Southfield Medical Malpractice Lawyer
As injured patients, we trust our doctors and medical professionals to make matters better, not worse. However, when a medical care professional acts in a way that causes an injury or worsens an existing one, it is difficult to know where to turn. If you, a family member, or a loved one is suffering due to medical malpractice such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, or other preventable ailments, a specialized Southfield medical malpractice attorney at Haque Legal can help. Our expert Southfield personal injury lawyers can assist you in recovering financially from the at-fault individual. Call today for a free consultation.
Why Hire A Medical Malpractice Lawyer From Haque Legal
It’s easy, our law firm puts our clients first. We’re client-focused and committed to getting you the compensation that you deserve whether it be malpractice cases, personal injury, accidents, and more. Furthermore, we work as a team, so you’ll have multiple skilled and experienced attorneys working on your case. In addition, we take our medical malpractice cases extremely seriously since it involves a victim suffering when they should have been being helped by medical professionals. In some cases, a health care professional’s failure to treat can even lead to the wrongful death of the patient.
What Is A Medical Malpractice Claim?
A medical malpractice claim is essentially a medical negligence claim against a health care professional such as a doctor, nurse, chiropractor, physician assistant, dentist, In the event that a professional causes you more harm and is at fault. Then, it is in your best interest to file a medical malpractice attorney from our trusted law firm. These medical malpractice cases can be filed against any other person who holds a medical license.
Types Of Claims Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handle
Any personal injuries that arise due to medical negligence can be treated as a medical malpractice case. The most common injuries we see as a result of careless medical care include:
- Missed or delayed diagnosis
- Surgical mishaps
- Failure to treat
- Childbirth injuries
- Prescription drug mishandling
- Medication errors
If you, a family member, or someone you’re close to believes you might have been injured due to a medical professional’s incompetence, contact one of our Southfield medical malpractice lawyers as soon as you can. Using your free consultation, we can help walk you through the process and decide whether you want to pursue a case.
How To File A Medical Malpractice Claim
Michigan requires the medical malpractice victim to file a Notice of Intent to File Suit that must be served on all the parties involved in the action at least 182 days before you file the lawsuit in state court. Unfortunately, you can be barred from bringing your malpractice claim if you do not adhere to the 182-day requirement.
In addition to the Notice of Intent, you must file an affidavit of merit from a medical professional. The affidavit of merit tells the court that, among other things, you suffered an injury as a result of the negligent health care professional was not following the correct standard of treatment.
Once these steps are complete, you can file medical malpractice case with the state court and start the litigation process. However, even if you managed to complete these steps on your own, you should also call a Southfield medical malpractice lawyer at Haque Legal.
How Common is Medical Malpractice in the US?
Information presented by Johns Hopkins University researchers states that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. These researchers analyzed data over an eight-year period and found that more than 250,000 deaths occur per year due to preventable medical errors.
What is the Medical Standard of Care?
The vast majority of all medical malpractice cases in Michigan hinge on whether or not a health care professional was negligent in their treatment (or their failure to treat) a patient. Medical negligence will typically be measured by the medical standard of care that applied to the treatment setting where the patient sustained an injury or death.
The “medical standard of care” is usually defined as the type of care that a reasonably skilled and competent medical professional with a similar background and in the same medical community would have provided under similar circumstances that led to the alleged malpractice.
In other words, insurance carriers and juries involved in these cases will be asked to look at whether or not a similarly trained professional would have rendered the same type of treatment (or non-treatment) under the same circumstances.
Establishing the medical standard of care for any given medical malpractice case can be challenging. In a typical medical malpractice lawsuit, there will almost always be a qualified expert medical witness to provide testimony as to what the appropriate medical standard of care should have been under the given circumstances. They will also be asked to point out how the medical professional deviated from the standard medical care and caused the injury or death in question.
Proving Medical Malpractice
Proving medical malpractice is incredibly challenging. In most situations, plaintiffs will find that a medical malpractice case is more challenging than a typical personal injury claim filed in civil court. There is really no way to handle every aspect of these claims without the assistance of a skilled medical malpractice attorney who has extensive experience handling these cases.
It is important to understand that medical professionals and their employers typically have deep pockets when it comes to their insurance carriers and defending these claims. They will use all of their resources in an effort to avoid having to pay out compensation in these claims. Medical malpractice claims are a direct assault on a medical professional’s reputation, and they do not take that lightly.
However, when medical professional messes up, they need to be held accountable. A skilled medical malpractice lawyer in Michigan will have the resources necessary to stand up to an alleged negligent medical provider and help their client handle every aspect of the claim.
Recovering Financially From The At-Fault Party
A medical malpractice attorney can help you recover financially from a negligent medical professional through a medical malpractice lawsuit. In Michigan law, the statute of limitations or time limit for filing a lawsuit against a medical professional is two years from the date of the act that led to your injury.
Therefore, in a civil case, you and your medical malpractice attorney will need to prove that the medical professional’s negligent actions were the “more probable than not” cause of your injury. Thankfully, a skilled lawyer at our law firm can help you do this by:
- Deposing and cross-examining the parties involved
- Hiring expert witnesses to testify about proper procedures and protocols
- Present witness testimony at trial
- Recreating the negligent acts that caused your injury
- Much, much more.
Then, the jury can award you economic and non-economic damages for your injury. Economic damages include damages for medical bills, lost wages, permanent or temporary disability, and much more. Non-economic damages include damages for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other qualitative consequences of your injury.
Michigan caps, or limits, non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases at $470,000. If your injury permanently impairs your cognitive functions or causes paralysis, the cap for non-economic damages is $840,000.
Contact A Medical Malpractice Lawyer At Haque Legal
If you or someone you care about has been injured as a direct result of a medical professional’s ability to do their job, you deserve to be compensated. Our Southfield medical malpractice lawyers are standing by to help you with your malpractice case. Contact us or call us today at (248) 996-9954 for a FREE consultation.