U-M Hospital Fire Injures Patients

A recent news story discussed a fire last week at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center.  According to reports, the fire happened in a second floor procedure room at the center.  There was minimal property damage caused by the fire, but one patient suffered severe injuries and several others were treated for smoke inhalation.

Surgical fires  occur during the operation on or near a patient who is undergoing a surgical procedure or medical procedure.   These fires occur when three elements are present.  These elements are an ignition source, a fuel source, and an oxidizer.

Ignition sources can  include electrosurgical units, lasers, and fiberoptic light sources. Fuel sources include surgical drapes, alcohol-based skin preparation, and even the patient.  Oxidizers include oxygen, nitrous oxide, and room air. 

Many patients are at high risk for a surgical fire based upon the type of surgery that are undergoing in the operating room.  Hospital and doctors need to assess the likelihood of a surgical fire and take necessary precautions to prevent injury or harm to the patient.  The failure to prevent a fire during surgery can give rise to a medical negligence lawsuit.

Medical negligence (or medical malpractice lawsuits) seek compensation for injuries and harm caused due to medical errors and mistakes.  Settlements include money damages for pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses, and loss of income.  In cases involving the death of a patient, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Our Ann Arbor medical legal team will discuss your case with you, review your records, and advise you whether you have a legitimate claim for medical negligence.   We will pay for and obtain your patient chart and will perform a detailed analysis of your treatment to determine whether you were harmed by a medical mistake.  We will then consult with a board certified physician to get the necessary proof to file your lawsuit.

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Barix Clinic Review By Ann Arbor Malpractice Lawyer

As an Ann Arbor area medical malpractice lawyer, I have become familiar with a number of bariatric surgery centers in the area and throughout the State of Michigan.  I have filed a number of lawsuits on behalf of patients and their families against weight loss clinics and bariatric surgeons for injuries and death arising from these surgeries.  Men and women often choose their surgeon and surgery center based upon seminars, presentations, and glossy marketing materials, but the fact is that not all bariatric centers are the same and patients should ask critical questions before making their selection.

 I  currently have a medical malpractice lawsuit pending against the Barix Clinic at the Forest Health Medical Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The surgeon in the case was Dr. John Schram, M.D.  There have been other lawsuits filed against this clinic but  settlements have been kept confidential from public disclosure.  The federal government had also sued the Barix Clinic under the American With Disabilities Act and that case was settled.  My current case has been appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court by Forest Health Medical Center and the physicians involved in the care of the patient.

When researching the best facility for your weight loss surgery, you should know the following information:

First, make sure that the bariatric clinic you are considering is certified as  a “Center of Excellence” by the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).   Centers who have received this designation must meet specific criteria on staffing experience, number of surgeries performed, and have on site inspections.  The center must also report their outcomes to the organization for review and analysis.

Second, remember that presentations and seminars for “informational purposes”  are really marketing presentations to get you to have your surgery done at the hospital or surgical center.  These are actually just professional PowerPoint presentations, usually created by the marketing team or an outside agency.  Look at these the same way you would as if you were attending a sales presentation for a time share vacation package.

Third, ask questions about the surgeons themselves and the other doctors that we will following you as an in-patient after the procedure.  Learn about their credentials and background from searching the internet.  Don’t just  rely on the center’s own materials and website, or the friendliness of the surgeon at the presentation.  Don’t be bashful to ask them about current or past lawsuits brought by patients for medical malpractice.  Remember, it’s your life and health at stake.

Fourth, remember that this is an invasive surgery under anesthesia.  A number of things can go very wrong during the surgery itself or due to post-operative complications.  Death and subsequent surgeries are very possible risks of the procedures.  Ask the center and surgeon about how their complication rates compare to other centers in the area.  Get written proof to support what they are telling you.

My  current lawsuit pending against the Barix Clinic in Ypsilanti, Michigan alleges that the patient was not properly diagnosed with a bowel obstruction after surgery and was discharged home.  She later went to another hospital and underwent a surgery to repair the condition, but complications arose in that surgery which resulted in a perforated bowel.  She spent several months in the ICU fighting for her life.  The medical bills were in excess of $900,000.00.   The Defendant Forest Health Medical Center and its surgeon, Dr. John Schram, M.D. deny any negligence in the case. 

In my current case, I have learned several things that may give potential patients concerns about having surgery at the Barix Clinic in Michigan.  I have listed below a number of things that you may want to know about this clinic from my current pending case.  However, these may have changed since my cases was filed  so you should ask about them if you make an appointment or attend a seminar:

1.    The Barix Clinic at Forest Health does not have an emergency department like a regular hospital.  There are no emergency room physicians available to treat an emergent medical condition after hours.  The patient would have to be rushed by ambulance to another local Ann Arbor area hospital.

2.     The Barix Clinic does not have a CT Scan to check for post-operative complications, like a bowel obstruction or post-surgical leak.  The patient would have to be taken to another facility for this type of study.

3.    Read the fine print in the papers you sign before your operation.  In my case, the fine print says that the surgeons are not employed by Forest Health Medical Center and are independent contractors.  The facility is trying to avoid liability by claiming that it did not employ the doctors who worked there and treated the patient.  Your paperwork may be different but you will want to read it carefully.

4.    There are may not be physicians or surgeons at the facility after hours to see patients.  Most hospitals have medical residents and interns to round on patients during the night and to report to the attending surgeon if there are any complications or concerns.

5.  The facility has an after hours hotline to call with any problems, but your call may not be returned by the surgeon who did your surgery.
Most major Michigan hospitals have their own bariatric centers, like the University of Michigan and William Beaumont Hospital.  If you are concerned about undergoing a major surgery at a surgical center instead of a major hospital, you may want to check out those bariatric programs as well. 

The bottom line is that you need to research your surgeon and facility before undergoing weight loss surgery.  You may feel comfortable with Barix at Forest Health in Michigan after doing your due diligence, but don’t be afraid to ask the important questions.  Your life and future health depend on it.

Ann Arbor Medical Malpractice Attorney Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Ann Arbor medical malpractice attorneys recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of patient who underwent a bariatric weight loss surgery and died a few days later due to the surgeon and medical staff failure to timely diagnose and treat a post-operative leak.  The lawsuit was filed in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan and settled for $240,000.00 based upon the amount of damages available under Michigan law and the disputed issues in the case.

The wrongful death lawsuit alleged that the patient who underwent a bariatric surgery, also known as a laparoscopic roux n y surgery, was discharged home after a twenty-four hour post-operative admission with signs and symptoms of a post-operative leak.  After her discharge, her family took her to a local hospital emergency department due to the patient becoming severely ill and in significant pain and distress at home.  She tragically died the following day.  The medical examiner determined the cause of death was sepsis from a post-operative bariatric surgery leak.

Our medical malpractice attorneys filed the lawsuit against the surgeon and Ann Arbor medical facility.  The claim was brought by the surviving family members, the patient’s son and daughter.  The wrongful death claim alleged that the surgeon and medical staff failed to timely diagnose the patients condition and discharged her home with the signs and symptoms of a leak that tragically lead to her death.  We argued that if the condition was properly diagnosed before she was discharged home, she would have not died and would have been able to undergo another surgery to treat her condition.

The defendants argued that the leak occurred after she left the medical facility and that her vital signs at the time of discharge were appropriate to send her home.  It was also argued by the defendants that the death was not in fact caused by sepsis, but due to cardiac arrest not related to her bariatric leak. (more…)

Ann Arbor Medical Malpractice Lawyer Files Surgery Lawsuit

Our Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers filed a civil lawsuit against an Ann Arbor area general surgeon, hospitalist, and surgical center relating to a bowel obstruction suffered by a bariatric surgery patient.   The patient underwent laparoscopic roux n y weight loss surgery at the facility.   According to the operative report, the surgery was completed without complications.  After the surgery, the patient was admitted into the surgery facility for care until she was suitable for discharge home.

During the post-operative admission, she was followed by the treating surgeon, a hospitalist, and the facility nursing staff.   Throughout her admission, she demonstrated signs and  symptoms of a bowel obstruction.  However, this serious medical condition was not diagnosed or treated during the admission.   She was discharged home from the facility with the bowel obstruction.

After returning to her home in Berkley, Michigan, she continued to experience symptoms consistent with a bowel obstruction and her condition began to deteriorate.   Her husband then drove her to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan where she was admitted to the emergency department.  She was evaluated by a general surgeon and then immediately taken into the operating room for emergency open surgery.   Due to late treatment of the bowel obstruction, she suffered significant illness and was in the intensive care unit for two months.  She required numerous additional surgeries and medical procedures.  After her discharge from the ICU, she was transferred to the hospital rehabilitation unit for several months and has not fully recovered from her injuries. (more…)

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Ann Arbor Create United States Steroid Injection Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Infographic

The Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. medical malpractice lawyers in Ann Arbor recently created an infographic on the recent United States meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections. The infographic was created to aid those victims who are currently suffering from meningitis due to the injection, as well as make others who have also received the injection aware of the symptoms of this disease, and how it spreads throughout the body.  Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a Southfield law firm that is actively investigating the legal rights of patients who have been injured or died due to the meningitis outbreak due to steroid injection.

The United States Steroid Injection Fungal Meningitis Outbreak infographic visually displays the most recent statistics of injury cases and deaths reported due to fungal meningitis linked to steroid injection  throughout the U.S. (both an U.S. map and chart are used), a description of the disease, the signs and symptoms of fungal meningitis, as well as where the needle is injected into a patient who receives the medication.

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Top Rated Ann Arbor Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The top-rated Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle cases involving victims of medical negligence. We find it important for victims to know that the attorney they hire to handle their malpractice claim must have the experience, and expertise in these types of lawsuits to ensure they get the settlement they deserve. Also, medical malpractice claims are difficult lawsuits to handle and many of times take years to settle. This is why it is important to have a top-rated Buckfire lawyer on your side.

According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, 1.3 million Americans are injured every year due to some form of medical malpractice. These injuries were preventable and were caused due to the negligence and errors of doctors, hospitals, and physicians.

Many of times, a patient suffers a significant illness or injury, and even death, even though a doctor has treated a patient properly. A lawsuit can only be filed when there is medical error or mistake that caused your injury. Our award winning medical malpractice lawyers in Ann Arbor perform a detailed analysis of your treatment to determine whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice. We will discuss your case with you, review your records, and advise you whether you have a legitimate claim for medical negligence.

Our experienced Ann Arbor medical malpractice Buckfire lawyers handle cases for victims of malpractice against doctors, hospitals, clinics, surgeons, and nurses. We have earned the highest possible rating in the legal profession for ability and integrity by the top internet lawyer rating service and have significant experience handling these types of cases throughout the State of Michigan,

We can help you if you believe that you or your family member was the victim of medical malpractice in Ann Arbor. The negligent provider may be liable for significant damages for the failure to provide appropriate treatment, especially when the injuries and the damages caused by the improper treatment are substantial.

Our top rated Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers have obtained significant settlements for victims of medical malpractice. We have listed some of these settlements below:

  • 3,750,000 Settlement for hospital negligence
  • $500,000 Settlement for anesthesia wrongful death
  • $400,000 Settlement for failure to diagnose frostbite
  • $300,000 Settlement for bariatric surgery malpractice
  • $290,000 Jury verdict for hospital bedsores

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in Ann Arbor due to medical malpractice, you should contact a lawyer immediately. The skilled lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle these types of cases all the time and represent clients under our No Fee promise. Call our office today at (800) 606-1717 for a free consultation with one of our top rated Ann Arbor medical malpractice attorneys.

Sue Ann Arbor Hospital For Medical Errors & Mistakes

Our Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers assist victims of malpractice in suing hospitals that have been negligent and committed serious errors while treating patients. Hospital errors are not uncommon, as they attribute to 225,000 deaths per year. However, the number may even be larger than that, as 80 percent of hospital errors go unreported by hospital employees, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Hospital errors are a form of medical malpractice and when a patient is injured or dies due to errors in a Michigan hospital, it gives rise to a Michigan lawsuit against a hospital. Some of the most common hospital errors include:

  • Wrongful Death
  • Misdiagnosed cancer (lung cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer)
  • Birth Injuries/Cerebral Palsy and shoulder dystocia
  • Misread x-rays and pap smears
  • Emergency room error
  • Medication error
  • Surgical error
  • Anesthesia error
  • Severe Bedsores
  • Hospital-based infections

Research done by HHS also found that most hospitals where errors were reported rarely changed their policies, and practices to prevent repeated errors. Policies need to be in place to ensure that this does not happen. Medical errors can be prevented.

We can help you if you believe that you or a family member was the victim of medical malpractice in Ann Arbor. The negligent hospital may be liable for significant damages for the failure to provide appropriate treatment, especially when the injuries and damages caused by the improper treatment are substantial. Our skilled Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers handle all types of hospital error cases against hospitals and their staff members, including doctors, surgeons, and nurses.

If you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney immediately to assist you in your attempt to sue the negligent hospital. The experienced lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent clients under a NO FEE promise and win the highest possible settlements. Contact our office at (800) 606-1717 for a free consultation with one of our top-rated medical malpractice lawyers.

File An Ann Arbor Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

The Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. assist victims of medical malpractice in filing malpractice lawsuits. Unfortunately, most medical malpractice victims never recover a dime because they do not know they are victims of medical negligence. In fact, it is estimated that there were 225,000 deaths from medical malpractice, but nearly two percent of people who have suffered an injury from malpractice ever file a claim.

Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, is the term used to describe a wrong committed by a doctor or other medical professional who caused the bodily harm. Medical malpractice is much more than the hospital, physician or other health care provider making a simple mistake. Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider improperly treats a patient or performs a treatment in a negligent manner. Many times, a doctor or hospital fails to use appropriate treatment methods or neglects the patient. The results of this inadequate and inappropriate care can cause significant permanent injuries and even wrongful death.

Commune medical malpractice includes:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to identify the cause of illness in time
  • Surgical errors
  • Failure to follow up with the patient to see how they are doing
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Wrong prescription

In order to make a claim from an act of medical negligence, the medical negligence attorney has to prove that negligence had taken place, and the injury suffered due to the negligence could have been avoided. Our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys will help you if you believe that you or a family member was the victim of medical malpractice in Michigan. The negligent medical provider may be liable for significant damages for the failure to provide appropriate treatment, especially when the injuries and damages caused by the improper treatment are substantial.

Our experienced Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers handle cases for victims of malpractice against doctors, surgeons, hospitals, clinics, and nurses. Individuals injured by a medical malpractice in Michigan, should contact a malpractice attorney immediately to discuss your case. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 for a free consultation with one of our top-rated Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Ann Arbor

Our Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent patients injured as a result of preventable error or negligent care while receiving medical treatment.  We handle medical malpractice lawsuits against Michigan hospitals, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and clinics.

According to a report done by the Harvard Medical Practice Study, over half of all injuries caused by medical management (i.e., those not caused by the patient’s initial injury) were preventable, and another quarter of those incidents were caused by negligence. Medical malpractice can occur at virtually any stage of treatment, with results being as serious as a catastrophic injury or even wrongful death.

Types of Medical Malpractice in Ann Arbor

There are many types of medical malpractice. Injuries commonly resulting from medical malpractice include:

  • Wrongful Death
  • Misdiagnosed cancer (lung cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer)
  • Birth injuries/cerebral palsy and shoulder dystocia
  • Missed x-rays and pap smears
  • Emergency room error
  • Medical mistake
  • Surgical error
  • Anesthesia error

Medical Malpractice in Ann Arbor Hospitals

Medical malpractice often occurs at a hospital. When a doctor or nurse at a hospital is negligent in their medical care of the patient, the hospital may be liable to the patient for injuries caused my medical malpractice.

In Ann Arbor and in the surrounding Ann Arbor area, the largest community hospitals include:

  • University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Chelsea Community Hospital, Chelsea, Michigan
  • Saint Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital, Saline, Michigan
  • Forest Health Medical Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Select Specialty Hospital-Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Evaluating Your Medical Malpractice Claim in Ann Arbor

A poor outcome or unsatisfactory result during a hospitalization or procedure does not necessarily mean that there was medical malpractice or negligence by the medical provider. Many procedures have inherent risks and many illnesses have poor outcomes even with the best medical attention. The medical malpractice lawyers at Buckfire Law perform a detailed analysis of your treatment to determine whether you have been the victim of an Ann Arbor medical malpractice. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your case with you, review your records, and advise you whether you have a legitimate claim for medical negligence.

Contact An Ann Arbor Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Our Buckfire Law lawyers settle more than 95% of our cases before going to court. We can do the same for you. One of our most recent medical malpractice settlements includes a $3,750,000 settlement against a local Ann Arbor hospital.

If you or a family member suffer injuries due to the negligent act of an Ann Arbor doctor, surgeon, or hospital call our office immediately at (800) 606-1717 or submit this contact form for a free, no obligation consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in Ann Arbor. We will explain your legal rights to you and determine how the justice system can bring you fair compensation for your medical malpractice injury.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Against Veterans Administration Hospital

Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyer Lawrence J. Buckfire recently filed a lawsuit against the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor. The suit was filed on behalf of a veteran who suffered serious and permanent injuries due to negligent medical treatment at the hospital. The patient was given a contrast during a testing procedure which caused him to code and go into cardiac arrest. He suffered both physical and neurological injuries as a result of this complication.

The suit alleges that the hospital and treating physicians should have taken more precautionary measures to prevent serious injury or harm during this procedure. Additionally, the suit contends that the test should not have been administered in the first place due to the pre-existing medical conditions of the patient. The lawsuit seeks significant damages against the United States of America for the permanent injuries suffered by the veteran.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan-Southern Division. The trial judge has recently issued a scheduling order. The parties have begun to exchange written discovery.

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