Judge Power told us during pretrial litigation that a plaintiff has not won a medical malpractice trial in Grand Traverse County since 1997. Yesterday, Hoffer & Sheremet changed that. After a 7 1/2 day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor for FULL COMPENSATION (every penny we asked for). The case… Read More
It is well understood that in a medical malpractice claim, the injured patient may recover out-of-pocket medical expenses when the case settles or goes to trial. But what about the medical expenses that were covered by the patient’s health insurance provider? Many injured patients are surprised to learn that their insurance provider has a right… Read More
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. Read More
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! Read More
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. Read More
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? Read More