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Ann Arbor Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Jury favors couple in malpractice suit against radiology clinic

A medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a Grand Rapids couple against Kent Radiology and one of its former radiologists has reportedly ended in a jury award of $1.25 million. The award is in compensation for the death of the couple’s baby girl back in 2009 when she was only three days old.

The cause of death was officially determined to be inconclusive, but the couple alleged that death was due to an improperly placed feeding tube which led to fluid buildup around the infant’s heart, and ultimately cardiac arrest. According to the couple’s complaint, the radiologist on staff at Kent failed to notice the improper catheter placement, which constituted negligence. 

2013 medical malpractice payouts state-by-state

A recent article written by Michael Krauss, Professor of Law and George Mason University, listed a number of observations stemming from an annual compilation of medical malpractice payouts from 2013. According to the list, total medical malpractice payouts in Michigan for 2013 amounted to $7.45 per capita.

That number does not include all medical malpractice payouts, because it excludes those which involved no written request. Still, the numbers are fairly accurate. Krauss points out that that most medical malpractice payouts come through a settlement rather than at the end of litigation. This may come as a surprise to many people, but it is true. 

When your doctor’s apology doesn’t cut it

Many of us have personally experienced, or know somebody who has experienced, medical error by a health care provider. Not every case of medical error results in medical malpractice litigation, of course, but many people who are harmed by a provider at least consider the possibility.

One of the measures that hospitals and providers have taken to reduce the occurrence of medical malpractice litigation over medical errors is to implement disclosure and apology programs. These programs involve policies which encourage doctors to communicate mistakes to patients and offer apologies and compensation where necessary. These programs are coming to be seen as a helpful preventative measure with respect to malpractice litigation. 

Waking up in a body bag: a morbid result of malpractice?

An out-of-state medical story has attracted attention in Michigan, as well as in other countries. Some might call what happened to an elderly man a miracle; others might call it unacceptable; others might simply call it terrifying.

Last week, a 78-year-old woke up in a place where no one wants to be. Not only was he in a funeral home, but he was in a body bag because the coroner had classified him as dead. Clearly, the elderly man was not dead. Now the public is looking for clarification regarding how something so horrific could happen.

Researchers looking to develop vaccine to stop deadly infection

Over the course of the last decade, hospitals across the U.S. have been fighting outbreaks of so-called healthcare-associated infections. For those unfamiliar with HAIs, they are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving healthcare treatment for other conditions."

The problem with HAIs is essentially twofold. First, they can develop and spread very quickly among patients. (According to the CDC, roughly 1 in every 20 hospital patients will develop an HAI). Second, they are especially virulent, meaning they can prove devastating or even deadly to the health of otherwise vulnerable hospital patients.

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