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If you’re looking for a Detroit 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 Detroit 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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Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Detroit Have 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. Our Detroit medical malpractice attorneys know Michigan laws inside and out. We also know how to mount a winning strategy, and our track record shows it. Here are some examples of significant results for clients our Detroit 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 of 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.

How Our Detroit Medical Malpractice Attorneys Are Different

Unparalleled 99% Success Rate

Goodman Acker is not your ordinary law firm. Our Detroit 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 significant 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 Detroit 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 Detroit do not handle because they do not have the talent or resources to handle them.

Our winning team has a 99% success rate. Our 99% success rate speaks for itself. You make a good choice when you work with our medical malpractice lawyers in Detroit. We rise to the challenge and use our collective knowledge, skills, and resources to make sure our Detroit 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 Detroit and throughout Michigan.
  • Our winning record in medical malpractice cases is strong, shown by the millions of dollars we have recovered for our clients.
  • Our team of seasoned Detroit 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. See our client testimonials to get a better understanding of how our work has impacted their lives.

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.

Get Help with Your Claim from Our Detroit Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Find Out if You Have a Case

If you believe that you or someone you care about has been a victim of medical malpractice and have a case against a doctor, it is important to talk to our Detroit medical malpractice attorney. The courts view medicine as more of an art than an exact science, so providers are often not found negligent, even if they did make a mistake. Given the complexities of a medical malpractice case, it is important that you work with our experienced legal team. We will answer any questions that you may have and determine if the doctor, nurse, surgeon, or hospital was negligent and at fault for your injuries. There may be multiple parties responsible for your injuries.

How Our Team Will Build Your Detroit Medical Malpractice Case

When you meet with our medical malpractice attorney in Detroit, 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 Detroit will:

  • Investigate your case and gather what evidence is available to determine who was responsible for the harm you’ve suffered. It may be from photographs, videos, medical records, and doctor and eyewitness reports.
  • 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 Detroit are dedicated to not only getting you the best possible results, but also to ensuring you are informed and empowered.

Proving Negligence in a Detroit Medical Malpractice Case

To develop a strong legal case, our attorneys will need to prove that negligence occurred. Medicine is not always an exact science so you may not have the outcome you want from your medical treatment or procedure, but that doesn’t mean malpractice took place.

Our medical malpractice lawyer in Detroit will first ask for your version of what happened and where you think the medical malpractice occurred. We will then begin to examine medical records and conduct additional research. Based on the facts and the injuries you sustained, we can estimate whether you have a valid case. Our research will also inform the amount of a medical malpractice settlement we can pursue.

Our medical malpractice lawyers meticulously research every case.

Because medical malpractice claims are often complex and can sometimes be difficult to prove, our team works meticulously to build your case. There are many factors that must be considered in these cases, such as:

  • Duty of care: Did the medical provider meet the duty of care they owed you? All licensed doctors and healthcare professionals are employed to protect and treat patients with illnesses or injuries. They are responsible for providing your medical care to the best of their abilities at all times.
  • Breach of duty: If your doctor or hospital fails to provide you with the level of medical care and attention that’s required by the Michigan Board of Medicine, it may be considered a breach of duty.
  • Breach of duty caused injury: If it is established that the provider or hospital did fail to provide you the required care, their negligence may have caused injury. We must establish that injury occurred.
  • Link the breach of duty with injury: If our medical malpractice attorneys in Detroit can prove that causal relationship occurred, we can pursue a legal case. We must show that a breach of duty by a healthcare professional caused you to suffer severe injuries or illness.

When we submit findings to prove these four elements apply to your medical malpractice case, we will obtain an affidavit of merit from a medical professional as required by Michigan law. We always build an exceptionally strong case before we proceed to the negotiation stage. That way, when we seek your medical malpractice settlement, we can obtain the best possible compensation. If the insurer doesn’t provide a reasonable amount, we’ll discuss your next options. If we need to take your case to court, you’ll find our Detroit team of medical malpractice lawyers are fierce litigators.

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 money to compensate for medical bills (related to the original ailment and to 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 Detroit 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 Detroit will gather information to project the total costs of the incident, both now and in the future.

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

  • Medical bills (including surgery, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, etc.)
  • Transportation costs
  • Expenses for support services such as house cleaning or yard work
  • Lost income
  • Funeral expenses for your loved one, if medical malpractice resulted in death.

Non-economic Damages in a Detroit Medical Malpractice Case

Any harm to you caused by medical malpractice needs to be accounted for in the compensation we seek in your legal case. Some costs resulting from an injury 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. As of 2023, the state of Michigan caps non-economic damages at a limit of $537,900. There are exceptions to this cap for 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).

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

We fight aggressively for your maximum compensation. 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 Detroit 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 that you experience pain and suffering or emotional anguish. Depend on our knowledgeable attorneys to determine the full accounting of all damages available in your case. Call our Detroit medical malpractice attorney today at (248) 286-8100 for your free consultation.

Detroit Medical Malpractice FAQs

Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Detroit Answer Common Questions

Medical malpractice claims can be complex, and you may not understand the specifics of the relevant laws. You may also struggle to determine whether your injury was caused by an honest error or by negligence. We can help. Here are some of the common questions our Detroit medical malpractice attorneys hear from our clients.

Medical malpractice cases, by their very nature of dealing with medical issues, are complex. They require specialized knowledge not only of the law, but also of medicine. It is often the case that only a medical professional can adequately determine that a provider or hospital was negligent and that their negligence caused you harm. That is why our medical malpractice lawyers in Detroit regularly use the expertise of medical doctors to make our legal claim. In addition, M.C.L. §600.2912d requires that we obtain a medical professional’s signature on an affidavit of merit for any medical malpractice case where we intend to prove negligence caused your injuries.

The damages you can seek in a medical malpractice claim in Detroit relate to the cost of your injuries. Those costs can be economic, like medical bills or lost income from your time spent in treatment. They can also be non-economic and include compensation for pain and suffering. Each case is unique, so it’s best to talk about the circumstances of your injuries with our medical malpractice lawyer. Our highly skilled staff members and medical malpractice lawyers in Detroit 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 maximum compensation for your injuries.

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

Our team at Goodman Acker provides free consultations to determine whether 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 Detroit medical malpractice lawyers seek justice for our clients, regardless of their financial situation.

Yes. While medical providers can be responsible for their negligence individually, many serve as part of a hospital system. If our research shows that the hospital itself, whether through actions, policy or administrative decisions, carries some or all of the responsibility for your injuries, we can pursue a medical malpractice case against the hospital. We can also pursue multiple parties in your case, to include both your provider and a hospital.

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 caused by negligence, find out whether you have a medical malpractice case. Call our team at Goodman Acker.

There are many ways in which our clients are harmed in medical malpractice cases. While our above answers may cover some questions you have, you probably have others that apply to your situation. We are happy to answer them.

Schedule your free consultation with our Detroit medical malpractice attorney today. Let’s chat about your case. Call us at (248) 286-8100.

Don’t Delay. Statutes of Limitations Can Impact Your Case.

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 gets more complicated: You have six months following the discovery of that incident to file your claim, and the 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).

Attorney Scott Fanzini


J. Scott Fanzini graduated from law school in the top ten percent of his class. He has been the lead attorney on numerous high-exposure cases tried before a jury in both Michigan and Indiana. Scott advises individuals and businesses involved in complex legal disputes, including in professional liability matters such as medical and legal malpractice, first- and third-party liability matters, catastrophic claims, business litigation, and appeals.
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    Serious Consequences Call for Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorneys

    Unfortunately, medical malpractice can result in long-term medical problems that can impact all areas of your life. Our Detroit medical malpractice attorneys will fight to ensure you get all the compensation you deserve so you can move forward. At Goodman Acker, we will always dedicate ourselves to success in your case. We don’t just want to win you compensation, we want you to get your life back on track as soon as possible.

    Our Detroit medical malpractice lawyer understands your challenges and comes to your aid out of compassion. We will not add to your stress. It is our job to handle the legal matters so you can tend to your healing. Our goal is to give you peace of mind. You can rest assured that if you have a medical malpractice claim in Detroit, we will dedicate ourselves to getting you the best outcome possible. At Goodman Acker, our experience has taught us just how important it is for you to regain your life. We will do all we can to get you there.

    Find out how we’re different. Let’s talk about your case today. From that first conversation, you’ll know we care. We’ll treat you like a member of our own family. Give our compassionate medical malpractice attorney in Detroit a call at (248) 286-8100.

    Make a good decision. Your health and future are at stake.

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