Think you’re familiar with everything there is to know about auto insurance? Think again.

The main differences between liability uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage are more complicated than most people realize. In addition, most of us can’t even say, let alone define, the coverages outlined on our car insurance declaration certificate. What is more, there are a few main areas in which no-fault and other insurance coverages come together; information that every motorist should familiarize themselves with.

MI Auto Insurance ClaimsAll of these points as well as the three main benefits of no-fault auto insurance will be discussed by Southfield personal injury attorney Jody Lipton during her breakout session, “Crash Course: What’s in Your Insurance Policy?”, at the Michigan Health & Rehab Conference tomorrow, Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Best Western Sterling Inn.

Organized as a collaborative effort by Wright & Filippis and The Filippis Foundation, the conference is a diverse interdisciplinary program highlighting the numerous issues encountered by rehabilitation patients, their family members, and the people providing them with care. As such, most individuals in attendance will be from a wide array of professional backgrounds, including nurses, disability specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, discharge planners, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, attorneys, self-insured companies, social workers, auto no-fault insurance adjusters, and worker compensation adjusters. The sessions provided in the conference are structured and accredited by Hi-R-Ed Online as an opportunity for continuing education for nurses and social workers.

Unfortunately, when a person is injured in a car accident, there is a long list of things to take care of. First of all, priority should be given to a person’s health and ensuring that medical attention is received promptly, even if the individual doesn’t think they suffered an injury in the crash. A major factor that some motorists forget about or aren’t aware of is the importance of reporting the accident to their insurance company. However, determining and proving fault for the accident is another story.

In revealing some of the often overlooked aspects of liability and auto insurance, especially with regard to Michigan’s complex no-fault law, Jody Lipton will be offering valuable information and insight to conference attendees so they can better understand a significant financial, and even psychological, challenge that the patients they may be helping are facing.


AHRQ Guidelines for Transvaginal Mesh Procedures Highlight Risks

By Lipton Law on April 18, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal Mesh Risks SouthfieldRecently, patients in many states have suffered complications from the use of transvaginal mesh implants used in surgeries to treat pelvic organ prolapse and similar conditions. The problems have led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warnings against continued use of the implants in new patients. However, even before the risks of using transvaginal mesh became apparent, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) had released guidelines for physicians that warned of the possible risks of transvaginal mesh use.

The guidelines specified that patients should know about several different issues with transvaginal mesh use, including:

  • Transvaginal mesh procedures were still considered “novel,” or relatively new, methods for treating pelvic organ prolapse;
  • Success rates varied and little information was available about long-term use;
  • Complications, including pain, internal bleeding, and mesh breaking through internal tissues, could result; and
  • Little data existed to support the idea that transvaginal mesh use was more effective than other methods of treating pelvic organ prolapse.

The guidelines also recommended that physicians, surgeons, and nurses be trained specifically in the use of transvaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse and the symptoms of the complications it could cause.

Most physicians and medical staff take their responsibilities toward patients seriously, and they strive to make sure patients understand the risks and benefits of any medical procedure. When these risks are not known or not communicated, however, serious harm can result. At Lipton Law, our dedicated Michigan transvaginal mesh injury attorneys can help you find out what happened and get the compensation you need to heal. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.


Michigan Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Law, For Some

By Lipton Law on April 16, 2012 - No comments

For nearly fifty years, Michigan has had one of the most comprehensive motorcycle helmet requirements in the state. Everyone riding a bike was expected to wear a helmet, or face legal consequences if caught without one.

Michigan Motorcycle Helmet LawNow, that situation has changed. Governor Rick Snyder recently signed into law a bill that allows some Michigan bikers to ride without their helmets, as long as they meet the law’s new requirements. Motorcyclists who don’t meet the requirements for riding without a helmet may still face criminal penalties if they are caught without their helmets.

The new MI motorcycle law allows motorcyclists to ride without a helmet on Michigan roads only if they meet the following requirements:

  • Rider must be 21 years of age or older;
  • He or she must have $20,000 or more of insurance coverage for injuries; and
  • The rider must have passed a motorcycle safety course or had a motorcycle endorsement for at least 2 years.

Passengers may also ride without helmets if they are 21 years of age or older and have an additional $20,000 of insurance coverage. The extra insurance can be purchased by either the passenger or the driver of the motorcycle.

Violating the new law is a misdemeanor, with a maximum possible sentence of $100 in fines, 90 days in jail, or both.

Motorcycle helmets can prevent or reduce the severity of many types of head and facial injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. However, no helmet can prevent every accident or injury, especially when another person’s negligence is at fault. At Lipton Law, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Southfield strive to provide exceptional representation and advice to each of our clients. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential case evaluation.


Michigan Hospitals Participate in National Traumatic Brain Injury Studies

By Lipton Law on April 12, 2012 - No comments

Two major Michigan hospitals have joined a nationwide study of closed-head traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the hopes of finding better ways to diagnose and treat these often disabling or life-threatening conditions, according to a recent article at MLive.com.

Michigan TBI TreatmentBoth St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo have joined the study, which will examine whether doses of the hormone progesterone decrease swelling after traumatic brain injuries. If the hormone proves to be effective, it may greatly improve the chances of survival and recovery after a TBI-causing accident, according to researchers.

Progesterone is a hormone that naturally occurs in the human brain, where it is produced by the brain’s glial cells. Since progesterone plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle, it’s usually present in larger amounts in women than in men, but bodies of both sexes produce the hormone.

Currently, no medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the specific type of brain swelling that occurs after a TBI. If progesterone shows efficacy in treating this type of swelling, the FDA may approve its use in TBI treatments – a significant step forward for TBI patients, say researchers.

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in any type of accident, and even a mild TBI can cause long-term impairment. If you’ve suffered a head injury, call the dedicated personal injury lawyers in Southfield at Lipton Law today. Our number is (248) 557-1688 – call us for a free and confidential consultation.


Help Prevent Michigan Distracted Driving Accidents in Your Community

By Lipton Law on April 10, 2012 - No comments

Southfield Distracted DrivingDistracted driving accidents cause serious injuries and death. While any type of distraction can increase the risk of an accident, research indicates that cell phone use while driving – even when using a hands-free device and refraining from texting or using smart phone apps – presents a huge risk of a crash. The act of conversing or thinking about navigating a cell phone’s menus takes the brain’s attention off the road, making it far too easy to miss something that a driver could otherwise have avoided.

The easiest way to help prevent distracted driving accidents is to avoid using your cell phone or other devices while driving, as well as avoiding other distractions. However, there are also other steps you can take to help make the roads safer, according to advocacy organization Focus Driven.

For instance, Focus Driven recommends contacting your elected representatives to encourage them to support bills that cut down on distracted driving. You can also form a group of your own to push for safer roads. Owners of businesses can implement company-wide policies that prohibit using cell phones while also operating a car, and sticking to them by encouraging drivers to wait until they’re parked to answer or make work-related calls.

At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan distracted driving accident attorneys are dedicated to helping those injured in car accidents and their families. Whether you need to file a no-fault insurance claim or fight your case in court, we’re here to stand behind you and your loved ones, building a strong case that helps you win the compensation you need. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Many Transvaginal Mesh Devices Never Tested By FDA

By Lipton Law on April 4, 2012 - No comments

FDA Testing MichiganMost patients assume that, when they need a medical device implanted, that device has undergone extensive testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it was allowed to be sold or placed inside patients. However, many devices aren’t scrutinized this closely, according to Consumer Reports.

Rather, many medical devices – including the transvaginal mesh implants currently being recalled nationwide – reach the market through what is known as the FDA’s “clearance” process. The clearance process can be used for any device that is substantially similar to a device that has already gone through the full, intensive FDA approval process. While not all devices can use the clearance process, those that can may make it to market simply because the manufacturer paid the necessary fees and submitted paperwork showing their device was “substantially similar” to one already on the market, not because the actual device has been examined closely.

However, “substantially similar” does not mean “identical.” Many of the transvaginal mesh implants currently causing serious problems for patients reached the market by the quicker clearance method, not by the more intensive study and approval process. Often, problems in these devices aren’t identified until actual patients suffer harm.

At Lipton Law, our dedicated Michigan transvaginal mesh implant injury attorneys care about helping injured patients seek justice in the way best suited to their individual lives. If you’ve been injured by a medical device or implant, call us today. Our number is (248) 557-1688, and your initial consultation is free and totally confidential.


After Serious Accident, Michigan Teen Encourages Classmates to Be Safe Drivers

By Lipton Law on April 2, 2012 - No comments

Two years ago, two teenagers from the mid-Michigan town of Merrill lost their lives in a car accident and a third passenger in the vehicle suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when the car in which the three were riding left the road and struck a tree. Now, the surviving teen is poised to graduate from high school, but not before encouraging her classmates to drive safely and avoid the pain and struggle she has suffered.

The recovering teen spoke to an assembly of her classmates at Merrill High School recently, encouraging them to drive carefully and avoid having to make a split-second decision that could end in tragedy. She showed photos of the crash that left her injured and took the lives of her two friends. Since she still struggles with speaking after the crash, her words were also transcribed and shown on-screen. The teen was joined by another teenager and new friend, who lost his father in a similar serious accident in 1994, and who also shared how a car accident can change a young person’s life.

At Lipton Law, our knowledgeable car accident lawyers in Southfield are here to help you with every step after an accident, from filing a no-fault insurance claim to seeking compensation from any negligent third parties. We strive to know and understand each of our clients personally, so we can tailor solutions to meet their particular needs. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.