Our Michigan urgent care clinic medical malpractice lawyers file lawsuits against centers for medical negligence.
A patient who is harmed due to an improper treatment or misdiagnosis can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The experienced attorneys at The Buckfire Law Firm are here to help.
The number of urgent care clinics has grown substantially over the past decade. They seem to be everywhere in major cities and suburban areas, including in strip malls and stand-alone offices. These centers are more convenient than visiting a hospital emergency room and many minor injuries and illnesses can be diagnosed and treated at them.
But urgent care centers and their doctors have the same legal duty to provide appropriate and reasonable care as is required in a hospital emergency department. When a doctor at a clinic makes a medical mistake that results in injury to the patient, it can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- What Is a Pop-Up Medical Clinic?
- What are the most Common Conditions Treated at Urgent Care?
- Common Emergency Room Malpractice Lawsuits
- Can I Sue an Urgent Care Clinic for Medical Malpractice?
- How Much are Urgent Care Settlements?
What Is a Pop-Up Medical Clinic?
Pop-Up Clinics are like urgent care centers and are frequently seen in more vulnerable populations. They promote high quality care at a low cost. Many large retailers now have these clinics in their stores to service customers.
In fact, many Walmart Stores have Walmart Health Clinics and other major retailers, are following that business model and putting medical clinics in their stores.
What are the most Common Conditions Treated at Urgent Care?
Patients visit urgent care clinics for a wide range of medical conditions. The most common are:
- Abdominal and stomach pain
- High fevers and flue
- Chest pain
- Broken bones and sprains
- Cuts and lacerations
- Colds and sore throats
- Ear infections
- Eye infections and irritation
- Food poisoning
Patients who visit urgent care centers may have minor problem that can be treated at the clinic, but many have more serious issues that require hospitalization and specialized medical expertise.
Common Emergency Room Malpractice Lawsuits
The most common lawsuits brought against urgent care clinics for medical malpractice include misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose the following:
- Fracture or dislocation.
- Foreign body in a wound.
- Heart attack, or myocardial infarction.
- Appendicitis or bowel obstruction.
- Stroke or impending stroke.
- Pulmonary embolism (PE) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Blood clots
- Lyme Disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Broken and fractured bones
- Spinal epidural abscess
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Compartment Syndrome
The medical staff must properly diagnose a life-threatening condition or a condition that will lead to severe complications if not timely diagnosed and treated.
Most clinics do not have the same diagnostic equipment as a hospital emergency department, like an MRI or CT scan, so it is essential that a patient be sent somewhere with those capabilities if it is necessary to diagnose a condition.
In addition, many urgent care clinics are staffed with family practice physicians, physician assistants, and other general practitioners without experience and training in emergency medicine.
As such, a referral to a medical specialist or immediate transfer to a hospital equipped to handle a medical emergency is often required based upon the condition of the patient.
Can I Sue an Urgent Care Clinic for Medical Malpractice?
If you or someone you care about was victim of medical malpractice at an urgent care clinic, you can sue the clinic owner and the doctors that failed to provide required medical care.
To win a case, it must be proven that the medical care provider was negligent and that the negligence was a cause of an injury.
If a patient dies due to the failure to diagnose or treat a condition in an urgent care clinic, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
A family representative can sue the clinic and doctor for damages and losses resulting from the death of the loved one.
How Much are Urgent Care Settlements?
Every case is unique and there is no calculator to determine your urgent care clinic settlement amount.
The factors that determine settlements include the type of harm caused by the malpractice, the permanency of damages, and the amount of medical bills and lost income resulting from the negligent care.
Our lawyers will evaluate your case to determine if you are eligible for a settlement. If your case meets the required criteria, we will work very hard to get you the maximum possible settlement.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Michigan Urgent Care Lawsuit?
There are strict time deadlines for filing cases and if you miss that deadline your case will be barred forever.
In general, you must file your lawsuit within two years of the date of the medical malpractice. There are some exceptions, so speak with our attorneys today to avoid missing any deadlines.
Call A Michigan Urgent Care Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
To find out if you can sue a Michigan urgent care clinic for medical malpractice, you should contact The Buckfire Law Firm immediately to discuss your case.
Our award-winning lawyers will get your medical records and review them to see if you have a case.
It costs no money to get started. And we only get paid a fee if you receive a settlement.
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