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2012 June Archive

Protect Your Head and Face With a Motorcycle Helmet

By Lipton Law on June 28, 2012 - No comments

Michigan motorcycle helmet requirements were recently revised to allow properly insured riders to go without helmets if they choose. However, any experienced motorcyclist will tell you that a helmet can save your life in some accidents. Motorcycle helmets are also a key factor in preventing or reducing serious injuries to the head or face.

Motorcycle Helmets MichiganAccording to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets significantly reduce both the number and the severity of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and scarring or permanent facial injuries, including the loss of one or both eyes. The study examined crash data from 104,472 accidents over a three-year time period. About 57 percent of the motorcyclists involved were wearing helmets when they crashed, and about 43 percent were not.

The study found that in both groups, about 40 percent of injured motorcyclists needed hospital care for an injury following an accident. However, the rate of head and face injuries was nearly 20 percent lower among those who wore helmets. In addition, bikers who wore helmets had less severe brain injuries when they did occur, were able to leave the hospital several days sooner, and were much less likely to die while in the hospital than riders who were not wearing helmets.

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. Bikers and their passengers are at an increased risk for harm because they are not protected by the walls of a car, like motorists are. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call the experienced Oakland County, MI motorcycle accident attorneys at Lipton Law today for a free, confidential consultation. Our number is (248) 557-1688.


Serious Hand Injuries Lead to Kolcraft Stroller Recall

By Lipton Law on June 26, 2012 - No comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and Kolcraft Industries, Inc. recently announced a safety recall of several models of Kolcraft strollers. The strollers have a “pinch point” in the hinge mechanism on the handlebars, which can cause crush injuries or even amputation if a child’s or adult’s hands become trapped in the hinge.

The CPSC reports five separate injuries to date, including three children who needed amputation surgeries after their fingers were too badly damaged in the hinge to heal properly on their own.

The recall focuses on the Kolcraft Contours Options strollers, which come in three-wheeled and four-wheeled models. The affected model numbers are ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018. Look for the model number on a sticker over the left wheels or on a tag sewn into the back of the seat pad.

The strollers were available from Toys “R” Us, Target, Amazon.com, and other major retailers from January 2006 to November 2009. They sold for $150 to $160 each. For a free repair kit, call Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673. Until you can repair the hinge, do not use the stroller or allow children to use or play with the stroller.

When we buy products for our children, we examine them for obvious hazards, but we also trust that there are no hidden dangers that could hurt the kids we care for. When a child is injured by a defective product, an experienced Wayne County defective product injury attorney at Lipton Law can help you find out what happened and seek the compensation you and your child need. Call us today at (248) 557-1688.


NHTSA Warns Against Potentially Defective Motorcycle Helmets

By Lipton Law on June 20, 2012 - No comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued warnings to motorcyclists: Avoid the 5×5 SA-08 motorcycle helmet. These helmets do not meet federal safety and protection requirements and may not provide the protection you need if you’re in a motorcycle accident.

The SA-08 is currently the only 5×5 brand helmet the NHTSA has warned against wearing. About 14,000 of the helmets have been sold in the United States since a California company, Tank Sports Inc., began importing them.

During federal safety testing, three of the four helmets tested were penetrated by objects or debris in situations in which federally-approved helmets would not have suffered such severe damage. Damage occurred to both the helmet’s outer shell and its inner lining. In an actual crash, the easy penetration of the helmet could cause serious injuries or even death, when a helmet that meets federal safety standards may provide life-saving protection.

The importing company was unable to complete the NHTSA’s product recall process before it filed for bankruptcy. In place of the recall, the NHTSA issued the official warning so that consumers who had purchased the helmets would be aware of the potential safety issues and be able to take steps to protect themselves by choosing a helmet that meets federal safety standards instead.

Motorcycle helmets can decrease your chances of death or serious injury, but you can’t prevent every possible crash. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, a knowledgeable Genesee County motorcycle accident attorney at Lipton Law is here to help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free case evaluation.


Understanding “Pain and Suffering” Limits in Michigan Medical Malpractice Cases

By Lipton Law on June 18, 2012 - No comments

Michigan Medical Malpractice LawsMichigan law limits the amount of non-economic damages, or damages for “pain and suffering,” a person or family can recover in a medical malpractice case. These damages are separate from damages for costs like medical bills, lost wages, and prescription drug costs.

In 1993, the Michigan legislature set the non-economic damages limit for medical malpractice at $280,000 per case, unless certain exceptions applied. An applicable exception raises the damages limit to $500,000. Exceptions include:

  • A brain or spinal cord injury causing paraplegia, hemiplegia, or quadriplegia that includes the total permanent functional loss of at least one limb;
  • Permanently impaired cognitive capacity that makes the patient unable to make independent, reasonable life decisions and makes the patient permanently unable to independently perform daily living tasks; and
  • Permanent loss or damage of reproductive organs that leave the patient unable to make or bear children.

These numbers, which were set in 1993, are adjusted every year to keep pace with inflation. For 2012, the general limit has been adjusted to $424,800 and the limit for exceptions has been adjusted to $758,500.

Medical malpractice cases are often overwhelming for patients and their families. Recovering from your injury or illness, paying medical bills, and handling daily tasks of living can be difficult enough without also trying to file insurance claims or find out what went wrong on your own.

At Lipton Law, we take these and other issues off your hands so that you can focus on getting well, while our dedicated Southfield medical malpractice lawyers apply their experience to winning the compensation you need. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free, confidential consultation.


Motorcycle Crash Death Rates Remain Steady Nationwide

By Lipton Law on June 13, 2012 - No comments

The rate of car, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents have fallen throughout the U.S. in recent years, but the rate of motorcycle accident deaths and serious injuries remains steady, according to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

In the past year, overall motor vehicle accident deaths have gone down 1.7 percent nationwide, representing thousands of lives saved over the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, overall motorcycle accident deaths have stayed at about 5,700 fatalities nationwide, showing no decline. This change has safety experts and lawmakers concerned about the safety of motorcyclists on the road.

Michigan Motorcycle Crash Fatalities

Among individual states, 23 states saw small declines in their motorcycle accident death rates. Nearly all of these states had implemented new motorcycle safety laws in the year before the decline. 26 states, however, saw increases in motorcycle accident fatalities, including Michigan, which recently repealed its motorcycle helmet requirement for some drivers. Several other states also eliminated or loosened their helmet laws. No state has added a helmet requirement since Louisiana did so in 2004.

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, please don’t hesitate to call a diligent Oakland County motorcycle accident attorney at Lipton Law. We’re dedicated to helping injured bikers and their families get the compensation they need so they can focus on getting back to the fullest possible life. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free, confidential case evaluation.


Michigan Increases No-Fault “Minitort” Limits

By Lipton Law on June 11, 2012 - No comments

Michigan governor Rick Snyder recently signed a bill that would increase the state’s no-fault insurance “minitort” limits from $500 to $1,000, according to a recent article in Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly.

No Fault Insurance SouthfieldUnder Michigan no-fault insurance law, most people injured in car accidents must settle their claims with insurers and not in court, unless they are killed or suffer certain severe injuries. However, the law has long contained a “minitort” provision that allowed drivers to recover up to $500 in damages for property damage in an accident.

The new law doubles the previous minitort limit, allowing motorists to collect up to $1,000 for property damage in a Michigan no-fault car accident case. The law also prohibits drivers from collecting minitort damages, however, if they were driving without the required minimum no-fault insurance at the time.

Michigan’s comparative fault rule applies to minitort claims just like other personal injury claims. If a driver seeking minitort damages is found to be 50 percent or more at fault for the accident, that driver will not be allowed to collect damages from any other party.

Michigan’s no-fault insurance procedures can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re also trying to deal with all the problems an accident causes. At Lipton Law, our experienced southeast Michigan no-fault benefit claim lawyers are dedicated to helping people with every step of the no-fault insurance process, including seeking “minitort” damages or even going to court if needed. To learn more, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free case evaluation.


Car-Buggy Crash in Hillsdale County Claims Infant’s Life

By Lipton Law on June 6, 2012 - No comments

A Ford Windstar van that crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in Hillsdale Township recently caused several injuries, including the death of a ten-month-old boy, according to an article in the Hillsdale Daily News.

The crash occurred when the van plowed into the back of the buggy, which was traveling along Montgomery Road in Hillsdale’s Woodbridge Township. The van pushed the buggy some distance, upsetting the horses and eventually knocking them into the front yard of a nearby house. The buggy overturned on the lawn of the house, spilling out its three passengers.

All three of the buggy’s passengers were injured in the accident. The smallest, a ten-month-old boy, was airlifted to a local hospital, but he lost his life during the trip. The other two passengers were treated at a local hospital, which has not issued an updated report on their injuries.

Car accidents in Michigan can harm more than just other motorists. Bicyclists, pedestrians, and those who are using the roads in other ways can also be seriously injured if they’re hit by a car. If you’re injured while on the road, you may feel confused and overwhelmed with the struggle of figuring out what happened while you’re also trying to heal.

At Lipton Law, our skilled Southfield traffic accident wrongful death lawyers are dedicated to helping you handle the insurance and other issues after a crash, so you have the time and resources you need to move forward after the devastating loss of a loved one. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.


Michigan’s New Fireworks Laws Have Some Predicting Increased Injuries

By Lipton Law on June 4, 2012 - No comments

Michigan’s new fireworks law, which went into effect on January 1, 2012, allows residents to legally buy some types of fireworks that shoot into the air, including bottle rockets and Roman candles. Supporters of the law predict it will increase revenue and stop people from driving to Indiana or Ohio for fireworks. Others, however, predict that serious injuries will increase.

Southfield Fireworks SafetyJune first through July fourth is National Fireworks Safety Month, recognizing that most fireworks-related injuries occur during this time. Eye injuries are a particular concern when it comes to projectile fireworks like bottle rockets and Roman candles. Most of those who suffer fireworks-related eye injuries are children under 15, but anyone can be hurt by fireworks.

To protect yourself and others from fireworks injuries this summer, never allow children to handle or light fireworks. Assign a single adult to light all fireworks, and keep everyone else several yards away from the fireworks-lighting area for maximum fireworks safety. You may also decide to skip fireworks at home and go to professional shows instead, but remember that these shows may also pose a risk of injury.

Fireworks safety is crucial to having a safe and fun summer. If you’ve been injured in a fireworks-related accident and need help, please don’t hesitate to call a skilled Wayne County personal injury attorney at Lipton Law. We’ll help you investigate the details of your accident and fight to hold any negligent parties responsible. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free, confidential telephone consultation.