In 2009, a nursing home resident was rushed to the hospital, barely clinging to life. Acting on limited information, the hospital staff attempted to treat the 46-year-old for a heart attack, but he died soon after. Postmortem toxicology tests revealed that the man did not die from an ordinary heart attack, but a morphine overdose.
An unconscionable study risked the lives and health of more than 1,300 babies without their parents' knowledge. The trial, known as the SUPPORT study, provided varying levels of oxygen to prematurely born infants and measured the effects. The government-funded study spanned five years and involved 23 hospitals across the nation, including Wayne State University.
Ann Arbor attorney Peter A. Davis recently shared his medical malpractice info-graphs with McKeen & Associates, PC. The charts are telling: Medical malpractice accounts for more unnatural deaths each year than all of the other causes combined.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a deadly form of bacteria that infects approximately 90,000 Americans each year, killing about 20,000 of them. Hospitals and nursing homes commonly harbor MRSA, exposing countless people to the deadly "superbug." Unfortunately, we're currently at the seasonal peak of MRSA infections affecting those age 65 and older.
Fresenius Medical Care runs a large chain of for-profit dialysis clinics in Michigan and around the country. In addition to its clinics, Fresenius also developed and manufactured two dialysis concentrates: GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.
In the medical profession, accuracy is vitally important. A recent jury verdict demonstrates how high the stakes can be - a wrongful death lawsuit ended in a $140 million verdict after a medical transcription error resulted in a patient's unnecessary death.
According to a new study, states with child booster-seat laws such as Michigan have experienced a substantial drop-off in serious injuries and wrongful death of children in auto accidents.
More than 90,000 Americans are on the kidney transplant waiting list. In 2011, more than 4,700 patients on this list died because they didn't receive a donor kidney. The statistics paint a clear picture: Donor kidneys are desperately needed to save lives. This is why another statistic is so incredibly troubling: More than 2,600 donor kidneys were thrown away last year.
More than 35 people have contracted a deadly form of meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid injections. Of those patients, five have died and that number is expected to grow.
Fentanyl patches have become a serious concern to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after numerous overdose deaths across the country. Fentanyl is an opioid painkiller 100 times stronger than morphine, so medication dosage errors or product misuse can bring fatal consequences.