Our office frequently handles Michigan medical malpractice lawsuits that result in the wrongful death of the patient. These cases present a wide variety of facts and often arise from either the failure to timely diagnose and treat a condtion that causes the death of the patient or the negligence during a surgery or proedure that results in death. In these circumstances, the family of the deceased patient can file a Michigan Wrongful Death Lawsuit.
To start one of these cases, the first step is to obtain all of the patient's medical records and the the death certificate to determine the cause of death. If an autopsy was performed, those findings are essential in proving that the death was due to medical negligence. Many family members do not have these records, so our firm obtains them from the medical providers so that we can perform a review of the file. If there is a valid case, it becomes necessary to open a probate estate so that a lawsuit can be filed. Our firm also takes care of the legal work and pays the expenses for opening the estate.
It is very important to contact our firm as soon as possible after the event so that we can start our investigation. We understand that this is often difficult because the grieving process takes a very long time, but the courts in Michigan can dismiss a case if not filed within the statute of limitations period. Therefore, the sooner that you feel strong enough to consult with a lawyer, the better.