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October 2012 Archives

Birth injury lawsuit filed after newborn is decapitated at birth

The worst nightmare of expecting parents here in Michigan is that the birth will not go well--that the baby will not be healthy or that the child or mother will be injured at birth. Unfortunately, for some parents, these fears are realized.

Preventing teens from getting into car accidents in Michigan

It is a major rite of passage for teenagers here in Michigan to obtain their drivers' licenses. However, the unfortunate truth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. In fact, in 2010 every single day seven teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died in a car accident. And, not only are ill-prepared teen drivers a risk to themselves but they can also present a major danger to everyone else on the roads.

Brain injury victims face a variety of challenges

As Brain Injury Awareness Month comes to a close, it is important to share some of the complexities that brain injury victims struggle with here in Michigan. A head injury can happen in a second and it can leave scars that will last for a lifetime. Brain injuries are difficult to diagnose and treat, as they are not yet fully understood by the medical community. What is known about brain injuries is that they are life-changing and that they can result in very expensive challenges.

Michigan's immunity law may not protect company in meningitis cases

We recently discussed on this blog the news of the meningitis outbreak that affected a number of patients in Michigan, as well as throughout the U.S. The post discussed the possibility of patients being able to sue the steroid manufacturers for their medication errors. But as of now, Michigan does not allow victims of faulty drugs to sue the drug manufacturer. It is the only state in the nation that prohibits such lawsuits.

This Halloween, beware of dog bites in Michigan

Dog bites are unfortunately pretty common here in Michigan. This is because dog owners sometimes fail to properly restrain and exert control over their pets. Often, children become victims of dog bites because they do not know they must be very cautious around strange dogs that may be on the loose or displaying aggression.

Car-deer accidents down in Washtenaw County, Michigan

It is that time of year again where drivers throughout Michigan need to be especially prudent to avoid getting into a car accident with a deer. Luckily, it does appear as though the number of cars colliding with deer is decreasing in both Washtenaw County and Michigan state as a whole, which means we could see fewer dangerous car accidents and injuries this fall.

2 Detroit men arrested for trafficking dangerous auto parts

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed warnings by U.S. safety regulators about counterfeit airbags. At that point, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was working with other agencies to determine who was responsible for supplying auto repair shops with the dangerous and defective airbags. We have now learned that two Detroit residents have been arrested for involvement in a counterfeit airbag trafficking scheme.

Meningitis outbreak: medical malpractice or products liability?

As the meningitis outbreak continues to grow in Michigan and throughout the U.S., victims of this disease and their survivors are beginning to sue those who were involved with administering the contaminated steroid injections.

Michigan affected by meningitis outbreak

By this point, most Michigan residents have likely heard about the meningitis outbreak that infected nearly 100 people and killed seven, with the numbers still growing. Health officials have concluded that the disease is connected to a steroid that patients used to treat back pain. The Center for Disease Control is monitoring the numbers and states that the outbreak has hit nine states so far, including Michigan.

2 children, 2 adults injured in Detroit bus accident

Parents in Michigan may have felt a bit uneasy putting their children on the school bus this morning after yesterday's news. Four people, two children and two adults, were taken to hospitals Wednesday after a school bus collided with another vehicle during the afternoon commute in Detroit.

Michigan construction company worker killed in crane collapse

When an employee is injured on the job in Michigan, he or she is entitled to file a workers' compensation claim to cover medical treatment and lost wages. Employers in Michigan are required to carry workers' compensation insurance for this very purpose, and this compensation is available regardless of who was at fault. Worker's compensation law protects both the employee and the employer, because injured employees can collect workers' compensation benefits but they cannot sue their employers or co-workers after a workplace accident.

Truck full of circus elephants runs off the interstate

One of the few things that is scarier than being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer is being involved in an accident with a tractor trailer that is full of elephants. While that is probably not on anyone's mind as they pass by large trucks on the interstates in Michigan, large trucks are of course typically full of cargo--and sometimes that cargo can be very dangerous itself.

Car accident victim runs to raise brain injury awareness

Nine years ago, an Ontario man was the victim of a car accident. He was ejected through the front passenger window of an automobile and he suffered a severe brain injury. Today, he is six months into a run across Canada. His mission is to raise awareness for traumatic brain injuries.

Hepatitis C outbreak leads to numerous medical malpractice suits

Not only can doctors be held accountable for medical malpractice but hospitals also have duties to the patients who walk through the doors. When hospitals hire their medical staff and employees, they are required to make a reasonable inquiry into the applicant's background and into whether they are property educated, trained and licensed. Failure to make these inquiries as a result of a hospital error may lead to a negligence lawsuit if anyone is injured as a result.

Michigan court ruling leads to revived wrongful death case

In the aftermath of a car accident, it is sometimes very clear who is at fault. A driver may have run a red light or been under the influence of alcohol, for example. In other cases, it can be very complicated to determine who is liable when a car accident results in injury or death.

Faulty airbags could put Michigan drivers, passengers at risk

As new cars roll out each year, some of the biggest upgrades tend to have to do with safety. Because, unfortunately, there is no way to avoid car accidents completely, automakers have remained focuses on enhancing safety features in order to minimize the injuries that occur when people are in motor vehicle collisions.

Michigan boy, 13, killed in car accident, mom and sisters injured

An Ishpeming, Michigan, family sustained a major loss this weekend. On Friday, a car accident in Middle Inlet, Wisconsin, resulted in the death of a 13-year-old Michigan boy, and his mother and two sisters were seriously injured.

In Michigan, at least 25 suffer meningitis from tainted medicine

The death toll from the meningitis outbreak is continuing to climb. So far, it has been confirmed that 12 people across the country--three in Michigan--have died after contracting meningitis from potentially contaminated steroid medication.

Surgical errors a possibility even for trendy cosmetic procedures

Medical surgery and invasive medical procedures hold a certain amount of inherent risk and doctors performing these operations can be liable for surgical errors. But what about less-invasive cosmetic medical procedures? What if those procedures are performed by someone without a medical license?

Batman spotted far from Gotham City at Petoskey car crash scene

When people are injured in a car accident, the first responders--police and emergency medical personnel--have incredibly important jobs to perform. They are tasked with making quick decisions to ensure injured drivers and passengers get the proper medical care, as well conducting an initial investigation in order to learn how the accident happened and who is responsible.

Dog shot after biting child in Stockbridge Township, Michigan

Owning a dog is a big responsibility, and a decision that should not be taken lightly. Numerous responsibilities come with owning any animal, such as feeding it, housing it, keeping it clean and healthy--but the biggest responsibility of all is keeping that animal under control. When dog owners fail to do this, their dogs may bite people, which can result in serious injuries and scarring, and as a result the only option is often for authorities to put the dog down.

Pregnant woman, 24, dies in care of ambulance medics

Most of the time, when an Ann Arbor resident ends up in an ambulance or an emergency room, medical personnel provide competent--and often life-saving--care. However, from time to time we do hear about emergency rooms or doctors and hospitals providing inadequate medical care, leading to serious injuries or even death.

What medical tests are appropriate for children in Michigan?

Patients seeking medical care trust that they will receive a certain standard of care because of a doctor's training and education. This trust is heightened when Michigan parents put the health of their children into the hands of doctors and hospital staff. But medical professionals can and do make mistakes. Mistakes become even more tragic when they result in serious injuries that never should have happened.

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