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Melissa Rivers sues clinic for botched care of Joan Rivers

As many Michigan residents are aware, comedy legend Joan Rivers passed away almost two months ago. She went in for what was described as a routine throat procedure -- called an endoscopy -- before falling into a coma and ultimately succumbing to cardiac arrest on Sept. 4.

Ever since that unfortunate day, questions have been swirling about the way Joan Rivers was cared for during the procedure and in the procedure's wake. Apparently one of the doctors involved in Joan Rivers' care performed an "unauthorized procedure" and another doctor involved with her care was not supposed to be there. There are also other alleged procedural missteps by the endoscopy clinic.

Some safety tips for drivers and trick-or-treaters this Halloween

Halloween is just days away, and there are many families out there that are gearing up for the big day. Parents have stocked up on candy; the kids have their costumes picked out; and neighborhoods all across the country are preparing for a fun night of trick-or-treating and plenty of well-meaning scares.

However, there is another side to Halloween night that truly is scary -- and not in the "boo!" kind of way. With increased foot traffic near roads and many people dressed in darker clothes, Halloween night is notorious for having some truly tragic motor vehicle accidents.

Dollar Tree fined many times by OSHA over last 12 months

Imagine if you worked at a company where the business model intends for you to work with only one or two other employees. This small group of employees is required to take care of everything for a relatively large store that approaches 10,000 square feet in size. As a result, the employees end up frantically running around to cover all of their bases -- making it more likely that they will make mistakes. These mistakes can lead to dangerous situations that put these employees at risk of injury or worse.

This is essentially what is going on at Dollar Tree, if recent fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are any indication. OSHA fined Dollar Tree nearly a million dollars ($866,000 to be exact) over the course of the past 12 months due to 48 violations of workplace safety.

National uptick in dog bite cases raises concern

There are a few ugly trends of dog bites, and one of them may surprise you. The first couple of notes may not exactly be news to most people, but they are still important. Many dog bite cases usually involve a dog biting a friends or relative of the dog's owner. In addition, a vast number of dog bite cases involve children under the age of 10.

But here is the figure that may leave you surprised: dog bite cases are on the rise across the country, as insurance companies believe a five percent uptick in the cases have occurred in the past year. What's the reason for this trend? No one is exactly sure.

New report shows many examples of medical malpractice

While the following story doesn't have to do with the state of Michigan, it does have to do with medical malpractice. And when it comes to medical mistakes and errors, negligence doesn't recognize state borders. The problems in the state of Indiana, where this story is from, could easily be our own issues.

According to a recent report, there were 111 medical errors since 2013 in 293 facilities in Indiana. That is the highest rate of medical errors in a year since the state started tracking the figures. What is most galling about the report, though, is the way in which these errors occurred.

In wake of a car accident, remember a few important factors

The immediate aftermath of a car accident is chaotic and hectic, and the days that follow aren't much better. There are many thing on your mind and many people you need to contact, such as your insurance provider and possibly even the police. On top of all of this, you may be considering legal action against a person or people involved in the crash.

So what factors should you consider in your car accident? What about how the case is handled? Here are a few things to keep note of when you are involved in a car accident:

What does it take to prove fault in a medical malpractice case?

You may think that when someone is victimized by medical malpractice that proving the fault in the case is a slam dunk. There shouldn't be anything difficult about it, right? The doctors were reckless or the hospital was negligent and, as a result, a patient suffered harm. Thus, those medical professionals or institutions are at fault and the patient can pursue damages and compensation to help pay for all of the things that wrongfully incurred medical bills entail.

However, it isn't that simple. Depending on the situation, proving fault in a medical malpractice case can be more difficult than it seems. So how do you do it? Here are a few examples:

Walmart is now blaming Tracy Morgan for infamous truck accident

Many people here in Michigan heard about the tragic truck accident that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of Morgan's friends, and fellow comedian, James McNair. In the wake of that accident, it was alleged by Morgan that the driver of the truck was asleep for more than 24 hours and that the truck driver is at fault for the wreck. It is unclear at this moment if Walmart employed the truck driver, but Walmart is the target of Morgan's lawsuit.

However, in a shocking, controversial and headline-grabbing move, Walmart has made an astonishing claim that Morgan is actually partially at fault for the wreck since he was not wearing a seat belt. Despite the sleepy driver and the numerous criminal counts he has been charged with, Walmart is still standing defiant against the lawsuit.

Let us help you when your workers' compensation claim is denied

When it comes to workers' compensation, you probably think that anyone who is injured or suffers some sort of serious medical condition will automatically receive these crucial benefits. And to an extent that is true: most people who miss many weeks of work due to an injury or medical condition qualify for workers' comp. However, the word "qualify" is key in that sentence. Just because you qualify for the benefits doesn't mean you will actually receive them.

There are far too many cases where an injured or ill employee can't work for an extended period of time who qualifies for workers' comp actually sees his or her claim denied. Denied workers' comp claims can leave an individual or family absolutely devastated, and they may think that they have no where to turn after such a denial.

You can fight back against poor medical care

Imagine that during a routine checkup with your doctor, it is discovered that you have to have some minor surgery. It's nothing too serious -- although with surgery there is always an inherent bit of seriousness to the proceedings -- so you aren't too worried, besides the normal jitters that any surgery patient will feel. You and your doctor discuss a few things and he or she sends you on your way.

A couple of weeks later, you're at the hospital in preparation of the procedure. The nurses and surgeon talk you through a few other things before they put you under. Off to surgery you go. An hour or so passes, but to you it feels like it happened in the blink of an eye.

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