Medical negligence in Grand Rapids, Michigan is also often referred to as medical malpractice. Medical Negligence can be considered as a form of professional negligence where an injury results from the failure of a medical professional or medical facility (doctor, nurse, medical technician, psychiatrist hospital, or healthcare facility) to exercise adequate care, skill or diligence in performing a duty. The determination of whether a duty of care is met depends upon the standard of care for that medical professional or healthcare facility in their West Michigan community. In other words, the applicable duty arises from the accepted practices of other medical professionals or healthcare facilities in the same field and geographical area. In the case of 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 within the West Michigan community.
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Some of the most common types of medical negligence in the Grand Rapids area include:
- Birth Injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Birth Injury
- Medication Errors
- Emergency Room Errors
- Heart Attack Pulmonary Embolism
- Anesthesia Errors
- Infectious Diseases
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Nursing Home Accidents
- Wrongful Death
It is important to remember that the duty of a medical professional is not the duty to cure, or even to guarantee a good outcome from treatment. Medical negligence does not occur every time medical treatment is not successful. Rather, the duty is to provide good medical care according to accepted standards in the community, or, in the case of a specialist, accepted standards in that medical specialty. Medicine is not an exact science, and doctors are not required to be right every time they make a diagnosis. A misdiagnosis can be arrived at even when all proper tests are performed accurately or evaluated by a skilled doctor with the utmost care. A misdiagnosis becomes medical negligence or malpractice, however, if the doctor fails to get a medical history, order the appropriate tests, or recognize observable symptoms of the illness. In Michigan, legal action involving medical negligence may be brought against any member of a state licensed profession, or person holding himself out to be a member of a state licensed profession. M.C.L. § 600.2912. In addition to doctors and surgeons, the Michigan legislature has expanded the scope of those health care professionals against whom a medical negligence claim may be brought. M.C.L. § 600.5838. In a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff bears the burden of proving: (1) the applicable standard of care; (2) breach of that standard by the defendant; (3) an injury; and (4) proximate causation between the alleged breach and the injury. Wischmeyer v. Schanz, 449 Mich. 469, 484; 536 N.W.2d 760 (1995); M.C.L. § 600.2912a.
Grand Rapids medical negligence claims are subject to statute of limitation. M.C.L. § 600.5838a. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of possible medical negligence, call Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C. a top rated Grand Rapids medical negligence law firm now at: 800-272-4080 or use the contact form on the left hand side of this page. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if our Grand Rapids medical negligence lawyer professionals agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid medical malpractice claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a Grand Rapids medical negligence lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.
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Medical malpractice is a form of medical negligence where an injury results from the failure of a medical professional or medical facility (doctor, nurse, medical technician, psychiatrist hospital or healthcare facility) to exercise adequate care, skill or diligence in performing a duty.
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- Most Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims in Michigan
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