Michigan | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2014 – A Michigan resident who has had a driver’s license suspended because of an alcohol-impaired driving offense may have an opportunity to have that license reinstated. “A person convicted of DUI or OWI may be able to get his or her license reinstated if an attorney argues the case at an administrative hearing held by the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division of the Michigan Department of State,” said Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, who handles driver’s license reinstatement cases. “However, it is important to be represented by an attorney who […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10 , 2014 – Federal auto safety officials are pushing for ignition interlocks for anyone, even first offenders, convicted of driving under the influence. Ignition interlocks prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia use these devices, requirements vary. Currently only 20 states require ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of any drunk driving offense (including a first offense), but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now pushing more states to follow suit. “Currently, in Michigan, only people convicted of driving with […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2014 – A New York senior drove her car into a rack of shopping carts, pinning a woman with her vehicle. “This was a traumatic accident for the victim,” said Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “The store employee was outside, putting metal shopping carts back into order in their rack queue, when suddenly a car appeared out of nowhere and rammed into her. She was pinned to the rack by the car, which resulted in her leg being severed.” Eyewitnesses immediately rushed to help the worker who was in an awkward […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2013 – When this case went to court, the jury returned a verdict in 15 minutes. This does not happen often. “This case was one a Florida jury found egregious enough to hand down a $30 million verdict in just shy of 15 minutes,” explained Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “And that is something that does not happen very often.” The man at the center of this case, Thomas Cypress, had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit the day he veered across a median, crashing head-on into […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – One of the unavoidable issues with growing older is the need for additional levels of care. Care can encompass anything from infrequent help with household issues, such as repairs or heavy gardening, to assistance with daily activities of living, such as toileting, bathing and eating. It can be difficult to broach the subject of an increased need for care. It works best to use tact and choose the correct time to broach the subject. “Few people enjoy admitting that they need help, or that they are not as independent as […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – California recently passed a new bill intended to protect financially abused seniors. The bill, AB 381, was drafted to protect elders who had their finances manipulated by someone who had power of attorney over their estate. The bill allows the elders some financial recovery in the form of reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs. The bill was signed into law earlier this year. “Michigan elders sometimes need protection from the people they most trusted, people who had access to their estate and general assets,” says Michigan elder law attorney Christopher […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – A mother and her child were permanently harmed as the result of medical negligence during a prolonged delivery. “This case revolves around a mother and child who were severely and permanently injured as the result of medical malpractice by the attending obstetrician. The mother was 29-years-old and was attempting to carry through with a vaginal delivery, despite her often voiced fears that the baby was too large. The sonogram indicate the child was 10-pounds,” explained Daren Monroe, of Litigation Funding Corp., Michigan. During the 16-hour, hard labor delivery, the mother sustained […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2013 – Though many individuals continue to work well past the age of 65, not many know if they should enroll in Medicare while still employed. When their employer offers health care, with full or partial coverage, they are unsure if Medicare is even available, much less a prudent choice. “It is currently considered a smart move for most workers to enroll in Medicare Part A,” said Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Part A is free coverage for many people and it covers care in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals, […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – The ongoing heat wave across the U.S. is proving dangerous for many Michigan residents. Grand Rapids has already tied for record high temperatures and the summer is not yet over. As high temps and humidity trigger heat advisories, Consumers Energy has been suspending their electric disconnects for customers who are 65 years of age and older out of safety concerns. “Individuals with heart disease, asthma, or other breathing difficulties may wish to contact the Michigan Department of Human Services to see if they qualify for an air conditioner or fan,” […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A recent study found that there is an increased likelihood of elder abuse when the elder has cognitive decline and their primary caregiver is a family member. In a new study, researchers at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey looked at a group of patients with dementia to see if cognitive decline was associated with an increased risk of physical abuse by caregivers. “Elder abuse by caregivers is known to be an underreported issue,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “It seems that helping caregivers […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – Even though some bikers think helmets are a nuisance, statistically, they save lives. “There is a new report just out that indicates if Michigan had not dumped their mandatory helmet law, 26 bikers would still be alive today,” pointed out Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. The research findings were presented by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Unit, and they revealed an 18 percent increase in fatal motorcycle accidents between 2011 and 2012. During that time frame, the study then separated out […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2013 – Over 3,000 miles of aging, leaking iron gas pipelines create a safety hazard in Michigan. A recent report in the Detroit Free Press detailed the dangers of leaking wrought- and cast-iron natural gas mains throughout Michigan and the slow progress the state’s two largest utilities have made in replacing them. “These old gas mains need to be replaced, and soon,” said Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who specializes in pipeline accidents. “Every year they remain in the ground increases the likelihood of another terrible accident.” According to the report, […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The prosecution of a high-profile case of elder financial abuse is the exception, not the rule. The New York appellate court recently upheld the majority of a 2009 conviction against the son of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Anthony D. Marshall had been charged with financially defrauding Ms. Astor, his mother, in part by forging her name on a will. Marshall, scheduled to go to jail for one to three years, was convicted of stealing his mother’s fortune when she was no longer physically or mentally competent. His lawyers unsuccessfully […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2013 – A Maine-based group is helping local seniors pay off debt. A nonprofit group based in Maine, Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE), has announced that it has formed a Consumer Debt Unit within its organization to help clients pay off outstanding debt. As of 2009, LSE noted an increase of more than 25 percent of elderly clients who were struggling to manage their debt burden, a majority of whom used to be able to meet their bills every month and now cannot. “The truth is, older Americans who depend on […]


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Salem Township, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2011 – Press conference set for Monday December 12th, 2 pm at Three Cedars Farm located at 7897 Six Mile, Salem Township. Santa Claus will be announcing that he and Mrs. Claus will be coming to Three Cedars Farm this week to meet with children. Visits with Santa will occur from this Thursday through Saturday from 4-8pm and Sunday from 1-5pm (Dec 15-18). Gary and Sherry Whittaker owners of Three Cedars Farm in Salem Township have decided to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to their home this week despite an ongoing legal […]


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