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July 2012 Archives

Second Michigan worker dies in mill accident

A deadly workplace accident claimed the life of a second victim over the weekend. A 29-year-old Michigan man died in Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was being treated for severe injuries including burns after an industrial accident that occurred on July 17.

Popular mud bog racer dead at 4-H fairgrounds

A West Olive, Michigan, man popular in the sport of mud bog racing died Saturday in an accident at the St. Joseph County 4-H fairgrounds. The 48-year-old man was accompanied that day by his son who, along with nearly 1,500 racing fans, witnessed the entire tragic event. It was the first race of the night.

Troy man sentence under Michigan's tougher DWI laws

A trial court judge in Washtenaw County gave a 24-year-old drunk driver a piece of his mind before sentencing the other day. The man from Troy, Michigan, was sentenced to six months in jail after failing a court-ordered alcohol test last week.

Belleville teen girls killed in car accident

Two teenage women from Belleville were killed in a two-car crash at an intersection in Canton Township on July 24. The girls, ages 18 and 19, were passengers in a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a 24-year-old Whittaker man. The crash occurred at approximately 2 a.m. at the intersection of Canton Center Road and Michigan Avenue.

Electronic records could help hospitals ID problems quicker

Staff in Michigan hospitals may think they are avoiding blame for their facilities and providers by not recording every little detail about a case, but in essence they are avoiding the opportunity to identify and keep track of preventable problems such as new infections or viruses being spread throughout their facility. Past HHS reports say that as many as 27 percent of patients are harmed as a result of medical negligence. According to HHS inspectors, 44 percent of medical malpractice cases investigated involved preventable complications.

Medication Errors Are Common, Preventable

No one in Michigan wants to have to take heart medication, or any medication for that matter. Yet, when we have to take medication, we expect to receive the right medication in the right doses. When medication errors occur and cause injury, we are left wondering: How could this have happened? Who is responsible?

Michigan lawmakers may make filing malpractice suits difficult

Even though our local Michigan elected officials are back home for a summer break and the state legislature is not in session, several new bills regarding malpractice lawsuits appeared on the docket. Of course, we will be watching their progression diligently.

Fatal hit and run driver finally comes forward

A woman who believes she may have been the cause of the fatal hit and run car accident discussed in our June 26 blog entry has come forward. The fatal car accident occurred on June 22 along US-23 in Pittsfield Township. According to police reports, she was driving a new Honda Odyssey minivan south down US-23 just past Michigan Avenue when she veered into the lane of a Ford Expedition. The SUV driver turned hard on the wheel to avoid being hit, which cased the Ford to roll several times. Two children, ages 14 and 11, in the vehicle were killed and five other occupants in the vehicle were injured.

Man cited, fined for Amtrak derailment in southern Michigan

Earlier this year an Amtrak passenger train was derailed in Jackson County, about 45 miles south of Lansing. A 68-year-old man was driving a semitrailer truck over the train tracks when he says the truck got hung up and he was unable to move it out of the way.

3 Michigan youngsters killed in I-190 crash

A terrible car accident claimed the lives of three and left two in critical condition earlier this week along the 190 Interstate. Police say three Hamtramck, Michigan, residents, ages 20 and 21 were passengers in a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old, also from Hamtramck.

Study says work-comp lump-sum the way to go

The Workers Compensation Research Institute just released its findings from a worker's compensation study. Researchers wanted to find out if lump-sum settlements in cases with injured workers were beneficial or detrimental to the worker's career trajectory. According to the WCRI there has been some debate over the topic.

Doctor Licensed in Michigan Committed Numerous Surgical Errors

A surgeon licensed in four states has a terrible track record for surgical errors. He currently works in a Veterans Administration hospital in New Mexico and is licensed to practice medicine in Michigan, Oklahoma, New York and Pennsylvania.

Recent boating injuries bring safety education into forefront

A 23-year-old Kalamazoo, Michigan, woman lost a portion of her leg while riding in an inner tube behind a boat in Austin Lake on Sunday. Apparently, the driver was backing up to retrieve other swimmers from the water and the woman was accidentally pulled under the boat by the propeller. He leg was severed near her knee and the woman was taken to a local hospital where she was listed in serious condition.

Michigan woman dead: Officer's weapon accidently discharges

The Detroit, Michigan, police department is reeling after an off-duty officer's weapon accidentally went off and killed a 24-year-old woman. Extending numerous apologies and condolences to the victim's family, the initial investigation is shedding some light on the tragic fatal accident.

BBB asks drivers to beware of scammers after car accident

The Better Business Bureau, which operates in all 50 states and Canada, recently issued tips for all drivers to follow after being in a car accident. The BBB has two regional offices for Michigan, one in Southfield and one in Grand Rapids.

Kalamazoo woman in critical condition after firework explodes

Happy Independence Day. This is the week we are all reminded of the dangers of fireworks. Unfortunately, the reminder came a little early for a Kalamazoo, Michigan, family. Last Wednesday, June 27, a 38-year-old woman in Kalamazoo was rushed to Bronson Methodist Hospital after a firework exploded in her face.

Investigation continues in Hudson fatal motor vehicle accident

Two vehicles collided in Hudson, Michigan, last week near West Main and Tiffin Streets. The accident occurred at about 5:20 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Hudson police officers, Lenawee County Sheriff deputies and the Lenawee County Road Commission weighmaster responded to the accident where they found that a Kia, driven by a 60-year-old man, had run into the back of a Chevy truck driven by a 48-year old man.

  • $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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