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Defense argued that rotator cuff injury was result of prior crash

A Berrien County jury found for an insurance carrier in a case in which the plaintiff was seeking first-party benefits. A verdict of no cause of action was entered. Leisa Hansing claimed a number of injuries following an auto accident in October 2013, with the primary injury claim being that of a torn rotator cuff. Hansing’s treating orthopedic surgeon related the rotator cuff injury to the October 2013 accident. However, first-party carrier Auto-Owners Insurance Company denied any first-party benefits were due, contending that the injury claims were not causally related to the subject accident, but were due to pre-existing conditions or prior events. In particular, Auto-Owners argued that the rotator cuff tear was due to a 1994 accident.
Hansing v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co.
Berrien County

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Suit: Medical staff deliberately indifferent to prisoner injury

A federal jury awarded $325,002, including $285,000 in punitives, to Temujin Kensu on his claim that medical staff at the Saginaw Correctional Facility was deliberately indifferent to his medical needs. Kensu had a number of prior health needs at the time of his incarceration. He alleged that the medical staff failed to allow him to seek treatment recommended by his orthopedist, such as rotator cuff surgery and the use of prescription medication, which caused a worsening of his physical condition. The defense argued that Kensu did not require surgery or prescription medication and that Kensu was provided with adequate treatment while at the facility. The defense had moved for summary judgment prior to trial, but the motion was denied.
Kensu v. Stieve
U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan

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Patient’s refusal of ultrasound led to diagnosis delay: defense

A verdict of no cause of action was returned by Saginaw County jury for a medical center that had been sued by an orthopedic patient. David Long alleged that a failure to closely monitor him after knee replacement surgery, among other things, led to a permanent leg injury and foot drop due to a failure to timely diagnose and treat a popliteal artery aneurysm, which led to an occlusion and vascular compromise in the leg. Covenant Medical Center Inc. responded that post-operative monitoring of Long was sufficient and any permanent damage to the leg was due to Long’s refusal to undergo an earlier Doppler exam of the leg. The defense also claimed the foot drop was related to the original orthopedic surgery, not the popliteal artery occlusion.
Long v. Covenant Medical Center Inc.
Saginaw County

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Michigan Verdicts

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