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According to certain studies, medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, following heart disease and cancer. This translates to about 440,000 patients who are injured or somehow harmed as a result of medical malpractice every year. While this number may seem shockingly high, it is important to remember that not all acts of medical malpractice are malicious. Mistakes, carelessness, and other accidents caused by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals can all be considered medical malpractice.
If you or your loved one suffered injuries or had a condition worsen as a result of medical negligence, contact Grewal Law PLLC. With more than a century of collective experience, our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers can help you clearly understand your legal options and fight to protect your rights. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses; if so, our team can help you work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed.
Confidential Settlement $7.5 Million
Confidential medical malpractice settlement.
Medical Malpractice $7.5 Million
An 8-year-old child experienced a blockage of her airway following a surgical procedure at a healthcare facility in Michigan.
Birth Injury $4.8 Million
Settlement for a baby who suffered complications from a lack of oxygen from a delayed C-section at the time of birth.
Medical Malpractice Over $4 Million
A surgeon admitted that he was negligent during a surgery that resulted in organ failure, requiring expensive and lifelong treatment unless the patient receives a successful organ transplant.
Medical Malpractice $2.6 Million
A 19-year-old man sustained permanent paralysis from the chest down as the result of medical negligence during back surgery.
Medical Malpractice $2.4 Million
A 52-year-old man was admitted to hospital with chest pains. Thereafter, he was sent home without proper treatment and died within hours of a massive heart attack.
Birth Injury $2.3 Million
Failure to properly deliver a newborn baby resulting in the child developing Cerebral Palsy & lifelong disability.
Medical Malpractice $1.7 Million
Spinal hematoma following an epidural injection in a 75-year-old resulting in neurologic damage.
Medical Malpractice $1.6 Million
Medical malpractice award involving a 58-year-old woman resulting in a permanent colostomy and daily IV nutrition as the result of medical negligence during colon surgery.
Medical Malpractice $1.5 Million
Settlement for a middle-aged woman who underwent MRI imaging, which was misread and an aneurysm was missed resulting in a later stroke.
What constitutes medical malpractice?
In all fields and professions, there is a certain degree of acceptable error – and no patient should expect that positive health care outcomes are guaranteed. However, when doctors and medical professionals fail to meet the standard of care for their background and the situation at hand, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against them and/or the healthcare provider.
To prove medical malpractice, you will need to show the following:
- Duty: Your doctor or provider had a “duty of care” established through a patient relationship with you.
- Violation: Your doctor or provider deviated from the standard of care required of them.
- Damages: You suffered significant physical, emotional, and financial losses as a result of that violation of duty.
- Direct cause: Your doctor or provider’s violation was the direct cause of your damages.
What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Michigan?
The civil statute of limitations – or time allowed to file a lawsuit – varies from state to state, and it can also vary depending on the nature of the case in question. If your medical malpractice case is related to a birth injury, then the family must sue within 2 years of the injury date or before the child’s 10th birthday if it relates to a developmental disability. For other medical malpractice cases, you have 2 years to take legal action, or within 6 months of discovery if it was impossible to tell within the 2 years following the incident. This is common with cases involving long-term disorders and conditions such as cancer.
In the state of Michigan, there are no limits to standard compensatory damages in medical malpractice cases. However, there are “caps” on non-economic damages like pain and suffering, typically no more than $440,000 per case. There are exceptions for those who suffer permanent paralysis due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury, with the caps for pain and suffering set at $790,000 for these injuries. Unlike in some other states, there is also no option for punitive damages in Michigan.
Can a hospital be held liable for medical negligence?
In short, yes. While Michigan law holds that you can only sue a hospital for medical negligence when an employee was negligent, the definition of “employment” can vary depending on context. For example, if the surgeon who caused a medical error has an ongoing contractual relationship with the hospital, it could be argued that the hospital did not take appropriate precautions to protect your safety. After all, hospitals and other medical facilities are responsible for ensuring that their employees uphold the standard of care – and failure to do this can result in serious consequences for patients. Whether a hospital was negligent in its hiring of a new doctor (by failing to conduct a background check, for instance) or failed to properly train its employees, our firm can help you take legal action.
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