When people seek medical treatment, they generally expect the attending providers to be focused on their care and to act with their best interests in mind. Unfortunately, patients suffer injury, worsened conditions and even death due to the careless actions or negligence of those to whom they have entrusted their health and well-being. In fact, a study conducted by a group of patient safety experts with Johns Hopkins estimates that medical errors account for 250,000 fatalities across the country each year. Beyond the harm they suffer, patients in such situations may also suffer financial losses. Thus, it may benefit people to understand the elements involved in Michigan medical malpractice claims.
Michigan law imposes a statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases. This specifies the maximum amount of time after a medical malpractice cause of action accrues in which a claimant may initiate legal action. After the expiration of the statute of limitations, the claimant is forever barred from pursuing a legal claim for damages.