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November 2012 Archives

Should Michigan have drunk driving checkpoints?

Michigan residents may have noticed increased police patrols out over the Thanksgiving holiday. Police departments tend to ramp up traffic and DUI patrols over the holidays, as these can be very dangerous times on U.S. roadways.

Court awards medical malpractice settlement for stroke misdiagnosis

Most often when people think about medical malpractice, doctor's errors come to mind. People tend to associate medication errors and surgical errors with medical malpractice. A type of medical malpractice that the public in Michigan might be less aware of is misdiagnosis.

Blood drive held in Cedar Springs after fatal car accident

A frequent theme in this Ann Arbor car accident blog is the expense of treating injuries and the burden that can cause victims. In addition to the costs of medical care, sometimes other resources can be sparse, affecting a victim's access to treatment.

Michigan dog owner faces felony after his dog bites 3 passersby

Many dog owners in the Ann Arbor area may not realize that if their dogs bite someone, they are responsible. Michigan law makes it very clear that animal owners can face criminal charges as well as personal injury lawsuits if their pet causes bodily harm to another person.

100 cars involved in massive car accident pileup, 2 people killed

As many Michigan residents may have heard, more than 100 people were injured and two people were killed yesterday during a multi-car wreck that involved about 100 cars in Texas. The Thanksgiving Day crash took place at about 8:45 a.m. on Interstate 10.

Woman, 2 children killed in Michigan drunk driving accident

Authorities have said that murder charges will be filed in relation to the head-on collision that resulted in three deaths last week in Van Buren County, Michigan. The tragic accident took place Tuesday when a pickup truck crashed into a car. The car was carrying a woman and two children, all of whom died in the crash.

Can injured Michigan workers ever sue their employers?

Under Michigan law, workers who are injured on the job can generally receive workers' compensation benefits, but they cannot sue their employers. However, there are certain rare situations where a workplace injury lawsuit against an employer may be appropriate.

After fatal overdose, VA faces medical malpractice suit

Many medical malpractice cases in Michigan are very complicated. This is because, in general, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, medical professional or medical institution is negligent or fails to meet standards of care, resulting in injuries or death. In some cases, of course, a doctor does everything right but the patient's outcome is not good--so it can be difficult in some cases to determine whether the medical professional provided competent and appropriate care or not.

7 injured in semi-truck, bus accident in southeast Michigan

Whenever a motor vehicle collision involves a semi-truck or another commercial vehicle, not only are serious injuries somewhat likely, so is a very complicated legal battle. This is because commercial motor vehicles tend to involve multiple levels of responsibility and regulation. For example, when someone seeks compensation after a truck accident, he or she will have to determine whether the truck driver, truck company, truck owner, truck maintenance provider or another party entirely is responsible for the accident.

Are energy drinks causing wrongful deaths in Michigan?

Ann Arbor residents who consume energy drinks may become jittery about the recent reports that highly-caffeinated beverages may be to blame for several deaths. Federal officials have recently disclosed that they have received many reports of deaths that may involve the beverages 5-Hour Energy or Monster Energy.

Can antidepressants lead to birth defects?

Birth defects or injuries can happen for a number of reasons, and sometimes they can be avoided. For example, sometimes a serious birth injury may occur because a physician fails to properly monitor the mother or the hospital is not equipped to meet the standard of care necessary for labor and delivery. The mother's health during pregnancy is also often linked to birth injuries or defects.

Toyota begins car communication tests on heels of Ann Arbor trial

Back in August we discussed a large scale test that was kicking off in Ann Arbor to test vehicle-to-vehicle crash avoidance technology. The car accident prevention systems have been equipped in the vehicles of eight automakers and given to 3,000 Ann Arbor drivers for a year-long test run. Michigan, however, is not the only place where such innovation is happening.

Is a youth football ban necessary to halt head injuries?

As many people in Ann Arbor have heard, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill into law late last month in the hopes of keeping student athletes safe from head injuries. Schools and other youth athletic organizations will now be required to train athletes, parents and coaches about recognizing and reacting to head injuries. Perhaps most importantly, it will also require coaches to immediately remove from play any athlete who might have a concussion. Athletes who sustain blows to the head will not be able to participate again without consent from a doctor.

Rollover truck accident in Michigan prompts many questions

Some of the most dangerous accidents on the road are started by big, 18-wheeled semi-trucks. These vehicles carry massive cargo loads and cause devastating impacts when they collide with other vehicles. Victims of truck accidents are, sadly, lucky to survive such an accident because of the sheer force and weight behind a semi-truck.

Woman attacked by dog, but owner eludes police

People in Ann Arbor have heard dog bite stories before. On the surface, there really isn't much to them. The victim is hurt by an aggressive dog, and the owner is punished for the negligent handling and rearing of the animal. Should the dog be a stray, things can get a bit more complicated. But in general, dog bite stories are tragic events that appear to be simple incidents.

Civil case follows criminal conviction of drunk hit-and-run driver

A woman from Ann Arbor has been sentenced to a minimum of 14 months in jail (with a maximum of 38 months) after she plowed into a bicyclist only to speed away after the accident. She had a blood alcohol content measured at 0.24

Appeals court to decide whether affair was medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is a very complicated area of law in Michigan and throughout the U.S. In general, medical malpractice has occurred when a doctor or another medical professional fails to meet the standards of care for the profession and this failure results in injury to a patient. This is sometimes the case with failure to diagnose or treat diseases, medication errors, surgical errors and more.

Wrongful death suit against FBI is filed in Detroit

In Michigan, law enforcement officers can only use deadly force under certain circumstances. One of these is when an officer is confronted with deadly force him- or herself. For example, when someone pulls a deadly weapon on a police officer, that officer has the right to draw his or her weapon. The officer is only supposed to fire a weapon if he or she faces an imminent threat of death.

Michigan's no-fault insurance reform would affect accident victims

Michigan is the only state that offers unlimited lifetime medical benefits to those who are injured in car accidents, but that could soon change if new legislation passes to reform the state's no-fault insurance laws. Many say that if the reform passes, car accident victims will be unlikely to afford the care that they need to survive and recover from serious injuries.

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