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What Happens If I Hit a Pedestrian Jaywalking?

If you’ve been involved in an accident as a driver who hit a pedestrian, it’s essential that you know your rights and that the pedestrian is not absolved of fault simply because you were driving. While pedestrians usually have the right-of-way, there certainly are times where they can be at fault when it comes to […]

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When to Hire a Lawyer

It might seem like the decision to consult with an attorney should be black and white, but it isn’t always that simple. Sometimes emotions can get in the way, causing you to be confused about whether or not it’s necessary. If you’re on the fence and wondering if seeking legal representation is the right choice […]

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Goodman Acker Wins Legal Malpractice Case Against Negligent Attorney

After being injured in a motor vehicle accident, our client reached out to his local neighborhood attorney looking for help. The local attorney he hired took the case yet failed to file the lawsuit on time. When the lawyer eventually filed the claim, the case was not only dismissed, but he failed to let our […]

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Bicycle Accidents

9 Safety Tips for Bike Riders to Avoid Accidents

Biking is a great way to stay fit, help the environment, and avoid getting stuck in traffic. However, cyclists need to protect themselves while they’re out on the road. Whether you’re an experienced bike commuter or you’re just starting out, you’ll want to keep a few tips in mind. That’s why Goodman Acker put together […]

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Does Bicycle Insurance Exist, and Should I Have It?

Car insurance is a necessary purchase for any person who drives a car. With a car insurance policy in place, you have a source of financial support in the event that you are injured in a car accident. You may not use a car as your main method of transportation. Instead, you may ride a […]

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Who is Liable for an Injured Bicyclist’s Benefits After an Accident Under Michigan’s New No-Fault Law?

Though Michigan’s new auto insurance law will affect all car drivers and their insurance policies starting July 1, it will also play a role in the lives of bicyclists who are injured in accidents. While bicycle accidents can occur between bikers or involve pedestrians, the reality is that many bicycle accidents involving negligence also involve […]

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Birth Injuries

Birth Injury Settlement Case Study: Baby’s Face Cut During C-Section

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash Goodman Acker recently settled a birth injury suit against a Michigan hospital for a newborn girl whose face was cut above the eye during a Caesarean (C-section) procedure. The baby girl had to be treated by a plastic surgeon right at birth, and now has permanent scarring above her […]

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What Are the Most Common Birth Injuries?

A birth injury, also referred to as birth trauma, occurs when a baby endures a physical injury as the result of being born. Birth injuries can occur for a number of reasons, but when it happens due to a medical error, it’s considered medical malpractice. Keep reading to learn about the most common birth injuries in […]

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My Newborn Has Acidosis. Do I Need to Seek Help?

Doctors throw a lot of highly technical terms around right after a birth, but if you hear the phrase “fetal acidosis” you should listen up.  Caused by a lack of oxygen, acidosis occurs when carbonic acid (formed from excess CO2) builds up in the fetus’ blood rather than being passed back to the mother in […]

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Brain Injury

My Newborn Has Acidosis. Do I Need to Seek Help?

Doctors throw a lot of highly technical terms around right after a birth, but if you hear the phrase “fetal acidosis” you should listen up.  Caused by a lack of oxygen, acidosis occurs when carbonic acid (formed from excess CO2) builds up in the fetus’ blood rather than being passed back to the mother in […]

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Periventricular Leukomalacia: Is My Doctor at Fault?

Giving birth is one of the most emotional and stressful times in any new parent’s life.  We all trust doctors, nurses, and assorted specialists to lead us through the process.  Unfortunately, these professionals may lead us astray. In the case of pregnancy and labor, inattention or mistakes can result in lifelong disabilities for the baby. […]

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Brain Injury in Babies: White vs. Grey Matter

Brain injuries are some of the scariest to face due to their potential for permanent damage and the long-term results that can be difficult to predict.  Signs of brain damage, including irregular MRI scans, are all too common among newborns.  Brain injury during birth can result in lifelong disability and make parenting much more time-consuming […]

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Bus Accidents

School Bus Safety Week

Every third week of October, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) hosts National School Bus Safety Week. The educational event helps parents, students, teachers, school administrators, motorists, and bus drivers emphasize the importance of school bus safety. In 2020, School Bus Safety Week takes place October on 19-23 and the theme is “Red Lights Mean STOP!” Under Section […]

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What Kinds of Buses are Typically Involved in Bus Accident Cases?

Though injuries sustained from bus accidents are relatively uncommon – only 24,000 people experience injuries from bus crashes annually in the U.S. – there is always a risk associated with taking the bus, as buses can get into accidents like any other passenger car. Every year, 360 million people take the bus, and there are […]

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What You Need To Know About Bus Accidents

Although bus accidents don’t occur as often as car crashes, they can be extremely damaging when they do. Buses do not come equipped with the same safety measures as other passenger vehicles, which makes them particularly dangerous when a crash occurs. Some people use buses to get to and from work on a daily basis, […]

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Car Accidents

What Happens If I Hit a Pedestrian Jaywalking?

If you’ve been involved in an accident as a driver who hit a pedestrian, it’s essential that you know your rights and that the pedestrian is not absolved of fault simply because you were driving. While pedestrians usually have the right-of-way, there certainly are times where they can be at fault when it comes to […]

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Will Health Insurance Cover Medical Bills From a Car Accident?

The world of insurance can be confusing, and if you’re injured in a car accident, the last thing you want to worry about is who will pay for all your medical bills. Don’t fret too much, because your health insurance provider will pay your medical bills if you have health insurance. Most states also require […]

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What Is Ambulance Chasing and Why Is It Illegal?

People commonly research purchases and business transactions carefully, but if they are injured in an accident, they may be susceptible to unscrupulous tactics of “ambulance chasing” and end up with subpar legal representation. Called “case runners,” ambulance chasers use aggressive tactics to get personal information about accident victims and steer them toward the highest paying […]

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Catastrophic Injuries

Choosing the Right Car Accident Lawyer for Your Case

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially if you have to take legal action to recover compensation for your damages. Unfortunately, you can’t predict when a car accident is going to occur, but when it does happen, you need to find the right legal representation to make sure […]

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What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?

Although the definition of “catastrophic injury” can vary, the term is generally accepted to classify a category of injuries that severely debilitate a victim’s ability to perform as they did pre-injury. A catastrophic injury may disrupt a victim’s ability to work, engage in leisure activities, or complete other tasks. In addition to physical injuries, catastrophic […]

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Cerebral Palsy

The Lifelong Cost of Raising a Child with Erb’s Palsy

Raising a child with a serious birth defect can come with several challenges, many of which have a hefty price tag. As a parent, you want to provide your child with the very best care possible, whether that means employing the best babysitter, decorating their nursery with their favorite things, or seeking top-tier medical care. […]

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What is the Lifetime Cost to Raise a Child with Cerebral Palsy?

All parents have to make financial plans for their children, but nobody wants to have to consider what it might cost to care for a child with a serious illness or disability. Cerebral palsy, an incurable motor disability, affects 1 in 323 children in the United States and can be extremely costly over time. If your child […]

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COVID-19

How to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in Your Vehicle

Whenever you leave your house, you run the risk of spreading the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Even if you have no symptoms, you could be a carrier, and anytime you come into contact with outside surfaces or other people, you could be exposed to the virus. As the liaison between our homes and the outside […]

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Should You Buy A Car During COVID-19?

Should You Buy A Car During COVID-19? Like other companies, automakers have been deeply affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, they have found new ways to keep business going. If you are in the market for a new car, many dealers have deals and discounts to incentivize buying. You could purchase a […]

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How to Cope With a Car Payment During COVID-19

If you lost your job or business due to the COVID-19 crisis, and you’re not driving much, the last thing you want to worry about is a car payment. Fortunately, some dealers and lenders are offering car payment relief programs for those affected by the pandemic. While many automakers are addressing problems on a case-by-case basis, some […]

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Defective Products

5 Dangerous Vehicle Defects and Recalls

Whether you’re commuting to and from work, taking your kids to school, or running errands around town, you probably spend a solid chunk of your day behind the wheel. We rely heavily on our cars to get us from Point A to Point B, come rain or shine. Because we use our vehicles so often, […]

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Detroit Local Tips

Date Night Spots in Detroit, MI

Detroit, Michigan, is a magical city with a rich history. Automakers, jazz clubs, and fine dining all helped define Detroit, which today retains historical charm along with modern clubs, bars, and entertainment venues. When you’re looking for an interesting place to take a date in Detroit, check out these seven great date night spots.  The […]

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Coffee Shops in Detroit, MI

You’re taking a new route to work one morning and stumble upon an old brick building with a couple of chairs outside. It’s spring, and the sun is warm, but the air is cool, and you have some extra time before you need to get to the office. You open the door and breathe in […]

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The 5 Best Hot Dog Places in Metro Detroit

We argue about the perfect toppings, and we can’t agree on whether or not it’s a sandwich, but there’s one thing we know for sure: Detroit prepares hot dogs like no other city in the world. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic hot dog or something unique, you know you’ll find the perfect […]

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What Is Ambulance Chasing and Why Is It Illegal?

People commonly research purchases and business transactions carefully, but if they are injured in an accident, they may be susceptible to unscrupulous tactics of “ambulance chasing” and end up with subpar legal representation. Called “case runners,” ambulance chasers use aggressive tactics to get personal information about accident victims and steer them toward the highest paying […]

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Pursue Compensation for a Birth Injury

Birth injuries occur during labor or delivery, and are often caused by the negligence or carelessness of doctors, nurses, or hospital staff. If your child has suffered a birth injury, you could face millions of dollars in long-term medical treatment and care. That is why it is important to file a claim to pursue compensation […]

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Bicycle Safety – What You Need to Know

Bicyclists have the right-of-way on any road, but unfortunately, bicycle accidents happen all too often. In fact, nearly 1,800 bicycle accidents were reported in Michigan in 2016 alone. Bicyclists are at high risk of injuries or death because they lack the necessary protection that passenger vehicles offer. They do not have seat belts, air bags, […]

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Dog Bite Law

Should I Get a Lawyer for a Dog Bite?

Dog bites are a hazard that you may run into when you least expect it. In 2019, there were 17,802 insurance claims related to dog bites, and insurers paid out $797 million for dog-related injuries. This does not include sums that dog owners may have paid in cases where homeowner’s or renter’s insurance wasn’t in […]

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Dog Bite Injuries & Provocation

Even the most docile animals can be unpredictable. Dogs who are triggered to attack may seem like otherwise kind animals, however, the right type of provocation, whether intentional or not, can lead dogs to attack quickly and without hesitation. Such attacks can lead to serious contusions, puncture wounds, broken bones, or even death. If you […]

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Dog Chase Injuries: Can You File A Claim?

Yes – You Can File For Compensation Of Your Injuries! Each dog attack story is different and the injuries that can result can also vary drastically. For example, one of our most recent cases took place at an apartment complex in Detroit, Michigan. Our client, a 34-week pregnant woman, was walking outside her apartment complex […]

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Dog Bites

Should I Get a Lawyer for a Dog Bite?

Dog bites are a hazard that you may run into when you least expect it. In 2019, there were 17,802 insurance claims related to dog bites, and insurers paid out $797 million for dog-related injuries. This does not include sums that dog owners may have paid in cases where homeowner’s or renter’s insurance wasn’t in […]

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Dog Bite Liability Claim Laws in the State of Michigan

The majority of people have owned a dog at some point in their life, or spent enough time with a friend or family member’s dog to know this: Dogs can lash out, sometimes seemingly unprovoked. Even if you are familiar with a dog and it is not aggressive, they can become startled by minor events, […]

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How To Avoid a Dog Bite Injury This Summer

Whether you’re an animal person or not, chances are you’ll cross paths with at least a few dogs this summer. Between picnics at the park, strolls through the neighborhood, or backyard barbeques, canine companions are often out and about in the summer months. So, with summer just around the corner, it’s a good idea to […]

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Drunk Drivers

Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?

Why You Should Worry About Your Insurer? In the event of an accident, your auto insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurer covers your losses. However, insurance companies are in the business of making money off customers paying their premiums. In order to protect their own best interests, insurance companies will find any way to […]

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Avoid Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season

Avoid Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season Drunk driving happens throughout year, but during the holiday season this dangerous habit increases exponentially, putting millions of responsible drivers, and their passengers, at risk. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can seriously impede your ability to judge distances, see clearly, and make sound decisions, which […]

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Firm News

Mark Brewer’s Brief in Michigan Supreme Court

Click the link below to read Mark Brewer’s brief in the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of a number of prominent organizations: Brief of Proposed Amici Curiae America Votes, Detroit Regional Chamber, Equality Michigan, Michigan Voices, and Planned Parenthood of Michigan in support of Plaintiff AFT Michigan. Brief in Michigan Supreme Court

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Goodman Acker Wins Legal Malpractice Case Against Negligent Attorney

After being injured in a motor vehicle accident, our client reached out to his local neighborhood attorney looking for help. The local attorney he hired took the case yet failed to file the lawsuit on time. When the lawyer eventually filed the claim, the case was not only dismissed, but he failed to let our […]

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Goodman Acker Law Firm to Support City of Detroit Residents with the Fellowship Chapel Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

Reverend Wendell and Lady Monica Anthony of Fellowship Chapel have made Thanksgiving Turkey dinner giveaways a tradition for the last 30 years, providing more than 100,000 dinners. This will be Goodman Acker’s 2nd year participating in the Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway and they are honored to be part of this community event as many local residents […]

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Goodman Acker P.C.

Choosing Weed Legalization

Choosing Weed Legalization The New Angle On Marijuana Legalization Just Released Anyone 21 or old would have the capability to have small amounts of weed and be allowed to develop a few plants in their home. Regarding to the most recent reviews arriving out of Co, cannabis can be a main cause of homicides in […]

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Barry Goodman Chosen for Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame

Our founding and managing partner Barry Goodman has been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame! Michigan Lawyers Weekly is an independent publication that provides the latest news in the world of Michigan law. The editorial board of the newspaper annually selects 20 attorneys to be inducted into their Hall […]

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Goodman Acker Wins Legal Malpractice Case Against Negligent Attorney

After being injured in a motor vehicle accident, our client reached out to his local neighborhood attorney looking for help. The local attorney he hired took the case yet failed to file the lawsuit on time. When the lawyer eventually filed the claim, the case was not only dismissed, but he failed to let our […]

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In the News

Barry Goodman Chosen for Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame

Our founding and managing partner Barry Goodman has been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame! Michigan Lawyers Weekly is an independent publication that provides the latest news in the world of Michigan law. The editorial board of the newspaper annually selects 20 attorneys to be inducted into their Hall […]

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This Is What You Need to Know About Michigan’s New No-Fault Law

You may be surprised to learn that the state of Michigan has recently enacted a no-fault insurance law. This means that as of July 1, 2020, every driver and their insurance policy will be impacted, in addition to individuals hurt in car accidents, including bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and more. Since these changes affect insurance policies, it’s […]

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Three Goodman Acker Attorneys Make 2020 Rising Stars℠ List

Goodman Acker P.C. is proud to announce that three of our attorneys have been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for the year 2020! This is the second consecutive year all three lawyers have been selected by the Super Lawyers® organization for this prestigious honor. Our team members who made it on […]

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Insurance

Will Health Insurance Cover Medical Bills From a Car Accident?

The world of insurance can be confusing, and if you’re injured in a car accident, the last thing you want to worry about is who will pay for all your medical bills. Don’t fret too much, because your health insurance provider will pay your medical bills if you have health insurance. Most states also require […]

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Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Deny Claims

Insurance companies are supposed to protect your finances in the event of an accident or injury, but they don’t always support your best interests the way they should. Insurance providers are keen to minimize payouts and protect their own bottom line. It’s often a struggle to get the settlement you deserve. As an individual, you […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media After a Car Accident

The world of social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. These popular media platforms are such a common part of daily life that most of us don’t think twice about what we post. From check-ins and reviews, to photos and updates about our daily lives, these means of […]

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Long-Term Disability

My Disability Claim Was Denied: What Now?

If you file for social security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and your claim is denied, you may have questions about how you can proceed. Here some of the next steps you can take and some of the options you still have available to you. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability […]

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How To Apply For Disability Benefits in Michigan

If you are disabled and need help paying for the expenses of daily life, you may have questions about how to apply for the benefits you need. Read on to learn the answers to your questions. Filing for Disability in Michigan If you need to find the Social Security field office, Disability Determinations Services office, […]

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What Is ERISA and How Do I File a Claim?

Many employer-sponsored short-term and long-term disability insurance plans are governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA regulations are in place to protect employees by establishing standards for how plan sponsors must handle benefits and claims. Your Summary Plan Description will outline the process for filing a disability claim. If your plan […]

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Medicaid

Are SSDI Recipients Eligible for Medicaid?

While Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) recipients can get Medicare coverage, they are not able to receive Medicaid coverage. Only people with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are eligible for Medicaid. In the state of Michigan, if you receive SSI benefits, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicaid coverage. What Is Medicaid? Medicaid is a […]

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Medical Malpractice

Birth Injury Settlement Case Study: Baby’s Face Cut During C-Section

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash Goodman Acker recently settled a birth injury suit against a Michigan hospital for a newborn girl whose face was cut above the eye during a Caesarean (C-section) procedure. The baby girl had to be treated by a plastic surgeon right at birth, and now has permanent scarring above her […]

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Goodman Acker Wins Legal Malpractice Case Against Negligent Attorney

After being injured in a motor vehicle accident, our client reached out to his local neighborhood attorney looking for help. The local attorney he hired took the case yet failed to file the lawsuit on time. When the lawyer eventually filed the claim, the case was not only dismissed, but he failed to let our […]

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Failure to Treat Oral Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. These conditions are not limited to one part of the mouth; they can affect areas such as the tongue, tonsils, and gums. If a medical professional encounters symptoms or warning signs of oral cancer in any area but […]

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Medicare

Are SSDI Recipients Eligible for Medicare?

If you are receiving SSDI payments, can you still get Medicare benefits? The answer is yes. However, there is a waiting period involved that may hinder your ability to obtain Medicare payments right away. You must wait 2 years (24 months) to receive Medicare after becoming entitled to SSDI benefits. In reality, you may have […]

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Michigan Law

Goodman Acker P.C. Wins $600,000 No-Fault Insurance Settlement for Injured Passenger

Our client, a Detroit resident and working mother of 2 children, was riding as a passenger in her own mother’s car when an unfortunate accident occurred on the I-94 Expressway in Kalamazoo. At or near the 078D ramp, our client’s mother lost control of the car, sending it into another motor vehicle. As a result […]

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Daylight Saving Time is Dangerous

What if I told you that most of America has chosen a policy that increases the risks of heart attacks, makes driving more dangerous, causes more on the job injuries, and an increase in sleep deprivation without any significant benefit to Americans? You’d probably tell me that this was a terrible idea, wouldn’t you? And […]

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Understanding the Changes to Michigan’s “No-Fault” Car Insurance Laws

Although the state prohibits insurers from charging “excessive rates,” residents of Michigan pay some of the highest insurance rates in the United States. This is due, in part, to the state’s “no-fault,” coverage requirement. In an effort to reduce costs for consumers, the Michigan Insurance Commissioner has issued a new law to remove the necessity […]

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Motorcycle Accidents

Will Health Insurance Cover Medical Bills From a Car Accident?

The world of insurance can be confusing, and if you’re injured in a car accident, the last thing you want to worry about is who will pay for all your medical bills. Don’t fret too much, because your health insurance provider will pay your medical bills if you have health insurance. Most states also require […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media After a Car Accident

The world of social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. These popular media platforms are such a common part of daily life that most of us don’t think twice about what we post. From check-ins and reviews, to photos and updates about our daily lives, these means of […]

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First vs. Third Party Insurance Claims: What are the Differences?

Being injured in an automobile accident can cause months – if not years – of pain, suffering, and loss of income. Several steps should be made after an accident, including working with insurance companies. What you may not realize, though, is that there might be more than one type of insurance you’ll be dealing with […]

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News

Mark Brewer’s Brief in Michigan Supreme Court

Click the link below to read Mark Brewer’s brief in the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of a number of prominent organizations: Brief of Proposed Amici Curiae America Votes, Detroit Regional Chamber, Equality Michigan, Michigan Voices, and Planned Parenthood of Michigan in support of Plaintiff AFT Michigan. Brief in Michigan Supreme Court

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Three Goodman Acker Attorneys Make 2020 Rising Stars℠ List

Goodman Acker P.C. is proud to announce that three of our attorneys have been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for the year 2020! This is the second consecutive year all three lawyers have been selected by the Super Lawyers® organization for this prestigious honor. Our team members who made it on […]

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Turkey Dinner Giveaway Feeds Hundreds of Families in Need

To celebrate our 25th year in business, our firm decided to join Fellowship Chapel’s 30-year-old tradition of giving away hundreds of turkey dinners to families in need in Detroit for Thanksgiving. The firm was able to help their efforts by purchasing the turkeys for the giveaway. On Tuesday, November 26th, we personally handed out over 500 meals at […]

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No Fault

Will I See Savings on My Car Insurance Bill Under the New Michigan No-Fault Law?

As you probably know by now, Michigan has recently undergone a massive change in the way auto insurance works. You must now choose from one of the following protection levels to receive no-fault medical benefits for your auto insurance policy issued or renewed after July 1, 2020: $50,000 in medical coverage $250,000 in medical coverage $500,000 in […]

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The Future of Auto Insurance is Now: New No-Fault Auto Insurance Coverage Options

As of July 1, 2020, all Michigan drivers and their insurance policies are affected by the state’s new no-fault auto insurance law. It’s important to be aware of how this new law will impact you if you or someone you love is injured in a car accident. Keep reading to learn more about Michigan’s new no-fault […]

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This Is What You Need to Know About Michigan’s New No-Fault Law

You may be surprised to learn that the state of Michigan has recently enacted a no-fault insurance law. This means that as of July 1, 2020, every driver and their insurance policy will be impacted, in addition to individuals hurt in car accidents, including bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and more. Since these changes affect insurance policies, it’s […]

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Nursing Home Abuse

Is it Legal to Put Cameras in Nursing Homes?

When a family decides to move a grandparent or another elderly loved one into a nursing home facility, one of the most common concerns is abuse and neglect. Nursing home abuse and neglect is an unfortunate reality of elder care. If you have a family member who lives in a nursing home, doing whatever you can to […]

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Medication and Treatment Errors in Nursing Home Facilities

It is an unfortunate reality that advanced age is often coupled with medical issues. As people age, it is highly likely that they will develop some kind of health problem. To address the medical conditions that come with aging, many elderly people are transferred to nursing home facilities. For the family of older adults, the […]

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How Common is Nursing Home Abuse?

According to a study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, elderly patients suffer abuse in 1 in every 3 nursing homes. There are millions of people who live in nursing homes all throughout the United States, and statistics show that roughly 40% of all adults will wind up living […]

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Pedestrian Accidents

What Happens If I Hit a Pedestrian Jaywalking?

If you’ve been involved in an accident as a driver who hit a pedestrian, it’s essential that you know your rights and that the pedestrian is not absolved of fault simply because you were driving. While pedestrians usually have the right-of-way, there certainly are times where they can be at fault when it comes to […]

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What Happens if You Leave the Scene of a Car Accident?

Leaving the scene of an accident can carry severe penalties, especially if anyone is injured in the incident. Severe injuries can change misdemeanor charges into felony charges. When it comes to dealing with such situations, consulting with the team at Goodman Acker would be to your benefit. Learn more about charges, penalties, insurance implications, and other key […]

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Can You Go to Jail for Accidentally Hitting Someone With Your Car?

Many motorists in the US are involved in motor vehicle accidents every year. While most are vehicle to vehicle accidents, the number of those involved in car-pedestrian accidents is troubling. Driving is a huge responsibility that should be done carefully to avoid causing injury or death to pedestrians. If you hit someone, the consequences can […]

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Personal Injury

What Is Ambulance Chasing and Why Is It Illegal?

People commonly research purchases and business transactions carefully, but if they are injured in an accident, they may be susceptible to unscrupulous tactics of “ambulance chasing” and end up with subpar legal representation. Called “case runners,” ambulance chasers use aggressive tactics to get personal information about accident victims and steer them toward the highest paying […]

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Why is Texting and Driving Dangerous? (With Statistics)

Texting and driving is dangerous because it is one of the major causes of motor accidents on the road. Driving requires your full concentration and attention. It’s a visual task. The term, ‘distracted driving’ describes driving in an unsafe manner while performing an activity that draws your attention from the road. Normal driving is already […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media After a Car Accident

The world of social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. These popular media platforms are such a common part of daily life that most of us don’t think twice about what we post. From check-ins and reviews, to photos and updates about our daily lives, these means of […]

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Premises Liability

Can I Sue Someone for Failing to Provide Adequate Security?

Premises liability laws protect people who are injured because of another party’s negligent property management. Under these laws, injury victims can sue a home or business owner for the damages that resulted from their carelessness. Often, premises liability cases involve incidents such as slip-and-fall accidents that result from a property owner’s failure to repair a safety […]

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Your Rights if You are Injured While Staying in an Airbnb

Airbnb is a popular website that allows people to, essentially, convert their homes into hotels. Hosts can list their property on Airbnb, decide on a nightly rate, and begin allowing tourists and renters to stay in their residence for a temporary period. The business has provided an alternative to the traditional hotel model for people […]

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Goodman Acker Files Lawsuit For Northville Michigan Trip & Fall Injuries

Last month we were interviewed by Channel 7 WXYZ’s Andrea Isom for a trip and fall claim we are pursuing on behalf of our client, Pamela Flanigan. Mrs. Flanigan was out on a shopping trip with her daughter in the days before Christmas 2018 when she tripped and fell on a 1 foot ledge. She […]

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Product Liability

Ranitidine Side Effects

The common heartburn medication, Zantac, has recently been pulled from shelves across the country. New studies show that its active ingredient, ranitidine, has cancer-causing impurities. Ranitidine is a substance commonly used to treat heartburn by decreasing the levels of acid your stomach constructs. It is included in an assembly of drugs referred to as histamine-2 […]

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Zantac Recall

As of early September, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an announcement regarding low levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a cancer-causing element, found in ranitidine. Ranitidine is the active ingredient found in the heartburn medication, Zantac. NDMA is an environmental contaminant classified as a probable carcinogen in studies on animals. Human studies are very limited […]

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Who’s Really Responsible for Flood of No-Fault Lawsuits in Oakland County Courts?

Goodman Acker Partner Jordan Acker Demands that Insurers & Lawyers “Do Better” Many of you have probably read the article in Crain’s about the “flood” of suits into Oakland and Macomb County courts over the last few years. Read the article here. It’s something we as Plaintiff lawyers have seen, especially since the Covenant decision came down. Let […]

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Rideshare Accidents

The Dangers of Rideshare Companies & Car Accidents

Rideshare companies have become increasingly popular across the U.S. for both their affordability and convenience. However, more and more people are realizing that these handy ride services aren’t without their shortcomings, or dangers. While rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft do have insurance coverage to help with the costs of certain incidents, you may be […]

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Safety Tips

School Bus Safety Week

Every third week of October, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) hosts National School Bus Safety Week. The educational event helps parents, students, teachers, school administrators, motorists, and bus drivers emphasize the importance of school bus safety. In 2020, School Bus Safety Week takes place October on 19-23 and the theme is “Red Lights Mean STOP!” Under Section […]

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How To Maintain and Repair Your Car During COVID-19

While you’re working from home and adhering to Michigan’s stay-at-home order, you may find yourself driving less – or not at all. Nevertheless, your car is designed to be driven and leaving it parked for too long could cause a myriad of problems. A 20-minute drive every week or 2 can prevent the majority of […]

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What You Need to Know to Protect Your Car in Extreme Cold

The Polar Vortex 2019 is here in Michigan and it is not treading lightly. The arctic chill is triggering cold snaps and persistent frosts not seen in the region since 1994. If you have to drive in this week’s frigid temperatures, we urge you to take a few steps to prepare your vehicle for the cold. […]

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Slip & Fall Accident

Michigan Court Overturns Dismissal of Premises Case Represented by Goodman Acker Law Firm

In a unanimous decision, the State of Michigan Court of Appeals recently overturned the Trials Court’s dismissal of our client’s lawsuit resulting from a slip and fall on ice. Goodman Acker is representing the Detroit, Michigan client. Our client was taking his garbage to the communal dumpster of his apartment complex when he fell in […]

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Can I Sue Someone for Failing to Provide Adequate Security?

Premises liability laws protect people who are injured because of another party’s negligent property management. Under these laws, injury victims can sue a home or business owner for the damages that resulted from their carelessness. Often, premises liability cases involve incidents such as slip-and-fall accidents that result from a property owner’s failure to repair a safety […]

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I Was Injured Due to my Landlord’s Negligence — What’s Next?

One of the advantages of renting over buying property is that if something in your home needs to be repaired, your landlord is responsible for addressing the maintenance issues. Landlords, like all property owners, have an obligation to safely maintain the buildings they own. What if your landlord fails to fulfill their responsibility, either by […]

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Social Security Disability

My Disability Claim Was Denied: What Now?

If you file for social security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and your claim is denied, you may have questions about how you can proceed. Here some of the next steps you can take and some of the options you still have available to you. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability […]

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How To Apply For Disability Benefits in Michigan

If you are disabled and need help paying for the expenses of daily life, you may have questions about how to apply for the benefits you need. Read on to learn the answers to your questions. Filing for Disability in Michigan If you need to find the Social Security field office, Disability Determinations Services office, […]

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What Does “Substantial Gainful Activity” Mean in a Social Security Disability Case?

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits program was created for the purpose of supplying people with disabilities — whether temporary or permanent — with a source of income while they are unable to work. In order to qualify for the reception of SSDI benefits, an individual has to meet certain eligibility requirements. At the baseline, applicants […]

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Surgical Never Events

What Are Surgical Never Events?

Doctors and surgeons owe a duty of care to patients. This involves providing safe, effective, and accurate medical procedures to result in an improved quality of life and wellbeing. However, surgeons sometimes breach that duty of care by acting recklessly or negligently, resulting in serious and sometimes even fatal harm. Surgical never events is a […]

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Tip Tuesday

How to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in Your Vehicle

Whenever you leave your house, you run the risk of spreading the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Even if you have no symptoms, you could be a carrier, and anytime you come into contact with outside surfaces or other people, you could be exposed to the virus. As the liaison between our homes and the outside […]

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How to Cope With a Car Payment During COVID-19

If you lost your job or business due to the COVID-19 crisis, and you’re not driving much, the last thing you want to worry about is a car payment. Fortunately, some dealers and lenders are offering car payment relief programs for those affected by the pandemic. While many automakers are addressing problems on a case-by-case basis, some […]

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How To Maintain and Repair Your Car During COVID-19

While you’re working from home and adhering to Michigan’s stay-at-home order, you may find yourself driving less – or not at all. Nevertheless, your car is designed to be driven and leaving it parked for too long could cause a myriad of problems. A 20-minute drive every week or 2 can prevent the majority of […]

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Truck Accidents

Why is Texting and Driving Dangerous? (With Statistics)

Texting and driving is dangerous because it is one of the major causes of motor accidents on the road. Driving requires your full concentration and attention. It’s a visual task. The term, ‘distracted driving’ describes driving in an unsafe manner while performing an activity that draws your attention from the road. Normal driving is already […]

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Car Accidents vs. Truck Accidents

After being injured in a truck accident, many people have a misconception that the process of filing a claim and recovering compensation for damages will be similar to a typical car accident claim. However, this is not true. Truck accidents are generally more damaging than car accidents, and the claims process can be much more complicated. Understanding the […]

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Hours of Service Regulations for Truckers Suspended

In response to an increased demand for supplies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, hours of service regulations have been suspended. These regulations, established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), define the amount of time that truck drivers can safely stay on the road during a shift. Hours of service regulations minimize driver fatigue and […]

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Vehicle Defects

5 Dangerous Vehicle Defects and Recalls

Whether you’re commuting to and from work, taking your kids to school, or running errands around town, you probably spend a solid chunk of your day behind the wheel. We rely heavily on our cars to get us from Point A to Point B, come rain or shine. Because we use our vehicles so often, […]

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Vehicle Recalls

5 Dangerous Vehicle Defects and Recalls

Whether you’re commuting to and from work, taking your kids to school, or running errands around town, you probably spend a solid chunk of your day behind the wheel. We rely heavily on our cars to get us from Point A to Point B, come rain or shine. Because we use our vehicles so often, […]

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Wrongful Death

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Michigan?

When you lose a loved one because of the negligence or carelessness of another person, you may wish to seek justice and compensation on their behalf. To do so, one would usually pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, not just anyone can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their loved one. There are […]

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Wrongful Death Lawsuits: The Basics

f your loved one’s death was caused by another, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death lawsuits are reserved for the family members of individuals whose death was caused by the carelessness or negligence of others. Because a deceased person is unable to fight for justice or compensation for themselves, their […]

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$1,925,000 Wrongful Death Car Accident Lodge Freeway Settlement

Goodman Acker partner and car accident attorney Barry Goodman recently settled a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a pedestrian in a Michigan motor vehicle accident. The accident took place in October of 2013 on the Lodge Freeway, at or near the intersection of Greenfield Road. Our client was riding passenger in his friend’s vehicle along the Lodge […]

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Zantac

Does Zantac Cause Cancer?

You’ve likely heard the commotion surrounding the prevalence of cancer-causing ingredients in the popular heartburn medication, Zantac. But do the claims truly live up to the hype? Keep reading to learn whether Zantac has the potential to cause cancer. Ranitidine The active ingredient in Zantac is ranitidine, which is a substance commonly used to treat heartburn […]

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Zantac To Be Removed From Shelves Nationwide

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked manufacturers of over-the-counter ranitidine medications to withdraw their products from the market immediately. The FDA also advised consumers to stop taking Zantac and other ranitidine drugs right away, encouraging them to safely dispose of any pills or tablets they may have and refrain from buying […]

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Stores Pull Zantac From Their Shelves

You may have heard about the recent recall of the popular heartburn medication, Zantac. Zantac was first pulled from pharmacy shelves on September 26th, 2019 due to an unexpected finding from the online analytical pharmacy, Valisure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall after verifying Valisure’s claims that Zantac’s active ingredient, ranitidine, contains unsafe levels of […]

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