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Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyer

At the Buchanan Firm, our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys have the skills, experience and resources to help those impacted by medical malpractice or negligence.

We represent people, not insurance companies and have a well-earned reputation for providing aggressive and high-quality representation to victims of medical malpractice. Our team includes medical professionals,  so we are in a unique position to quickly evaluate your claim and, if need be, thoroughly prepare for trial. Few attorneys in Michigan or in the nation can match our success in the courtroom or our experience with medical malpractice and matters involving serious injuries and medical issues.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Not all bad outcomes constitute medical malpractice. In Michigan, medical malpractice can be defined as a failure by a medical professional to provide a standard level of care to a patient. If that bad outcome was the result of receiving substandard care, the injured patient may have been the victim of medical malpractice.

How is the Buchanan Firm Uniquely Positioned to Help?

Medical malpractice cases in Michigan often involve serious injury or death and require the utmost in attorney skill and experience. But that’s just half the equation. These medical malpractice cases also demand the guidance of medical professionals from beginning to end.

Other medical malpractice law firms in Michigan struggle to find medical professionals to ask if a claim even exists, and then spend your money for a costly “preliminary review.” This causes delay in your case. Later, if they learn it is a good claim and decide to keep the case, these other Michigan attorneys typically have incredible difficulty getting qualified doctors to help. Many doctors are reluctant to consult with patients (i.e., “plaintiffs”) in Michigan medical malpractice lawsuits and don’t want to interrupt their busy medical practices to teach medicine to attorneys.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Buchanan & Buchanan do not have these problems because we speak the right language: medicine. We understand the medical issues in personal injury cases. Appropriate cases are initially reviewed internally by our own medical professionals, at no cost to you and in much less time than an outside review. This medical and legal team is just one reason Buchanan & Buchanan has become a national leader in matters of medical malpractice and personal injury. We are the law firm to turn to for outstanding legal counsel, and proven malpractice attorneys with a powerful medical advantage.

Types of Medical Negligence in Michigan

Misdiagnosis

Statistically, misdiagnosis is one of the leading forms of medical negligence. The average doctor only listens to a patient for eleven seconds. Then, the doctor interrupts or redirects the patient. With such little information, it is very difficult to diagnose many conditions, such as:

  • Cancer: To most doctors, cancer is either a lifestyle or genetic disorder. So, physicians rarely diagnose nonsmokers with lung cancer or people with no family history of the disease with any form of cancer. Typically, a delayed cancer diagnosis significantly reduces the odds for survival.
  • Heart Disease: The same lifestyle and family history constraints also apply to heart disease. Furthermore, many patients do not have signature symptoms. For example, when women have heart attacks, they frequently do not have severe chest pains.
  • Strokes: Most people, including most doctors, believe that only older adults have strokes. This lack of oxygen to the brain often causes severe and permanent injuries. Nevertheless, doctors often blame stroke symptoms on other conditions, such as alcohol intoxication.

Diagnostic test results, or the lack thereof, compound the communication problems. Many doctors allow technicians and other non-physicians to interpret test results. Sometimes they miss things, and sometimes things get lost in translation.
Other doctors do not perform diagnostic tests at all. They are afraid that the health insurance company will not pay for the test. Therefore, doctors trust their “guts” too much.

Surgical Errors

It is hard to believe that severe surgical errors, like operating on the wrong patient or leaving surgical objects inside patients, occur here in Michigan. But once again, haste makes waste. The situation is even worse in trauma or emergency environments, because the scene is chaotic and the clock is ticking.
At Buchanan Firm, our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys have successfully handled surgical error and other Michigan medical malpractice claims for decades. So, in your unique case, we use proven methods that get results.

Birth Injuries

The aforementioned clock is also ticking in serious birth injury matters. Shoulder dystocia causes many of these injuries. Typically, busy doctors overlook the warning signs during prenatal visits. So, they are unprepared for birth emergencies. If the baby is too large to slide down the mother’s narrow birth canal, the mother’s umbilical cord may wrap around the baby’s neck, causing permanent injury in as little as five minutes.

This injury typically includes cerebral palsy. Many times, CP victims feel like prisoners in their own bodies. Their minds are sharp, but their bodies do not function properly. Infant CP is difficult to diagnose, so the problem usually gets worse.

Reach Out to an Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Michigan

Medical mistakes often have tragic consequences. For a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Michigan, contact Buchanan Firm. We proudly serve cities all over Michigan, including Grand Rapids. We do not charge upfront legal fees in injury cases.