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By Lipton Law on February 15, 2013 - No comments

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Lipton Law Stands Against Capping Benefits to Accident Victims

Governor Snyder’s new proposal on Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance would cap benefits that car accident victims can receive at one million dollars.  For many car accident victims, this amount will not secure the medical coverage a car accident victim actually needs.  Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan person injury law firm,  recommends you read this article and let your local state representative know that you do not agree with this change.

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Lipton Law is Concerned about Governor Snyder’s New Proposal

The new proposal put forth by Governor Snyder would have devastating consequences on Michigan car-accident victims and their families.  Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm, strongly encourages you to take a look at these articles and tell Governor Snyder that you won’t stand for this change.  It is time that families and individuals come before insurance companies when making policy.

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Lipton Law’s Own, Marc Lipton, Named to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee

Michigan residents and their families that were devastated by the meningitis outbreak can take some solace in the fact that Marc Lipton of Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm, will be representing them on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Multi-District litigation. With his appointment, Lipton Law will be in the driver’s seat, pushing the gas pedal towards recovery for Michigan victims.

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Lipton Law Excited to Sponsor Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Fund’s Heart of Champions Gala

Lipton Law, the Southfield, Michigan personal injury law firm is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2013 Heart of Champions Gala to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Fund that will take place on March 14, 2013 at the Fox Theatre.

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Lawsuit Filed for Michigan Residents Affected by Meningitis Outbreak

The number of people infected by the fungal meningitis outbreak continues to climb.

There are 231 cases of fungal meningitis in the nation, including 15 deaths – in 15 states.

In Michigan, there are 47 cases, with three deaths.

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  • In Detroit, Meningitis Lawsuit is Filed for Howell Woman

  • Target is steroid maker in Massachusetts

 

  • A class action has been filed for Michigan residents sickened by tainted steroid injections believed to be responsible for a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 15 people across the country.View Article
  • Michigan Has 1st Fungal Meningitis Lawsuit

    Attorney Marc Lipton files lawsuit in Federal court in Detroit.

    A Howell woman who is hospitalized with fungal meningitis is suing the pharmacy where the steroids came from.

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  • Lipton Law Supports the Campaign for Kelly, Johnson and McCormack

    Lipton Law supports three remarkable women: Judge Connie Kelley, Judge Shelia Johnson and Bridget McCormack, who are leading our charge to reclaim our supreme court for Michigan families.

     

  • Marc E. Lipton Named President of Michigan Association for Justice

    The Southfield personal injury law firm of Lipton Law is proud to announce that attorney Marc E. Lipton has been named President of the Michigan Association for Justice. This distinct honor is given to a lawyer committed to helping working families in Michigan attain justice when tragedy strikes as a result of negligence or recklessness. In his role as Michigan Association for Justice President, Marc will help lead a dedicated group of approximately 1,800 member lawyers who work daily to spread awareness about safety and take a stand against individuals and entities responsible for causing others to suffer injury, illness, or death.

    In being governed by an executive board made up of about 70 members and five officers, the Michigan Association for Justice is devoted to bettering the lives of those who have suffered injuries at work, on the road, at a hospital, or in another setting in which another’s negligence was detrimental. As a lawyer with extensive experience handling cases involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and defective products, Marc has the knowledge and tenacity to fulfill his duties as President of the Michigan Association for Justice.

    • Visit Michigan Association for Justice website

  • Michigan Personal Injury Attorneys at Lipton Law Launch Mobile Site

    The Southfield, MI personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law are proud to announce the debut of their mobile website.

    In the technological flood society is drenched in, waiting to get home or go the library to access the Internet on a computer may not be soon enough. The advancements of cell phones, iPhones and Smart Phones specifically, have made accessing the Internet not only quicker, but more efficient.

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  • Michigan Bills Recently Introduced Cause Debate Over Medical Malpractice Cases

    The trauma of medical malpractice for a patient is indescribable. Not only is there a sense of trust being betrayed, but due to the often invasive aspects of surgery, medical treatment, and other aspects of hospital care or diagnosis screenings, any act of negligence on the part of a medical professional or facility has the capability of changing a person’s life forever. With that being said, four bills recently introduced in Michigan, Senate Bill 1115, Senate Bill 1116, Senate Bill 1117, and Senate Bill 1118, have raised debate over who would really benefit.

    The main characteristic of medical malpractice that these bills would change is the limitation of non-economic damages, which includes the loss of household and other services. As Southfield personal injury lawyer Marc E. Lipton posited, “Who usually provides those household services?” As you may gather, Marc is suggesting that the bills would seem to do women a disservice in denying them compensation in the event that their lives are shaken by medical malpractice.

    The bills would also significantly cap, or limit, the amount of damages a person could receive in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Since the bills would protect medical professionals from being sued if the alleged malpractice is believed to have been “the exercise of professional judgment”, other critics of the bills claim that they give doctors who have made catastrophic mistakes immunity.

    • Republicans introduce bills to protect docs in med mal cases

  • 2012 Michigan Health & Rehab Conference

    Jody Lipton will be doing a break out session at the 2012 Michigan Health and Rehab Conference being held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Best Western Sterling Inn.

    • View the Conference Brochure (PDF)


  • Legacy Society Spring Tribute Dinner & Auction

    Jody Lipton was the Legislative Liaison Co-Chair for theBIAMI Spring Tribute Legacy Society Dinner that took place on March 31, 2012 at The Diamond Center at The Suburban Collection Showplace. Lipton Law was also a VIP Reception Sponsor for the event.

    • April 13, 2012 – View the Press Release on Lipton Law’s Involvement in the BIAMI Event


  • Crash Course: What’s in Your Policy

    • 3/01/11 - JARC
      Attorney Jody Lipton offers a “Crash Course” on helping Michigan drivers get the auto coverage they need.
    • 3/08/11 – NCJW
    • 3/25/11 – Farbman Group
    • 4/14/11 – Baker College
    • 4/17/11 – Temple Emanuel Oak Park
    • 4/28/11 – Lakeland Center
    • 5/12/11 – (Troy) and 5/18/11 (Novi) Inforum
    • 5/22/11 – Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
    • 5/23/11 – (Sterling Heights) and 6/27/11 (Novi) Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
    • 6/02/11 – Rotary Club of Bloomfield Hills
    • 6/14/11 – Medical Professionals, Inc.
    • 6/22/11 – Metro Home Health Care
    • 6/08/11 – Quicken Loans
    • 7/20/11 – Tender Home Health Care
    • 7/26/11 – The Med Team
    • 7/30/11 – Good Faith of Fight Ministry

    UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS:
    TBA Fall 2011 – The Birmingham Community House
    8/25/11 – At Home Network Inc
    8/11/11 – Macomb Networking Group

    NON CRASH COURSE:
    9/7/11 – Michigan Association of Justice No-Fault Institute


  • Carnival of Care

    Come see Lipton Law support the Carnival of Careat their Motown Moves and Memories Fundraiseron October 29, 2011.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Crash Course Seminar

      Jody B. Lipton will give her seminar, Crash Course, at the Birmingham Community house on October 18, 2011.

    • Crash Course Seminar

      Crash Course seminar at the Macomb Alliance Healthcare Providers on Thursday October 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM.


    • The Brain Injury Association of Michigan

      Come visit Lipton law’s booth at The Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s Annual Conference in Lansing on Thursday and Friday September 22- 23

 

 

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.

 

Oakland County Law Enforcement Focus on Traffic Accidents, Aim for ‘Zero Deaths’

By Lipton Law on July 26, 2012 - No comments

Oakland County Police Auto AccidentThe leader of the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan (TIA) states that the roads in Oakland County are among the least fatal in the world, but law enforcement wants to reduce traffic fatalities even further, aiming for “zero deaths.” The total amount of fatal Oakland County crashes increased from 59 in 2010 to 67 in 2011, which is a slight increase, but law enforcement are calling for “more attentive driving, less use of cell phones, and more law enforcement officers on the road” in order to prevent these deaths from occurring at all.

The fatality rate for Oakland County was 0.54 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, which is low compared to the state of Michigan that has a rate of 0.94 deaths. The traffic fatality rates for other counties in southeast Michigan are as follows:

  • Livingston County – 0.81
  • Wayne County – 0.83
  • Washtenaw County – 0.95
  • Macomb County – 0.76

The executive director for the Auburn Hills-based TIA is concerned that traffic fatalities disproportionately affect young drivers, noting that in the U.S. “traffic crashes are the leading causes of death for teens and young adults ages 15 to 20.” Though he is concerned about teen and young adult drivers, he is urging all motorists in Oakland County and across Michigan to drive distraction-free and focus on the road.

The director is also calling for increased law enforcement to prevent traffic accidents, and is reaching out to local governments in the Metro Detroit area to encourage them to not cut law enforcement.

Law enforcement and all drivers can participate in the effort to reduce traffic-related fatalities, but unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, contact a traffic accident wrongful death lawyer in Oakland County at Lipton Law. The abrupt loss of a loved one is devastating, and our legal team will work diligently to obtain the compensation you need to deal with financial matters so you and your family can focus on healing. Call (248) 557-1688 to see how we can assist you during this difficult time.

 

Government May Propose Nationwide Distracted Driving Guidelines

By Lipton Law on July 3, 2012 - No comments

Southfield Distracted Driver PreventionRay LaHood, the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), recently revealed a blueprint for increased federal efforts and pressure on states to crack down on distracted driving. LaHood noted that the dangerous problem of distracted driving is especially acute among teen and young adult drivers, and stated that it is imperative to teach teens that driving and texting do not mix.

The Secretary also stated that one in every 10 highway fatalities is caused by distracted driving, showing how dangerous this nationwide epidemic is and the importance of federal distracted driving prevention measures.

In an effort to prevent distracted driving, the DOT has awarded $2.4 million to California and Delaware for pilot projects that will combine increased police enforcement with publicity campaigns against distracted driving. LaHood, who has made distracted driving a high-profile crusade, stated similar pilot projects in Syracuse, NY and Hartford, CT have successfully reduced distracted driving.

The DOT Secretary has also called on automakers to support voluntary government guidelines to ensure dashboard technologies, which are increasingly being added to vehicles, don’t distract drivers. However, he opted to not make these guidelines mandatory. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has publicly called for a complete ban on cell phone use by drivers, including hands-free devices, which may be something the government may consider in the future as a means to combat the problem of distracted driving.

Currently, thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) prohibit texting while driving, and ten states (including D.C.) ban all handheld cell phone use behind the wheel. The DOT Secretary realizes that there is “much more work to do,” but these proposed safety measures may be an excellent way to prevent distracted driving across the country.

Distracted driving is a contributing factor in auto accidents in Michigan and across the nation, and drivers who choose to not focus solely on the road may cause a dangerous collision. The Southfield distracted driving accident attorneys at Lipton Law understand how devastating an auto accident can be and the challenges you may face afterward. Our legal team can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover and will help you through every step of your case. Call (248) 557-1688 for a no-cost 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.

 

Call for Banning Handheld Cell Phone Use Begins in Michigan

By Lipton Law on February 16, 2012 - No comments

Many other states have banned texting and using handheld cell phones to make or receive calls while the person using the device is driving a motor vehicle. Although Michigan has not passed a statewide law banning handheld cell phone use, many advocates say that it’s time our state joined those who have banned this distracting, accident-causing practice.

States aren’t the only ones getting on the handheld-cell-phone-banning bandwagon. In December 2011, the director of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also called for a ban on handheld cell phone use while driving, citing the thousands of lives that are lost every year and the additional thousands who are injured by drivers distracted by handheld cell phones.

A study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that, while 88 percent of drivers agree that cell phone use of any kind while driving is dangerous, over 66 percent admitted to using their cell phones while driving within the past 30 days. Supporters of a handheld cell phone ban in Michigan say that these numbers show awareness and voluntary avoidance isn’t enough. Supporters claim the law should provide penalties for those who use handheld cell phones while driving.

Distracted driving can be caused by cell phone use or by many other things, including eating, looking at a map, or talking to others in the vehicle. Regardless of the cause, however, distracted driving is a tragedy when a serious car accident results. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield distracted driving lawyers at Lipton Law. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.