Anytime someone goes to the hospital, whether they are there for an emergency or a routine procedure, they place a large amount of trust in their doctor, and believe they will receive the highest possible level of care. However, it is an unfortunate fact that incidents of doctor malpractice occur, and often patients suffer additional complications or injuries or even death due to these negligent actions.
Following an incident of doctor malpractice, it is critical that you consult with an attorney to learn more about the legal options available to you. In Michigan, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice claim is typically two years from the time of injury, but there are certain exceptions to this general rule. Talking with a Michigan medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine the statute of limitations for your particular case and ensure your claim is filed within that time period. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to legal action.
Examples of Doctor Malpractice
The following are examples of incidents of doctor malpractice:
- Amputation mistakes, in which the wrong limb of a patient is removed
- Anesthesia mistakes, in which a patient is given too much or too little anesthesia
- Birth injuries, in which a doctor's negligence causes harm to a newborn baby and/or their mother
- Failing to diagnose a patient's cancer or other medical condition
- Failing to have a patient properly tested for the conditions and symptoms they are complaining of and exhibiting
- Medication errors, such as prescribing a patient the wrong medicine or administering the wrong dosage to a patient
- Miscommunication between a doctor and a nurse or other medical professional, which can have deadly consequences
- Physician fatigue, which may result in a doctor making a costly error
- Surgical mistakes, such as leaving behind a sponge or other surgical tool in a patient's body
- Using improper or unsterilized medical tools during an examination, surgery, or other procedure
There are many other ways in which a doctor's negligence can result in a patient suffering additional complications, a worsening of their condition, or other injuries. It can be very daunting and scary for a person to go to a hospital, without taking into account the risk of medical or hospital malpractice, which may cause them to suffer more than before they sought treatment or medical attention.
Holding a Negligent Doctor Accountable
At Lipton Law, our Michigan doctor malpractice attorneys understand how important it is for victims of medical malpractice to receive the compensation they need and deserve. We know you and your family are facing high expenses as a result of a doctor's negligence, in addition to your suffering, and will do what we can to help you right the wrong. Call our law offices today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled lawyers to determine whether you have a valid claim.