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2012 September Archive

Social Security is a Right, but is Often Something You Must Fight For

By Lipton Law on September 28, 2012 - No comments

Macomb County SSDI ApplicationIn the 1930’s, the United States made a commitment to take care of its elderly, less fortunate, and disabled through deductions to wage earners’ income. As long as you were working, you paid into the Social Security system. You knew that should you need it, the fund was there to pay for your living expenses and even your recuperation should you become disabled. However, obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is a complex and often stressful process. Proving disability typically requires the proper medical evidence and if your medical condition doesn’t fit the specific criteria established by the Social Security Administration (SSA), then you may not be eligible for benefits.

Applying for SSDI benefits or filing a claim for appeal frequently makes individuals dizzy with frustration. There is a lot to keep track of when pursuing benefits on top of ensuring that proper medical care and treatment is being obtained for your disability. To ensure that you don’t miss any steps in the application or appeals process, you may want to consult with an experienced attorney.

Coping with a disability is extremely challenging for an individual as well as his or her family. More often than not, finances are an issue when steep medical bills must be paid or when the primary wage-earner is no longer able to work.

The skilled Social Security lawyers in Michigan at Lipton Law can help you understand your rights and the process of getting the benefits that you deserve. For years, we have been providing our clients with effective legal guidance and representation. Contact the experienced legal team at Lipton Law for a free consultation by calling (248) 557-1688.


Just Because Talking on Cell Phones While Driving in Michigan is Legal for Some, Doesn’t Make it Safe

By Lipton Law on September 26, 2012 - No comments

Unlike many other states, the use of cell phones, without a hands-free function for making/receiving calls in a motor vehicle, is legal in Michigan. (There is a very limited exception for teenagers, interstate truckers, and bus drivers who are not permitted to use cell phones while driving.) The only prohibition is the use of a wireless device for sending and receiving texts.

Southfield Distraction Accident InjuryWhile there are fines for the illegal use of a cell phone, the fines become inconsequential should you, or someone you love, become the victim of a driver who was distracted by the legal or illegal use of a cell phone. The overwhelming sense of guilt is too much to bear if your text was the reason the driver was distracted, contributing to the accident.

Regardless of whether the driver was in violation of the Michigan cell phone law, the accident which directly resulted from that use may have caused personal injury to you or someone you love. Once the horror, anger, and fear associated with the traffic accident begins to wear off, you will need to deal with the expenses piling up while you try to get back your health. Getting better should be your only focus. Compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages, and for your physical suffering should be left to those experienced and skilled in handling these matters for you.

The MI car crash lawyers at Lipton Law are trained to navigate all the legal aspects of your recovery. In our success protecting the rights of our clients and helping them hold negligent parties liable, we are committed to helping you seek the compensation that you deserve. Please call us at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.


Patients Are the Ones Who Suffer from a Delayed Diagnosis

By Lipton Law on September 21, 2012 - No comments

Macomb County Misdiagnosis InjurySeeking medical attention, we trust that medical professionals will provide a high standard of care when giving us a proper and timely diagnosis; administering medication; or performing a surgical procedure. This is especially the case when ailments may have to do with a serious illness or cancer. If you go to your physician or the emergency room and are released with the improper diagnosis or no diagnosis at all, this could lead to potential problems if you actually have a disease.

If you aren’t provided with timely and accurate medical treatment and care for a specific medical condition, the condition could worsen, lead to additional problems, or even cause death; none of which are pleasant to think about and are considered “never-events” in the medical community, meaning they should never happen in the first place.

What can a person do after discovering that they’ve been the victim of a delayed diagnosis? You first, may want to consider getting medical treatment as quickly as possible to ensure that the failure to properly diagnose the condition can be rectified. Next, you may want to seek competent legal representation to aid in your recovery.

Compensation for the injury inflicted on you or the worsening of a medical condition because of a medical professional’s oversight or negligence is not just a right you may have but a necessity to safeguard your medical and financial future. The MI delayed diagnosis lawyers at Lipton Law have the legal experience and skills to successfully handle claims associated with a doctor’s delayed diagnosis. We are available to help you at (248) 557-1688. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us for a free consultation.


What if Transvaginal Mesh Causes More Problems than it Corrects?

By Lipton Law on September 19, 2012 - No comments

A transvaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat urinary incontinence in women. Generally, urinary incontinence develops as women age or as a result of straining during childbirth. When a pelvic organ, such as the bladder, drops from its customary position in the belly into the vaginal wall, it leads to urinary incontinence, pain, and other issues which may adversely affect your health and enjoyment of life.

Some women are able to control their urinary incontinence (and accompanying pain) by changing their diet or doing specific exercises. Sometimes, though, if the condition is severe enough, surgery, such as the implantation of a transvaginal mesh, is performed. Over time, however, its use has led to complications in women implanted with the device.

Specifically, the mesh can erode through the vagina or it may shrink, causing severe pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse or inability to engage in sexual intercourse. Reparative surgery is a method to correct the injuries caused by a transvaginal mesh failure. Unfortunately, some women have had to undergo several surgeries, some without any success.

If you have been a transvaginal mesh patient and are experiencing pelvic pain or other ailments, you may be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, loss of wages, emotional distress, or other damages suffered as a result. The Michigan transvaginal mesh injury lawyers at Lipton Law are trained to handle claims associated with serious transvaginal mesh side effects. We are available to help you at (248) 557-1688. Please call us for a free consultation.


What Do You Do When a Dog Bites?

By Lipton Law on September 13, 2012 - No comments

The risk of a dog bite is present whenever human beings interact with an unknown, or even a known, dog. The risk is greater when small children are involved. Small children may not know that their actions, innocent as they may be, will be viewed as a provocation by even a gentle dog. Consequently, it is very important to never leave little ones alone with an unfamiliar dog.

MI Dog Attack LawMichigan Comp. Laws Ann., section 287.351 provides that if you are a victim of a dog bite, the owner of the dog is responsible to compensate you for your injuries. Regardless of whether you were on public property or private property (at the invitation of the property owner – that is not just as a guest but anyone who is not a trespasser or someone on the property to do something illegal or criminal, such as deliver personnel, mail carriers, and the like), if you did not provoke the dog and it bites you anyway, the owner is liable according to the dog bite law in Michigan. In some situations, if the owner of the dog involved is a tenant living in someone else’s property, both the owner of the dog and the owner of the rental property may be looked to for compensation for the damages and injuries suffered by a victim of a dog bite.

Regardless of the age of the victim bitten by a dog, the aftermath of such an event extends past the time the dog is no longer a threat. To address the physical and emotional injuries occasioned by the dog bite, financial resources are required. The Southfield dog bite lawyers at Lipton Law will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us for a free consultation at 1 (248) 557-1688.


Motorcycle Accidents Don’t Need to Keep You Down

By Lipton Law on September 11, 2012 - No comments

MI Motorcycle Crash LawsuitIn Michigan, in order to legally operate a motorcycle, a special endorsement must be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Failure to obtain this endorsement subjects the operator to various penalties which may affect their driving privileges.

You not only got the endorsement, you successfully passed the classes to ensure that when on the road you are operating your motorcycle in compliance with the law. When operating your motorcycle you make sure you are not impaired in any way and always pay attention to other drivers. You use the Department of Transportation (DOT) approved motorcycle helmet; make sure you have body, face, and eye protective gear when on a ride; and keep your equipment in proper working order. No matter what you do, though, at any time you may be the victim of a negligent driver who just did not see you.

Following a motorcycle accident, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to get you back on your feet. Even though the crash was not caused by you, you may be the one who solely has to deal with the inconvenience of not having the use of your motorcycle and you certainly are the only one who has to deal with your own recuperation. What you do not have to handle alone is the pursuit of just compensation for your damages and injuries.

If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident due to negligence, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law are there to help. Should you need to speak with an attorney regarding your possible claim, call an experienced Flint motorcycle crash injury attorney at Lipton Law at (248) 577-1688 for a free consultation.


How Will Michigan’s Mini-Tort Law Change as of October 1, 2012?

By Lipton Law on September 7, 2012 - No comments

MI Auto Accident Damage CompensationAs of October 1, 2012, Michigan’s Mini-Tort Law (Ins. Code 3135) will be revised to add further protections to drivers involved in collisions in the state. What will not change is that the law only applies to property damage, i.e. repair costs to your vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle etc.), caused by an “at-fault” driver. The law does not change monetary recovery which is available to a driver or passenger injured, physically, mentally or emotionally, by a negligent driver who caused a traffic accident.

If you are the driver of an insured vehicle which is involved in a traffic collision, caused by someone else – the “at-fault” driver, then after October 1, 2012, you will be entitled to receive, from the “at-fault” driver. This money is for repair of your vehicle only and you are entitled to receive it “to the extent the damages are not covered by insurance.” (Ins. Code 3135.3(e).) That means that if you are uninsured and your vehicle has been damaged by an “at-fault” driver, you would not be entitled to receive the $1000.00 under the new law, from the responsible driver.

The benefit (and liability if your car damage is greater than $1000.00) of the law remains the same. Whether your car is damaged by someone else’s negligence, or whether you are the cause of an accident, the liability is limited to $1000.00, even if property damage is greater than that amount.

Even if you have been involved in a traffic collision which involves personal injury, the new law may affect you in ways unknown at present. The MI car crash lawyers at Lipton Law are available for consultation should you find yourself involved in a traffic collision. If needed, call us, at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.


Warren Bicycle Hit-and-Run Accident Claims a Life

By Lipton Law on September 5, 2012 - No comments

A male bicyclist was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Warren on the evening of Monday, September 3. There is no indication that the bicyclist was doing anything risky or wrong. All that has been reported is that a motorist was driving too fast and negligently, and as a result, the bicyclist was killed. Authorities suspect that the hit-and-run driver, who was later apprehended, was drunk at the time of the collision. The driver will, most likely, be prosecuted for the hit-and-run and the victim’s family will have to deal with the loss of moving forward without him.

Hopefully, the driver had insurance and the driver’s insurance company will not create obstacles to the victim’s family receiving just compensation for their loss. However, those things are, as yet, unclear. What is clear is that without skilled legal representation, the personal and financial burdens to the victims of this tragedy may go unaddressed.

While taking legal action may be the last thing on the minds of family members grieving the loss of a loved one, delaying a claim may make pursuing compensation from negligent parties all the more challenging. By knowing your legal rights and options, you and your family will be better equipped to make an informed decision on the best course of action for your specific situation.

If you or a loved one has suffered the heartache, and its attendant legal and financial aftermath, of being, directly or indirectly, the victim of a hit-and-run driver, let the experienced Warren accident lawyers at Lipton Law help you to attain resolution with as little additional headaches as can be managed. You don’t have to handle everything yourself, nor should you. We are available for a free consultation to discuss your case and to help you move forward. Should you need assistance in resolving your case, call us at (248) 557-1688.