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Hospital negligence caused child’s brain damage: plaintiff
A jury returned a $130,571,897 verdict for a 2-month-old boy who suffered severe brain damage while being treated at a hospital. Vihn Tran was taken to Beaumont-Royal Oak Hospital in Troy for a renal scan. As technicians attempted to insert an IV, Vihn suffered a breath-hold spell. Vihn’s mother claimed the hospital staff failed to recognize the seriousness of the breath-holding episode, thus delaying the code blue call and resulting in severe brain damage. William Beaumont Hospital did not dispute that Vihn had a breath-holding spell, but argued that it was not due to any negligence on the part of its staff. The hospital claimed the medical team responded appropriately and the outcome was simply unfortunate.
Tran v. William Beaumont Hospital
Plaintiff attributed bowel perforation to gastric bypass
A verdict of $836,000 was awarded to a man who suffered a bowel perforation following bariatric surgery. Karl Thomsen alleged that a pre-operative sleep apnea assessment showed he had a very high likelihood of severe obstructive sleep apnea. He argued that this sleep apnea led to his post-surgical complications and the bariatric surgery should not have been performed until the apnea was under control. He also argued that other factors increased his risk of post-surgical complications from an open Roux-en-Y and that a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy was less risky. He said Dr. Michael Nizzi failed to inform him of the relative risks. Nizzi said he acted within the standard of care and had explained the risks of the procedure to Thomsen.
Thomsen v. Nizzi
Grand Traverse County
Officer negligently shot, killed 7-year-old girl, per lawsuit
The shooting death of a 7-year-old girl prompted an $8.25 million settlement with the city of Detroit. Aiyana Stanley-Jones was inside her home when she was fatally shot in the head. The gun of Detroit officer Joseph Weekley fired the shot. Weekley and other officers were looking for a man who lived in an adjoining unit of the same duplex. They entered the home after a stun grenade was thrown through the window. The girl’s estate claimed Weekley should not have had his finger on the trigger and that detonation of the stun grenade contributed to his inability to properly maintain his weapon. Weekley asserted that the gun went off during a struggle with the girl’s grandmother and the shooting was accidental.
Jones v. Doe
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