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A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that from 2006 to 2010, the rate of TBI diagnoses jumped dramatically. But whether that increase is the result of better diagnosis procedures, public education, or an increase in risky behaviors remains unclear. The statistics uncovered by the University…

The American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism recently published a formal ethics opinion about trial lawyers’ obligations when it comes to social media and jurors. While the ABA approved attorneys’ searches of publicly available information, it drew the line at friend requests. ABA ethics opinions aren’t…

The worst way to start a summer road trip is to hit construction on the way out of town. Construction zone accidents involving pavement drop offs kill approximately 160 people and injure 11,000 every year. Over 85% of those injured are motorists, not workers. In 2010, there were 87,606 crashes in work zones, 72% of…

Grocery super-store Wal-Mart announced recently that it is entering the market of car insurance. The mega-mart is partnering with AutoInsurance.com to allow on-line customers to compare rates with their current insurance provider and order insurance through a variety of carriers. Wal-Mart says that this partnership offers customers a way to save money on their…

For over the past week, this blog has focused on reviewing the various No-Fault reform bills announced by the House Democratic Caucus on May 1. Previous posts have covered transparency, rate increases, repair facilities, and consumer protection. This last of the series will cover protections for “whistle-blowers” – employees of…

The last several posts have reviewed the bills presented by members of the House Democratic Caucus to reform Michigan’s No Fault statutes. So far, the posts have addressed efforts to make the insurance industry more transparent and to prohibit insurance companies from dictating who does the repairs. This post will discuss three bills that cover…

On May 1, 2014, members of the House Democratic Caucus announced a pack of 14 bills that they believe will reform Michigan No-Fault Insurance by increasing transparency, making insurers subject to consumer protection statutes, and controlling rates. Not all the bills have been released yet, but HB 4543 and HB 4551 introduced in April…