Michigan Sets Insurance Requirements For Uber, Lyft Drivers

For several years, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been operating in Michigan without any statewide regulation, leading to auto insurance coverage concerns, as well as liability insurance questions, in the event a driver is involved in an accident.

But that’s all about to change on March 21, 2017, when Public Acts 345, 346, 347 and 348 go into effect.

What do these new laws do? They basically create a framework under which ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, must conduct business in Michigan.

For example, the laws require that ride-sharing companies must register with ...

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Attorney Jim Graves Represents Plaintiffs In Nassar-MSU Sexual Assault Scandal

Jim Graves of the Sinas Dramis Law Firm is representing several female plaintiffs in the ongoing sexual assault scandal against Larry Nassar and Michigan State University. All the plaintiffs claim they were sexually abused by Nassar while he was a team physician at MSU.

Nassar, of Holt, worked as a team doctor at MSU for nearly 20 years and with USA Gymnastics for almost 30 years. Since last fall, some 80 women and girls have come forward, alleging that Nassar sexually abused them while he was employed at MSU.

Plaintiff Jane AAA Doe alleges in a complaint filed March 20 ...

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Michigan Auto Accident Deaths Jump 19% Since 2014

Last year may have been the deadliest year since 2007 for people traveling the nation’s roadways, based on preliminary data from the National Safety Council. The early numbers also show an increase in Michigan auto accident deaths: there were 1,064 fatalities on the state’s roads in 2016, compared to 893 deaths in 2014 — an increase of 19 percent over the two-year period.

The NSC reports that, in 2016, some 40,200 people across the country died in auto accidents. It’s the first time in nine years that the annual death toll has exceeded ...

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Jackie Dupler Recognized As “Top 5 Under 35” Attorney

Jackie Dupler has been named a “Top 5 Under 35” attorney by the Ingham County Bar Association.

The “Top 5 Under 35” award is given by the Ingham County Bar Association to young lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their relatively short career by demonstrating exemplary character, integrity, judgment and legal scholarship; service to the profession and the bar; service to the community; and a reputation for, or the advancement of, the highest legal standards and professional responsibility.

Jackie is an associate in the Sinas Dramis Family Law Division, where she handles Michigan divorce, child support and parenting ...

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Jim Graves Named 2017 “Leader In The Law”

Jim Graves has been named a 2017 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a statewide legal publication.

“Leaders in the Law” are chosen for their significant accomplishments in law practice; outstanding contributions to the practice of law; leadership in improving the justice system; improving the legal community and their communities at large; and setting an example for other attorneys.

“It is truly an honor, and humbling, to be recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly with this award,” Jim says.

Jim, a shareholder at Sinas Dramis, focuses his practice on plaintiffs’ personal injury, wrongful death and auto no-fault law. ...

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Extending Michigan’s “One-Year-Back Rule” Will Help Reduce No-Fault Litigation

By Stephen H. Sinas

As the Legislature debates revising the Auto No-Fault Insurance Act, there is one simple change that will vastly improve the no-fault system: extending Michigan’s “one-year-back rule.” If people have more time to resolve payment disputes with their auto insurance companies, it will help reduce unnecessary no-fault litigation.

The one-year-back rule in MCL 500.3145 says that, for any medical expense unpaid by a no-fault insurance company, if a lawsuit is not filed against the insurance company within one year from the date the medical service was rendered, the insurance company will never have to pay the ...

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Lansing Personal Injury Attorney Named “Michigan Cyclist Of The Year”

Lansing personal injury attorney Bryan Waldman has been recognized as the “Michigan Cyclist of the Year” by Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC).

The award is presented to the individual who has made the most significant contribution to cycling in the State of Michigan throughout the year. PEAC is a non-profit organization that empowers those with disabilities through cycling, active transportation and self-advocacy education.

Bryan received the award for his tireless efforts as a Lansing personal injury lawyer representing cyclists hurt in accidents. The award also recognized Bryan’s longstanding fight for cyclists’ rights, and his legislative efforts to make ...

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Can Victims Of Michigan Semi-Truck Crashes Get No-Fault Benefits?

Michigan semi-truck crashes can be some of the most deadly highway accidents. For the victims who survive a semi-truck crash, they frequently have severe injuries and require lifelong care.

Last year, nearly 12,000 heavy trucks and buses were in collisions on Michigan’s roadways. Nationwide, studies show that 98 percent of semi-truck crashes result in at least one fatality — and about 86 percent of these deaths are not the semi-truck driver.

Notably, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently proposed a “speed limiter”rule for newly manufactured vehicles that weigh more than ...

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Nursing Home Contracts Can No Longer Require The Arbitration Of Disputes

For decades, nursing home contracts have included mandatory arbitration clauses, often without the knowledge of patients and their families. These clauses required that claims against a nursing home be resolved through a private arbitration process, rather than through a traditional court proceeding.

A new federal rule, however, now says that nursing home contracts can no longer require the arbitration of disputes. This includes claims for nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence.

The rule applies to all nursing homes that receive federal funding — which most do — and was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

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Coordinated No-Fault Benefits: No More Payment Delays For Medical Providers

By Dan James, Katie Tucker & Dan Zick

During the past year, medical providers have been operating under the notion that, when a patient has coordinated no-fault benefits, they had to first appeal the denial of the patient’s health insurance coverage before seeking payment for their services under Michigan’s No-Fault Act.

When it comes to coordinated no-fault benefits where health coverage is denied, an appeal of that denial can take months. This means that many medical providers have been under pressure to meet the one-year statutory deadline for submitting their no-fault claims — with some providers not being able to ...

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