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2012 May Archive

Helping Children in Michigan Avoid Dog Bite Injuries

By Lipton Law on May 23, 2012 - No comments

Half of all people injured by dog bites are children under age 14, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With over 4.7 million dog bites occurring each year, that means that 2 million children or more will suffer dog bites nationwide in 2012. Children ages 5 to 9 are particularly likely to be bitten, according to CDC statistics.

Child Dog Bite Prevention Southfield

Despite these grim figures, many dog bites are preventable. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends the following tips for helping children you care for stay safe from dog bites in Michigan:

  • Never leave a baby or a small child alone with a dog. Always supervise them.
  • Teach children to ask a dog’s owner each time before they try to pet or play with the dog.
  • Approach a new dog with your hand extended for the dog to sniff, before trying to pet or play with the dog. If the dog growls, makes direct eye contact, or expresses another unfriendly gesture, do not touch the dog.
  • Teach children that if a dog approaches or tries to chase them, they should stand still and avoid screaming. Teach them to curl into a ball and stay still if a dog knocks them down.
  • If kids see a strange dog or a dog acting oddly, they should tell an adult.
    • At Lipton Law, our experienced dog bite injury lawyers in Southfield can help you and your loved ones seek the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other losses after a dog bites someone. For a free and confidential consultation, call our Southfield office today at (248) 557-1688.


Protecting Yourself from Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Complications

By Lipton Law on May 21, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used in some surgeries to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which pelvic organs like the uterus or bladder move from their regular places to bulge into the abdomen, causing pain, urinary problems, and other medical issues.Illinois Surgical Mesh Patient Safety

Although you can’t repair problems with a defective transvaginal mesh device if it’s already implanted, you can help protect your health before and after surgery by staying involved in your own care and seeing your doctor at the first sign of possible complications. A 2009 article in the journal Nursing offers some tips:

  • Ask about alternative treatments for pelvic organ prolapse. Both non-surgical treatments and surgeries that don’t use transvaginal mesh can be helpful for some patients.
  • Ask what the risks of transvaginal mesh use are, and what the doctor thinks the benefits will be in your situation. Get a clear list of possible signs of complications and side effects that you need to watch for after surgery. Ask for a copy of the warning documentation or labels that came with the transvaginal mesh implant you will or did receive; these can provide valuable information.
  • Keep all post-surgery follow-up appointments. Write down your symptoms as you recover so that you can more easily spot patterns or see symptoms that weren’t there before. Contact your doctor if post-surgical symptoms don’t clear up in a few days, if you have the same problems you had before surgery, or if you develop pain, bleeding, or other pelvic symptoms.

The skilled Michigan transvaginal mesh injury attorneys at Lipton Law understand how hard it can be to track down the compensation you deserve after an accident. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping injured people and their families, so that you can focus on getting well. For a free telephone consultation regarding your surgical mesh injury, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Michigan Legislators Introduce Bills to Limit Medical Malpractice Damages

By Lipton Law on May 17, 2012 - No comments

Republican representatives in Michigan’s state legislature have introduced several bills that change the rules on medical malpractice cases in Michigan, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly. One of the bills’ main goals is to limit the types and amounts of damages that injured patients and their families can collect in medical malpractice cases.

Senate bills 1115, 1116, 1117, and 1118 all affect Michigan’s medical malpractice laws in various ways. One provision lumps damages for loss of household services, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium into the category “non-economic damages.” Non-economic damages, which typically also include damages for pain and suffering, are capped in Michigan. Loss of household services and related damages are currently considered “economic damages,” which are not capped, but this bill would place a cap on the combined total of damages for pain and suffering and these losses.

Another provision, appearing in Senate bill 1116, would change the standard for medical negligence. Rather than showing that a physician failed to meet the standard of care in the profession, a case would turn on whether the physician exercised a “professional judgment,” defined as “a reasonable and good-faith belief that the person’s conduct is both well founded in medicine and in the best interests of the patient.” Whether or not the physician exercised a professional judgment would be a question for the judge, not the jury.

At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan medical malpractice attorneys can help you protect your legal rights and seek the compensation you need after an injury so that you can focus on getting well. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.


Marc Lipton Named President of Michigan Association for Justice

By Lipton Law on May 15, 2012 - No comments

Attorney Marc Lipton of Lipton Law was recently named president of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ).

The MAJ is an 1,800-member attorney’s association in which personal injury attorneys can gather to share knowledge and information, learn more about new and innovative topics in the law, and improve their skills in representing those who have been injured by the negligence of another person or company. According to the organization’s mission statement, its members “work to promote safety for all Michigan citizens by standing up for accountability and responsibility.”

Michigan Personal Injury AttorneysThe Michigan Association for Justice is governed by a 70-member board that includes committees on various specific legal topics, such as medical malpractice and employment discrimination. Other committees devote their time to member education and organizing ways that the member attorneys can serve their respective communities. The board is overseen by a five-member executive committee, and the members choose a new committee each spring.

The organization is committed to helping not only its own members, but also the community. Through programs like the People’s Law School and its annual helmet drives, the MAJ has helped Michigan residents from all walks of life learn more about their legal rights and avoid injury.

At Lipton Law, our dedicated Southfield personal injury lawyers strive to provide outstanding representation that is tailored to the needs and wishes of each person or family we represent. If you’ve been injured in an accident, give us a call. Our number is (248) 557-1688, and your initial phone consultation is confidential and free of charge.


May is Bicycle Safety Month

By Lipton Law on May 9, 2012 - No comments

Michigan Bike Riding SafetyMay in Michigan usually means the first real spring weather of the year, making it a great time to dust off the family’s bicycles and go for a ride. May is also Bicycle Safety Month, and you can celebrate by implementing the following safety tips:

  • Make it a family rule to wear helmets each time you ride. Children who don’t want to wear helmets at first may warm up to the idea if they are allowed to choose their own helmets.
  • Make sure each person’s helmet fits properly. The helmet should sit evenly on the top of the head and not slip backwards, forwards, or to either side. The chin strap should be buckled so that the helmet hugs the head when the wearer’s mouth is open.
  • Examine both bikes and their riders before hitting the road. Tires should be properly inflated, with no bald, flat, or hard spots. Brakes should work properly, as should gears. All the reflectors should be firmly attached to the bicycle in their proper places. Finally, the bike’s rider should be able to put his or her feet on the ground while sitting on the bicycle.
  • Obey traffic rules while riding on the road. Give “turn signals” using your hand or arm so that people in vehicles know where you are planning to go. Double-check at intersections for vehicles before proceeding.

At Lipton Law, our experienced personal injury lawyers in Michigan are dedicated to helping each client who suffers an injury due to another’s negligence. If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident, give us a call today at (248) 557-1688 for a free case evaluation. Your call is completely confidential.


Tips for Protecting Teen Drivers in Michigan

By Lipton Law on May 7, 2012 - No comments

The month of May typically sees increases in car accidents among 16- and 17-year-olds, as more teens hit the road to enjoy prom, graduation parties, and other activities, according to a recent report from Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. If your teen will be driving or riding along with friends this month, here are a few ways to help keep him or her safer on the way:

  • Give your teen plenty of chances to practice driving with an adult in the car, especially at night. Learning to drive with supervision gives your teen needed experience that driver education courses don’t always provide.
  • Know your state’s laws regarding young drivers. For instance, Michigan limits the time of day at which holders of MI graduated licenses may legally drive, prohibiting driving between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. in most circumstances. Make these laws the basis for the rules you set on driving in your own family.
  • Limit the number of passengers your teen can carry. According to Kentucky Farm Bureau, 60 percent of teens who lose their lives in car accidents were riding with a teenage driver. Riding or driving with friends is fun, but it also poses serious risks.
  • Prohibit cell phone calls or texting behind the wheel. Teens should pull over and stop the car before using their phones.

Teen drivers’ inexperience may increase their risk for accidents, but severe injury or death can occur in a car accident no matter what a person’s age is. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a crash, the experienced Southfield car accident attorneys at Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.


FDA Offers Recommendations for Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Patients

By Lipton Law on May 3, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal Mesh Patient Safety MichiganTransvaginal mesh implants are flexible metal, plastic polymer, or biologic implants placed in the lower abdomen to treat a number of conditions, including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In 2008 and 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings and recommendations to both health care providers and patients regarding the use of transvaginal mesh implants, which can cause serious health problems in some patients.

For patients with mesh implants or individuals considering surgery that includes them, the FDA offers the following recommendations:

  • If you’re preparing for surgery, talk to your doctor about non-mesh-implant alternatives, as well as non-surgical alternatives for treatment.
  • Ask what the possible side effects or complications of transvaginal mesh implants are, so that you know what to look for if you have problems after surgery.
  • Ask for a copy of the medical information and label that come with the transvaginal mesh implant. These contain more information about the particular implant you will receive or have received, including details on possible side effects.
  • Keep all your follow-up appointments with your physician. If you start having pain, bleeding, urinary incontinence, or other troublesome symptoms, or if your original symptoms return, see your doctor immediately.

Transvaginal mesh surgery complications can result in disabling side effects that can seriously impair your quality of life. If you’re suffering side effects from a transvaginal mesh implant, the experienced Michigan transvaginal mesh injury attorneys at Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential case evaluation.