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Michigan House passes 2 medical malpractice reforms

Michigan's lawmakers have been hard at work attempting to reform the state's medical malpractice laws, and last week the House did pass several changes and sent the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The "Patients First Reform Package" in its entirety included several controversial bills that would limit medical malpractice damage awards, limit the time period allowed for suing on behalf of a deceased patient, and expand the categories of health care professionals that can be sued and limit the types of cases in which doctors can be held liable.

Two bills have now been passed by both the House and Senate in Michigan and they are now awaiting the governor's approval. The first bill limits medical malpractice damage awards and the second limits the time period in which a lawsuit can be filed on behalf of a deceased person, and it also places further restrictions on attorney fees and other costs.

Unfortunately, neither of these bills seems to work in favor of patients.

The bill that would have expanded the types of medical professionals that can be liable in medical malpractice lawsuits did not reach a vote in the House.

Another bill that would have further limited the liability of health care professionals and facilities did not make it out of committee after staunch opposition from personal injury lawyers and medical malpractice victims.

While these reforms will change the arena of medical malpractice law, those who have been harmed by medical professionals do still have the right to pursue legal recourse. It is important to hold these doctors, nurses and other health care workers accountable for their mistakes not only in order to obtain compensation, but also to bring the errors to light to prevent them from happening again.

Source: MLive, "Two medical malpractice bills pass Michigan Legislature, others fail to reach vote," Melissa Anders, Dec. 15, 2012

  • Information about patient's rights and medical malpractice law in Michigan is available on our Ann Arbor law firm's Medical Malpractice page.

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