In many personal injury cases, the need for medical assistance after a car accident, slip and fall, or dog bite injury is clear. The injured person may have a broken bone, fracture or require stitches and the need for immediate medical assistance is obvious. In other cases, the accident victim may be unsure whether they need to see a doctor and spend the time and incur the associated costs.
Whether you have a Michigan car accident case, slip and fall case, dog bite case, medical malpractice case or other personal injury case, it is likely you will experience case evaluation. In most circuit court cases requesting money damages, the parties will submit to case evaluation or a mediation conference.
The Statute of Limitations sets forth the maximum time after an event in which legal proceedings can be initiated. After the statute of limitations expires, unless a legal exception applies, the injured party loses the right to file a lawsuit. Don't wait until the time period for filing your claim expires to get compensation for your injuries.
Generally, the government is immune from tort liability when engaged in a governmental function (see When Can The Government Be Sued?). However, an exception to this general rule exists for medical care provided by a government agency or employee.
It is important to know and understand your rights when you or your loved one is a patient in the hospital. For instance, did you know that hospitals are required to provide appropriate treatment and screening to every patient who presents to the emergency room regardless of insurance coverage, ethnicity, or citizenship?
When you or your loved one requires medical care, it is a stressful and emotional time. Even if not an emergency situation, it is not uncommon to experience panic, anxiety and fear. As a patient or representative, part of the process will undoubtedly involve filling out hospital admission forms. But how carefully do you read what you sign? Could you unknowingly sign away your or your loved one’s right to a jury trial in the event that the hospital negligently causes injury?