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April 2013 Archives

About 10 injured in Detroit bus accident

It was very fortunate that no one was seriously injured earlier this week when a bus crashed on Detroit's west side. As many people have now heard, at around 8:05 a.m. Wednesday a Detroit Department of Transportation bus was driving south on Evergreen when it clipped a Ford Taurus that ran through a stop sign on Van Buren.

4-year old girl killed by babysitter's pit bull

When we write about dog bite cases in this Michigan Personal Injury blog, they typically involve minor to serious injuries. The truth is, however, that dog bites can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death--especially if the victim is a child. In 2011, 31 fatal dog attacks took place in the country, according to a news report. And, this week, a young girl died in Iowa after she sustained critical injuries when mauled by her babysitter's dog.

Call for doctors, hospitals to learn from malpractice cases

People in Michigan generally file medical malpractice claims for one or more of several reasons: to obtain compensation for the injuries they sustained due to the errors of a hospital or doctor; to find answers about why or how medical mistakes were made; and finally, to force hospitals or doctors to face their mistakes, and own up to them thereby preventing additional errors. A medical malpractice attorney in New York is developing a program that may help give even more teaching power to medical malpractice cases.

Diagnostic errors are leading cause of medical malpractice

A study published this week in the journal BMG Quality and Safety may be unnerving for some Michigan residents. Johns Hopkins University researchers found that errors in diagnosis represent the most serious and common type of error made by doctors in the U.S. According to the study, as many as 160,000 patients die or are injured as a result of diagnostic errors each year.

Safety guidelines issued for in-car electronics

In recent years, Americans have continued to learn more and more about the dangers of distracted driving. In 2011 alone, about 3,000 people died and 387,000 people were injured due to distracted driving. So, while we all know that texting, e-mailing or fumbling with the radio while driving can be deadly, consumers are continuing to demand more and more in-car distractions. From navigation equipment to backseat DVD players, many Michigan residents have cars that are full of technological distractions.

Michigan lawmakers may tighten drunk boating laws

Although you might not be able to tell it from the weather, it is spring. Soon, hopefully, it will be nice enough for people to head out onto Michigan's lakes for swimming, boating and water sports. Many Michigan residents mix some alcohol into those relaxing, long summer weekends, but it is very important that people remember to drink responsibly. Thousands of people are injured or killed in boating accidents every year in Michigan, and many of these accidents are due to alcohol.

Who is at fault for traumatic brain injuries in hockey?

We frequently write about the consequences of traumatic brain injuries in this Ann Arbor Personal Injury Law Blog. Brain injuries can result in long-term side-effects or even permanent disabilities, as well as overwhelming medical expenses. They can take place in car accidents, workplace accidents, construction accidents and even simple falls--any blow to the head can result in a TBI. These days, we often see news reports about athletes sustaining brain injuries and a recent study came up with an interesting theory about that.

Breast implant maker heads to trial over dangerous product

Michigan residents who choose to undergo cosmetic or reconstructive surgery do so for a variety of reasons. There are always risks when it comes to surgery, but patients should be able to trust that they are in good care with their physicians, surgeons and other medical staff. In addition to the competence of these medical professionals, it is important that any medical instruments, implants or prosthesis that will be used are safe and up to legal and medical standards. In some very unfortunate cases, patients are harmed because such products are dangerous or defective.

Who is liable when a driverless car gets into an accident?

We have previously discussed some of the developments in self-driving car technologies in this Detroit Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog. Although several semi-autonomous features are currently being tested in various marketplaces, including here in Michigan, engineering professionals are now saying that a completely autonomous car will not be available until 2025.

Saginaw County may strengthen dangerous dog enforcement

After two dog attacks took place recently in Saginaw County, Michigan, county officials have proposed a new policy designed to help animal control officers seize dangerous dogs. Currently, animal control officers in Michigan generally need court orders to seize someone's pet, and the new procedure would allow animal control officers to obtain court orders at any time--similar to the manner in which law enforcement can pursue an expedited search or arrest warrant at any time of day or night.

Tips to stay safe around semi-trucks

Earlier this week we discussed a semi-truck accident in Jackson County, Michigan. Luckily there were no other vehicles involved in that accident and no one was injured. As we frequently mention, collisions involving semi-trucks often result in catastrophic long-term injuries or death.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against workout supplement company

Michigan residents who use workout supplements may be interested in recent deaths and injuries that have been linked to a certain product. The supplement Jack3d has led to more than 80 adverse events, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration--including anxiety, depression, vomiting, chest pain, lost of consciousness and death. Two of these incidents involve U.S. soldiers who reportedly died after using the product, and the family of at least one of those soldiers has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of Jack3d and the retailer GNC.

FDA is investigating surgical robots after death reports

Many Michigan residents may not be aware that when people undergo medical operations in this day and age, someone other than a licensed surgeon might be involved in the procedure. We are talking about robots.

Wrongful death trial will revisit Michael Jackson's troubled life

Many Michigan residents are aware that Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, as well as his three children are in the midst of suing AEG Live and a tour director for the wrongful death of the late musician. Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest in 2009. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in relation to the death.

Semi-truck drives off of I-94 in Jackson County

Early this morning a semi-truck drove off of Interstate 94 in Jackson County, Michigan, striking a pylon on a bridge. Luckily, no one was injured in the truck accident. Accidents involving semi-trucks frequently cause catastrophic injuries, which is why truck drivers and the trucking industry are subjected to state and federal regulations.

Medical malpractice lawsuit settled in fatal dental surgery case

When we discuss medical malpractice in this Michigan Personal Injury Law Blog, we most often reference cases in which a physician made a mistake that resulted in harm to a patient. In addition to physicians, a number of other medical professionals can also be held liable for medical malpractice.

Parents equip teen drivers' cars with cameras, GPS trackers

As we have previously discussed in this Detroit Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog, the leading cause of death to U.S. teenagers is car accidents. Teenagers, who are new to driving and are relatively inexperienced, often simply do not have the safest driving habits and this can have tragic results.

Veterans medical center under fire for possible medical errors

The way that the U.S. treats its veterans has been called into question in recent years as many lapses have been covered by the media here in Michigan in regard to veteran's disability benefits, mental health care and more. One of the most recent problems involves the medical care provided to veterans at veterans medical centers. The federal Office of Special Counsel, which investigates whistle-blower complaints, reported to the White House last month that it found evidence of serious problems at a veterans medical center in Jackson, Mississippi, that may be affecting patient care.

Woman sues brother, sister-in-law after severe dog bite

Although people in Michigan are sometimes bitten by stray or strange dogs, most often people are actually bitten by dogs they know--such as a friend's dog or a neighbor's dog. In a recent dog bite case in Illinois, a woman suffered severe injuries after being bitten by the dog of her brother and her sister-in-law.

In Troy, police seek drivers who fled fatal car accident scene

A fatal car accident took place Monday in Troy, Michigan, and police are looking for two drivers who may have had a role in that accident and reportedly fled the scene, according to a news report.

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