Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Why Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
Everyone makes mistakes, but when doctors and other medical professionals make mistakes, the results can be catastrophic. According to a 2016 report by Johns Hopkins Medicine, more than 250,000 deaths in the United States are caused by medical malpractice every year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
In the state of Michigan alone, a total of $71.6 million was paid out in medical malpractice suits in 2015. This includes malpractice cases involving all types of practitioners, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, one of the best things you can do is get in touch with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice cases are very complex and the sooner you able to get in touch with a lawyer, the sooner they can get to work helping you.
The Michigan medical malpractice attorneys at Goodwin & Scieszka have successfully helped many people like you to get the settlement they deserve. We fully understand how difficult these situations are and will fight for you every step of the way. Contact us today for help with your medical malpractice case.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
At Goodwin & Scieszka, our medical malpractice attorneys handle many different types of malpractice claims, including:
- Birth trauma
Michigan Medical Malpractice Laws
Under Michigan law, medical malpractice cases must be filed within two years of the act that resulted in injury or death. However, in some cases, medical errors can take longer than two years to discover. In those cases, malpractice suits need to be filed within six months of the medical error being discovered or from the time it reasonably should have been discovered.
If birth trauma was caused by medical malpractice, symptoms of an injury might not become evident until months or years later when a child starts missing developmental milestones. In these types of situations, the statute of limitations is the child’s 10th birthday.
Michigan law also places limits on damages in medical malpractice cases. Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are capped at $445,500, but that limit can be increased to $795,500 under the following circumstances:
The malpractice resulted in hemiplegia, paraplegia, or quadriplegia
The malpractice caused permanent damage to a person’s cognitive abilities
The malpractice damaged reproductive organs, resulting in infertility
While Michigan law limits non-economic damages in medical malpractice suits, there are no limits on economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost income, and in-home care.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or healthcare provider is negligent in handling your medical care or the care of a loved one. It is a serious situation that can have acute consequences for the victims and their families.
- 10% of all deaths in the United States are caused by medical errors (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
- About 17,000 medical malpractice suits are filed annually (Hofstra University)
- Among physicians age 65 and older, 75% of physicians in low-risk specialties had faced a malpractice claim while 99% of physicians in high-risk specialties had faced a malpractice claim. (The New England Journal of Medicine)
Goodwin’s 5 Steps
The National Academy of Sciences reports that negligent doctors and hospitals are accidentally killing and harming more US citizens than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined. The only way to improve health care is to get justice for those affected, and make the medical industry pay for their mistakes financially. If you suspect that you have suffered from medical malpractice take these five steps to protect your rights and ensure you receive the full compensation entitled to you by law:
Many malpractice cases have a “statute of limitations,” or a time frame when legal proceedings may be brought against a medical provider or institution. If you wait too long to begin your process of justice, it may be too late. In Michigan you must often begin proceedings no later than two years from the time of injury.
Obtain copies of documents
Get copies of all documents relating to your case no matter how inconsequential they may seem. Move quickly, as occasionally documents can be “lost” after proceedings have started.
Create a list of all doctor visits and prescriptions
Record each visit to a doctor or healthcare professional. Note everyone involved in your care and make a note of the medical environment for each day.
Record in detail exactly what happened
Write down exactly what happened, how you were affected and when the injuries happened. Don’t wait, because it is possible you will forget certain, small details that could mean the difference between winning and losing your case.
Contact a licensed Michigan attorney
Don’t leave anything to chance! Let an experienced Michigan lawyer assist you through the complex medical malpractice legal process. Contact Goodwin & Scieszka anytime, 24 hours a day. If you were affected by medical malpractice our attorneys are available to support you and to help ensure you receive the full care, compensation and justice you deserve. Remember, our lawyers fight for you.