Timely detection of cancer is a matter of life and death. Our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Michigan is ready to help. For example, some forms of breast cancer have a 95% survival rate when caught at the earliest stage. The key to successful treatment of many types of cancer is an early diagnosis.

Sometimes, physicians fail to properly diagnose cancer. In fact, the misdiagnosis of cancer is among the leading causes of all medical errors and medical malpractice lawsuits. Our team of cancer misdiagnosis attorneys have over 800 years of combined legal experience. Making us Michigan's most experienced personal injury law firm!

Some of the mistakes that a doctor may make in screening for cancer include:

  • Failure to understand or notice the nature of a patient’s complaints
  • Failure to order the proper test, such as a mammogram or PSA test
  • Failure to properly read or interpret test results
  • Failure to refer a patient to a specialist for further testing
  • Failure to note that a patient’s family history increases the risk of a particular type of cancer
  • Failure to notice a mass or mistaking a malignant mass for one that is benign
  • Failure to run routine tests, such as a prostate screening for males over age fifty
  • Failure to test one who is at risk, because of age or ethnicity. For example, African-American males are at increased risk of prostate cancer and need screening tests from the age of forty
  • Failure to follow-up with a patient if cancer should be suspected


Sometimes, the reason for delayed cancer diagnosis is not the fault of a physician. You need to take care of your own health and get medical check-ups.



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If you have discomfort, pain, an unusual lump or mass, or other health concerns, be sure to tell your doctor. Also, let your physician know about any family or personal history of cancer. If you believe that you are not being adequately screened for cancer risks, then you should express this concern to your physician. Never be afraid to seek a second opinion, if you think that one is required.

It is important for your family physician to check for cancers that may pose a greater risk to you, due to your family history, gender, or age. Most cancer tests are painless. Regular cancer screening and early diagnosis can greatly increase your prospects for a long and quality life.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of failure to properly diagnose cancer, contact our cancer misdiagnosis lawyers as soon as possible.



Some forms of medical malpractice are unmistakable, like performing surgery on the wrong body part, the wrong patient, or administering the wrong medication.

Most types of malpractice may not be obvious. For example, if an individual was not warned about the serious risk of a particular treatment or if treatment unexpectedly causes a horrible injury, malpractice may have occurred.

In general, an individual may have a medical malpractice claim when a doctor or other medical professional failed to provide proper treatment and the incorrect treatment caused the patient to suffer a new injury. The law requires evidence of new injury, because it would be unreasonable to hold the healthcare professional responsible for the original medical problem.



  • Failure to diagnose a medical condition
  • Misdiagnosis of a medical condition
  • Failure to treat a patient’s medical condition properly
  • Failure to administer anesthesia safely
  • Failure to manage a pregnancy or deliver a baby in a safe manner. See our Birth Injuries section for more information on these types of malpractices
  • Failure of a nurse or other staff member to keep a treating physician informed of a patient’s condition
  • Failure to administer medications properly
  • Failure to protect a patient from a fall or other injury on hospital property


If you or a family member is a victim of medical malpractice, contact us immediately.


Federal laws and regulations govern many aspects of the health care system. In Michigan, state laws provide some additional protection. Even these laws do not go far enough, because a patient cannot file a legal claim to protect his or her rights, before suffering serious physical injury.

The Michigan law, MCL 333.20201, known as the Patient Bill of Rights provides that a patient or resident of a health care facility have, at a minimum, the following rights.



  • To not be denied appropriate care based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual preference, or source of payment
  • To inspect, or receive for a reasonable fee, a copy of his or her medical record upon request. A third party shall not be given a copy of the person’s medical record without prior authorization of that individual
  • To confidential treatment of personal and medical records
  • To refuse release of personal and medical records to a person outside the health facility or agency, except as required because of a transfer to another health care facility or as required by law or third party payment contract
  • To privacy, to the extent feasible, in treatment and in caring for personal needs with consideration, respect, and full recognition of his or her dignity and individuality
  • To receive adequate and appropriate care
  • To receive, from the appropriate individual within the health facility or agency, information about his or her medical condition, proposed course of treatment, and prospects for recovery, in terms that the patient or resident can understand, unless medically contradicted as documented by the attending physician in the medical record
  • To refuse treatment to the extent provided by law and to be informed of the consequences of that refusal. If a refusal of treatment prevents a health facility or agency or its staff from providing appropriate care according to ethical and professional standards, the relationship with the patient or resident may be terminated upon reasonable notice
  • To exercise his or her rights as a patient or resident and as a citizen, and present grievances or recommend changes in policies and services on behalf of himself or herself or others to the health facility or agency staff, to governmental officials, or to another person of his or her choice within or outside the health facility or agency, free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal
  • To receive information about the health facility’s or agency’s policies and procedures for initiation, review, and resolution of patient or resident complaints
  • To receive information concerning an experimental procedure proposed as a part of his or her care and to refuse to participate in the experimental procedure without jeopardizing his or her continuing care
  • To receive and examine an explanation of his or her bill regardless of the source of payment and to receive, upon request, information relating to financial assistance available through the health facility or agency
  • To know who is responsible for and who is providing his or her direct care, to receive information concerning his or her continuing health needs and alternatives for meeting those needs, and to be involved in his or her discharge planning, if appropriate
  • To associate and have private communications and consultations with his or her physician, attorney, or any other person of his or her choice
  • To send and receive personal mail unopened on the same day it is received at the health facility or agency, unless medically contraindicated as documented by the attending physician in the medical record
  • To exercise fully his or her civil and religious liberties, including the right to independent personal decisions and the right to knowledge of available choices. The health facility or agency shall encourage and assist in the fullest possible exercise of these rights
  • To meet with, and participate in, the activities of social, religious, and community groups at his or her discretion, unless medically contradicted as documented by the attending physician in the medical record
  • To be free from mental and physical abuse and from physical and chemical restraints, except those restraints authorized in writing by the attending physician for a specified and limited time or as are necessitated by an emergency to protect the patient or resident from injury to self or others, in which case the restraint may only be applied by a qualified professional who shall set forth in writing the circumstances requiring the use of restraints and who shall promptly report the action to the attending physician. In case of a chemical restraint, a physician shall be consulted within 24 hours after the commencement of the chemical restraint
  • To be free from performing services for the health facility or agency that are not included for therapeutic purposes in the plan of care
  • To receive the health facility or agency rules and regulations affecting patient or resident care and conduct
  • To receive adequate and appropriate pain and symptom management as a basic and essential element of his or her medical treatment


If you or a family member is the victim of medical malpractice, contact us immediately.


Michigan law assures individuals the right to receive important information about their health insurance coverage. This law applies to state-regulated health insurance companies, health maintenance organizations (HMO), preferred provider organizations (PPO), and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.



  • Which services are included in the health care coverage plan?
  • How much an individual patient will have to pay for services?
  • Who can an individual call to file a complaint?
  • How does the insurance plan handle coverage for emergencies?
  • What happens if a person’s family physician no longer participates in that insurance plan?
  • What happens if a person needs treatment while out of state or out of the covered service area?


If you did not get this information, you should contact your insurance company and ask for this important material. State law offers special protection to individuals covered by a health care plan that requires selection of a physician from an approved list of health professionals (i.e. most HMOs and similar plans).



  • The qualifications of doctors available to provide treatment
  • The services that require advance approval
  • The coverage for prescription drugs
  • The way that the health plan pays for services


Under the law, your HMO must provide you with the name, address, and phone number of a person to contact for more information about the issues listed above. If you do not know whom to contact, call the HMO and ask to be connected with someone who can give you further information.

You also should be aware of other state laws related to health care and health insurance coverage. A health insurance plan cannot ask a physician to sign a contract that stops that doctor from telling patients about all of their medical options and rights. Additionally, the insurance company must guarantee health coverage without pre-approval, if a patient has a medical emergency.

Finally, the Michigan law, MCL 550.1907-15, known as the Patient’s Right to Independent Review Act, provides an appeal process, if a health insurance company refuses to pay for necessary medical treatment that an individual believes should be covered.



  1. The insurance company must give the person prompt written notice of the dispute
  2. The health insurer must review its decision to deny benefits, if the individual requests it
  3. If the insurance company continues to refuse payment for the treatment, or fails to review the initial negative decision, the patient has the right to file an appeal with the state Office of Financial and Insurance Services. (This is the last step in the appeal process, because current state law does not give a patient to file a lawsuit against the health care plan)


If you or a family member is a victim of medical malpractice, contact us immediately.

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