LP Gas Safety – Preventing Residential Fires and Explosions

As a Kalamazoo personal injury attorney of over 35 years, I have represented many individuals and families who have suffered serious and catastrophic burn injuries as the result of LP gas system leaks. In virtually every case, a lack of application of basic and required safety rules caused these fires and explosions. Most commonly, these instances are the result of either the desire to cut corners or a lack of training and awareness of LP gas safety rules. Better education of homeowners and improved training of those who deliver LP gas and service LP gas systems can reduce or eliminate...

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Delivery Person Injuries – Dangerous Properties, Dog Bites, and No-Fault Benefits

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More than ever, Americans are doing much of their shopping online. Even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, delivery jobs had become one of the fastest-growing jobs for Americans. Now over the past year, with more people across the country staying home and opting to avoid traditional brick and mortar retail establishments, this trend has only further accelerated. But now, with Americans receiving more and more deliveries right to their front doors, delivery person injuries are also on the rise. Further compounding the issue, Michigan’s cold winter months create slippery conditions. Snow and ice contribute to the ever-present dangers for delivery...

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Michigan Court Rules on Youth Sports Concussion Liability

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A recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling represents a major victory regarding the rights of youth athletes throughout Michigan. In a unanimous ruling in the case of  Randall v MHSAA, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that youth sports leagues that violate Michigan’s Youth Concussion Protection Statute by failing to take adequate measures in response to a suspected concussion can be subject to civil liability. This development in youth sports concussion liability is a big win for Michigan kids, providing strong protection against negligence. Youth Sports Concussion Awareness Grows Over the past several decades, American athletes and fans alike have become more...

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Attorney Jim Graves Discusses $600 Million Flint Water Crisis Settlement

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Late in the day on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, word began to spread regarding a preliminary agreement in the settlement of the Flint water crisis with the state of Michigan. While the reports came from unidentified sources close to the case, media attention the following day, as well as messaging from Attorney General Dana Nessel, confirm a Michigan-backed $600 million Flint water crisis settlement has been reached. More details to come in the days and weeks ahead. As one of the many plaintiff's personal injury lawyers handling Flint water-related cases, Michigan personal injury attorney, Jim Graves expressed satisfaction with the...

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Rights of Sexual Abuse Victims of Elementary School Teacher Patrick Daley

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] How Do Their Legal Rights Compare To The Victims of MSU’s Larry Nassar? As the Greater Lansing community was attempting to overcome the shock and grief caused by the decades of sexual abuse perpetrated by MSU doctor, Larry Nassar, we learned that there was another sexual abuse crisis at another school in our community. A former fifth-grade teacher at Holt Washington Woods Middle School, Patrick Daley, was charged in 2018 with 24 counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual misconduct for sexual abuse he perpetrated on his students in his class. In October 2019, Mr. Daley was ultimately convicted of 18 counts...

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Campus Sexual Assault – The Importance of Holding Educational Institutions Accountable

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In late 2016, we started hearing the first public rumblings of campus sexual assault allegations at Michigan State University at the hands of now incarcerated, former sports doctor, Larry Nassar. In 2018, the country stopped what they were doing to listen to the victim impact statements from Sister Survivors and their unified call to hold educational institutions accountable for sexual misconduct and abuse. We watched in amazement as that disgraced former doctor received a sentence of 40-175 years in prison. We discovered in 2018 that MSU had issued two different versions of a Title IX report concerning a 2014 Title XI complaint....

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