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June 2011 Archives

Michigan's Outpatient Medical Error Problem is Understated

Medical errors in hospitals have captured much of Michigan's attention in the realm of medical malpractice. However, Americans receive most of their healthcare needs in the outpatient setting - whether at the doctor's office or through in-home treatment. In fact, about 43 percent of all medical malpractice claim payouts stem through outpatient medical errors, according to a recent American Medical Association study.

Bicyclist killed in accident with large truck

A 73-year-old man who was a founding member of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, lost his life on Friday in a fatal bicycle accident involving a dump truck. According to those that knew him the man was an extremely safety conscious biker. He was riding with his wife at the time of the accident.

Many still losing their lives to wrong-site surgery

In 2004 the group that grants accreditation to the nation's hospitals, known as the Joint Commission, issued a 'universal protocol' intended to reduce the instances of wrong-site surgery. These best practices, intended to reduce this sort of medical malpractice, included marking the incision site prior to surgery, going through a pre-surgery checklist and taking a time out to make certain everyone in the operating agreement was certain that they were about to perform the correct procedure.

Michigan Legislation Will Make SWAT Teams More Transparent

Concerns over an increasing number of SWAT team raids have prompted a call for new legislation in Michigan to make SWAT team activities more open to the public. The raids, which are often conducted against non-violent offenders, have also amplified concerns about the possibility of wrongful death lawsuits as well.

Michigan study shows that hospital infections are not inevitable

For years doctors and hospitals operated under the notion that certain types of infections were simply an unavoidable risk of certain procedures. But a Michigan study has shown that a simple, and mostly commonsense, checklist of best practices can dramatically reduce the rate of infection caused by these procedures.

Two children hurt in apparent drunk driving crash

The mother of two children injured in a Kalamazoo accident was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The 24-year-old mother and her companion also both sustained minor injuries in the car accident. Both children suffered broken legs in the crash. The three-year-old girl is listed in serious condition; her four-year-old brother is in stable condition.

Lottery winner's assets frozen in wrongful death suit

You may already be following the story of the Michigan postal worker whose lottery club hit the jackpot. His share was about $1.4 million after taxes. The lottery drawing was in February. In May the postal worker was accused of killing his daughter's landlord in dispute over rent and possible eviction.

Jury awards $6.7 million in fatal medical malpractice case

A jury has awarded $6.7 million dollars to the widow of a man who they determined died as a result of negligence on the part of the hospital and its doctors. The medical malpractice case arose from the 2005 death of a man who was treated at the hospital after sustaining injuries in an ATV accident.

Michigan truck driver pulled from burning semi

A Michigan truck accident called for heroic action from one driver. At about 4:30 in the morning a printing press operator who had been working the overnight shift was on his way home from work. Less than a hundred yards in front of him as he drove down the interstate, a semi trailer collided with a flatbed truck that had been abandoned on the edge of the Interstate.

Proposed Michigan law bans pit bulls; aims to reduce dog bites

When people think about dogs, they usually consider the animals to be somewhere between man's best friend and ruthless hunters. Generally, that is probably a fair way to label them. However, there are some dog breeds that consistently fall closer to the "ruthless hunters" label.

Angry drunk driver intentionally crashes into man at Michigan bar

Imagine you're at a busy bar in Michigan with a group of your friends. Just before closing time, you notice two obviously drunk men approaching the bar for another round of drinks. When the bar tender refuses to serve the men, they get aggressive.

Family receives $58 million in medical malpractice suit

In Michigan, many medical malpractice cases have an upper limit that caps the amount a party can receive in any case. Not every state has those limits, and one family recently broke that state's record for receiving the largest medical malpractice settlement.

Coast Guard holds boating accident awareness event in Michigan

With summer and warm weather finally here, many people have enjoyed going out to the lakes to cool down. Although the water can be a fun place to relax, it can also be dangerous if individuals do not take necessary safety precautions.

Michigan woman charged in fatal crash

A Michigan woman has been charged with second-degree murder in a fiery accident that took the life of a 42-year-old man. She faces alternative charges including operating while intoxicated causing death, reckless driving causing death, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing property damage.

Michigan man killed in fatal hit and run

A Detroit man was killed in a fatal accident while attempting to cross the street. The 23-year-old man had just departed from a group of friends and was on his bicycle crossing the street when he was struck by a vehicle. That first vehicle failed to stop and fled the scene. The man was then struck by a second vehicle which also fled the scene. Finally he was struck by a third vehicle which did stop.

  • $4,391,000: Judgment entered on Oakland County jury verdict, 2008. A Michigan man suffered traumatic brain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a permanent seizure disorder. View More results
  • $2,536,454: Verdict for no-fault benefits for client severely injured in motor vehicle accident. 2012.
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  • $2,360,000: Jury verdict for serious electric shock injuries sustained by client in a construction accident in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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  • $1,400,000: Verdict for no-fault benefits due to a traumatically brain injured client, in this Washtenaw County action against Allstate Insurance Company. View More results
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