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Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is also called medical malpractice. Medical negligence is professional negligence where injury results from failure of a medical professional or medical facility (i.e., doctor, nurse, medical technician, psychiatrist, hospital, or healthcare facility) to exercise adequate care, skill, or diligence. Duty arises from the accepted practices of medical professionals or healthcare facilities in the same field or geographical area. For a doctor or surgeon who is a medical specialist, the standard of care is determined by the standard of good medical practice in that specialty in the nation.

Some of the most common types of medical negligence in Michigan include:

  • Birth Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Missed Diagnosis
  • Surgical Complications
  • Delay in Diagnosis
  • Medication Errors
  • Medication Overdose
  • Emergency Room Errors
  • Early or Premature Discharge
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Nursing Home Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
It is important to remember a medical professional has no duty to cure, or even to guarantee a good outcome from treatment. Medical negligence does not occur because medical treatment is not successful. Rather, the duty is to provide good medical care under accepted standards. Medicine is not always an exact science, and doctors are not required to be right every time they make a diagnosis.  A misdiagnosis becomes medical negligence or malpractice if the doctor fails to get a medical history, order appropriate tests, or recognize observable symptoms of the illness. In Michigan, a lawsuit for medical negligence may be brought against a state licensed profession, or person holding himself out to be a member of a state licensed profession. M.C.L. § 600.2912.  In a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff (i.e., patient) bears the burden of proving: (1) the standard of practice; (2) violation of the safety rule by the defendant (i.e., patient safety rule); (3) an injury; and (4) connection between the violation and the injury.


Birth injury occurs during the birthing process and can damage nerves, break bones, or injure the brain.
Cerebral palsy is a permanent movement disorder that can be caused by injury to a child's brain during the birthing process.
Complications after surgery can be from a surgeon's negligent conduct in surgery.
A missed diagnosis often means a delay in proper treatment, often with devastating consequences, for example, medical cancer cases.
When a healthcare provider, in acting or failing to act, does not comply with the standard of practice in medicine.
Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C.
171 Monroe Ave. N.W. Suite 750
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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