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Decoding your injury symptoms days after an accident

After the crash, you were able to walk it off. Perhaps you gained a few scratches and dinged your vehicle, but for the most part you thought you were perfectly fine. However, a few days or weeks after the accident, you started to notice aches and pains that weren't there before.

It's common for accident injuries to have delayed symptoms. Although you only now feel different, the injuries could still be extremely serious. Pay close attention to a few symptoms that could reveal a much bigger problem.

Why truck accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries

Any type of motor vehicle accident can potentially cause a wide range of physical and emotional trauma. For several reasons, when a big rig is involved, accidents are more likely to result in a high level of damage.

Many of the reasons truck accidents tend to be more serious involve some innate characteristics of large trucks. Their mass, which can amount to over 80,000 pounds, creates a correspondingly greater impact. This same increased mass, in addition to their length and size, also increases braking time and thus the likelihood that the truck will still be traveling at a high speed at the time of the crash.

How wrongful death lawsuits work in Michigan

When a loved one dies due to another person's negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate. While this type of claim has a lot in common with personal injury cases, some aspects may differ significantly.

While no amount of money can make up for what happened, filing a claim may be the only way to hold responsible the people or companies whose negligence went so far as to cause a person's death. When the victim left behind dependent family members, pursuing this claim can be a matter of vital importance.

Car accident injuries and their impact

Many people assume that most of the car accidents they see on the roads in Michigan are minor fender benders. Little do they realize that many of those accidents involve people who sustained severe and catastrophic injuries. As common as motor vehicle wrecks are, it is important for motorists to become familiar with the types of injuries they could sustain and how they can impact their lives. 

Here is a brief overview on some of the injuries that car accident victims may incur. 

When should you seek a second opinion?

Major medical diagnoses are life-changing events, which is why it can be surprising when people discover how rare it actually is to seek out a second opinion following the announcement of such a diagnosis-or the exclusion of it. In fact, there was a Gallup survey of Americans in the mid-2000s that covered 5,000 contributors and found that just about half reported never seeking a second opinion at all.

The dangers of using social media when fighting a medical malpractice case

Every person should feel confident in their doctor's ability to treat them effectively. If you're suffering from any type of ailment, the first thing you do is see a doctor. So what happens when your doctor makes an error that causes harm to you?

Recent tragedy highlights Michigan's noneconomic damages cap

Can you put a dollar value on pain and suffering? Michigan law does.

As we've discussed before, Michigan law places a cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. The law defines "noneconomic damages" to include, among other things, pain, suffering, physical impairment and loss of society and companionship. About half of the states have similar caps, a common component of tort reform.

Nursing home abuse: More than physical

While your elderly loved one may not show physical signs of abuse, there is a more sinister type of abuse happening in care facilities and nursing homes: emotional abuse. It is perhaps the most common type of abuse that happens to the elderly.

The problem is that because it leaves no visual mark it can be difficult to identify. But knowing what emotional abuse entails and the signs of this abuse are the first steps in putting a stop to it.

Who can you sue for medical malpractice?

A medical malpractice claim is not necessarily against your doctor or only against the doctor. A nurse can commit malpractice. The hospital itself or manufacturers of medical products could be liable. Or all of the above. It's not about a scattergun approach. It's about identifying the medical professionals or entities who contributed to your family's tragedy and holding them accountable.

According to a recent survey of doctors by Medscape, it's rare (just 12 percent of the time) that the treating physician or surgeon is the only party named in a lawsuit. More often, there are multiple parties involved, each with their own roles (and defenses). Who else might you end up suing for malpractice, besides the primary care doctor or specialist?

Medical malpractice suit in botched foot implant surgery

Degenerative diseases can leave Ann Arbor patients with significant, life-altering health issues. When the bones and joints are affected, mobility can be severely limited and pain may be constant.

This was the case with a patient in a nearby Midwestern state who sought treatment for pain associated with flat feet in 2007. He sought treatment from a local podiatrist and eventually underwent surgery for his condition. The surgeon implanted replacement joints in each of the patient's feet.

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