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What’s the Difference Between Criminal Law and Civil Law?

That’s a good question. Criminal law deals with crime and the legal punishment of criminal offenses. Some examples are theft, assault, robbery, trafficking in controlled substances, and murder. A defendant who’s found guilty is punished by incarceration and/or fines. Crimes are broken down into two categories—felonies and misdemeanors.

On the other hand, civil law pertains to disagreements between people, organizations, or between the two where compensation damages are awarded to the victim. These cases involve issues in landlord/tenant disputes, divorce, child custody, contracts, and personal injury.

At Buchanan Firm, our experienced civil attorneys handle medical malpractice and third-party vehicle crash cases in Michigan.

Car and Truck Accidents

Insurance companies typically don’t proactively provide reimbursement to those seriously injured in vehicle crashes. Instead, they look to minimize their liability or escape their obligation of paying the victim of a car or truck crash. An experienced law firm team will improve your ability to negotiate a fair settlement from an insurance company after an accident.

Our medical expertise at Buchanan Firm sets us apart from other Michigan auto accident attorneys in Grand Rapids. We understand medical issues involved in vehicle crash cases that lets us to better, and much more quickly understand the nature of your injuries, move forward with your claim, and prove the extent of your injuries in court if necessary.

In addition, working with a Grand Rapids injury lawyer from our firm may help you with day-to-day issues in the aftermath of a serious car crash. Our team has decades of experience helping those catastrophically injured in Michigan auto crashes. We help our clients find quality medical care and the support they need to get through the turmoil of a catastrophic injury. Our Grand Rapids auto accident attorneys guide you through this litigation with constant communication and explanations of every step of the process. The right experienced attorney can do much more than help you fight for fair compensation. The Buchanan Firm team will provide you with peace of mind and guide you through the process as if you were a family member.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is also an area of civil law and is frequently defined by the degree of care and skill a surgeon, doctor, physician, nurse, or other medical professional should use in normal circumstances. When they fail to provide a standard level of care, it can be considered medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice can happen in the initial diagnosis of a patient when a doctor overlooks a symptom or doesn’t identify a critical condition or major illness. In many cases the surgeon or medical professional makes mistakes reading the medical images, lab results, MRIs, or CT scans; they may also prescribe incorrect doses of medication, ignore symptoms or conditions; or discharge a patient without providing any treatment. Physician errors often occur before or during medical treatments or surgical procedures. Surgical errors, birth misdiagnosis, and anesthesia errors are among the many types of malpractice cases our firm prosecutes. The Grand Rapids medical malpractice lawyers at Buchanan Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve in this time of need.

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For a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice or motor vehicle accident attorney in Grand Rapids, contact Buchanan Firm. Our firm proudly serves people all across Michigan, including major cities like Grand Rapids and Detroit, and rural towns such as Lowell, Ada, Fremont, Newaygo, Grand Haven, Rockford, and Cedar Springs.