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Damages awarded in medical malpractice birth injury case

Giving birth to a child should be something that fills an expectant mother with anticipation and joy. Although most children are born healthy, while protecting the mother's safety and well-being, there are times when errors are made that result in serious harm to the child, the child's mother or both. A birth injury can have significant ramifications for a child, too, as illustrated by one medical malpractice lawsuit that was won by a Michigan family.

There, a family sued a doctor, nurse and the hospital where their child was born for failing to act reasonably during the birthing process. According to the lawsuit, medical professionals neglected to order a C-section in a timely manner and instead utilized the labor-inducing drug Pitocin, which caused the child to be deprived of oxygen. This deprivation, in turn, caused permanent brain damage to the child, who now suffers from cerebral palsy.

New app seeks to reduce distracted driving

It does not take a genius to recognize that Michigan distracted driving is a prevalent problem. Any of these distractions can significantly increase the chances of being involved in a car accident. Sadly, innocent individuals are caught in the middle of this dangerous driving and are often forced to face the consequences.

Surgical error allegedly leads to man's death

Most Michiganders have endured medical procedures. They probably felt that twinge of fear that tends to strike in the hours or even days leading up to the operation. More often than not, those who undergo surgery find themselves relieved when they wake up to find that the procedure was nothing short of a success. In some instances, though, these operations go horribly wrong, and people are seriously injured or killed as a result.

That was the tragic case for one man who died last year due to a surgical error. According to a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit, the 73-year-old man underwent heart surgery, but, upon completion of the operation, his surgeon discovered that a surgical needle had been left inside the man.

Whiplash is one reason to see your doctor after a crash

You may feel fine, if a little shaken up, immediately after a minor to moderate car accident. However, a day or two later, you start to feel stiff and sore. You might even have difficulty moving your head and neck, and just getting through the day can be excruciating. Like many Michigan residents after a car crash, you may be suffering from whiplash.

Whiplash is such a common injury after car accidents that people tend to discount its potential severity. They may say you just need to rest for a few days, alternate heat and ice and take some Ibuprofen. However, there are valid reasons to see your doctor if you start to have symptoms of whiplash. In fact, it is a good idea to set up an appointment for a checkup after any car accident, whether you are experiencing pain and stiffness or not.

Understanding medication errors

Mistakes can occur during the prescribing, dispensing or administering of medication. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medication errors are the third leading cause of death in America. This means it is an issue that deserves immediate attention.

How can you safeguard yourself and your loved ones from drug errors? Why do they happen? Here is some helpful information that will help you understand medication mistakes and how to prevent them.

We've been advocating for victims for more than 30 years

Recently on the blog we discussed the pervasiveness of distracted driving. Sadly, far too many Michiganders engage in other activities while driving, which significantly increases the chances that they will be involved in a serious car accident. Those innocent motorists and pedestrians who are affected by these wrecks can be left with extensive injuries that can be painful to cope with and expensive to treat. In addition, these victims may find themselves on uncertain financial footing when they are unable to work. The emotional turmoil unfairly thrust upon them can be devastating, too.

If you have been injured in a car accident and have suffered damages as a result, then you shouldn't just sit back feeling like you have to cope with what life has dealt you. Instead, you should take the steps necessary to ensure that you are protecting your legal rights, which may include your right to recover compensation from the individual who caused you harm.

Women giving birth at risk of medical malpractice

Michigan women who are eagerly awaiting the birth of a child should be filled with excitement and anticipation, not fear. Yet, a new study conducted by USA Today shows that expecting mothers may be at more risk of harm than many realize. For these women and their families, medical malpractice can change their lives for the worse and for years, or even decades, to come.

According to the study, 50,000 mothers suffer serious injuries during childbirth, and another 700 die. What is even scarier is the fact that the study found that half of all of these cases, both fatal and nonfatal, could easily have been prevented. A majority of the harm was caused by high-blood pressure, known as hypertension, and hemorrhaging. Both of these medical conditions can be quickly identified by carrying out various tests, and, once identified, they can be dealt with effectively.

What should I do after a car accident?

If a Michigan resident has ever been involved in an accident, then they understand the stress. We are all aware of car accidents and their prevalence, but we rarely, if ever, think that they could happen to us. And, when they do, we often find ourselves unsure of what to do in the immediate aftermath of a crash.

There are a number of steps one can take after a wreck to protect their legal interests. The first thing to do is remain on the scene and call for medical assistance, if needed. Then, call the police to have the accident properly documented. In addition, if able, try to take pictures of any damage or injuries. It is also important to talk to witnesses and gather their contact information, as their accounts may be important to any potential legal case.

Traumatic brain injury can have profound impact

There are a whole host of injuries that an individual can suffer when involved in a car accident. Many Michigan residents are fortunate enough to escape these wrecks with minor injuries that heal in a matter of days and which have minimal, if any, effect on their daily lives. Other individuals, though, are not so fortunate. In fact, some of these accident victims are left with harm that is so severe that it completely disrupts their lives with little hope of recovering the life they once enjoyed.

Previously on the blog we discussed spinal cord injuries and their debilitating effect, but traumatic brain injuries can be just as damaging to sufferers. While relatively minor brain injuries can result in sleeping troubles, dizziness, fatigue, light sensitivity and difficulties related to memory and concentration, serious traumatic brain injuries can have much more long-term consequences.

5 steps of a wrongful death lawsuit

If one of your family members dies in a serious accident, you feel devastated. There is nothing that will take the pain away. However, there is a legal option for obtaining financial compensation if a negligent person caused the accident.

Losing a loved one not only comes with emotional turmoil, but it can hit you with unexpected expenses. Here is a guide to filing a wrongful death lawsuit so you can receive damages. 

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