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Misdiagnosis in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Cause Deaths

Our lawyers who handle medical malpractice cases in Michigan often represent families of patients who have died or suffered serious injuries due to a misdiagnosis while in the intensive care unit in a hospital.  A misdiagnosis can lead to a delay in necessary treatment and this can result in significant injury or harm to the patient.  In many instances, a misdiagnosis can be fatal and lead to the death of the patient.

A new study on patient deaths in the intensive care units (http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/johns_hopkins_patient_safety_team_finds_diagnostic_fatal_flaws_in_the_icu_may_account_for_as_many_annual_deaths_as_breast_cancer) of hospitals found that each year as many as 450,000 U.S. hospital patients die to diagnostic errors in the ICU unit.  The study found that misdiagnosis of conditions was “alarmingly common in the acute care setting.”   The study found that he most commonly missed medical conditions in the intensive care unit included heart attack, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and infections.

In a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging the misdiagnosis of a patient, the patient must also prove that a proper and timely diagnosis would have resulted in a better medical outcome. That is, with a proper diagnosis, the patient could have received appropriate treatment and avoided additional injury.  Expert medical testimony is required to prove that part of the case.

Statute of Limitations For Michigan Malpractice Lawsuits

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies from state to state.  In Michigan, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years of the date of the malpractice.   In cases involving death, the limitations period can be extended up to five years in certain circumstances.  You should contact our office immediately to avoid missing any deadline.

Our No Fee Promise for Michigan Medical Malpractice Cases

We will represent you in your Michigan malpractice case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Contact a Michigan Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you suspect that you or a family member was misdiagnosed in the intensive care unity by a doctor or hospital, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case.  We will fully investigate the case and determine whether a misdiagnosis caused injury or harm to you or your family member.   Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case in detail.