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Changes in Medical Malpractice Laws

Michigan lawmakers are attempting to drastically reform the state’s medical malpractice laws. Last month, the House passed bills aimed to modify the current state of medical malpractice in Michigan.

The reforms, collectively known as the Patients’ First Reform Package contain bills to:

  • Limit medical malpractice awards
  • Limit the time period allowed for suing on behalf a deceased patient
  • Limit the types of cases in which health care professionals can be held liable
  • Expand the categories of health care professionals who can be sued for medical malpractice

Two of these bills — limiting damage awards and the time period in which a suit can be filed on behalf of someone deceased — have already been passed by both House and the Senate and are currently awaiting the governor’s approval.

It has been argued that these bills do not work in favor of patients. The one bill that promoted patient rights by expanding the types of medical professionals who can be held liable in medical malpractice cases did not come to a vote in the House.

While it seems that this package of medical malpractice reform bills does not advance the rights of patients, it is important to remember that if a medical professional has harmed you, you still have the right to pursue your case.

For more than 45 years, our personal injury attorneys have successfully handled a vast range of medical malpractice cases. We have helped clients obtain the relief necessary to recover from their injuries. Please don’t hesitate to contact Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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