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Survey Finds Americans Less Concerned about Drunk Driving, Distracted Driving

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Despite an increasing number of car accidents related to texting while driving and the fact that last year saw the first increase in traffic accident fatalities in more than a half-decade, a new survey from AAA indicates that most drivers are actually less worried about distracted driving and drunk driving than they were four years ago.

The Michigan personal injury attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates are dedicated to helping accident injury victims and their families pursue the financial peace of mind they need to cope with medical costs and other damages. If you suffered harm in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, please call us at 800-762-8623 for your personal consultation with one of our lawyers; we welcome clients from the Flint, Saginaw, Traverse City and Lansing areas and throughout Michigan.

According to the AAA survey, the number of people who said they believe driving after drinking is a “very serious threat” decreased from 90 percent in 2009 to 69 percent today. The percentage of respondents who said they consider driving after drinking “completely unacceptable” also dropped, from 95 percent in 2009 to 89 percent on the most recent survey. Despite these responses, 14 percent of those surveyed admitted they drove when their blood-alcohol levels were close to or over the legal limit.

Less dramatic was the decline in those who say they believe texting while driving is a “very serious threat;” that figure dropped from 87 percent in 2009 to 81 percent on the recent survey. About 80 percent of respondents said they considered texting while driving “completely unacceptable,” yet 1 in 4 people admitted to texting while behind the wheel within a month prior to taking the survey.

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a car accident caused by a careless driver, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates today for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. Our personal injury lawyers welcome clients from Flint, Saginaw, Traverse City, Lansing and across Michigan.


Insufficient Patient Warnings on Medical Devices

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Medical product defects, such as inadequate warnings about the risks of a medical device, can have far-reaching physical, financial and emotional impacts on innocent patients and their family members.

If you suffered harm that you believe was due to a defective medical product, please call the Michigan injury lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates at 800-762-8623 for your free consultation. Our attorneys are proud to represent injury victims and their families from the greater Flint, Saginaw, Traverse City, Lansing and lower-peninsula areas.

Recent product liability lawsuits against medical device manufacturers include cases related to:

  • Transvaginal mesh
  • Mirena IUD
  • da Vinci Surgical System
  • Metal hip implants/hip replacement systems
  • NexGen knee replacement systems

In each of these circumstances, evidence suggests that patients were not provided with sufficient warning of potential complications. Defective medical products can result in severe injuries, the need for revision surgery, and sometimes wrongful death.

The Michigan injury attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates understand the extensive medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering associated with defective medical products. Our lawyers have extensive experience fighting for the financial peace of mind injury victims need to move forward.

If you or a loved one suffered complications that may be associated with a defective medical device, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates for your free consultation. Our injury lawyers welcome clients from the Flint, Saginaw, Traverse City and Lansing, Michigan, areas.


Traffic Accident Fatalities Increase in Michigan Region, Nationwide in 2012

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Motor vehicle accident fatalities jumped more than 5 percent nationwide in 2012 and marked the first single-year increase in deaths since 2005, according to early projections released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Midwest region that includes Michigan likewise saw about a 5 percent spike in collision-related fatalities in 2012, according to the NHTSA report.

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a car accident, motorcycle accident or truck accident, the Michigan injury attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates welcome your call at 800-762-8623 for your free consultation. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping injury victims and their families from the greater Flint, Saginaw, Traverse City, Lansing and lower-peninsula areas.

The early estimate of motor vehicle fatalities published by the NHTSA projects that 34,080 died in traffic accidents in 2012, an increase of 5.3 percent over 2011 and the first jump in deaths in six years. Accident fatalities had decreased about 26 percent overall between 2005 and 2011.

The Michigan injury lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges faced by accident victims, and we can help you pursue the financial peace of mind you need to cope with medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.

In the event that a family member was killed in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, our attorneys may be able to help you and other survivors seek financial security through a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you were injured or a loved one died due to a car accident caused by another’s carelessness, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys welcome clients from the Flint, Saginaw, Traverse City and Lansing areas, and throughout Michigan.


How to Find a Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Saginaw

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Michigan is an “employment at will” state and, as of this year, a “right to work” state as well. At will allows an employer to terminate your employment for any reason, even no reason at all, while right to work reduces the strength of unions, further jeopardizing workers’ rights.

Even though we live in a state with such anti-labor laws, you are still protected against termination based on discrimination or other unfair employment practices. However, protecting your rights will require you contact an experienced Saginaw wrongful termination lawyer to handle your case.

Your wrongful termination lawyer should focus on Michigan employment law and have a history of successfully litigating these cases. In addition, your wrongful termination lawyer should be willing to work with you personally and remain available to you during your entire case to ensure you are never left in the dark or placed at the mercy of unscrupulous employers and their attorneys.

The Saginaw wrongful termination lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates are dedicated to workers’ rights. We would be happy to meet with you for a free one-on-one consultation to answer all of your questions and help you determine how to best get the justice you deserve.

If you are in need of a wrongful termination lawyer in or around Saginaw, Michigan, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today to schedule your free initial consultation.


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws that protect workers against discrimination. The EEOC has the authority to investigate allegations of wrongful termination or unfair treatment at work based on discriminatory factors such as:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • National origin

In the state of Michigan, workers enjoy additional protections against discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation as well. Sadly, these things are not currently protected by federal law.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, you deserve strong legal representation. The Saginaw employment law attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates would be honored to meet with you for free, discuss your situation, and help you determine if you have cause to file suit.

The EEOC can investigate claims of discrimination and is authorized to take legal action when necessary to resolve the situation. While this is helpful, the EEOC is still a government agency and may be slow to move when swift action is required.

We are prepared to get to work on your case right away. With a deep understanding of both state and federal employment law, our attorneys can take swift action, helping you get the justice you deserve in the fastest manner possible.

If you need an employment law attorney in the Saginaw, Michigan area, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today to schedule your free initial consultation.


What is No-Fault Law?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The state of Michigan is one of only a handful in the nation that maintains no-fault laws. Basically, no-fault law means that if you are in an automobile accident, regardless of who caused the accident, your insurance will pay for your medical and rehabilitation expenses, along with a portion of your pre-accident wages. This is known as “First Party No-Fault.”

“Third Party No-Fault” occurs when it can be established that you were less than 50 percent responsible for an accident, allowing you to file a claim against the other party’s insurance carrier. This is a more complex, but often more rewarding process.

No matter which option is best for your situation, you will want an experienced no-fault attorney on your side. The Saginaw no-fault attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates would be happy to evaluate your case for free to help you determine the most effective course of action.

Living in a no-fault state does not guarantee full compensation when you are involved in an accident. The only way to be sure you are treated fairly and provided the settlement you deserve is with the help of a no-fault attorney.

If you have been involved in an accident in or around Saginaw, Michigan, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our no-fault attorneys.


What is Reasonable Accommodation?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Reasonable accommodation is a right guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation holds that any qualified individual with a disability is entitled to modifications or adjustments of the working environment that enable them to perform their basic job functions.

Some examples of reasonable accommodation include:

  • Acquiring or modifying equipment
  • Making office areas accessible
  • Adjusting work schedules
  • Restructuring a job

However, as with all federal protections, there are nuances and gray areas that employers may try to exploit to terminate or deny employment to an individual. If you believe you have been a victim of this type of discrimination, the Traverse City ADA lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates are prepared to evaluate your case for free and help you determine the best course of action.

Exceptions to Reasonable Accommodation

An employer is only responsible for reasonable accommodation if the employee is qualified for the position and the disability is known. If an employer can prove that an accommodation would result in “undue hardship,” he or she can deny the request for accommodation. Various other reasons for a denial exist as well, which is why you need an ADA lawyer to investigate your claim and help you determine if employment law has been violated.

If you believe you have been wrongfully denied reasonable accommodation, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our Traverse City, Michigan ADA lawyers.


Does Employment Law Protect Whistleblowers?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (469 P.A. 1980) makes it illegal for employers to take disciplinary action against employees who expose illegal, unethical, or dangerous working conditions. This law states that “it is illegal for employers in Michigan to discharge, threaten, or otherwise discriminate” against employees who “report or are about to report a violation or a suspected violation of federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations to a public body.”

Further, this law states that it is illegal for employers to discriminate against a whistleblower regarding things such as “compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges of employment” should they cooperate with or take part in a “public hearing, investigation, inquiry, or court action.”

If you believe you have faced discrimination after exposing company wrongdoing, please call 800-762-8623 to discuss your case for free with the Traverse City employment lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates.

Your rights as a whistleblower are not only protected by Michigan employment law, but by federal law as well. Various federal agencies have protections for employees who expose the unethical or illegal behavior of their employers, but not all of them provide protections for the same things.

The employment lawyers at our firm have a deep understanding of state and federal laws, and we are prepared to take your case, fight for your rights, and help ensure that justice is served.

If you have been discriminated against after blowing the whistle at your place of employment, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our Traverse City, Michigan employment lawyers.


Michigan No-Fault Law After an Auto Accident

Friday, July 12th, 2013

In the state of Michigan, there are two types of no-fault claims that can be filed after an auto accident:

  • First Party Claim – this is a claim through your own insurance company for things such as medical expenses, rehabilitation, and a portion of pre-accident lost wages for yourself and any passenger of your vehicle
  • Third Party Claim – this is a claim filed against the other driver’s insurance company for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, along with economic damages in excess of those covered by your own insurance company

The idea behind Michigan’s No-Fault Law was to minimize excessive litigation surrounding auto accidents. Sadly, the result is that many victims of serious injury are underpaid when they fail to seek the help of an experienced no-fault attorney.

The Traverse City no-fault attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates have years of experience dealing with the complexities of Michigan’s auto accident laws. We can investigate your accident to establish liability and help you determine which type of claim to file. We can also fight on your behalf against insurance companies who may try to minimize your settlement. Before you accept any offer from an insurance company, be sure to sit down for a free one-on-one consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys.

To learn more about your rights following an auto accident, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our Traverse City, Michigan no-fault attorneys.


Cerebral Palsy

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Cerebral palsy is a specific type of brain injury that impacts movement, muscle tone, and posture. This disorder may be caused by a genetic abnormality or maternal infection during pregnancy, but it is also commonly a result of trauma sustained during birth.

Cerebral palsy can result from insufficient oxygen reaching a baby during delivery. It can also result from head trauma during the birthing process. Both of these are often examples of medical malpractice and may entitle your family to significant compensation.

If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy is the result of medical negligence, please call 800-762-8623 today to schedule a free consultation with one of the dedicated Traverse City medical malpractice attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates.

Signs of Cerebral Palsy

You may not know your child has cerebral palsy until later in their development. Signs that may indicate cerebral palsy include:

  • Spasticity or rigidity
  • Tremors
  • Failure to reach developmental milestones
  • Favoring one side of the body
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulties eating or speaking
  • Difficulties with motor skills

If you notice any of these signs, you should talk to your doctor to determine their cause. If your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys for a thorough case evaluation.

To speak to one of our Traverse City, Michigan medical malpractice attorneys about your case, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today.


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