Patients put their trust in medical professionals and hospitals to treat their illnesses, diagnose medical conditions and perform necessary procedures. However, when a patient is seriously injured as a result of preventable or negligent mistakes, it may be considered medical malpractice.
As leaders in Michigan medical malpractice litigation, the attorneys at the Buchanan Firm are passionate advocates for injured patients and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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.
In Michigan, injured patients may bring a lawsuit for medical negligence against a licensed medical professional. M.C.L. § 600.2912. In a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff (the patient) must prove:
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. Medical malpractice cases also demand the guidance knowledge of medical professionals from beginning to end.
Other medical malpractice law firms in Michigan may struggle to find medical professionals to ask if a claim even exists, and then spend your money and time 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. All medical malpractice 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 approach is just one reason Buchanan & Buchanan has become a national leader in matters of medical malpractice and personal injury. In the state of Michigan, we are the law firm to turn to for outstanding legal counsel, and proven malpractice attorneys with a powerful medical advantage.
Statistically, misdiagnosis is one of the leading forms of medical negligence. Misdiagnosis occurs when a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, fails to correctly diagnose a patient’s condition or injury, diagnoses the wrong condition, or fails to provide any diagnosis at all. If this failure results in harm to the patient and a reasonable, similarly trained professional would have made the correct diagnosis, it is considered medical malpractice.
Surgical errors are typically defined as preventable mistakes that occur during surgery. These errors can include: wrong-site surgery, performing the wrong procedure, leaving medical equipment inside patients, damaging other organs or tissues during the surgery, using improperly sterilized equipment or instruments, and many other issues. Surgical errors can occur for a variety of reasons, but commonly neglect, fatigue, poor communication or improper processes, and incompetence are involved.
Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing, dispensing and giving medication. Nearly all medication errors are preventable, whether they occur in a doctor’s office, at a hospital or in a pharmacy. These errors can involve medication ommissions, dosing errors, drug interactions, and even wrong medications.
Anesthesia errors can come in many different forms, most of which would be considered negligence. They can include administering too much or not enough anesthesia, using the wrong type of anesthesia, failure to monitor patients or failure to prevent adverse drug interactions or allergic reactions.
Birth injuries are perhaps the most difficult medical malpractice cases to deal with. A significant injury to a newborn child or a delivering mother can be devasting for a family. Birth injuries can include cerebral palsy, forceps or vacuum injury, brain hypoxia, shoulder dystocia, hemorrhage in either the baby or mother among many others.
Medical errors often have tragic consequences. If you or a loved one were seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice, please call the Buchanan Firm today for a comprehensive review of your situations. We can’t prevent what happened, but we can help you move forward and hold the responsible parties accountable.