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THE RIGHT TO DIE

Dec 30, 2016

Dec 30, 2016

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger joined Mike Papantonio on America’s Lawyer
to discuss the topic of doctor-assisted suicide. Geoff represented Jack
Kevorkian when he was charged with first degree murder, leading to six
acquittals. When Kevorkian represented himself in 1999, however, he was
convicted of second degree murder for administering a lethal injection
to a terminally ill patient.

Geoff explains that the jury was able to connect with his message when
he represented Kevorkian because they understood that the decision patients
were making to end their lives was exactly that – their decision,
and not Kevorkian’s. He was simply facilitating their desires.

In fact, the host cites a poll that states 70% of Americans support doctor-assisted
suicide. Geoff believes that there are a few reasons that factor into
this high number, the first being that self-determination is a matter
of common sense. Second, he owes it to the movement within this country
toward minimalized government involvement in one’s personal life.
Lastly, Geoff believes money plays a significant part in support for doctor-assisted
suicide. After all, throughout the last 15 days of a person’s life,
incredible sums of Medicare and Medicaid funds are used to prolong life
rather than to cure an illness.

However, just because patients may want to end their lives does not mean
they will ultimately choose to carry out the decision. Geoff explains
that many of these individuals want the comfort of knowing that it is
an option, even if they never act on it. It is a matter of having the
right to that choice, to deciding on whether a person wants to continue
with life, given the quality of it.

It is a model that, Geoff notes, others have been using for years, including
Holland, England, Scandinavia, and Oregon, where doctor-assisted suicide
has been legal for over a decade.

To read the full interview, click
here.

WHEN YOU CAN SUE FOR A BIRTH INJURY

Dec 21, 2016

Dec 21, 2016

Nurse with newborn - Suing for Birth InjuryBirth injuries can range from mild to severe, but no matter how minor they may be, they can result in expenses you did not plan for and might not be able to afford. For more serious injuries, you and your child may face a lifetime of costs and suffering associated with their permanent effects. Often, these injuries are a result of negligence, whether by someone on hospital staff or an overseeing physician, which means you can hold them accountable for any injuries they are responsible for.

There is a difference between a birth injury and a birth defect. The challenge you may face as a plaintiff is that a defense attorney may try to argue that your child suffers from a defect, something he or she was born with or predisposed to, rather than an injury inflicted by negligent healthcare professionals. Obtaining skilled representation will help deflate these tactics.

Although the idea of a lawsuit may appear quite daunting, especially if your time or attention is already stretched thin in trying to care for your child, a successful birth injury lawsuit can be of great help to your child’s future, helping to cover costly lifelong treatment, doctor visits, or physical therapy. In fact, a birth injury lawsuit can help you recover damages for:

• Medical expenses and healthcare costs.

• Pain and suffering.

• Lost wages as a result of having to care for your disabled child.

• Loss of enjoyment and companionship.

FAIR & JUST QUESTIONNAIRE: MITCH RYDER

Dec 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016

Legendary rocker Mitch Ryder and Geoffrey Fieger are old friends, and Ryder
can often be seen – and heard – performing at Fieger Law functions.
In the 1960s, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels topped the charts with
hits like “Devil With a Blue Dress On” and “Sock It
To Me-Baby.” Ryder recently celebrated the release of his biography,
It Was All Right: Mitch Ryderʼs Life in Music, by James A. Mitchell. Here,
the South Lyon musician opens up about his wife’s kitchen, his greatest
regret and his desire to be like Ichabod Crane.

What is your favorite color?

Varieties of green.

What is your favorite song?

I love all music.

What is your favorite restaurant?

Megan’s kitchen.

Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?

HOW TO PREP YOUR CAR FOR SAFE WINTER DRIVING

Dec 15, 2016

Dec 15, 2016

Dangers of Driving in the WinterWinter weather can be harsh on your car, especially if you live in an area
that experiences particularly frosty seasonal weather. There are some
precautions you can take to prepare your vehicle for winter and help prevent
an unnecessary
car accident.

We typically suggest to hope for the worst and expect good things to come
to you in life. When it comes to prepping your car for cold weather, however,
we suggest the opposite. Winter weather conditions can be overlooked,
so you should prepare your vehicle for the worst weather possible.

Cold weather can affect the life of your car’s battery, so it will
be a good idea to check yours by having a local mechanic test it and make
sure that there is no developing corrosion. Even simply tightening the
battery connections can help. Electric and hybrid vehicles should also
be aware that their driving range will be reduced in cold weather. The
battery systems will work better after being given a little time to warm up.

It will be important to have more than just your battery checked, especially
if you have an older car. Visit a mechanic for routine maintenance and
to make sure your car is in good working order. Check your cooling system
coolant can freeze in cold weather, causing it to expand. This can damage
your car’s engine block. Additionally, you will want to make sure
you are using the proper oil for the conditions you are in. You may need
to switch to a thinner oil if you are in an area that gets below freezing
temperatures.

During the winter months, it is likely you will use quite a lot of windshield
wiper fluid. As such, it would be wise to buy some extra to have on hand.
You may also want to make sure that your windshield wipers are in good
condition and replace the blades if necessary.

If you live in an area where it snows, plan to use snow tires and have
them ready to install before it is too late. Even if you are not in an
area with snow, you should still inspect your tires, especially if you
are going on a long trip.

Lastly, no matter what season it is, it is always a good idea to keep an
emergency kit in your car that includes items such as a:

WHAT CAUSES BLEEDING ON THE BRAIN IN NEWBORNS?

Dec 9, 2016

Dec 9, 2016

brain bleeding newbornsBleeding in the brain can occur at any time to anyone as a result of a
number of factors, including head trauma, high blood pressure, blood disorders,
and brain tumors. In an infant, the most common types of brain bleeding
are: intracranial hemorrhages, intraventricular hemorrhage, and subarachnoid
hemorrhage. Sometimes these conditions are not severe, requiring very
little treatment. Severe bleeds, however, require immediate medical intervention
and perhaps surgery.

For newborns, the cause is likely that the baby was dropped after delivery,
blunt force trauma directed at either the pregnant belly or to the newborn’s
head, blood disorders, and high blood pressure from the mother. While
not as common as these aforementioned causes, brain bleeding in a newborn
may also be a result of improper use of birth-assistance tools such as
forceps or a vacuum extraction tool. The damage inflicted from such tools
can have lifelong ramifications.

To test for this condition, either a head CT scan or an MRI will be required.
A doctor might also use an angiography to diagnose a newborn, which involves
a thin tube that is inserted into the blood vessels, leading to the brain
where contrast dye is inserted. There are symptoms you can observe in
a newborn if you suspect they are suffering from brain bleeding. This
includes seizures, fever, trouble with movement, and stiff neck.

Treatment for this condition will vary depending on the extent and severity
of the damage as well as other health factors. Some of these treatment
options involve repairing the damaged or abnormal blood vessels, or surgery
to stop the bleeding.

Although not all brain bleeds are a result of
medical malpractice, it is a common culprit. If your newborn child sustained a brain injury
as a result of medical negligence, you deserve justice. Fieger Law has
been fighting for the rights of babies injured by negligent doctors and
nurses since 1983 and have secured some of the nation’s largest
verdicts. We offer free consultations. Call us at 1-800-294-6637.

FAIR & JUST QUESTIONNAIRE: ATTORNEY JACK BEAM, OF COUNSEL

Dec 8, 2016

Dec 8, 2016

Attorney Jack M. BeamSince 1983 Jack Beam, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, along with his
partner “Doctor” Doug Raymond, have represented children in
more than 20 states who are victims of cerebral palsy and birth injuries
caused by hospital and doctor negligence during labor and delivery. Beam
first teamed with Fieger on a case in Washington, Penn.

“Geoffrey’s $31 million jury verdict, including interest, is
the largest recovery in a medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania,”
Beam said.

In 2004, Beam was named “Of Counsel” to
Fieger Law. Here, he muses about his writings, unctuous Italian landlords and the
sanctity of sperm.

What is your favorite color?

Maizenblue.

What is your favorite restaurant?

HB on N. Halsted in Chicago.

Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

Dec 1, 2016

Dec 1, 2016

lawyerWhen you or a loved one is injured, you are probably experiencing one of
the most difficult times in your life, and this might even be your first
time filing a personal injury lawsuit. You will want to find the right
fit for you and the circumstances of your case, so you should not settle
for just any law firm. Preparing a list of questions for when you interview
the attorney you may potentially hire plays a critical role in selecting
the right representation.

Some questions might seem obvious or too straightforward, but they can
be some of the most important questions you will ask. What is the attorney’s
rate of success? How many cases like yours have they handled? How many
outcomes have they won in favor of the client? Do they often settle out
of court, or typically try cases in court?

Additionally, knowing if personal injury is a minor or major part of their
law firm is important, since it can reflect how much of their resources
may be dedicated to your case. Ask what potential problems they anticipate
arising in your case and how they expect to address them. Questions like
these can provide clarity on what to expect.

You also should ask how they charge for their services. Is it based on
an hourly rate or do they operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning
they are only paid if you win? If so, what percentage do they take? Contingency
fees are a great way to hire an attorney without having to pay hourly
fees regardless if you lose or win, but you also want to make sure they
charge a fair percentage. Knowing this number up front may even be a decisive factor.

The Southfield personal injury lawyers at Fieger Law have fought for victims’
rights for over 30 years have won more than 165 verdicts and settlements
of $1 million or more. We are experts at personal injury cases.
Contact us at 1-800-294-6637 and find out how we can help you.

FAIR & JUST QUESTIONNAIRE: PRODUCER STEVE LEE JONES

Nov 29, 2016

Nov 29, 2016

Steve Lee Jones, Executive Producer of “You Don’t Know Jack”
and Producer of “Kevorkian,” shares his existential views on
meditating, being nice and finding happiness in the simplest ways.

What is your favorite color?

Turquoise.

What is your favorite song?

Let it Be.

What is your favorite restaurant?

The Little Door, in L.A.

Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?

THE GIFT OF ORGAN DONORS

Nov 26, 2016

Nov 26, 2016

When we think of the holidays and gift-giving, we tend to think of material
items. Let us take a moment to acknowledge those who give a gift that
is immeasurably precious – organ donors. Sometimes the donor has
passed and a family must decide whether or not their loved one’s
organs will be donated. However, organs also come from living donors who
make the courageous and selfless decision to donate an organ to someone
who may not otherwise live much longer, giving not only life to the recipient,
but time that friends and family will cherish with that person.

Michael Russell, an attorney at Fieger Law, has given such a gift. He watched
his big brother, Cliff Russell, in a hospital bed, suffering from renal
failure. Seeing his brother in such a state, Michael was struck with the
desire to help and offered to become a kidney donor.

18 years after the decision was made, both brothers are doing well. Now,
Michael, Cliff, and their brother Greg Russell all work to raise awareness
about the Minority Organ Tissue and Transplant Education Program, which
seeks to decrease the rate of ethnic minority Americans who are in desperate
need of organ and tissue transplants.

Within the state of Michigan alone, there are over 3,600 individuals who
are waiting for organ transplants, and thousands more who need tissue,
bone, and heart valves. Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s organ
and tissue donor program, serves as an intermediary between families,
medical facilities, and patients who benefit from donations. People commonly
think that health conditions, such as diabetes, may mean that they cannot
be donors, but this is not the case.

Gary Terreault signed up to be a donor and, upon his death from diabetes
and other complications, his eyes and tissues were donated. His decision
meant raising the quality of life for others.

If you would like to become a donor, you can sign up at
giftoflifemichigan.org or at your local Secretary of State branch.

FAIR & JUST QUESTIONNAIRE: TV PERSONALITY CHARLIE LANGTON

Nov 23, 2016

Nov 23, 2016

You probably recognize Charlie Langton’s face from FOX 2 News, where
he often appears as a legal analyst, or his voice, from morning drive
time on WXYT AM 1270. Langton has won four Emmy awards for Excellence
in Legal Broadcasting, due in part to his personal experience as an attorney
and president of Langton Law Firm in Sterling Heights. A long-time colleague
of Fieger Law, Langton shares his thoughts on his mother’s cooking,
his love of art and why he’s grateful to former Detroit mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick.

What is your favorite color?

Purple.

What is your favorite song?

“I Am the Walrus.”

What is your favorite restaurant?

Boodles.

Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?