Our medical malpractice attorneys help patients and their family members in cases against negligent hospitals, doctors and clinics. These lawsuits seek compensation for the injuries and damages suffered by the patient. In cases involving the death of a patient, we file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members.
The compensation sought for a patient who was the victim of medical malpractice is determined by Michigan law. Current laws allow the patient to seek compensation for the following injuries and damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Fright and shock
- Medical bills and expenses incurred to date
- Medical bills and expenses necessary in the future
- Loss of earnings, wages, and income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Other special needs, like education, job retraining, attendant care services
There are limits on medical malpractice compensation in Michigan set by state statute. These are damage limits on the non-economic compensation claims, such as the pain and suffering and disability. The amount of the damage limit, or cap, changes yearly and our law office can discuss with you the compensation limits that would apply to your case.
Compensation for medical malpractice wrongful death claims is slightly different. The persons entitled to recover such damages in Michigan include the surviving spouse, children, and the parents and siblings of the deceased person. Grandchildren can also often make a claim for compensation. These damages include:
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Amount of income lost due to the death of the family member, past, present and future;
- Reasonable value of the services of which the surviving spouse and children have been deprived. This includes help around the home, bill paying, maintenance, and other service;
- The conscious pain and suffering suffered by the person from the time of the incident until the time of death;
- Reasonable value of the society and companionship which the surviving family members have been deprived.
These damages are for the past, which is from the date of death to the present and those that will occur in the future over through the surviving spouse’s lifetime.
To learn more about the amount of compensation allowed in a Michigan medical malpractice case, contact our experienced medical malpractice lawyers today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case. We will listen carefully to you and then explain to you how we can help you maximize the settlement in your case.