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Can You Sue a Doctor for Malpractice in Michigan? 2024

Michigan law allows patients who are the victims of medical malpractice to take legal action against their medical providers.

Medical malpractice litigation is complicated, and there are specific requirements that a patient must meet to move forward with a case. It is essential to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer who can aid in understanding specifics, including whether the standard of care was breached. An experienced lawyer can evaluate your claim, help you build a strong case, and informed of your options.

Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice Cases

Healthcare providers are required to meet a the standard of care for professional in their field/specialty..

Malpractice occurs where there is a breach of that standard of care,causing a patient harm.

Common Examples of Medical Malpractice

Delayed or Missed Diagnoses – It is crucial for doctors to timely and accurately diagnose their patients to begin any necessary treatment. When a diagnosis is delayed or missed, the consequences can be serious or even fatal, and a doctor may be held liable.

Medication Errors – Doctors have a responsibility to ensure that the medications they prescribe are appropriate for their patients. Patient harm can occur where a patient is prescribed the wrong medication, medications which interact, or an improper dosage.

Surgical Errors – Surgical errors can be extremely harmful to patients and can lead to disability or death.

Birth Injuries – During labor and delivery, mother and baby must be monitored closely for potential complications. When mother and baby are not closely and appropriately monitored, catastrophic complications can occur.


Q. What Damages Can You Recover in a Medical Malpractice Case?

A. In a medical malpractice case, you can recover economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages can include loss of income, medical expenses, future medical expenses, and rehabilitation expenses. Noneconomic damages typically include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and psychological harm. In Michigan, there is a cap on how much you can recover in noneconomic damages.

Q. What Is a Notice of Intent to Sue for Medical Malpractice?

A. In Michigan, before you can file a medical malpractice claim, you must file a notice of intent to sue, which must be served upon the healthcare providers named in the claim. This has to be done at least 182 days before you file the actual claim, and must include specific information about the claim.

Schedule a Consultation With a Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC

Suing a doctor for medical malpractice is costly, time intensive, and has a number of mandatory legal requirements.  . With help from an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, your chances of success increase significantly. Contact Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled lawyers.

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