Thursday, June 18, 2009

Family Receives $1.8 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

The family of Lucy Ames was awarded $1.8 million by a Gratiot County jury in a medical negligence suit against Dr. Gregory Strauther and Gratiot Medical Center. In March 2002, Ames, 42, was admitted to the hospital for abdominal pain. Two days later she had her gall bladder removed in a laparoscopic surgery. On July 30 of that year, she died at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was suffering from sepsis and a perforated pouch at the beginning of the large intestine. The jury agreed with the plaintiff’s attorney, Brian McKeen of McKeen and Associates of Detroit, that Strauther was negligent in clipping the right hepatic duct which led to her death.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

1 Killed and 4 Injured in Car Accident

Just before midnight on Monday a teenage girl was killed and four others injured when their car crashed. An 18-year-old male driver tried to pass another vehicle but lost control and ended up running into a ditch and rolling the car. A 17-year-old girl who was the front seat passenger was killed when the car crashed into a pole. “The other four people in the car suffered what police called non life-threatening injuries.”

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Recall on Bugaboo Bee Baby Stroller

A recall has been made on about 22,500 Bugaboo Bee strollers after at least 121 reports were received about the brakes on the baby stroller failing. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bugaboo North America, Inc. announced the baby stroller recall on June 2, 2009, indicating that although no injuries have been reported in association with the defect, consumers should stop using them immediately.

One or both sides of the Bugaboo Bee baby stroller brakes can fail, posing a potential risk of injury to a child if the stroller is on an incline. Given the relatively small number of strollers involved in the recall, the large number of reported brake failures is concerning for consumers, as reported problems usually only account for a small fraction of the actual failures caused by a defective product. The Bugaboo Bee Strollers were sold on various web sites and at retail stores throughout the United States from August 2007 through April 2009. The high-end strollers retailed for about $530.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Widow of Car Crash Files Wrongful Death

Kelly Spurlock has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her husband Darren Spurlock was killed as a result of a high speed chase. Spurlock was killed when a Valorie Cox, who was leading police on a high speed chase, crashed into his car. The suit has been filed against the cities of Huntsville, Madison and Decatur, Madison and Morgan counties, and 3 members of the Madison-Morgan County drug task force. Cox who has been convicted of Spurlock's death is serving a 30 year prison sentence.