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Get to Know Our Litigation and Trial Team. At Hoffer & Sheremet, we pride ourselves on working as a team. We take a team approach to every case. Your case
Our Malpractice Litigation and Trial Team
Medical and Legal Malpractice Case Process
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If you think you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, contact us for a free case review. You can call, email, or fill out our contact form. Someone, most likely Emily, will be in touch to gather more information about your case. It is very helpful if you have any documents gathered together in one place. A timeline is also very helpful. For your case review, we will need the names of the healthcare providers that you think made a mistake, the names of any hospitals or doctor’s offices, and the dates on which you believe mistakes were made.
We have been malpractice trial lawyers for a long time. Sometimes, we will know right away that you do not have a case. You may have waited too long to sue, your injury might be a recognized risk, it might be too hard to prove that the malpractice caused your injury, or the cost of paying experts might be higher than we think you would recover. We will always be completely honest with you.
If we think your lawyer or healthcare provider might have made a mistake, and we think that mistake caused you an injury, then we will hire experts to make sure we are right. We will ask you to gather all of your records, and then we will send your records to the experts.
It can take a long time for an expert review. If the experts are not supportive on both breach of the standard of care and causation, then the investigation ends. But if the experts believe your former doctor, nurse, other healthcare provider or lawyer made a mistake that caused your injury, then the case will continue.
Pre-Suit Settlement or Litigation
Lawsuits take a long time and cost a lot of money. So, we always try to settle your case without needing to file a lawsuit in Court. We write a demand letter in legal malpractice cases. In medical malpractice cases, the law requires us to serve a Notice of Intent and then wait 182 days before filing the lawsuit. Sometimes, we will send a demand letter before the Notice of Intent. Very few medical malpractice cases settle without filing a lawsuit. More legal malpractice cases do, though.
If we can’t settle your case, we will file a lawsuit and begin litigation. You can read about the litigation process here.
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At Hoffer & Sheremet, we never post verdict amounts on our website after winning a medical or legal malpractice case because we do not want to risk misleading our clients. No two cases are the same. There are so many factors that go into a verdict, not to mention that verdicts are usually reduced by the Court significantly. The numbers on websites can be illusions. Not to mention, we view the actual number the client’s victory, not ours, and our clients are entitled to their privacy.
We get calls every day from patients who feel they have been wronged by their doctors. Many times these wrongs are perceived slights, failure to communicate, or a failure to ensure the patient understands his or her health situation.
In some circumstances, medical negligence could have been avoided with a stronger physician-patient relationship. It is our hope that patients and physicians will read and apply the following tips. If our firm never received another medical malpractice case because a physician never committed negligence again, that would be okay with us!
The long-awaited decision in Harrison v Munson Medical Center was issued yesterday. To briefly recap, the patient sued Munson, among others, after she was burned with a Bovie device during surgery. Munson presented a defense based on habit, routine, and practice evidence (i.e., what health care practitioners usually do), claiming no one involved had any memory of what happened. The defense then crafted a theory that the Bovie had been properly holstered, but somehow became unholstered and made its way to the patient’s arm.
Twice as many people in Michigan die from drug overdoses than from car accidents. Let the gravity of that statistic sink in for a moment. Twice as many. And even more startling –about 80% of heroin users previously misused prescription opioids. So it is not surprising to find that Michigan has the tenth highest per capita opioid prescription rate and one of the highest rates of accidental drug overdose in the country! What is being done to address this epidemic?