Why Most Ann Arbor Medical Malpractice Victims are Never Compensated

Our Ann Arbor medical malpractice lawyers represent victims of malpractice and medical negligence. They look to protect the rights of all those who have suffered from medical mistakes and hospital errors. These types of cases require significant expertise and experience by the attorney in order to obtain a fair settlement.


While many medical malpractice victims do receive fair compensation, many medical malpractice victims receive nothing. This is surprising considering it is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. There are several reasons why most victims and their families never receive a dime for their injuries caused by medical mistakes.


First, many patients don’t even know they are victims of medical malpractice. Statistics show 2.9-3.7 percent of all patients admitted to a hospital suffer some sort of preventable injury as a result of malpractice. Moreover, up to 98,000 patients are killed each year as a result of preventable medical error. It is also surprising to hear after all of this that only 10,000 of these types of cases are filed each year.


Another main reason why victims of Michigan malpractice receive no compensation is because these cases can be difficult to prove. Insurance companies have several standard defenses already in place for these cases such as the ones listed bellow.


  • The risk of the patients particular injury was an acceptable one.
  • The injury was an unpreventable result of the initial condition/injury.
  • Some other party was responsible for causing the injury. 
  • The injury was due to the patient’s noncompliance with medical advice.
  • The injury was caused by a previous illness or disease.  

Insurance companies have been able to bias the public over the last several decades against medical malpractice claims. The insurance industry has done “research” which suggests there is a widespread problem with medical malpractice lawsuits. These studies falsely “prove” that excessive verdicts are causing malpractice insurers to raise their premiums, forcing physicians out of the medical profession. Therefore, jurors who hear and believe this argument, are reluctant to award jury verdicts to the victims and their families.


In Michigan the statue of limitation is two years for a medical malpractice case.  This means a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the negligent treatment or the case will be barred forever.  There are very few exceptions to this deadline. Therefore, to make sure you legal rights are protected it is crucial to contact a lawyer with you medical malpractice claim.


If you would like more information about your legal rights as a result of medical malpractice, you can order our FREE book, “The Ultimate Michigan Medical Malpractice Handbook,” by Michigan medical malpractice attorney Lawrence J. Buckfire. The book is an insider’s report on medical malpractice claims and includes why most malpractice victims never receive compensation for their injuries.


Our malpractice attorneys are very qualified for Michigan medical malpractice cases and handle them on a regular basis. Contact us now at 1-800-606-1717 for more information. One of our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers will start working on your case immediately.

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