George Sinas Receives Respected Advocate Award from Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Michigan personal injury lawyer George Sinas was recognized by the defense bar for his leadership and ethics in representing clients and protecting the Michigan No-Fault system.

George Sinas recently received the 2015 Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel during the State Bar of Michigan Awards Banquet. He was recognized for his tireless, ethical efforts and leadership in protecting the Michigan no-fault law. George joins partner Tim Donovan who was the first Sinas Dramis attorney to receive the Respected Advocate Award in 2004.

The Respected Advocate Awards are bestowed each year by both the Michigan Association for Justice ...

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Steve Sinas Joins Brain Injury Organization Board

Lansing personal injury lawyer is elected to board of the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council

Please help us congratulate Steve Sinas on his election to the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council (MBIPC) board! Established in 1987, MBIPC is an organization that brings together a number of organizations across the state who are interested in one thing: making our state a better place for brain injury survivors and their families. Many of the members of the MBIPC are providers who serve the brain injury community in a number of ways.

Serving on the leadership of the MBIPC is just another ...

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Taser Death Case Looks at Duty to Warn of Potential Injury

The Mitchell case, concerning a taser death, centered around whether Taser had a duty to warn the Warren Police Department about risks involved with the use of its products.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a published opinion relating to the use of tasers and the health risks involved in their use. Mitchell v City of Warren, 2015 Fed App 0203P (6th Cir, Aug 21, 2015), required the Court to look into the involvement of a taser in the death of a 16 year old boy, who suffered ventricular fibrillation and died after being shocked by a taser. ...

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Limitations on Damages in a Catastrophic Train Accident

The aftermath of the Amtrak train accident highlights an unfortunate reality with which its victims will have to grapple.

We all remember the devastating Amtrak train accident that took place in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, killing eight people and injuring over 200. The train was traveling twice the speed limit, at 106 miles per hour, before it jumped the tracks with most of the cars landing on their sides.

More than twenty lawsuits have been filed against Amtrak and the engineer responsible for the crash, and dozens of injured passengers struggle to recover from their injuries, including Kathryn Varnum and her ...

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Sinas Dramis Attorneys Named in Michigan Super Lawyers

Seven Personal Injury Lawyers have been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers

We are pleased to announce that seven of the personal injury attorneys at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm have been recognized in the publication Michigan Super Lawyers in the Plaintiffs Personal Injury category: George Sinas, Tim Donovan, Jim Graves, Bryan Waldman, Steve Sinas, Joel Finnell, and Tom Sinas. Attorneys are recognized based on a number of factors relating to their professional achievements during their legal careers, as well as a vote of their peers.

Joel and Tom’s recognition is especially notable in that ...

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Sinas Dramis Attorneys Included in 2016 “Best Lawyers”

Lansing personal injury and family law attorneys recognized in 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Please join us in congratulating our Lansing personal injury and family attorneys recognized in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America publication for excellence in their respective practice areas:  George Sinas (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs), Tim Donovan (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs), Bernie Finn (Family Law), Jim Graves (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs), and Bryan Waldman (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs).

What makes recognition by Best Lawyers unique is the fact that the list is peer-reviewed; other lawyers are asked to evaluate the lawyers who were nominated for ...

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Semi-Trucks in Residential Neighborhoods – A nuisance, safety issue, or both?

There are some streets, including those in residential neighborhoods where semi-trucks in Grand Rapids may not drive. Not everyone has received the message, though.

Semi-trucks and other larger vehicles that are used to transport goods are a common sight on highways and major roads in Grand Rapids, but what about neighborhoods and residential areas? For those living on Valley Ave. near the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant on Butterworth Ave., semi-trucks traveling along their street is a way of life. Large trucks have been cutting through Valley to reach their final destinations for over five years now, and very little has been done ...

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Insurance Considerations for Michigan Same Sex Couples

Lansing auto accident lawyer Steve Sinas describes how Michigan same sex couples have more defined rights in the insurance context.

The legalization of gay marriage by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges late last month has had a number of implications outside of the family law and domestic relations realm: Michigan same sex couples now have a number of insurance considerations to keep in mind as a result of the High Court’s landmark decision.

Steve Sinas, one of our Lansing auto accident lawyers, sat down with Haley Nelson of WILX to discuss a number of the insurance matters ...

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Brain Injury Study Challenges Preconceived Notions About Recovery

Brain injury recovery study shows that cognitive performance can improve with strategy-based training well beyond the year after the TBI is sustained

A recent traumatic brain injury recovery study published in the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation journal will hopefully clear up some misconceptions about recovering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The study was conducted by the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. TBIs are among the most common injuries sustained in the United States, with over 5 million individuals currently living with one. These types of brain injuries are not just sustained in car ...

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Setting Off Fireworks? Be Sure To Follow State & Local Laws

4th Of July Celebrations: Cities Have Their Own Fireworks Ordinances

Fireworks are an Independence Day tradition, and are typically part of any 4th of July celebration. However, while fireworks are beautiful to watch, they can lead to serious personal injury – and even death.

In Michigan, when and under what circumstances fireworks may be discharged is regulated by both state law and local ordinances.

Statewide, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act provides that local municipalities must allow fireworks to be lit the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday. Individual municipalities are permitted to regulate the ...

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