Helping You Resolve Your Medical Malpractice Claim With Compassion
Hoffer & Sheremet’s medical malpractice lawyers represent patients in claims against healthcare providers. We guide our clients through every step of a lawsuit against hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers. We are experienced medical malpractice attorneys based in Grand Rapids and serving all of Michigan.
How Do Hoffer & Sheremet Medical Malpractice Lawyers Use Technology?
Our innovative use of technology takes your case to the next level. Whether it is sharing medical record links with experts to save you money on copying and mailing costs or creating educational video models of anatomy, Hoffer & Sheremet leads the industry in using technology in medical malpractice cases.
What Kind Of Medical Malpractice Cases Do You Take?
At Hoffer & Sheremet, we take all kinds of medical malpractice cases on behalf of patients and families. We sue doctors, hospitals, nurses, and other health care providers who make mistakes that cause serious, life-altering injuries.
Common claims of medical malpractice include hospital negligence,birth injurieslikecerebral palsy,Erb’s palsy, brachial plexus injury, brain damage or even death caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, brain injury, spinal injury, surgical negligence, obstetrical malpractice, gynecological negligence, and nursing negligence.
How is a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Michigan?
Filing a lawsuit against a physician, hospital, nurse or other healthcare provider in Michigan is subject to many strict rules and laws. There are a lot of hoops to jump through. At Hoffer & Sheremet, after we accept your case for an initial review, we review all of the medical records and identify an expert witness that meets certain legal requirements. After that expert reviews your case and agrees that the doctor or other healthcare provider made a mistake, we give what’s called a “Notice of Intent” to the doctors and hospitals. After that, there is a six-month waiting period. Only a few cases are settled during this “notice period.” If your case does not settle, we file a medical malpractice Complaint along with an Affidavit of Merit from our expert witness. This starts the lawsuit. For more detailed information about medical malpractice procedure, read our article:Medical Malpractice 101.
What is Hoffer & Sheremet's Client-Centered Philosophy?
At Hoffer & Sheremet we are proud of our client-centered philosophy. Our clients’ needs and interests always come first. We educate our clients about the litigation process and the medicine. We keep our clients continually informed. We take as much time as you need answering questions, reviewing documents, and just sitting and talking with you about your case.
Initiating a medical malpractice claim against a hospital or provider can be a long and difficult journey. A medical malpractice claim is very different thanauto negligenceor otherpersonal injury claims. It requires a notice period before suit can be filed andexpert witnesssupport. How and when a suit can be filed is dependent on whether the patient was a minor at the time of the injury, whether the patient died as a result, when the injury occurred, or sometimes, when the negligence was discovered. There are also very specific rules that govern whatdamagesyou may be entitled to. For more detailed information about medical malpractice procedure, read our article:Medical Malpractice 101.
From our initial meeting until resolution of your claim, we will explain every step of this complicated process. We will also have a medical professional review your case at the outset, so you are fully informed of the strengths and potential weaknesses of your case, and can make an informed decision, before suit is filed.
What damages are available to compensate patients for medical mistakes?
Damages are an important element of medical malpractice cases. At Hoffer & Sheremet, we begin analyzing your damages from the very beginning and work with you to decide a reasonable value for your case. Damages include economic damages, like medical expenses, lost wages, replacement services, and other things that have cost you money. Damages also include non-economic damages, which is compensation for things like pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement. Non-economic damages are capped in Michigan. Read more in our article dedicated to damages in medical malpractice cases.