Medical malpractice injuries change lives, or in some cases, sadly, they cause an untimely death.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Kalamazoo
At Keilen Law, we work with clients who have suffered life altering injuries, or in some cases, the families of those who have been lost as a result of medical malpractice.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Every medical professional is expected to follow a certain level of care for every patient. This includes doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, aides, pharmacists, and any other medical professional. When one of these individuals fails to provide that expected level of care, it can be considered negligence, or medical malpractice. To prove medical malpractice, one would have to show that any other medical professional would have provided a higher level of care in the same situation. Our attorneys can help you gather evidence to file a claim.
In Michigan, there are several elements to a medical malpractice claim; for example, the existence of a health care-patient relationship, the applicable standard of care, the negligent conduct, causation, and the harm resulting from the medical malpractice, such as loss of life, disability, pain and suffering, medical expenses and other economic losses. Certain nuances apply to medical malpractice cases, such as the notice requirements under MCL § 600.2912(b) and a 2 year statute of limitations (in most cases, certain exceptions apply). Common medical malpractice cases involve: errors in surgery, failure to treat, incorrect treatment, failure to diagnose, and improper hospital care.
What are Some Malpractice Case Examples?
Medical malpractice cases range from extremely bizarre scenarios to mere oversight that resulted in serious consequences. Each case is unique and requires an individualized look from a malpractice attorney.
Some examples of real cases include:
- A surgeon leaving an object inside a patient. This happens far too often, and items can range from sponges and rags to metal tools. Sometimes this causes immediate health concerns, and other times the patient doesn’t know it occurred until years later when his or her health starts failing due to the object.
- A pharmacist filling the wrong prescription. Sometimes the prescription is filled with a higher strength of the right medication, and other times the patient receives a completely different medication than what was prescribed. In many cases, this is discovered quickly when the patient has adverse reactions to the medication, or when the health issue that required a prescription fails to improve.
- A doctor failing to diagnose a condition correctly. This can be tricky because sometimes a doctor truly can’t diagnose correctly based on the information he or she has. The doctor may put the patient through test after test without the right results to make a diagnosis. If any other doctor could have diagnosed the illness after performing the same tests, however, it could be considered malpractice.
- A hospital employee not following through. Perhaps a nurse at the hospital ignored an emergency call or a hospital staff member didn’t complete sanitation measures. These types of situations can be serious, if not life-threatening.
Why Choose Keilen Law?
At Keilen Law, we have a group of professionals who are committed to you. With years of experience in a wide range of areas of the law, we are experts at dealing with medical malpractice. We believe every patient should be given the opportunity for a better life, and with a medical lawyer by your side, we work hard to ensure you are compensated if a medical professional fails to provide you with proper care.
Medical malpractice cases are complicated; thus, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medical malpractice life altering injury, our attorneys would be available to discuss your options and explore your case. You can contact us online or call us at (269) 382-4818 to evaluate your case.
Attorney Keilen possesses a remarkable understanding of litigation strategy and displays a court room demeanor and poise only seen in seasoned litigators.