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March 2012 Archives

Tap water is potential threat for hospital patients

People enter a Michigan hospital for medical treatment and with the hope of being healed. They most likely do not expect to encounter an additional infection or illness because of the drinking water. And yet, occasionally, that is what happens.

Negligence claimed in fatal helicopter accident

The relatives and estate of a Michigan man that lost his life as a passenger in a helicopter crash have initiated a court proceeding alleging that the fatal accident was the result of negligence. The wrongful death lawsuit is asking for compensation for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, loss of future earnings, and for support, grief and sorrow.

Do car designs put women at greater risk of injury in a crash?

For decades, the vast majority of Detroit auto industry executives and engineers were male. During that time there may have also been more male drivers. But obviously times have changed. Despite this change, until recently auto crash tests still made exclusive use of crash test dummies that replicated full sized men. The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) did not begin using dummies that more accurately replicated a female car occupant until 2003.

Baby's death prompts call for new midwife requirements

One Michigan couple is attempting to launch a crusade for more stringent regulation of midwife practices after the allegedly wrongful death of their young son at an alternative birthing center. The boy, who was delivered breech, was only 13 days old when he died from injuries sustained during a difficult labor.

Phone ban may be on the way for teen drivers

A new piece of legislation under consideration by Michigan lawmakers would make it illegal for teens to drive while using a cell phone. The initiative would target drivers with Level 1 or 2 graduated licenses. If approved, the law will be known as "Kelsey's Law," a teen from Sault Ste. Marie who died because of a distracted driving accident.

New federal bill seeks to limit recover for physician's negligence

Whenever any of us go to a hospital in Michigan, we have the very reasonable expectation that we will come out in better shape than when we went in. Of course, there are times when due to chronic condition or just the limits of modern medicine, there is nothing that the doctor can do. At the very least however we should be able to expect that we will not leave the hospital in worse condition than when we entered do to negligence on the part of the hospital or doctor.

Grand Haven in shock after 5 girls injured in crash

Five Michigan High School students were sent to the hospital after a horrifying car accident on March 16. The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. The female students injured in the crash were all either 16 or 17 years old. Four of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.

House passes HR 5, including med mal cap

Yesterday, the U.S. House passed a bill that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) as well as enact HR 5 (Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare - HEALTH - Act). HR 5 would create federal medical malpractice caps (commonly known as "tort reform").

Springtime heralds danger for motorcyclists

It is likely that every motorcyclist in Michigan is excited about getting out on the road if they have not done so already. The first ride of the season is an exhilarating marker that the winter is finally behind us and that the open road and summertime lays ahead. While this is an exciting time to be a motorcycle rider it can also be a dangerous out.

"I just didn't see them. I was in a hurry ..."

A news report out of Detroit quotes a driver who struck a school bus as saying, "I just didn't see them. I was in a hurry on my way to a dentist appointment. I was wrong." Fortunately in this case the injuries to the students in this accident were reportedly not severe, though six of the seven children on the bus were taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation of their injuries.

Worker dies in road construction zone accident

A construction zone worker was killed on eastbound I-94 near St. Clair Shores on March 10, according to authorities. The fatal accident occurred at about 8:10 a.m. when an SUV changed lanes and began to slow for traffic flow. The SUV was rear-ended by a large tractor trailer, according to reports.

Bicyclists injured in hit-and-run crash

As the weather begins to warm up around Michigan, more and more people are lacing up their jogging shoes and pumping up their bike tires. Increasingly we are using bicycles not only for a bit of exercise and leisure, but also as a viable and responsible means of running errands, commuting to work, or just generally getting where we need to go. The benefits to both our health and the environment are obvious.

Pontiac woman injured in dog attack

It is the responsibility of every dog owner in Michigan to ensure that their dog is under control and that the public is not at risk from an attack. This certainly applies to all dog owners, but for the owners of those breeds that are considered especially dangerous, the potentially serious injuries or fatalities that can result from a vicious dog attack make it all the more important that these dangerous breeds are kept under control. Dog owners are responsible for injuries and damages caused by their dogs.

Fatal accident as driver falls asleep behind the wheel

It is a every driver's responsibility not to get behind the wheel of a car if they know that they will not be capable of safely operating the vehicle. The most common scenario we might imagine is a driver realizing that they should not operate a car because they have been drinking. But intoxication is not the only state in which a driver is not capable of safely driving a car.

Drug use suspected in fatal car accident

A 30-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Silverado ran into the back of a Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 31-year-old man, in early March. The impact of the crash pushed the Silverado into the back of a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country minivan that was waiting to make a left turn. The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado died in the fatal accident. The woman who caused the crash and the man were transported to the hospital by helicopter. A passenger in the Chevrolet Tahoe was also taken to the hospital.

Doctors Not Always Giving Patients All Their Options

Doctor-patient communication is one of the biggest contributors to medical malpractice and too little communication is, unfortunately, very common. For example, medical malpractice can occur when medical professionals don't gather enough information to properly diagnose an illness. There can also be problems when doctors don't fully explain information to their patients, failing to give patients the options they need to make informed decisions about their medical care.

Woman killed in truck accident

With a busy international border crossing and our traditionally industrial economy, Michigan highways see a great deal of semi truck traffic. These trucks travel the same roads and highways as well all use to take our kids to school and commute back and forth to work every day. There is an inherent conflict between passenger use of our roads for personal transportation and commercial use of our roads by semi trucks. An accident or spinout that may only cause a minor injury in the absence of a big truck, may result in catastrophic injuries if a semi truck is involved.

Fatal accident in which the two vehicles never touched

Fatal car accidents generally involved the collision of two or more vehicles. There are also instances of single car accidents in which road conditions or unsafe or impaired driving causes one vehicle to crash into some other object. But there is another category of accidents that fall somewhere between a collision between two vehicles and a single-car accident in which no other vehicle is involved.

Identifying the cause of a car accident

When police and rescue personnel respond to a serious motor vehicle accident, their first priority is to find and treat the people who have been injured in the crash. This may entail moving wrecked vehicles and even using heavy machinery to extricate trapped occupants. The injured are given whatever medical treatment is necessary and possible at the scene. At some point police and accident investigators also begin to attempt to reconstruct the crash to determine exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the crash.

Wrong-way crash takes life of Michigan college student

A young woman from Bay City was killed in a car accident early this morning when another driver travelling the wrong way on Interstate 75 collided head-on with the car in which the young woman was riding. Two other young women who were riding in the car with the Bay City woman were also killed. All the occupants of that car were students at Bowling Green University and were on their way to the Detroit airport to begin their spring break. The 69-year-old woman who was driving the other car the wrong way on the interstate was also killed in the crash. In addition to the three people that were killed in the accident two other students were seriously injured.

Four-vehicle crash kills one, injures another

A 17-year-old girl explained what happened to her in the fatal accident that killed one man and seriously injured another man, who was his brother. She said she was driving to work when she saw a black passenger car cut off a Grand Prix, which sent the Grand Prix into a spin. The girl hit the side of the silver car, then a Sierra truck hit between the girl's Mustang and the silver car. The girl spun out, unable to see the entire accident.

Workers work for three hours to extricate woman

When an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of a car in Michigan they put everyone at risk. They are of course at risk of crashing into another vehicle or a pedestrian and injuring a person with whom they had no prior association. But often in drunk driving accidents, the driver will lose control of the car without the involvement of any other vehicle resulting in a single car crash. While this can of course injure the drunk driver themselves, it is also likely to cause injuries to any other occupants of their vehicle.

  • $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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