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After Workplace Accident, One Detroit Woman Re-envisions “Work”

By Lipton Law on December 7, 2011 - No comments

For many years of her life, a female Detroit resident worked for an automotive company. After an accident at work left her totally disabled, however, she began to re-think what it meant to “work” and wanted to find ways she can still help her community, even if the full-time daily grind is no longer an option for her.

The woman suffered a workplace accident several years ago when the bushing of an automatic door she was walking through fell on her. She suffered severe nerve damage and other symptoms that caused pain, sleeplessness, memory and thinking problems, and other disabilities. She needed nearly three years to learn to live in a way that kept her injuries from preventing her from doing anything at all.

Now, several years after the accident, she is still unable to hold a full-time job due to her serious injuries. However, they haven’t stopped her from donating her time and vision to “We Want Green, Too,” an organization she founded that focuses on transforming Detroit communities in the wake of some of the worst unemployment and economic losses in the nation. The organization focuses on creating a sustainable Detroit by educating people and training them in “green” building practices, including restoration of some of the city’s aging housing stock.

Serious injuries can seriously change the course of your life. Getting the compensation you need to recover gives you the best possible chance of reclaiming your life after an accident and moving forward with the resources you still have. At Lipton Law, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping accident survivors get the compensation they need. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, call the personal injury lawyers in Southfield today at (248) 557-1688 to discuss your legal rights and options. The call is free and confidential.

 

Understanding Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

By Lipton Law on August 23, 2011 - No comments

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results from a blow to the head. A car accident, a slip-and-fall, a workplace accident, or any other situation in which a person’s head hits or is hit by another object can cause a concussion. Concussions that are not diagnosed and treated properly are particularly dangerous since they can result in permanent brain damage. Even concussions that are treated properly can take several months to heal and leave a person with long-term health effects, particularly if the concussion is severe.

Everyone experiences the symptoms of a concussion differently. Some common symptoms include:

  • Headache or pain in the head, jaw, neck, or shoulders
  • Altered consciousness – drowsy, confused, difficult to wake up, unconscious
  • Confusion, inability to “think straight,” or an inability to remember things immediately before or after the concussion
  • Nausea, dizziness, and/or vomiting
  • Changes in pupil sizes, double vision, or unusual eye movements
  • Difficulty walking or persistent weakness on one side of the body
  • Convulsions or seizures

If a concussion is suspected, the person should see a physician as soon as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency services immediately if the person is experiencing seizures, cannot stay conscious, has muscle weakness or walking problems, or is vomiting repeatedly.

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent health problems. If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion in an accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys at Lipton Law to learn more about your legal rights and options. Call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Teen Drowns at Summer Camp in Van Buren County

By Lipton Law on July 26, 2011 - No comments

A teenager drowned recently while attending a summer camp in Van Buren County, according to a recent news report from WWMT. The teen was participating in an evening swim at Greenwoods Camp for Boys on Lake of the Woods. Four lifeguards were on duty at the time, but once the boy went under, they were unable to pull him from the water in time to save his life.

When rescue workers arrived, it was dark outside and difficult to see the beach or the water. Michigan Department of Human Services regulations for camps prohibit camps from holding water activities between sunset and sunrise, when it is too dark to see what campers are doing in the water and whether they need help. According to camp staff, however, the sun was still up and the beach was lit by floodlights when the boy slipped under the water.

Investigators from multiple agencies, including the Michigan Department of Human Services and the Michigan State Police, are investigating the drowning accident. Since most of the camp staff turned out to help when the emergency whistle was blown, investigators have several witnesses to interview.

Summer camps have provided outdoor fun for generations of young Michiganders, and most camps make camper safety their number-one priority. When an accident occurs, however, the results can be devastating. If your child has been injured during a camp or other activity, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan injury lawyers at Lipton Law. We will help you find hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. To discuss your case with us, call 248-557-1688 today for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Two Scottville Men Lost in Ludington-Area Boat Accident

By Lipton Law on July 25, 2011 - No comments

A 69-year-old grandfather and his 24-year-old grandson lost their lives in a boating accident recently in Eden Township near Ludington, Michigan. The men were fishing from their boat at the time, according to a news article in the Ludington Daily News.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was the first on the scene after rescue workers were called; workers from the Riverton Fire Department and the Michigan State Police also helped local sheriff’s deputies locate and recover the men’s bodies from the water.. The two men had been fishing in a private pond owned by the family when the accident occurred. Investigators say that it’s likely a boating accident of some kind occurred, though they have not yet determined what led to the men’s untimely deaths.

Michigan is unique among U.S. states because no part of the state is more than six miles from a natural body of water, whether it’s a river, pond, lake, or one of the Great Lakes that surround the state. As a result, boating is a natural part of many Michiganders’ lives and a popular tourist attraction. Although most boaters in Michigan are careful to avoid obvious dangers, many hidden dangers or risks caused by other visitors to the water can cause boating accidents. These include equipment malfunctions, distractions while driving a boat, or the presence of other boaters who are acting negligently.

When a boating accident occurs, it’s natural to want answers. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys fight to uncover the truth in each client’s case and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. To learn more, call us today at 248-557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Third-Party Liability Can Increase Compensation for a Michigan Workplace Injury

By Lipton Law on July 20, 2011 - No comments

When a Michigan worker is injured while on-the-job, workers’ compensation insurance may provide coverage for medical bills, lost wages, and other costs the worker has to pay in order to take care of and recover from the injury. Since Michigan workers’ compensation payments are set by law, however, they may not cover the full costs of a serious injury. When an injury is caused by someone who is not the injured worker’s employer, a third-party liability suit can help cover the bills that workers’ comp payments miss.

Third-party liability occurs when a third person, who is not the worker or the employer, acts negligently or intentionally in a way that injures someone who is at work. For instance, a company that builds a defective machine may be liable if that machine injures a worker who is using it while on-the-job. Although the details of each third-party liability case are unique, any third party who fails to use reasonable care to protect the safety of others may be held liable for the injuries and related losses that their neglect causes.

Like many other cases filed in Michigan, a third-party liability case must be filed within a certain amount of time after the injury occurs. In Michigan, a worker must file a third-party liability case within one year after they are injured. If the worker doesn’t file the case within one year, their employer may choose to file it on their behalf.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield personal injury attorneys at Lipton Law, P.C. We can help you file for workers’ compensation or seek compensation from responsible third parties on your behalf. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at 248-557-1688.

 

Six Ways to Keep Fireworks Safe This Independence Day

By Lipton Law on June 29, 2011 - No comments

Fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July celebrations in the United States. The variety of light and color against a star-studded night sky is the perfect way to end a day of parties, picnics, and parades. Since fireworks are designed to explode, however, they can cause serious injury if they’re not used properly. Following these six simple safety tips can help you and your family avoid injuries at your Fourth of July festivities.

  1. Buy only fireworks that are designed for consumers, include warnings or instructions, and are legal in your state.
  2. Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in the fireworks-lighting area. If the weather has been dry, soak the area thoroughly with water before lighting any fireworks.
  3. Choose one adult to be responsible for lighting fireworks. That adult should be the only person in the fireworks-lighting area, and he or she should stay there only as long as it takes to light each firework. Never let children light fireworks or play with them.
  4. Light fireworks one at a time, and do not try to re-light fireworks that didn’t go off the first time.
  5. Do not try to make your own fireworks, and do not accept fireworks that are not made by professional fireworks-making companies.
  6. Before throwing away used fireworks, dunk them in a bucket of water to make sure any sparks or fire is completely out. Smouldering fireworks can start a trash fire.

By keeping these six tips in mind, you can reduce the risk that a fireworks-related injury will put an end to your Independence Day celebrations. If a family member has been injured by fireworks, the experienced Southfield injury lawyers at Lipton Law can help you hold responsible parties accountable for any negligence that may have led to the injury. Call us today at 248-557-1688 for a confidential consultation.

 

Michigan Small Plane Crash Involving University Recruit Results in Fatalities, Injuries

By Lipton Law on June 27, 2011 - No comments

A recent recruit to the University of Michigan men’s basketball team is in critical condition in a northern Lower Peninsula hospital after a plane crash that took the lives of his father and stepmother, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press.

The young man, a high school basketball star in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was riding in a single-engine plane piloted by his father. The family was headed to their summer home in Charlevoix when the plane crashed. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are still looking for the cause of the accident. The future Michigan student was the only survivor of the crash, and he is currently receiving care at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

The injured man and his family were no strangers to plane crashes. In 2003, the plane his father was piloting clipped a power line and crashed, taking the lives of his mother and two siblings.

The rate of accidents for airplanes of all sizes is much lower than the rate of accidents for other forms of transportation, especially cars. But when something does go wrong on a plane, the risks of severe injury and death are much greater. If you’ve been injured in an aviation accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan accident attorneys at Lipton Law. We will help you fight for compensation and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a confidential consultation, call us today at 248-557-1688.