MEDICAL MALPRACTICE RESOURCES
Most medical errors are preventable. However, the healthcare system in the United States prioritizes speed and efficiency. This can result in patients dying from preventable medical errors, and over a million more suffer injuries that impact them the rest of their lives.
A medical malpractice case can be based on any type of medical error.
Given that medicine, and healthcare more broadly, is a large field, there are various types of medical negligence, including:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Failure to follow up with a patient regarding a course of treatment
- Unnecessary surgery
- Incorrect surgery
- Failure to order appropriate testing
- Prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medication
- Surgical errors
- Healthcare-associated infections
- Pressure ulcers or bedsores
Patients who have gone to see a healthcare provider in hopes of improving or preserving their health, but instead suffered from a preventable medical mistake are not without any means of recourse. At Sommers Schwartz, our dedicated team of Michigan medical malpractice attorneys has over 45 years of experience assisting patients and their families through this difficult time. Selecting a law firm to fight for you and your family can be one of the most important decisions you make. Many Sommers Schwartz attorneys are nationally known as authorities in their respective fields and through their advocacy have helped set the standard of acceptable medical care in Michigan and across the country.
Settlement for anesthesiology malpractice resulting in significant hypoxic brain injury
Damages in Detroit Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide a patient with the appropriate treatment.
Those who have experienced a major medical error understand that these cases involve not just physical pain, but also a deep sense of frustration. Patients trust medical professionals to help them feel better. When a trip to a doctor, dentist, surgeon, or pharmacist results in a preventable medical error, the patient is often worse off than they were before. In these cases, the harmed patient can pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the parties responsible for their care.
You will pay nothing until we win your case
Michigan law divides damages up into two categories: economic and non-economic.
- Economic damages:
Those damages that can readily have a dollar amount assigned to them are considered economic damages. These include past and future medical expenses, lost wages and decreased earning capacity, care giving expenses, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
- Non-economic damages:
Medical mistakes frequently result in physical pain and suffering and emotional trauma. These damages - while potentially very detrimental to a patient's way of life - are difficult to quantify in terms of dollars and cents. Thus, these damages are referred to as non-economic damages.
In Michigan, there is no maximum on economic damages.
In Michigan, there is no limit on the amountof economic damages you can recover in a medical malpractice case. However, as of March 2020, state law puts a $471,800 cap on non-economic damages (the cap goes up each year correlated to the Consumer Price Index) except in the following situations, where the non-economic damages cap is $842,500:
- The medical negligence renders the patient a hemiplegic, paraplegic, or quadriplegic resulting in a total permanent functional loss of one or more limbs caused by injury to the brain or spinal cord;
- The medical negligence impaired a patient?s cognitive capacity rendering him or her incapable of making independent, responsible life decisions and permanently incapable of independently performing the activities of normal, daily living; or,
- The medical negligence resulted in permanent loss of or damage to a reproductive organ resulting in the patient?s inability to procreate.
Settlement on behalf of a child for treatment delays
What to Expect When Working with Our Dedicated Team
After suffering from a medical error, there will be questions. Not all mistakes are straightforward, and you may be unsure whether the doctor violated a duty of care. You may have questions about where to obtain the best follow-up medical care, whether you will need an expert witness, or what types of compensation you may be able to recover.
We are here to help you.
Respect: At Sommers Schwartz, we are here to help. Throughout the country, our well-respected attorneys are known as authorities in Michigan medical malpractice law. Of course, our results speak for themselves, but clients also appreciate our professionalism, enthusiasm, and diligence. We understand how important the recovery process is to you and your family, and we will always make ourselves available to discuss your case and answer any questions.
Transparency: We believe in transparency. As part of our promise to you, we offer a free consultation in which you will meet with an attorney to discuss your case. Our attorney will listen to what is important to you and explain if we can help and, if so, how. We will answer any questions you have regarding the recovery process. And because we work on a contingency basis, we never receive any compensation for the work we put into your case unless we are successful in helping you recover for your injuries.
Contact a Michigan Medical Malpractice Law Firm for Immediate Assistance
To learn more, and to speak with an attorney about your situation today, call 866-826-1793 for immediate assistance.
If you or a loved one suffered as the result of an incident of Michigan medical malpractice, contact the dedicated team of attorneys at Sommer Schwartz, P.C. Since the firm was founded in the 1970s, Sommers Schwartz has stood out as a pioneer in the field of medical negligence, fighting for the rights of injured individuals as well as their families. Our team of experienced attorneys handles all types of medical malpractice cases in Detroit and across the state, helping our clients obtain the compensation they need to move on with their life.