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Grand Rapids Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you’re looking for a Grand Rapids medical malpractice lawyer, you are facing one of the more difficult times in your life.  When you’re sick or injured, you expect doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals to provide the care you need. Sadly, not everyone is as competent in their responsibilities as you may hope they are. In most professions, inadequacy may contribute to inconvenience and frustration, but for people whose job it is to provide healthcare, any negligence has the potential to cause illness, injury, or death.

Our Grand Rapids medical malpractice lawyers of Goodman Acker are available to help when you or a loved one is harmed by a negligent medical provider. We can help you understand how your injuries happened, who is at fault, and how you can recover damages.

We’re ready to help you move forward. Give us a call at 248-286-8100 for a free consultation with our medical malpractice attorney.

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How Our Grand Rapids Medical Malpractice Attorneys Are Different

99% Success Rate

Goodman Acker is not your ordinary law firm. Our Grand Rapids medical malpractice attorneys are empowered with legal insight that only comes from experience, and experience is what we have. We focus solely on personal injury law and have won a large number of medical malpractice cases. With a combined 150+ years of experience, we have heard and seen just about every type of medical malpractice case.

We have built relationships in the Grand Rapids community and developed extensive resources who can help us in legal battles. From our experience, we know strategies insurance companies may try to employ to minimize or avoid a payout. Our experience with medical malpractice cases also means we are your best choice when you have a complex situation. We handle the types of cases other medical malpractice attorneys in Grand Rapids do not handle because they do not have the talent or resources to handle them.

We have an unparalleled 99% success rate.Our 99% success rate speaks for itself. You make a good choice when you work with our medical malpractice lawyers in Grand Rapids. We rise to the challenge and use our collective knowledge, skills, and resources to make sure our Grand Rapids community members recover what’s fair and just. Our reputation testifies to our commitment.

  • We are available 24/7 for client emergencies, which is just another reason why we are trusted and respected in Grand Rapids and throughout Michigan.
  • Our winning record is strong, shown by the millions of dollars we have recovered for our clients.
  • Our team of seasoned medical malpractice lawyers like Tim Sulolli fight tirelessly for our clients and get winning results.
  • Our reputation is backed by awards and recognition, like inclusion on the Super Lawyers list, an AV Martindale-Hubbell Rating, and a spot on the list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
  • News groups, like FOX 17, feature our law firm regularly––we are a trusted name in our communities.
  • Former and current clients thank us for our help––and you can read our client testimonials to get a better understanding of how our work has impacted their lives.

What Our Grand Rapids Medical Malpractice Lawyer Provides You

To best assess your case, we offer free initial consultations. This allows us to learn more about your case and give honest responses to all your questions. As it is, being harmed by medical malpractice is already traumatizing. Rather than being on a healthier path, you’ve had an unexpected setback. You may even be significantly worse. If your injuries or illness is severe, you may not be able to work while you recover. You may not know how you are going to pay your bills.

Our Grand Rapids medical malpractice lawyer understands your challenges and comes to your aid out of compassion. We will not add to your stress. We will be straight with you. And we will do what we can to minimize the pain you are already enduring.  Our goal is to give you peace of mind. We’ll guide you through the process of your medical malpractice claim and we’ll fight aggressively to win the maximum compensation possible. Know that with Goodman Acker, if you have a medical malpractice claim in Grand Rapids, we will work hard so that you can regain your life.

How Our Team Will Help You in Your Medical Malpractice Case

When you meet with our medical malpractice attorney in Grand Rapids, we will ask you to describe what happened and at what point you believe medical malpractice occurred. We will gather information about your situation and based on the facts and the harm done to you, we can determine whether you have a valid case. We will also determine what kind of settlement to ask for.

Our medical malpractice lawyer in Grand Rapids will:

  • Investigate your case and gather what evidence is available. It may be from photographs, videos, medical records, and doctor and eyewitness reports to determine who was responsible for the harm you’ve suffered.
  • Consult medical experts to testify as to the harm you received and how it affects your life and family.
  • Build your case based on Michigan law and past similar cases.
  • Handle negotiations for a fair settlement with healthcare providers, insurance companies, and their attorneys.
  • If negotiations do not provide the outcome you want or expect, we can take your case to trial.
  • We will answer your questions and keep you informed on the progress of your case throughout the entire process.

We will explain each step of your case as we move forward so you are sure to understand what’s happening and what options are available to you. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Grand Rapids are dedicated to not only getting you the best possible outcome, but also to ensuring you are informed and empowered.

See What Our Clients Say About Us

Your staff was so welcoming and helpful, that by the end of our appointment, our questions were answered and we felt comfortable knowing that your agency would walk us through the legal maze that was ahead of us. I am grateful that through this process, anytime I had a question or concern, that you and your staff were quick to respond, making this process so much easier.  ~ Jacob C.

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Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Grand Rapids with a Proven Record

Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex and require detailed understanding of Michigan laws. They need attorneys who have experience with past cases and have the skills to negotiate with insurers or litigate in court. We know the law, we know how to mount a winning strategy, and our track record shows it. Here are some examples of significant results for clients our Grand Rapids medical malpractice attorneys have obtained:

  • $1.2 million in a Wayne County medical malpractice case
  • $1 million for a client who suffered brain damage as a result of medical malpractice
  • $735,000 in a Wayne County medical malpractice case
  • $700,000 for a client who suffered spinal injury caused by negligent care in a hospital
  • $592,500 for failure to diagnose and treat an infection
  • $337,500 for a client whose tongue cancer did not receive a timely diagnosis
  • $137,500 for a woman who fractured her hip when the nursing home she was living in failed to provide adequate supervision.

Damages You Can Win in Your Case

Compensation for Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice in Michigan

In Michigan, the law allows injured parties to seek compensation for the damages they suffer. By filing a medical malpractice claim, victims and their families can recover finances which compensate for medical bills (both related to the original ailment and further injuries resulting from negligence), lost wages, and funeral expenses. “Damages” in a medical malpractice case include the financial expenses and non-economic harm that results from an injury.

Most damages that result from medical malpractice in Grand Rapids are medical expenses and loss of earnings. When an injury is expected to last for an extended period or contribute to long-term expenses, our medical malpractice lawyer in Grand Rapids will gather information to project the total costs of the incident, in the present and future.

In general, a person injured from another person’s negligence in a medical malpractice case may be able to recover any or all the following:

  • Medical bills (including surgery, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, etc.)
  • Transportation costs
  • Expenses for support services, such as yard work or housekeeping help
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral expenses, if medical malpractice resulted in death.

Non-economic Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case

There are other costs that can result from an injury that are neither medical nor income loss related. Pain and suffering and emotional distress are non-economic damages that can be recovered by a medical malpractice claim. The state of Michigan caps non-economic damages at a limit of $537,900, as of 2023. An exception to this cap is in cases of paralysis caused by brain or spinal cord injury, “permanently impaired cognitive capacity,” or “permanent loss of or damage to a reproductive organ.” In these cases, the maximum is raised to $960,500 (M.C.L.  §600.1483).

While punitive damages are available in some personal injury cases, if a defendant’s actions were purposefully harmful or egregious, Michigan law does not allow for punitive damages in medical malpractice cases.

We’ll give you an honest assessment of your case.To be sure all your losses are quantified appropriately so you can receive the most compensation possible in the damages you are awarded, you’ll need experienced legal representation. Our Grand Rapids medical malpractice attorney at Goodman Acker will explain what damages you can expect in your case. Each medical malpractice injury situation is unique, so we’ll need to evaluate your case carefully. It takes skill to prove you experience pain and suffering, or emotional anguish. Depend on our knowledgeable attorneys. Call our team today at 248-286-8100 about your Grand Rapids medical malpractice case.

Grand Rapids Medical Malpractice FAQs

Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Grand Rapids Answer Common Questions

Medical malpractice claims can leave people frustrated and confused. You may be unsure whether your injury was even caused by malpractice on the part of a medical provider. You may also wonder about how a case would proceed. Our medical malpractice attorneys in Grand Rapids provide answers to some common questions we hear from our clients.

How do I know I have a medical malpractice claim?

There are some basic elements to a medical malpractice claim that will help you understand if you have a case. We encourage you to talk to our Grand Rapids medical malpractice attorney to find out if your injury was caused by malpractice.

  • There was a doctor-patient relationship which means you paid for the medical services and they were provided to you.
  • Your provider was negligent. You must prove that you received injury caused by negligence rather than simply being unhappy with the outcome of your treatment. An injury can result not only from direct action or inaction, but also from a misdiagnosis.
  • Your provider’s negligence caused your injury. Not all illnesses or injuries result in your regaining your health completely. You must prove there is a clear connection between negligence and your injury. Our medical malpractice attorney may hire an expert to help make your case.
  • Your injury caused you specific damages. Typically, these damages can be quantified. For example, you may have costs related to your injury for additional medical treatment. You may have lost wages if you were unable to work as a result of your injury. You can also seek damages related to pain and suffering and mental anguish. When you work with our medical malpractice lawyer in Grand Rapids, we’ll discuss the details of your case to determine what damages you suffered.

How much is my medical malpractice claim worth?

The damages you can seek in a medical malpractice claim in Grand Rapids depend on the damages you suffered, considering all the facts and circumstances surrounding your injury. In your initial consultation, we will review your case and clarify expectations. The real worth of your medical malpractice claim will require a full investigation of how and when your injury or illness occurred.

Our highly skilled staff members and medical malpractice lawyers in Grand Rapids have the resources to conduct a thorough investigation. We will uncover all the facts so that we can assess the value of your claim and seek the full compensation you deserve.

Who can you sue for medical malpractice?

Because there are a range of medical providers, you may suffer injury in many situations as you receive your care. You may sue any type of medical doctor, such as a surgeon, anesthesiologist, obstetrician or gynecologist, or a pediatrician, but you can also sue nurses, pharmacists and others involved in your care. Additionally, you can sue a hospital.

What does a medical malpractice lawyer in Grand Rapids cost?

Our team at Goodman Acker provides free consultations to determine if you have a case. If you do, you will pay us nothing unless we win your case and collect damages. We believe that you deserve the best representation possible. That’s why our Grand Rapids medical malpractice lawyers seek justice for our clients, regardless of their financial situation.

Can you pursue medical malpractice for prescription of medication?

Many health problems can arise from negligence related to prescription drugs. Among those problems are: dangerous drug interactions, errors in dosage, severe allergic reactions, and harm to pregnant women. Any of these errors can lead to injury, illness and even death. If you suffered harm from taking a medication that you believe was negligently prescribed or provided, find out if you have a medical malpractice case. Call our team at Goodman Acker.

Because the types of injuries related to negligence by medical professionals and hospitals are so numerous, you probably have other questions about your situation. The next best step to get those questions answered is to get your free consultation. Give our Grand Rapids medical malpractice attorney a call today for help. Reach us at 248-286-8100.

Limitations Defined by Medical Malpractice Laws in Michigan

The state of Michigan has specific laws concerning the damages and timeline of medical malpractice cases. In Michigan, medical malpractice victims have two years from the date of an incident to bring a case (M.C.L. § 600.5805(8)). When the occurrence of medical malpractice is discovered later, the statute of limitations to bring a case is more complex. You have six months following the discovery of that incident to file your claim. That discovery and filing of a medical malpractice claim must happen within six years of the occurrence of the incident.

There is yet more complexity to this timeline when discovery is hampered by other factors. The exceptions are cases in which the “discovery of the existence of the claim was prevented by the fraudulent conduct of the health care professional” or “there has been permanent loss of or damage to a reproductive organ resulting in the inability to procreate,” according to Michigan Compiled Laws Section 600.5838a.

Sometimes, the outcome of medical malpractice is a tragic loss of life. In those cases, it may be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In this type of case, the statute of limitations allows you three years from the date of an incident to file a claim (M.C.L. § 600.5805).

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Grand Rapids

Helping Victims Recover from the Impact of Negligent Care

Medical malpractice in Grand Rapids can have serious consequences. If you’re injured while attempting to receive medical treatment, you can sustain severe, long-term injuries. When a doctor fails to fulfill their responsibility to provide care to their patients, those patients not only do not receive proper treatment for the conditions they have already, but suffer from further injuries caused by oversight, surgery mistakes, improper medication and other negligent actions.

Make a good decision. Your future depends on it.Unfortunately, medical malpractice can result in immeasurable distress for victims. Our Goodman Acker team is ready to step in and fight for you. We want you to get your life back on track as soon as possible. We will seek the compensation you and your family deserve. We’ll also treat you like a member of our own family. We know this is a difficult time and want to reduce your stress where we can. Give our compassionate medical malpractice attorney in Grand Rapids a call at 248-286-8100.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Goodman Acker family. When you choose Goodman Acker, it’s a good decision.

Attorney Barry Goodman


Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal injury attorney in a broader sense as well. [ Attorney Bio ]


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