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Detroit Medical Malpractice Law Blog

New car seat safety recommendations for parents

When you have a baby, there are suddenly a whole slew of safety concerns you’d never before considered. Is your furniture properly baby-proofed? Is the crib free of suffocation hazards? Is the baby within reach of anything they could potentially choke on?

And that’s just before you leave the house. When you head out into the world, you encounter an entirely new set of obstacles. For many new parents, the car seat may raise a lot of questions. In today’s post, we discuss two key pieces of safety information any parent should have about how to best use their child’s car seat.

Our Law Firm Fighting For Cerebral Palsy Victims

It is always tragic when a child is discovered to have cerebral palsy. Although the parents' love for their child doesn't change, the fact of the challenges to come in the family's future is unmistakable.

The challenges of cerebral palsy are all the more tragic when they result from human errors - errors that could have been avoided if the medical professionals caring for the child would have only adhered to a minimum standard of care. This is where we step in. At McKeen & Associates, PC, we fight for clients who have suffered the tragic effects of medical malpractice.

DaVita dialysis center kills three patients

Kidney disease is an increasingly common medical condition. In the majority of cases, doctors advise patients suffering from this disease to begin a dialysis regimen. Patients must regularly visit a dialysis clinic to undergo a blood filtration process that removes waste and extra fluid from their blood.

DaVita is one of the most widespread dialysis centers in the country. In a recent case in Colorado, three patients at the same DaVita clinic suffered cardiac arrest and death following dialysis treatment. These tragedies were the result of the clinic’s use of GranuFlo—a chemical compound used in dialysis treatment which has been proven to cause alkalosis and toxic pH imbalances. The families of the three patients filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility and were recently awarded $383.5 million in damages.

Robotics in the medical field are beneficial but still risky

Many surgeries use machines to assist the surgeons who are performing the procedure. While this is a good thing in most instances since machines aren't as likely to make mistakes as humans, there is still a chance that errors will be made.

One thing that patients must remember is that robotic surgical procedures are still relatively new. They are showing promise for helping patients to receive the best outcomes possible, however, surgeons are still part of the process and must be able to attend to any issues that creep up.

Safety tips for kids at a barbecue

The summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still some time left in barbecue season. For many Michigan families, as long as the first snow hasn’t fallen, the grill is still open for business.

Grilling is an integral part of many American traditions. However, grilling mishaps are a leading cause of fires in the U.S.—resulting in 7,000 injuries each year. In today’s post, we provide some key tips to keeping your family—and especially children—safe around the grill.

Teen accuses Mayo Clinic of 'medical kidnapping'

In December of 2016, doctors determined that 18-year-old Alyssa Gilderhus had a ruptured brain aneurysm. When surgeons at a local hospital said her chances of survival were slim, Alyssa’s parents knew they needed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After eight hours of waiting for bad weather to pass, the family made it to Mayo.

Doctors performed surgery on her and said her chance of survival was 2%. Alyssa’s parents say they are incredibly grateful for the neurosurgeons who saved their daughter’s life, but the rehabilitation crew was a different story.

Infection transmission prevention mistakes: A common thing at hospitals?

Among the care commonly provided at hospitals is infection care. When hospital staff are caring for patients that have or show signs of having an infection that transmits by contact, there can be risks of the infection spreading. This is why it is so important for hospital staff to take proper precautionary steps when providing such care. One would hope missteps when it comes to such measures would be rare. Unfortunately though, a recent study indicates such missteps might actually be rather common.

The study involved observations of hospital staff conducted inside and outside of patient rooms at two hospitals. Specifically, it looked at staff members as they were engaged in precautions for contact-transmitted pathogens in connection to patient care. These sorts of precautions are typically taken when patients have or are suspected to have contact-transmitted infections, like Staphylococcus aureus or Clostridium difficile.

Surgical site infections can lead to more invasive procedures

Having surgery can be an ordeal. Worry. Anesthesia. A lengthy healing process. In addition to the immediate danger of surgery, there can be risks afterward, too.

One of the risks that comes with any surgical procedure is an infection of the surgical site. These can be caused by many different things, but the results are usually painful for the patient. Here are some points to know about surgical site infections:

Laser hair removal: risks and safety precautions

Contending with unwanted body hair is a nuisance. Shaving every day is time consuming, and waxing is painful. Maybe you're considering laser hair removal--the latest solution to getting rid of body hair for good.

Laser hair removal has been around for a while, but the market has exploded in recent years. Independent clinics and beauty salons are cropping up all across the country, offering such services at discounted prices--all from the tranquility of a spa-like setting.

IKEA furniture recall: reported injuries to children

Since the popular Swedish furniture retailer opened its doors to the American market two decades ago, it has become an instant sensation. IKEA stores have popped up all across the nation, and customers have flocked to them.

The company’s business model is somewhat unusual in the furniture market: it offers fashionable home décor at affordable prices—and in exchange, customers are tasked with the job of assembling their purchases themselves. For many families on a budget, this seems like a fair trade-off.