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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.

 

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.

 

Michigan Hospitals Participate in National Traumatic Brain Injury Studies

By Lipton Law on April 12, 2012 - No comments

Two major Michigan hospitals have joined a nationwide study of closed-head traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the hopes of finding better ways to diagnose and treat these often disabling or life-threatening conditions, according to a recent article at MLive.com.

Michigan TBI TreatmentBoth St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo have joined the study, which will examine whether doses of the hormone progesterone decrease swelling after traumatic brain injuries. If the hormone proves to be effective, it may greatly improve the chances of survival and recovery after a TBI-causing accident, according to researchers.

Progesterone is a hormone that naturally occurs in the human brain, where it is produced by the brain’s glial cells. Since progesterone plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle, it’s usually present in larger amounts in women than in men, but bodies of both sexes produce the hormone.

Currently, no medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the specific type of brain swelling that occurs after a TBI. If progesterone shows efficacy in treating this type of swelling, the FDA may approve its use in TBI treatments – a significant step forward for TBI patients, say researchers.

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in any type of accident, and even a mild TBI can cause long-term impairment. If you’ve suffered a head injury, call the dedicated personal injury lawyers in Southfield at Lipton Law today. Our number is (248) 557-1688 – call us for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Clinic Offering Bionic Options for Paraplegics Opens in UK

By Lipton Law on March 29, 2012 - No comments

A clinic offering bionic technology that might help paraplegic individuals walk again recently opened in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. Similar clinics in the United States might not be far behind, according to an article in the Yorkshire Post.

Paraplegia Treatment MichiganThe “bionic suit” is one of several treatment options offered by the clinic. It consists of a robotic “suit”, or exoskeleton, that the patient wears over his or her paralyzed legs. The suit sends electrical impulses to the muscles in the legs, similar to those the brain would send them to signal them to walk if a spinal cord injury had not interrupted the connection between the brain and legs. Patients who use the suit often find that they can walk with little or no assistance while in it.

The suit is not yet appropriate for every patient, say researchers. Its weight makes it difficult to maneuver, requiring patients to have good muscle tone in order to use it. However, it has given some patients, including both spinal cord injury sufferers and patients with certain types of neurological diseases, a new way to move and a new source of hope.

Spinal cord injuries are often difficult to treat and include some of the highest costs of all types of serious injuries, and also frequently result in serious and permanent impairments. If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.

 

St. Clair Shores Construction Worker Dies in Car Accident

By Lipton Law on March 15, 2012 - No comments

A construction worker employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) lost his life recently when he was hit by an SUV while working on a construction site on I-94 near St. Clair Shores, according to a recent news report from WNEM.

The worker, a 26-year-old Standish resident, was working with a crew on the construction project, which was expected to last only a couple of days, when he was hit head-on by an SUV. Witnesses say that the SUV tried to stop to avoid hitting the construction worker, but that a pickup truck following behind it rear-ended the SUV, pushing it into the young man.

Rescue crews rushed the 26-year-old to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving due to the severity of his injuries. The driver of the SUV was trapped in the vehicle by the force of the crash and had to be extracted by rescue workers. That driver is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the truck was not injured.

On-the-job motor vehicle injuries affect hundreds of Michigan workers each year. Those who drive for a living and those who work in road construction sites have the highest risk of an accident, but anyone operating a motor vehicle or working near a roadway or parking lot may be at risk for a Michigan car crash.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident of any kind, please don’t hesitate to call the practiced Michigan personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law. We’ve helped many Michigan workers and their families seek compensation after an injury, and we may be able to help you protect your legal rights as well. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Concussions Often Accompanied By Other Serious Injuries, Study Finds

By Lipton Law on February 10, 2012 - No comments

A recent study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that, while sports-related concussions are far more frequent among teenagers than adults, people who suffer concussions or other traumatic brain injuries at all age levels are more likely to need in-hospital care if they also suffered other types of injuries at the same time. Especially common were severe traumatic brain injuries combined with wounds or broken bones in the head, neck, or upper body.

Bruises and open wounds were the most common injuries that came along with traumatic brain injuries in the AHRQ study. Nearly 25 percent of patients with a concussion or other traumatic brain injury also had severe bruising, and over 18 percent had an open wound on the face, neck, or upper body, often a cut or scrape resulting from a fall or blow to the head. Sprains and strains also accompanied 13 percent of those who were seen in hospital emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries.

Not all accidents are limited to just one injury; many cause multiple injuries, resulting in longer healing times and an increased risk of complications from infections, medications, or rehabilitation. If you’ve been injured, the experienced personal injury attorneys in Michigan at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.

 

Segway Riders: Pedestrians or Vehicles?

By Lipton Law on January 27, 2012 - No comments

The Segway is a two-wheeled electronic vehicle that has become increasingly popular with some groups ever since its introduction nearly ten years ago. Segway riders often take their Segways out for a spin, many of them using the same sidewalks, bike paths, and other travelways used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and even cars. But is a Segway a pedestrian thing, or is it more like a bicycle? To find out, we turned to the Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) “Sharing the Road” brochure for more information.

The Michigan DMV says that Segway riders must follow many of the same laws as bicyclists and moped riders. For instance, a person on a Segway must yield to a pedestrian, just like a bicyclist. If the Segway is going to be ridden at night, it must have at least as many of the same types of lights and reflectors used on bicycles. And, like bicyclists, Segway riders are expected never to try carrying bulky packages or other objects that interfere with their ability to balance or steer.

Like cars, Segways may be ridden on roads, as long as they obey all traffic laws – much like bicycles or motorcycles. Unlike cars and bicycles, however, Segways are only allowed on roads if the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less. If the speed limit is above 25 miles per hour, Segways must stay out of the road, though they can still use sidewalks.

Pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents can both cause serious injuries, especially if a motor vehicle is involved in the crash. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those injured in these life-altering accidents. To learn more about your legal rights and options after an injury, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

 

Spinal Cord Injuries: The Numbers at a Glance

By Lipton Law on January 20, 2012 - No comments

Spinal cord injuries can cause serious impairment, including life-long disabilities. Researchers at the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, estimate that fewer than 1 percent of spinal cord injury sufferers ever make a full recovery. The numbers on spinal cord injuries nationwide paint an equally sobering picture:

  • About 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year in the United States, or about 40 cases per 1,000,000 people.
  • About 265,000 people now living in the United States live with spinal cord injuries.
  • Car accidents cause about 40 percent of spinal cord injuries each year. Another 28 percent are caused by slip and fall accidents, and violent encounters add another 17 percent. The remaining spinal cord injuries are caused by sports, other accidents, or unknown causes.
  • The average age of a spinal cord injury sufferer is 40.7 years, but spinal cord injuries can and do occur to people of any age.
  • Over half of those who suffer spinal cord injuries are typically employed when the injury occurs. Five years after injury, however, only 11.8 percent of those survivors have jobs. Twenty years later, the number is still only about 37 percent.

Even a mild spinal cord injury can permanently change your life and the lives of those close to you. If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by another’s negligence, the dedicated Southfield personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Great Lakes Drownings Are Up, Says Study

By Lipton Law on January 16, 2012 - No comments

The number of people who drowned in the Great Lakes in 2011 increased over the number in 2010, according to a recent article in the Marquette Mining Journal.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project counted 87 lives lost by drowning in the Great Lakes last year, up from 74 the year before. However, some locations along the Great Lakes saw fewer drownings, thanks to increased community effort to prevent these deaths. For instance, Marquette managed to bring its 2011 drownings total to zero, with not a single life lost off the city’s shores.

Marquette attributes its success at eliminating Great Lakes drownings to the efforts of the community’s newly-created Water Safety Task Force, which took several steps to warn swimmers and improve safety on Marquette’s beaches. For instance, lifeguard stands were added on several beaches, and one lifeguard on a previously unpatrolled beach actually saved a swimmer in distress last season. Rip current warning buoys and signs were also added at another beach, the site of several 2010 drownings in which powerful rip currents prevented swimmers from returning to shore.

Michigan’s unparalleled access to the Great Lakes means that we also see far too many drownings each year. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping those who have been injured in water-related accidents, whether on the Great Lakes, an inland lake, or in a pool. If you’ve been injured on the water, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.