Michigan Medical Malpractice Bill Concerns Personal Injury Lawyers and Angers Parents of Children in Class Action Misdiagnosis Lawsuit
Legislation recently introduced by several Michigan Senators has outraged parents of children who are alleged to have been injured by Dearborn neurologist, Dr. Yasser Awaad. Mothers, fathers and attorneys alike are worried that the bill will make it easy for doctors to get away with medical malpractice injuries, as it limits physician liability for damages. Any parent with a child injured by medical malpractice—whether birth injuries, failure to diagnose and properly treat medical emergencies, surgical mistakes or errors with medication or treatment—trusts that the law will protect their ability to seek compensation. However, there are many reasons a parent may have to file a Michigan medical malpractice lawsuit.
In the case of Dr. Awaad, hundreds of parents have accused him of misdiagnosing their children with a serious medical condition, epilepsy, and prescribing dangerous medications. A WXYZ Action News story interviewed some of the parents who believe that Dr. Awaad made an incorrect medical diagnosis and mistakenly gave their child dangerous drugs.
For Detroit, Michigan personal injury lawyers, Goodman Acker, medical malpractice cases in Michigan require constant awareness of any new laws pertaining to doctor negligence and injured medical patients. They know that the rights of kids injured by Doctor Awaad could be jeopardized if this medical malpractice legislation passes.
According to the WXYZ report, Marie Woolen is one of many parents who believe the heavy medication their kids were prescribed caused physical and psychological damage. “It’s been devastating,” said Woolen of her son’s situation. ”My hopes and dreams have been shattered. He can’t be a doctor, he can’t be a lawyer…his memory is completely distorted.”
The parents of Dr. Awaad’s alleged child medical malpractice victims are extremely distressed by the thought that a doctor guilty of malpractice may not be held accountable. “This bill makes a mockery out of the justice system,” attorney Brian Benner, who is representing the parents involved, told the news station. “Whatever happened to patient safety? We should have patient safety bills.”
Some of the parents who say their child was misdiagnosed by Doctor Awaad are worried about how the legislation will impact their ability to recover medical malpractice compensation. “I’m worried if this bill passes my son will not have any recourse,” said Woolen.
When a child is diagnosed with a severe illness, it can be devastating to the entire family. Very often such news is followed by medication prescriptions and/or medical procedures but sometimes parents discover that the doctor was a negligent provider, made the wrong diagnosis and/or may have even prescribed incorrect drugs.
The National Academy of Science states that approximately 98,000 Americans die from medical mistakes each year. Medical malpractice is a form of negligence that can be manifest in many ways, including an incorrect diagnosis of a disease, a mistaken prescription, an injury in the hospital, disfigurement, a needlestick or pain and suffering. If someone is injured due to a doctor’s digression from the standard of care, that provider may be liable for the injury that has occurred. If there is a patient fatality, it could be a case of medical malpractice wrongful death.
Anyone can be affected by medical malpractice, as well as laws that may protect doctors from being sued. Remember, every physician takes the Socratic oath—”Do no harm”—and it applies to medical diagnoses, prescriptions and treatments, in order to protect adult and child patients alike.
The Law Offices of Goodman Acker can help anyone suffering from a doctor’s mistake, hospital injury or pharmacist’s error because medical malpractice is a core area of our expertise. If you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of a medical mistake by a doctor or provider, we can fight for your rights. Call a Detroit, Michigan personal injury lawyer at 1-866-DON’T-LOSE or complete our online contact form for a free consultation. We can help you pursue the medical malpractice damages you deserve.
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