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September 2012 Archives

Report: fatal car accidents on a sharp rise

As automakers continue to develop safer cars here in Michigan, traffic infrastructure continues to improve and drivers continue to learn more about eliminating risks behind the wheel, you would think that the number of fatal car accidents would decline in this country. Unfortunately, a recent report has confirmed just the opposite.

The scary statistics about medical mistakes and surgical errors

The statistics surrounding medical malpractice in Michigan and throughout the U.S. are disturbing. In fact, according to a recent column in the Wall Street Journal, 40 patients each week go into surgery only to have a surgeon operate on the wrong body part. And these errors are not limited to the operating room. About one quarter of hospitalized patients are harmed by a medical mistake.

Driving on antidepressants as dangerous as driving drunk?

There are far too many DUI victims in Michigan. Far too often in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and throughout the state, a drunk driver gets behind the wheel and ends up injuring or even killing someone. According to a recent study, however, there are drivers who are impaired by something other than alcohol that we should be very worried about.

Buying an iPhone5? Don't use it to text and drive.

Whether or not you are one of Michigan's iPhone fanatics, you likely know that the newest reincarnation of the popular Smartphone hit stores today prompting people to stand in long lines throughout the country. Leading up to the launch, the chairman and chief executive of one of the phone's carriers has been publicizing an important safety message: don't text and drive.

Unsafe workplaces lead distribution center workers to strike

If you shop at your local Michigan Wal-Mart, you may soon have to think about whether you'd be willing to cross a picket line. Although no talks of strikes at local Wal-Marts have been reported, in recent weeks there have been employee walk-outs in two other states. At issue is workplace safety.

Condo association to brain injury victim: no companion dog for you

Unfortunately, when someone suffers a brain injury, the consequences can last a lifetime. These might be very noticeable issues, such as a permanent disability, seizures, limited mobility or memory loss. Or, the long-lasting symptoms of a brain injury might rest further beneath the surface--manifesting in depression, anxiety or social isolation, among other things.

Niles community rallies for family who lost 2 girls in car crash

When someone loses a loved one suddenly in a car accident, the emotional anguish must be incomprehensible. In addition to this, families are often burdened with very real financial problems as a result of the loss. Funeral and burial costs, emergency medical expenses incurred before death, and sometimes sustaining a lost a source of income tends to put families in a very tight spot during what is already a terribly difficult time.

Rare surgery mistake leads to discarded organ

A rare situation involving a discarded donated kidney is raising some eyebrows. The donated kidney, meant for a recipient, was instead placed in medical waste. The recipient was forced to wait for another kidney. Those who are waiting for a donor organ understand how serious this situation is; it can be excruciating waiting for the right match to come along.

Reminder to Michigan drivers: drive safely around school buses

Fall is upon us here in Michigan and that means children have headed back to school. The start of the school year is significant for adults, too, and not only because they are adjusting to new schedules with their kids in school much of the day. The school year brings with it new driving concerns.

Teen impersonates a physician's assistant in ER for weeks

When people here in Michigan go to a clinic or end up in the hospital, they are sometimes leery of younger doctors. This is not always rational, as younger doctors can be just as competent as their older counterparts and may even be better trained in newer areas of medicine, but nonetheless people are sometimes uncomfortable being treated by a "Doogie Howser."

3-year-old Michigan child attacked by dog

When people hear about dog bites, they often automatically think of certain breeds. Pit Bulls or Rottweilers may come to mind, for example. However, when dogs are poorly trained or mistreated, or when their owners do not take proper precautions, even very gentle breeds can feel threatened and bite.

Ann Arbor is safest city in Michigan for pedestrians

Although there has been much debate in the Ann Arbor area over crosswalk ordinances in recent years, it appears that the city's lawmakers and planners may know what they are doing. A recently released report states that Ann Arbor is the safest metro area in Michigan for pedestrians.

Michigan court: wrongful death suit to proceed against cement firm

When someone dies in a fatal accident, the shock and pain experienced by their loved ones is incomprehensible. In addition to this, survivors deal with financial costs associated with a sudden loss--such as medical bills incurred before death, funeral expenses and lost wages. Sometimes, if the negligent action of another party caused the accident, survivors will file a wrongful death action in order to mitigate these financial effects, or seek a sense of justice, or both.

Fruitport Township officials study dangerous intersection

Residents of Fruitport Township, Michigan, may be well aware that the intersection of Harvey Street and East Sternberg Road is prone to car accidents. In fact, back in March, MLive wrote a news article about how the intersection ranks among the most dangerous in the county. Since that article was published, Fruitport Township officials set out to discover what makes that intersection so dangerous, but the results are somewhat puzzling.

Oakland County exec says recovery after car accident is going well

Last month, we discussed a car accident that took place in Michigan and left the Oakland County Executive injured and in the hospital. It has now been reported by Michigan Radio that the county executive has been admitted into a rehabilitative facility where he is recovering from his injuries.

Detroit worker injured on-the-job in refinery fire

When a person is injured in a workplace accident here in Michigan, he or she will need to consider a variety of options in order to receive compensation for medical care and any lost wages as well as other setbacks incurred due to the injury.

Landmark win in birth injury case

Just like any other medical procedure, things can go wrong during the birth process. Yet, some of the injuries that occur could have been avoided had a doctor acted has he or she was supposed to act. Serious disabilities may result for children that are injured as a result of doctor negligence or error. Birth injuries for Michigan families are an unfortunate reality, but it is at least reassuring to know that a form of justice can be reached and negligent health care providers can be held accountable for their mistakes.

Why doctors should start taking responsibility for mistakes

We are taught from a young age to own up to our mistakes, to be accountable for our actions. But for some reason, this need to take responsibility for mistakes does not always translate into action, especially when there is a fear that those mistakes will cost us a lot of money.

  • $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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