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2012 August Archive

Energizer Night Light Sold Exclusively at Target Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

By Lipton Law on August 31, 2012 - No comments

The Energizer Rotating Night Light, imported by Energizer and manufactured in China by Ningbo Sun-alps Industry Develop Co. Ltd, has been recalled due to a potential burn hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the St. Louis-based company, announced a voluntary recall of the night light, which affects approximately 260,000 units. The night lights can overheat and smoke, posing a potential burn hazard to consumers.

Presently, Energizer has received nine reports of the night light overheating, including three reports of property damage, but fortunately no injuries have been reported.

The Energizer LED Rotating Night Light was sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide for about $6 from February 2010 through July 2012. The night lights are white and have an LED light inside an adjustable dome on top. The model number for the recalled night light is “NLPLROT,” which can be found on the side of the night light, and the date codes between 0110 (January 2010) and 0111 (January 2011) are stamped in a circle on the back of the night light.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop use of the product and unplug the recalled night light. Customers can contact Energizer at (800) 383-7323 for instructions on returning the night light and to receive a $7 coupon towards the purchase of another Energizer product.

At Lipton Law, our Warren product liability lawyers recognize the serious harm a defective product can cause for a consumer and are fully committed to holding negligent manufacturers accountable. Our skilled legal team has the knowledge and resources needed to prove that the defective product was the sole cause of your injuries in order to obtain the compensation you need to recover. For a complimentary consultation on your case, call (248) 557-1688.


Motorcyclist Loses Leg in Genoa Township Traffic Collision

By Lipton Law on August 29, 2012 - No comments

A 71-year-old Howell motorcyclist’s leg was amputated in a serious Genoa Township motorcycle accident, as reported by LivingstonDaily.com. On August 28 at around 8:50 p.m., the motorcyclist was reportedly driving westbound on Grand River Avenue near Golf Club Road when a 2006 Ford sedan, that was traveling eastbound, started to initiate a left turn onto Gulf Club Road. The motorcycle was struck on its left side by the Ford, which was driven by a 43-year-old Howell man.

At the scene of the accident, Michigan State Police discovered that the motorcyclist’s leg had been amputated as a result of the collision. A Michigan State Police trooper applied a tourniquet to the motorcyclist’s left femur, a lifesaving move which kept the rider from “bleeding out.” The 71-year-old was transported by Livingston County EMS to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for medical treatment. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Ford was not injured in the accident.

Two witnesses who observed the critical crash gave statements to police, which indicated that the motorcyclist had the right-of-way when he was struck by the car. The traffic accident is still under investigation, and it is not known as this time if drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.

A Michigan motorcycle accident may leave a rider with severe and potentially permanent injuries and in an instant can change a motorcyclist’s life forever. At Lipton Law, our Southfield motorcycle accident lawyers understand the serious impact a motorcycle crash can have on a person’s life, as well as his or her family, and are committed to holding any negligent parties legally accountable. To see how we can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover, schedule a free consultation by calling (248) 557-1688.


Communicating Vehicles Aimed at Reducing Accidents Being Tested in Michigan

By Lipton Law on August 27, 2012 - No comments

Sterling Heights Vehicle Collision InjuryAn estimated 2,800 vehicles, including trucks, buses, and cars, will start “talking” to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor in an experiment that the government hopes will lead to safer roads. As reported by LehighValleyLive.com, the University of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) expect that the $25 million year-long project will generate data to show that in-vehicle wireless communication devices may reduce traffic accidents.

Currently, about 500 vehicles with the wireless device are now on the road, and this number will rise to 2,800 in the next six weeks. The wireless devices allow vehicles to send signals to each other in order to warn other drivers of potential dangers, such as a car going through a red light or stopped traffic. Vehicles can also get a traffic light to turn green if no other vehicles are coming the other way.

Officials say that this project may eventually lead to the devices being placed in every car. As far as when the technology will be placed in all vehicles is unclear, however, as the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who has the authority to order the devices be placed in all cars, must study the project’s data before making any conclusions. The data will be available in about a year. Testers will be looking for data that shows that the warnings prevented crashes.

A number of auto manufacturers, including Nissan, Ford, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz, are supplying vehicles to take part in the test.

Safety devices may be an important tool in reducing traffic accidents, but the best means of preventing a collision is a responsible, safe, and distraction-free driver. However, the personal injury attorneys in Sterling Heights with Lipton Law understand that not all accidents are preventable and the negligent actions of some MI motorists may endanger the safety of others on the road. If you have been injured in a traffic accident, call (248) 557-1688 to schedule a no-cost consultation with our legal team and see how we can get you full compensation for your losses.


Number of Deer-Vehicle Accidents in Macomb County Down from Previous Years

By Lipton Law on August 21, 2012 - No comments

For residents across the state of Michigan, the sighting of a majestic deer is a common and awe-inspiring occurrence, but this can be particularly dangerous if one of these stately creatures wanders out into a road with oncoming motorists. However, recent statistics reveal a decline in Macomb County deer-vehicle accidents, according to a report from The Voice. Data from MichiganTrafficFacts.org shows that there were a total of 543 deer-car collisions in 2011, a significant decrease from the 643 crashes in 2010 and 648 in 2009. Of this 2011 total, 41 were in Chesterfield Township and seven were in New Baltimore, which is also a decline from the 60 and eight in these towns in 2010, respectively.

MI Deer Car CrashA deer and elk specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources explains that there are several reasons the number of deer-vehicle accidents could be down, including a stabilization of the deer population in southern Michigan. He also notes that in some areas, the deer population is also declining. In addition, the hot and dry weather is keeping water out of ditches, which means deer may be in areas where there are deeper ditches, such as County Line Road and 25 Mile Road in New Baltimore. Another possible reason may be the fewer amount of motorists on the road due to economic conditions, which also reduces the risk of crashes.

In the event you encounter a deer while driving, an ABC 10 report suggests never swerving to avoid a deer, even though it is a natural reaction. More damage and injury is at stake when you swerve to avoid impact with the deer as the risk increases for hitting oncoming traffic, a tree, a mailbox, ditch, or other dangerous object. A driver should take his or her foot off the gas and keep a straight course so as to reduce damage and avoid higher insurance rates.

At Lipton Law, our auto accident lawyers in Macomb County understand that car crashes can be caused by many factors, but the devastation an accident can cause is common in each crash. If you have been involved in a traffic accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, our skilled legal team can obtain the compensation you need to recover after a crash. To speak with us regarding your accident claim, please call (248) 557-1688.


MI Medical Malpractice Reform Bills: Giving Bad Doctors Immunity?

By Lipton Law on August 17, 2012 - No comments

MI Med Malpractice BillA report by MLive.com examines the recent controversy over Senate Bills 1115-1118, which focuses on changes to medical malpractice laws in Michigan. An assembly held in July prompted 300 people to turn out for testimony regarding the proposed legislation changes, and much of the debate focused on Senate Bill 1116.

This Bill states that a healthcare professional or facility would not be liable if the physician acted with “reasonable and good-faith belief” that his or her conduct was “well-founded in medicine and in the patient’s best interests.” Another controversial bill is 1115, which would reduce the amount of damages that can be awarded to medical malpractice victim.

Supporters of these medical malpractice reform bills, which include insurers and doctors, assert that the reform would improve access to healthcare and address inequities in liability statutes. Supporters feel creating a more “welcoming” environment would help address the looming physician shortage in MI as many doctors are reaching retirement age. However, personal injury lawyers, their clients, and medical malpractice victims feel the bills would make it more difficult to win medical malpractice cases and basically give bad doctors immunity from their misdoings.

At press time, the Senate Insurance Committee had not voted on the reform bills and it may not be discussed until the new session resumes.

For victims of medical malpractice, holding negligent parties responsible and obtaining compensation for their injuries can be difficult without proper legal representation. The Macomb County medical malpractice attorneys at Lipton Law aim to stay abreast of changes in medical malpractice laws and have the knowledge and skills needed to help you get winning results in your case. For a complimentary consultation on your claim, please call (248) 557-1688.


Why is Social Security Disability Insurance Enrollment Increasing?

By Lipton Law on August 13, 2012 - No comments

Last week we discussed a study conducted by the Congressional Budget Office as reported by The Huffington Post on the rise in SSDI enrollment. The study lays out options for fixing the shortfalls in disability funding, including raising taxes and cutting benefits.

The following is some additional and more specific information on the causes for this increase in SSDI enrollment:

  • A change in the law during the Regan administration allowed more people with musculoskeletal problems and mental disabilities to qualify, resulting in an increase in enrollment.
  • More women have entered the workforce since the 1970s, which boosted the working population and generated a larger pool of workers who may become disabled.
  • The poor economy has helped “swell the rolls of America’s disabled,” from an estimated 7.4 million in 2008 to 8.6 million in 2011. When jobs are scarce, employment opportunities for disabled workers may be especially limited.

For disabled individuals, Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can be of great help, providing vital financial assistance at a time when they may be unable to work and provide for themselves or their family. Unfortunately, the process of applying, as well as appealing if your initial request was denied, can be stressful and overwhelming. For assistance with your disability claim, contact a Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer in Michigan at Lipton Law. We have the knowledge and skills needed to get you the benefits you’re entitled to. Call (248) 557-1688 to discuss your claim.


New Study Finds Enrollment in Social Security Disability Insurance is Rising

By Lipton Law on August 9, 2012 - No comments

According to a study conducted by the Congressional Budget Office, enrollment is rising for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). As reported by The Huffington Post, the new report says the rise in America’s ranks of disabled to 8.3 million in 2011 stems from an aging population, changes in the law in the 1980s, a surge in women workers, and an ailing economy in which disabled individuals can’t find jobs.

Southfield Social Security Disability ClaimThe study revealed that the biggest jumps in the disabled population came from aging Baby Boomers, finding that from 1996 to 2009 “the share of disabled worker benefits awarded to older workers (ages 45 and older) rose from 67 percent to 76 percent.” The share of benefits to younger workers between the ages of 25 to 44, however, fell from 31 percent to 22 percent.

Overall, in the aftermath of the recent recession, SSDI benefits reached a historic high, surpassing 2.9 million in the 2010 calendar year. The report was requested by an Alabama senator who cited estimates that the disability program would run out of money in 2016 if changes aren’t made.

Individuals coping with a disability face serious financial, physical, and emotional challenges. Not being able to work because of a disability leaves a person with few options for obtaining proper medical care and providing for themselves and their family. With SSDI enrollment increasing, ensuring that your application for benefits is properly filled out and that you’ve included the correct medical evidence is essential. Getting disability benefits isn’t a competition, but it may feel like one if your application is missing key information.

For additional information on this study and the causes for this increase in SSDI enrollment, please visit our blog next week for Part Two in this blog series.


Safety Tips to Avoid a Dangerous Pedestrian Accident in Flint, MI

By Lipton Law on August 7, 2012 - No comments

MI Pedestrian Auto AccidentResidents of Flint, MI have a many ways to travel and commute and get where they need to go; however, walking is certainly a popular option as it is affordable, health conscious, and environmentally friendly. Those who choose to travel on two feet, though, should be aware of the unique hazards that pedestrians face in order to stay safe on the roads of Flint. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,092 pedestrians were killed and approximately 59,000 were injured in traffic accidents in 2009. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in a traffic accident.

These alarming statistics show that the safety of walkers is not guaranteed, so in order to avoid a serious pedestrian accident, WalkingInfo.org offers the following pedestrian safety tips:

  1. Make yourself visible to drivers: Pedestrians should wear bright or light colored clothing to increase visibility. Also, carrying a flashlight at night and crossing in well-lit areas only after the sun sets can help ensure motorists see you.
  2. Be alert and avoid dangerous behaviors: When on two feet, travel distraction-free by not wearing headphones or using your cell phone, which will keep you alert and aware of oncoming hazards. Pedestrians should also look before crossing the road and make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you, as well as walk sober to decrease the possibility of an accident.
  3. Stay cautious at crossings: Pedestrians should obey traffic signals and cross at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible. Before crossing, look across all lanes to make sure it is clear before proceeding, and watch out for turning vehicles that may not see you until it is too late.

The Flint personal injury lawyers of Lipton Law encourage people across the state of Michigan to be safe, alert, and distraction-free when walking, running, or jogging on the open roads. However, even the safest pedestrian cannot prevent an accident when a motorist is driving in a negligent manner. If you have been injured by the negligence of another party, call our experienced legal team at (248) 557-1688 to discuss your case.