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Michigan firm aggressively standing for car accident victims

Recently, this blog discussed a recent pedestrian accident that left a local woman with serious injuries. Sadly, these types of tragic accidents occur all the time. Victims of these wrecks are often left with significant damages, including physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as financial losses in the form of lost wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. Such a sudden jolt to one's physical, emotional and financial well-being can leave victims stunned, stressed and utterly overwhelmed.

This whirlwind of emotion shouldn't paralyze them into inaction, though. Quite the opposite should occur, actually. Car accident victims who have been harmed in a wreck that was caused by the recklessness or negligence of another should consider taking legal action. By doing so, these victims may be able to impose liability which can give them a sense that justice has been served and blame has been placed where it is deserved. In addition, succeeding on a personal injury lawsuit oftentimes means recovering compensation for damages suffered.

Pedestrian accident leaves student in critical condition

Walking near Ann Arbor's roads can be devastatingly dangerous. In the blink of an eye, an errant driver can veer onto a sidewalk, or motorists fail to yield to pedestrians when they are legally crossing the street. The results of these instances are nothing short of tragic. Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer serious injuries that can have life-long consequences. Many of these victims are left with permanent disability or disfigurement, and the emotional trauma imposed upon them is significant. Their financial losses can be severe, too, quickly amassing from medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and even lost wages.

Sadly, one University of Michigan student may find himself in this position after being struck while in the crosswalk between Ingalls Street and Thayer Street. Police say a 17-year-old motorist failed to yield to the man while he was in the crosswalk, causing the vehicle to slam into the 21-year-old victim. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. He is listed in critical condition.

Study shows stress contributes to surgical errors

Most Michigan residents trust their doctors. However, they may not realize that medical errors cause up to 440,000 deaths a year, with a number of them occurring during medical procedures. While some of these deaths and other injuries are caused by egregious errors, such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical instruments inside of a patient, a recent study found that even short-term stress can significantly increase the risk of a surgical error that could leave a patient seriously harmed or dead.

The study was conducted by utilizing a smart shirt that collected a surgeon's physiological data, including those pertaining to his heart's electrical impulses during operations. A researcher then sat in on those operations to identify distractions and surgical errors. The results found that the surgeon was 66 percent more likely to commit a surgical error when under short-term stress.

Yearly car-crash TBI statistics may be higher than reported

A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury that frequently results from a car crash. However, TBI is known as a silent condition; people wrongly think of it as separate from a concussion. Additionally, because symptoms may not be evident right after a crash, many of these types of events go unreported.  

According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle accidents and falls account for most of the traumatic brain injuries Americans sustain. The numbers indicate that car crashes are responsible for about 286,000 TBI cases annually. This low number does not tell the whole story.

How is lung cancer diagnosed?

Cancer is a word that nobody wants to hear. Sadly, though, many Michigan residents find themselves inflicted with the disease. As scary as this may sound, many forms of cancer can be effectively treated if they are caught early enough. However, this requires a prompt and accurate diagnosis, which requires a medical professional to live up to his responsibility. Failing to do so could lead to a worsened medical condition and a decreased chance of survival, thereby negatively impacting an individual's quality of life.

One type of cancer that must be detected early if it is to be treated effectively is lung cancer. There are many tests that may detect lung cancer. Imaging tests like an X-ray can help detect questionable masses, and a CT scan may show smaller lesions that are missed by an X-ray. If a patient has a cough that produces sputum, then that sputum can be examined to determine if there are lung cancer cells present. A biopsy of the suspicious mass may be removed and tested, too. This is known as a biopsy.

The high incidence of medical malpractice

Ask anyone to name the top three diseases for catastrophic injury or death in the U.S. Most of the time, people cite the top three as cancer, cardiac failure and traumatic accidents. The CDC's top three are heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease.

The third leading cause of catastrophic injury or death 

Drugged driving may become bigger problem in Michigan

With the recent legalization of marijuana in Michigan, drivers now have an additional thing to worry about when they take to the road: drugged driving. While many individuals are familiar with the dangers posed by drunk driving, many don't realize the full affects of drugged driving. However, drugged driving can be just as dangerous if not more so than drunk driving.The affect a drug has on an individual's ability to drive safely, of course, depends on the drug involved. For example, heroin and other opiates can cause extreme drowsiness and memory problems. Therefore, an individual who has taken hydrocodone or injected heroin will likely have trouble staying awake behind the wheel. Softer drugs, though, like marijuana are not any safer. In fact, marijuana can cause slowed reaction times as well as impaired judgment and a distorted sense of time and space. This can cause a motorist to fail to stop at a stop sign or stoplight, or he or she may fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Either way, the dangers are very real.The terrifying reality is that drugged driving is becoming much more common, too. In 2017 alone nearly 13 million people over the age of 16 admitted to driving while under the influence of illicit substances. Many fear is that the legalization of marijuana will contribute to this growing problem. However, only time will tell just how big of a problem drug driving will be now that marijuana has been legalized.Those injured in an automobile accident can face very significant consequences. The damages inflicted upon them can be wide-reaching and long-lasting. Their losses can be physical, emotional, and financial in nature. When an injurious accident leaves an individual hurt, and that accident was caused by the negligence of another, then legal action may be justified. Personal injury attorney stand ready to help these victims.

Medical malpractice: the importance of informed consent

Preparing to receive medical treatment in Michigan can be scary. Some treatments are relatively minor, but others can have serious side effects and risks associated with them that can prove quite dangerous. For this reason it is imperative that patients are fully informed before making a healthcare decision that they believe is in their best interests.

This is the purpose of the requirement for medical professionals to obtain informed consent prior to engaging in medical treatment. In order for informed consent to be valid, a doctor must provide a patient with a significant amount of information that is clear, understandable and thorough. To start, a doctor must describe the patient's diagnosis and the prognosis if it goes untreated. Then, he or she must discuss the type of treatment being proposed as well as its intended purpose. Alternative treatment options must also be discussed, regardless of their likelihood of success or cost. The risks of these treatment options must also be detailed, but so too should the potential benefits.

Truck maintenance can increase car accident risk

Semi-trucks are an important part of the nation's economy. These big rigs and their drivers are tasked with transporting vast amounts of goods and services from place-to-place, thereby ensuring that manufacturers, suppliers and consumers are well-supplied. As a result, semi-trucks are prevalent on Michigan's roadways. Motorists who find themselves intimidated by these massive vehicles have good cause. After all, an error in driving a semi-truck can result in a serious truck accident that can leave victims seriously injured or killed.

Yet, negligent driving is the only characteristic that can contribute to a truck accident. An improperly maintained truck, for example, can pose a substantial risk to other motorists. This is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the maintenance and repair of big rigs. Those regulations specify that a trucking company must inspect, repair and maintain its fleet to ensure safety. This duty is primarily placed on trucking companies that must conduct annual inspections, but truckers have a duty, too. More specifically, they must complete post-trip inspection reports to help identify any defects that may necessitate repair.

Common holiday injuries and public safety

Injuries happen every day, and during the holidays, the number of accidents increases. While some accidents occur due to personal error, others are due to the negligence of others.

Being aware of these common types of accidents may help you to avoid serious injury during the holidays. Take some time to review them and the set safety measures that should be in place.

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