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November 2011 Archives

Winter weather making Michigan roads more treacherous

Everyone who has spent a winter in Michigan knows that winter weather conditions can get severe pretty quickly. Black ice, white outs, and even just run of the mil blizzards can make some roads impassable and others extremely dangerous. Even early in the season when conditions are generally less extreme we see an uptick in car accidents.

Michigan teens involved in fatal car accident

Tragically teenagers are involved in far too many fatal motor vehicle accidents in Michigan each year. Some of that is due to their inexperience behind the wheel, which puts them at risk of making mistakes that more experienced drivers would be able to avoid. Another common cause is distracted driving. When teens have been drinking before they get behind the wheel, however, the combination can be especially deadly.

Dog attack leaves three people injured

Some pets can pose a danger to neighbors and others if they are not properly restrained. Dangerous pets can threaten the safety of anyone who comes in contact with the animal. When a dog attacks an innocent victim, the injuries can be serious and in some cases can leave the victims with long-lasting injuries.

Critical injuries to female motorist in two-car crash

A 42-year-old female motorist from Scottsville, Michigan, suffered critical injuries Last week in Howell Township when her car was struck by a pickup truck. Her 2002 Oldsmobile was traveling south in the right lane on M-59, but suddenly made an unexpected hard left turn, winding up directly in front of a 1998 Dodge pickup truck moving forward in the left lane. The truck then collided with her vehicle.

Poor weather conditions results in fatal car crash

A fatal accident involving two cars resulted in the deaths of two 82-year-old women in one vehicle, as well as serious injuries to the 53-year-old male driver of the second car. Authorities attributed the accident to a combination of factors including inclement weather and poor road conditions. With the seasons changing, it is more important than ever that motorists remain aware of the weather in order to drive safely to avoid injury.

Effects of a criminal plea on a civil case

As you are surely aware there are two basic types of court cases, civil and criminal. In a criminal case, the state alleges that some person has violated the criminal code and should be punished by fine or incarceration. Civil cases involve two private parties, or occasionally the government, and seek to settle a dispute or determine liability for an injury.

Workers' Compensation 101

As you may know, Michigan is considering substantial changes to the state's workers' compensation laws. The new legislative proposals would change the payment structure for benefits and modify what is considered an injury. The new laws would likely make it much more difficult for an injured employee to demonstrate a disability. For a worker who can no longer perform the same job in which they were injured, the new bill would consider whether there was some other theoretical job that the person could perform. That worker's benefits may be adjusted downward even if such theoretical job is not available.

Semi accident leaves two dead

Two Michigan residents were killed in a fatal semi accident that left three tractor-trailers battered and two engulfed in flames. Reports from law enforcement officials indicate the crash occurred when a semi truck crossed the median on Interstate 94 and collided with two other semis heading in the opposite direction. Police believe all three trucks were moving at highway speed when the accident occurred. They believe the first truck hit the second with a glancing blow, causing it to slide into the third.

Hayride victim injured and paralyzed

More details on the story of an Ann Arbor woman who claims she was injured in a hayride covered in an earlier post have been released. The woman now claims that the workplace accident left her paralyzed and blames the hayride's operators for using faulty equipment, also citing unsafe conditions at the market where the injury occurred.

Former flight attendant denied benefits after contracting TB

In November of 2008 a former Michigan flight attendant for Northwest Airlines (now Delta) received a call from her employer that she had been exposed to active tuberculosis (TB) during a flight from Detroit earlier that year. This apparently happens from time to time and at first she was not very worried about it. Her supervisor said that exposure on a flight usually does not lead to infection but that she may want to get it checked. The medical test came back positive and she developed full blown TB.

DUI suspected in collision that hospitalizes three

Every motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries, but drunk driving accidents seem to be all the more likely to result in very serious injuries and fatalities. There are likely a number of factors that lead to the frequency with which drunk driving accidents lead to catastrophic injuries. Those driving under the influence often have a dangerous combination of decreased judgment and capacity, while at the same time having increased confidence and willingness to take risks.

Michigan car accident hospitalizes three

It seems that almost every car cruising down Michigan highways and interstates are going at least a bit over the speed limit. While a few miles over may not be serious crime, when excess speed results in a collision, it is obviously a problem. Last weekend, a car accident on highway I-94 near Grass Lake, Michigan snared four cars and sent three people to the hospital.

Bus safety oversight does not keep up with industry

Most of us in Michigan are familiar with the major cross country bus carriers, but lately you may have noticed that there are a growing number of low cost bus services that advertise exceptionally low rates. These companies generally do not have bus stations, but rather pick up passengers curbside at a designated intersection or in a parking lot of another business. Often ticketing is a completely online process.

  • $4,391,000: Judgment entered on Oakland County jury verdict, 2008. A Michigan man suffered traumatic brain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a permanent seizure disorder. View More results
  • $2,536,454: Verdict for no-fault benefits for client severely injured in motor vehicle accident. 2012.
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  • $2,360,000: Jury verdict for serious electric shock injuries sustained by client in a construction accident in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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  • $1,400,000: Verdict for no-fault benefits due to a traumatically brain injured client, in this Washtenaw County action against Allstate Insurance Company. View More results
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