Doctors in Michigan and elsewhere must obtain a full medical history of the patient prior to engaging in surgery that could be problematic without all of the necessary information. For example, it is necessary to know what medications that the patient is taking prior to going ahead with invasive surgery. The wrong anesthesia, for example, could be life-threatening and result in catastrophic injuries or death if it will conflict with another drug that the patient is taking. In one case, a woman in a neighboring state was awarded more than $14 million by a federal jury after a trial against two doctors who allegedly caused her catastrophic injuries, including severe brain damage. It was alleged that the two doctors were negligent in performing the patient's bariatric surgery, and the substandard treatment resulted in the permanent and devastating injuries. Specifically, they were accused of giving the patient an anti-coagulation medication despite the fact that the patient was already taking a blood thinner. This created extensive bleeding during the gastric bypass surgery and led to loss of blood flow to the brain. The plaintiff's lawyer said the money will be used to take care of the client on a daily basis for the rest of her life. She reportedly cannot walk, is wheelchair bound and has cognitive losses from the brain damage. An analysis of the foregoing facts appears to reveal a simple case of negligence that caused the complained of personal injuries. Thus, if the physicians had done a full work-up, or had read the actual medical records of the patient, they would have learned that she took a blood thinner for another condition. This would have revealed the need to be extremely careful before giving her an anti-coagulation medication which, along with the blood thinner, would create a danger of catastrophic injuries, such as too much bleeding and a stroke or other brain damage. These basic rules of negligence would apply equally as well in Michigan.