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What To Do If You Are Injured On The Job

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The first thing that you need to do is obtain medical aid ASAP. The cost of the necessary medical services is paid by your employer’s insurance carrier. 

Notify Immediately

More importantly it is your job to notify your supervisor about the injury and the exact way that it happened as soon as possible. Remember to get this done in writing. If this task crosses over the standard 30 days then you may lose compensation benefits. You will also have to fill out a workers’ compensation form.

However, you will most probably be at the hospital before your employer even knows what happened therefore you can even have your doctor fill out a specific form if you notify him or her about getting injured on the job. Hospitals are required to inform any job-related injury to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer within 3 days. 

Your employer will have to send the workers’ compensation form to their insurer in 5 days time of being notified of your injury. Also, employers cannot keep their employees from filing injury claims or to state that the injury took place anywhere other than at work. 

When you claim is accepted the insurer will most likely send you a Notice of Acceptance. This notice will also include the details of the medical conditions that the insurance will cover. At this point if you feel that there is something left out from the notice you must inform the company in writing.   

The Difference Between Damages Caused By Personal Injury And A Workers’ Compensation Case

In a workers’ compensation case you can only get a weekly compensate, medical bills, vocational rehabilitation and permanent impairment benefits. In a personal injury case however, you are entitled to claim settlement for the pain, suffering, and other damages that you incur.   

If you’ve been injured on the job and deserve compensation, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates today for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. Our Michigan workers’ compensation lawyers are ready to help you fight for your rights and get compensation for your pain and suffering.


What Are the Safest Cars On The Market

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

When you break it down to its most simplest form, the everyday commute consists of speeding in all directions while inside metal and plastic boxes with wheels. We all know that even if you drive safely an accident can still occur, and it’s that reason why Jay Trucks & Associates provides this year’s top picks for safest cars on the road.

The 2013 Dodge Dart is a midsized version of the original Dodge Avenger. The car has front and back curtain airbags and a mower instrument panel to protect the driver from knee injuries.  

The 2014 Ford Focus was already predicted to ace all the safety tests after the 2012 model. It’s a top safety pick and the only safety drawback in this car is the new structural frame in front testing.

The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan easily performed to the levels that would make it eligible for the top safety pick of the year. As far as small cars go, this sedan is excelling in safety precautions.

The Hyundai Elantra is not only 2013’s chic car but is also a vehicle that includes a design which saves the driver from sustaining major injuries in any type of crash.. 

The 2014 Scion tC was made for safe driving which its airbags are a testament to. In fact the reports claim that the car over achieved in its IIHS testing. 

The 2014 Chrysler 200 has continuously improved with every model that has come out. It includes active head restraints that work in sync with the air bags. 

The 2012 Dodge Avenger gets a straight nod as a top notch safe car. It has 4 wheel anti-lock brakes and a unique child seat restraint system along with active head restraints. 

The Honda Accord Coupe is yet another car that will not fail in protecting you from a crash. The best part about this car is that it is designed to widen the energy away from the seats and the passengers during a crash.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates today for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. Our Michigan personal injury lawyers handle cases across the state and will help you get all of the money you deserve for your injuries and suffering.


Most Aggressive Dog Breeds and How To Prevent Your Dog From Attacking

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

When we think about dog attacks, imaginations often jump to the big dogs: the Dobermans, the Pit Bulls, the Rottweilers, but even small breeds can become aggressive, but their loyalty should never be questioned. Jay Trucks & Associates sheds some light on which small dogs could cause big problems:

Lhasa Apso is a fluffy dog whose looks would melt anyone’s heart. However the Lhasa Apso’s ancestors were bred to protect the temples in Tibet and that is why they are hostile towards people who they are not familiar with like children or guests. 

Do not be fooled by the Manchester Terrier’s lively nature. Sure this breed is playful but that does not help with curbing its strong hunting instincts. History tells us that this dog was bred to hunt vermin and that is where its aggressiveness comes from. It is not a good idea to have a Manchester in a home where you already have other small pets like kittens, hamsters, etc.

The Cocker Spaniels are an intelligent and playful breed. However a cocker with the rage syndrome can become very aggressive to people he or she is not familiar with.

Jack Russell Terriers are hyper and energetic and owners need to make sure that this breed gets its fair share of exercise every day. Otherwise, it may become restless and chew down the house. You will see this dog taking on larger dog breeds too.

How To Prevent Aggression

As owners you need to show your dog that what they do is wrong. When your dog is being playful with you and shows signs of aggression you need to reinforce words like ‘no’ and ‘off’ and make sure you cross your arms away from the canine’s reach to show them what is acceptable behavior and does not warrant participation.

Most dogs are aggressive towards strangers. Puppy parties that help dogs and children intermingle and familiarize themselves are helpful for your canine friend when meeting people outside the household.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates today for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. Our Michigan personal injury lawyers look forward to helping you get all of the compensation you deserve for your injury.


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.


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