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.
The “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.
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.
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.
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.