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What is an Elder Law Attorney?

An Elder Law Attorney is a legal professional who specializes in addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by older adults, their families, and caregivers. They provide assistance in areas such as estate planning, long-term care planning, guardianship, conservatorship, retirement, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid issues, and elder abuse prevention. Their main goal is to help seniors navigate the complex legal landscape to protect their rights and ensure a high quality of life.

What services does an Elder Law Attorney provide?

  • Protection against elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation
  • Assist with Medicaid planning and the Medicaid application process for long-term care benefits
  • Explores ways to defray long-term care costs
  • Guardianships and conservatorships including fiduciary administration
  • Nursing home and in-home care issues
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney
  • Power of Attorney
  • Veterans benefits and healthcare

Legal issues that impact seniors are governed by complex regulations and laws that vary by state, they often require a unique understanding of the personal impacts of aging which can make you or your loved ones more physically, financially, and socially vulnerable. Elder law addresses various decisions and circumstances that come up later in life, focusing on how your estate plan will be executed after your death.

Many people think elder law should only be a concern if you have complex life situations such as a disability, special needs, a second marriage, a high-value estate, or financially reckless adult children. Elder law is important for people with these concerns, but it’s also vital for all seniors to become familiar with elder law to better understand their options and also identify important aspects of planning.

What is a Malpractice Attorney?

A Malpractice law attorney is a legal professional who specializes in representing clients in cases involving professional negligence or misconduct. These attorneys handle lawsuits against professionals, such as doctors, nurses, dentists, lawyers, accountants, and others, who have allegedly caused harm due to substandard care or services. A Malpractice law attorney’s responsibilities include gathering evidence, filing claims, negotiating settlements, and taking cases to trial when necessary, with the ultimate goal of securing compensation for their clients who have suffered damages due to professional malpractice.

What services does a Malpractice Attorney provide?

  • Medical Malpractice occurs when a medical professional or provider neglects to provide appropriate treatment, omit to take an appropriate action, or gives substandard treatment that causes harm, injury, or death to a patient.
  • A Malpractice Attorney is appropriate to contact if a physician has failed to properly diagnose a condition, treat a condition, or refer you to the appropriate medical specialist and it results in injury or death.

Medical malpractice lawsuits are handled by the civil court in Michigan.  In the state of Michigan, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of the time of the alleged incident. The injured party must be able to provide evidence that the injury was caused by the negligence on the part of a healthcare professional, or in some cases the facility in which the healthcare professional practiced.

In order to prove medical malpractice a patient must have evidence the health care provider acted negligently or failed to provide a standard level of care that another qualified healthcare provider would provide in the same situation.  To win a medical malpractice case in Michigan the patient must prove that the healthcare provider’s negligence caused his or her injury. The patient must also be able to prove damages which may include medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and other additional costs.

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