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Medical patients who trust their providers sometimes find that trust is shaken. Medical care should not result in new health problems or the death of a loved one.

If you or a loved one suffered severe harm due to a medical mistake, a Southfield medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you. However, pursuing civil action against a medical facility, professional, or other similar parties is too challenging to manage alone.

Medical malpractice typically compounds a patient’s existing condition. The treatment you received most likely resulted in additional pain and discomfort. Get the help you need to hold those responsible for your harm accountable for their actions.

Why Choose Us as Your Southfield Medical Malpractice Lawyer

99 percent success rate in winning cases

As medical malpractice lawyers, Goodman Acker understands Michigan civil law. This crucial knowledge, combined with years of experience, makes us a qualified fit for your case.

The medical field surrounds itself with big insurance companies and lawyers during times of legal action. You deserve a lawyer unafraid to stand up to them at the negotiation table or in court.

Founding partner Barry J. Goodman takes great pride in his accomplishments for past clients. His strong track record demonstrates his ability to represent Michigan medical malpractice victims:

  • Leaders in Law, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (2015)
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
  • AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list
  • Inclusion on the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame list
  • Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys 2019 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Personal Injury 2019.

Barry believes in pursuing justice for the wrongly injured since he graduated from law school in 1977. Years of experience, negotiation, and trial skills contributed to client testimonials.

Choosing the right lawyer for your case is vital for peace of mind. While hiring medical malpractice attorney Barry J. Goodman for your case cannot ease your stress, it can alleviate some of it.

A medical mistake can leave you with no condition to pursue a civil case alone. Make the right choice for your civil claim and lawsuit by reaching out to Goodman Acker today.

How Goodman Acker Can Help your Southfield Medical Malpractice Case

A lawyer from Goodman Acker can investigate to determine what happened, who witnessed it, and other vital details relating to your case. Once your lawyer compiles all evidence, they can build a case for compensation for your damages.

A medical malpractice lawyer from Goodman Acker may:

  • Interview witnesses, such as nurses or other patients
  • Review photographs or video of resulting injuries/condition
  • Gather information such as medical records and lost income.

Pursuing compensation for your medical malpractice case is a serious legal matter. The insurance company and its lawyers will fight your case.

Pursuing the proper compensation is crucial for protecting your future healthcare needs. For example, the long-term effects of a medical mistake may require extensive and costly care, possibly for the rest of your life.

At Goodman Acker, we stand ready to take on healthcare insurance companies and lawyers. We are firm negotiators and skilled litigators. Whether your case settles out of court or proceeds to trial, we are by your side from day one until the conclusion of your case.

A Southfield medical malpractice case demands a skilled Michigan medical malpractice attorney. Call Goodman Acker today at 248-286-8100 to explore your options.

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Southfield Medical Malpractice: Common Medical Mistakes

Medical mistakes are so common that researchers at John Hopkins Medicine deem them the third leading cause of death in the United States. A medical error can occur in any medical setting, from a pediatrician’s office to an emergency department.

Common causes of medical mistakes that can result in a medical malpractice claim and lawsuit are:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Wrong-side surgery
  • Birth injuries
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Prescription medication errors.

The aftermath of a tragic medical mistake is generally one of confusion and anger. In addition, patients and their families must adjust to complications that require treatment, therapy, or other ongoing medical care. While seeking help for the original problem, this extra burden is unfair and expensive.

Healthcare providers owe patients a duty of care. When someone breaches that care, resulting in harm to a patient, they are responsible for the patient’s damages.

No one expects a medical mistake to happen to them until it does. However, the impact on your quality of life is significant, and you deserve justice.

Compensation is never promised; however, it is worth an intense fight. A medical malpractice lawyer will fight for the best outcome of your civil case.

The Harsh Reality of Medical Mistakes

A misdiagnosis can start you on a journey of necessary treatments and procedures. For example, a cancer diagnosis may call for chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which can result in harmful side effects.

Surgical procedures that result in wrong-side surgery are often called “never-events.” This name stems from the fact that this type of healthcare event should, in fact, never happen.

The severity of the mistake and the timing of when you learn of it are critical factors in your civil case. Contacting an experienced medical malpractice lawyer without delay is best for protecting your best interests.

The long-term effects of a medical mistake on your life can devastate you. Regardless of whether any criminal charges result, you have a right to pursue a civil case for your damages.

Medical malpractice is a serious legal matter. Get the help you need from a medical malpractice lawyer familiar with the Southfield medical community and Michigan civil law.

Michigan Medical Malpractice FAQs

A Southfield medical malpractice attorney answers frequently asked questions:

Is a medical malpractice claim different from a lawsuit?

A medical malpractice claim is made with the responsible party’s insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement out of court. A lawsuit is possible if your lawyer determines your case is best suited for a trial or negotiations fail.

Can I accept a settlement without a medical malpractice attorney?

While you can do so, you risk a low-sum settlement or no settlement. A Southfield medical malpractice attorney can protect your best interests.

How long does a medical malpractice case take?

Each case is different, and the length depends upon various factors. Your lawyer will keep you informed throughout the process.

My loved one died due to a medical mistake. Can I sue?

Your relationship with the decedent determines your eligibility for pursuing a wrongful death case. A free case evaluation can help you learn more.

Can I afford to hire a Southfield medical malpractice attorney?

We collect our fees when we win your case. If for some reason, we do not win your case, you do not owe our legal fees.

The negative and tragic impact of medical malpractice can leave you with more questions than answers. These questions are just a few examples of the more commonly asked questions from new clients.

If you or a loved one suffered unnecessary and preventable harm due to a careless medical mistake, seek help from an attorney. Medical malpractice cases are complex and best left in the hands of a licensed, professional malpractice attorney.

How Medical Malpractice Happens: Common Causes of Preventable Errors

No one should suffer a medical mistake due to a doctor’s long shift or lack of rest. Most common causes of medical malpractice involve preventable errors, such as:

  • Doctor burnout: too many patients in too tight of a time frame daily
  • Poor communication: no transfer of information between doctors, nurses, and other care providers
  • Diagnostic errors: testing failures, broken equipment that provides a wrong diagnosis
  • Little or insufficient training: leads to possible prescription medication errors and related mistakes.

For some victims of medical malpractice, their lives are forever changed. There is no return to the life they knew before the medical mistake.

One outcome of medical malpractice is the shaken trust victims feel toward medical professionals. Due to their tragic experience, they must seek a new doctor for new health problems. The burden of this new journey and seeking help for their existing problem is stressful and overwhelming.

You do not have to fight for compensation alone. A medical malpractice lawyer from Goodman Acker can help you pursue what you deserve for your unfair damages.

Michigan Statue of Limitations for Medical Malpractice

State law sets a time limit for how long victims have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Michigan law allows two years from the date of the medical mistake. Cases involving wrongful death have a three-year time limit.

Exceptions to the two years complicate some court filing deadlines. Therefore, hiring an attorney is better than negotiating the legal process alone.

Michigan laws also require notifying healthcare providers about impending legal action. Your attorney can ensure that your case meets this and all other state requirements.

Hiring a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible is the best way to protect your best interests. But unfortunately, time can pass in a blur as you deal with a new yet additional health crisis.

You must not miss the deadline for filing your lawsuit or other case-related deadlines. If the statute of limitations expires, you generally have no opportunity to refile your case.

From the statute of limitations to the notice of intent to file a lawsuit, your attorney has your back. Protect yourself from a filing date mishap by securing help from Goodman Acker today.

Your Southfield Medical Malpractice Damages

Medical care is costly enough without paying for care you do not need. In addition, a misdiagnosis or a delayed one can lead to unnecessary tests and treatments. As a result, medical bills begin to accumulate fast.

A typical medical malpractice case involves the pursuit of compensation for such damages as:

  • Medical bills: current bills relating to the medical mistake and costs anticipated with future care, such as medications and therapy
  • Lost income due to the recovery period or the loss of potential earnings if unable to work
  • Pain and suffering: the mental anguish of your medical malpractice experience.

A case involving wrongful death generally includes damages, such as:

  • Final medical expenses for your loved one
  • Funeral and burial cost, or cremation and memorial expenses
  • Lost wages the decedent contributed to the household.

The loss of a close loved one is something no amount of compensation can replace. If successful, however, compensation can serve as a form of justice for your late loved one. It can also ease the financial burden you experienced due to your loss.

You have nothing to lose by scheduling a free case consultation today. And, should we proceed with your case, you owe us nothing unless and until we win compensation for you.

Goodman Acker: Your Southfield Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Healthcare professionals owe patients a duty of care. But unfortunately, it takes just one careless caregiver to alter your quality of life forever.

Tired doctors, stressed nurses, or untrained staff are not your problems. But, unfortunately, you entrusted your health or that of a loved one to the care of a person, facility, or both, only to experience trauma.

Michigan law protects your right to pursue compensation for your damages. Medical malpractice lawyers from Goodman Acker help clients like you who suffer preventable harm.

Contact our team today if you or a loved one experienced a tragic medical error at 248-286-8100. Our staff is caring and compassionate. We listen to your story, review your evidence, and answer any questions you want to ask.

Hospitals, trauma centers, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities have someone on their side regarding claims and litigation. You deserve to have someone on your side, too.

Never settle with an insurance company without seeking a lawyer first. The insurance company wants your case to go away for the least amount possible quickly.

Protect your best interests by scheduling a free case consultation with Goodman Acker today. While we cannot guarantee compensation, we take great pride in our 99 percent success rate. So let us get to work for you.

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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