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May 2013 Archives

Tractor-trailer equipment failure caused accident that killed 7

We frequently discuss the dangers of large truck accidents in this Detroit Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog, and the severity of that danger was illustrated when a horrible tragic accident took place in New York earlier this week. As many people have now heard, on Wednesday a trailer broke free from a truck and crashed into a minivan outside of Syracuse. Three adults and four children were killed. One adult was injured and has since been released from the hospital.

Man faces murder charge after his pit bulls kill a woman

We frequently discuss, in this Michigan Personal Injury Law Blog, the fact that dog owners in Michigan can be held both criminally and civilly responsible if their dogs attack people. This means that a person can face criminal charges as well as a lawsuit if their dog injures another person. In a recent tragic case in California, a pit bull owner is actually facing murder charges after his four dogs mauled a jogger. The woman, 63, did not survive.

Construction worker injured on Clare County job site

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a work site accident that took place in Clare County late last week. On Thursday, a 52-year-old worker was taken to a hospital after falling into a hole on a construction site. According to a news report, he was operating a backhoe when he suddenly lost his footing and ending up falling into a hole.

Michigan hospitals find owning up to medical errors helps all

Many victims of medical errors here in Michigan pursue medical malpractice claims, in part, because they want answers. In many cases, unfortunately, it can be difficult to get to the bottom of why a particular mistake occurred without litigation. This is because hospitals and doctors are not always forthcoming with this information. However, some hospitals in Michigan are becoming more honest about medical mistakes and they are finding that it is beneficial for doctors, hospitals and patients.

Semi-truck accident causes bridge to collapse

Many of us here in Michigan have heard the news that a trucking accident in Washington state caused a bridge to collapse yesterday. Luckily, no one was killed in the truck accident or the subsequent collapse, which caused two vehicles to fall into the river below. Three people were transported to hospitals and the extent of their injuries is unclear.

Jury to decide surgical error case involving robots

The risks of robotic surgery have become hot topics in recent months in Michigan. This week, jury deliberations were scheduled to begin in Seattle in the first case to be tried involving injuries linked to the da Vinci robotic surgery system. Twenty-six such lawsuits have been filed.

5 tips to avoid being a victim of a medical mistake

It has been estimated that 200,000 people die each year in the U.S. as the result of a medical mistake. In fact, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in this country. In first and second place are heart disease and cancer.

Should the drunk driving limit be lowered?

Earlier this month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that extends the current legal blood-alcohol content limit until 2018. The Michigan law, which made it illegal to drive with a BAC higher than .08 percent, was scheduled to expire later this year. The bill that Snyder signed extends the .08 standard through 2018.

Researchers find link between brain injuries and suicide risk

Traumatic brain injuries often result in lifelong consequences for Michigan residents who sustain them. These might include brain damage, cognitive impairment, headaches, blurred vision and even disability. Traumatic brain injuries have also been linked to suicide.

Ypsilanti celebrates Bike-Bus-Walk Week

This week was Bike-Bus-Walk Week in the Washtenaw County area. Residents were encouraged to either take the bus, hop on their bicycles or walk to their destinations from May 12 to May 18 in order to promote alternative types of transportation. Several events were also planned in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in order to encourage bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Detroit is 6th worst city for dog bites, postal service says

Earlier this week we discussed the dog bite concerns of Consumers Energy. The utility is worried about its employees becoming victims of dog attacks while out in the field reading meters. The U.S. Postal Service also has an interest in preventing dog bites, and it issued a report Wednesday regarding its letter carriers suffering dog bite injuries. The post office's report actually comes just before National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is May 19-25.

Michigan lawmakers say conflict of interest let clinic stay open

Michigan residents may remember hearing back in December that an abortion clinic in Muskegon was shuttered after police discovered unsanitary and unsafe conditions there. Now Michigan lawmakers are saying that the doctor who ran this clinic had been previously accused of botching abortions and potentially harming patients, but because he had a connection on the state Board of Medicine he was never properly investigated.

Michigan utility is concerned about dog bites

Michigan's Consumers Energy is apparently becoming more worried about dog bites. The utility has announced that it is now going to begin requiring Michigan dog owners to either restrain or contain their dogs before it will send employees out to read their gas or electric meters, according to a recent news report by My Fox Detroit.

Speeding caused fatal motorcycle accident in Blue Lake Township

We talk a lot about drunk driving, distracted driving and fatigued driving in this Detroit Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog. This is because, tragically, a lot of very serious accidents are caused by those driving behaviors here in Michigan. Accidents are often also caused by something that may be a far more routine bad habit for a number of us--speeding. Just driving slightly above the speed limit can significantly increase one's chances of being injured in a car accident or injuring someone else.

Wrongful death claim filed against Chris Christie's doctor

Many Michigan residents who before this week may not have been aware of lap-band surgery may now know quite a bit about the surgical weight loss procedure. This is because this week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that he underwent this surgery in the winter. It made national news, in part because there is a lot of speculation about whether the popular governor will run for president.

U.S. has high rate of first-day deaths for newborns

When Michigan residents hear about birth injuries in the news, they are often surprised that such things happen in U.S. hospitals. While medical care in our country is very advanced, birth injuries and medical mistakes do happen here. In fact, a recent study found that the U.S. is actually worse for newborns than almost 70 other countries. The U.S. has the highest first-day mortality rate of any industrialized country, according to the report released by the Save the Children organization.

Train-pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Michigan

Many people have heard by now that late last month a 16-year-old was struck and killed by a train in Charlotte, Michigan. Authorities believe that the boy was walking home from school when he was struck. The teen was the third pedestrian to die after being struck by a train while walking or resting on or near the tracks this year.

Worker injured by giraffe at Michigan zoo

Many of the work-related accidents and injuries we write about in this Michigan Personal Injury Law Blog involve traditionally dangerous industries. For example, we hear a lot about accidents on construction sites and in factories and industrial workplaces. However, workplace injuries can happen anywhere. In fact, office workers often suffer repetitive stress injuries from tasks like typing.

Malpractice payouts amount to less than 1% of health care costs

As many Michigan residents are well aware, efforts have been underway in our state and others to limit the rights of those who are harmed by medical malpractice. Many lawmakers tout reforming the medical malpractice system as a way for states to get health care expenses under control, but a new study out of Johns Hopkins suggests that those efforts are misguided.

Shocking number of Michigan teens may be drinking and driving

We have previously mentioned in this Detroit Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog that the leading cause of death for teenagers is car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 2,700 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in auto accidents in 2010, and 282,000 were injured. Alcohol is a major part of this problem, and in 2011 32 percent of the drivers ages 15 to 20 who were killed in car accidents had alcohol in their systems.

OSHA sets sights on temporary workers' safety

Late last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2011, 11.5 percent of workplace deaths involved workers who were employed by one company but working at another. These are generally temporary workers, who are employed by a staffing agency and sent to work at another company, as well as security guards and electricians.

5 injured in 4-car crash in Hartland

Five people were injured in a four-car crash in Hartland, Michigan, Monday, according to the Hartland Patch. Four of the adult car accident victims were transported to a hospital from the accident scene. Another injured person was going to seek his own treatment. The extent of the injuries was not reported in the news story.

NCAA makes progress in preventing brain injuries

We have discussed athletes suffering brain injuries quite a bit in this Michigan Personal Injury Law Blog. This is because the NFL, of course, has become the subject of many lawsuits recently related to players sustaining brain damage on the field, and there is also a growing public concern regarding the effects of concussions in high school sports. We have not written much about head injuries in college athletics, but of course athletes are often subject to such injuries at that level as well.

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