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Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year? Throwing a holiday or New Year's party? Driving to or from any of these festivities? As we prepare to celebrate with friends and family, here are a few tips to get everyone home safe and sound!

$8 million settlement reached for victims of Farid Fata, M.D.
Attorneys Donna MacKenzie and Jules Olsman recently helped to reach a global settlement of $8 million for the victims of Farid Fata, M.D. While this amount of money pales in comparison to the grief suffered by the victims and their families, it is the best possible outcome under the shackles of Michigan’s medical malpractice caps. Sadly, these limitations leave very little room for negotiation. An arbitrator will determine how to divide the $8 million among the victims in October. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as this horrific case comes to a close.
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Is that they may be legally on the hook if an accident should occur. From your great aunt Edna breaking her hip on an icy sidewalk to your brother-in-law Jerry drinking too much champagne and causing a crash on the drive home, you should know how to protect your guests and yourself before hosting a party this holiday season.

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BY THE NUMBERS /

38%
Drunk

On average, alcohol was a factor in 38 percent of all fatal road crashes during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays from 2009 to 2013. Thanksgiving topped the list, averaging 412 deaths per year.

6,000
Lives

Falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths, claiming nearly 6,000 lives per year. In 2010 alone, more than 660,000 adults were hospitalized due to a fall.

$100
Grand

The standard minimum of $100,000 in homeowner’s liability insurance may fall short if someone is injured in your home, making you responsible for the balance. Insurance experts recommend increasing this amount.

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Safe PartiesSafe Party Guide for Your Holiday Party

A little common sense and advanced planning can protect your holiday guests from drinking too much and injuring themselves or others. View video.

Kid-Safe HomesHome Safety for Visiting Children During
the Holidays

“Think like a kid” is the advice from SafeKids.org and Good Morning America in this video on making a home safe for little holiday revelers.  View video 

Office PartiesTips on Social Host Liability for the Holiday Office Party

With holiday office parties making a comeback, business owners should heed these tips from the Wall Street Journal for avoiding costly legal complications. View video.

MADD Urges Americans to
‘Tie One On for Safety’

MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church talks about targeting the increased prevalence of drunk driving during the holidays.

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