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Millions of people suffer injury at the hands of medical or healthcare providers every year. If your healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, hospital) failed to adhere to care standards, resulting in your injury, you should fight for justice. We’re proud to be the premier medical malpractice law firm in Georgia. You can count on us to get you the compensation that you’re entitled to.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.
When you or a loved one is in need of medical attention, it is natural to place your trust in the hands of a doctor or other healthcare professional. We rely on these individuals to diagnose and treat our illnesses and injuries, and often put our very lives in their hands. However, in some cases, that trust may be misplaced as medical professionals can make mistakes that lead to further injury or even death. In these situations, it is important to seek the guidance of a qualified medical malpractice lawyer.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the standard of care that is reasonable and necessary for their patient, resulting in harm or injury. This can include a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, or failure to diagnose a condition. These mistakes can have serious and even fatal consequences, leaving patients and their families to deal with the aftermath.
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The medical malpractice lawyers at DRS Law have the experience and expertise to handle your case. Because medical malpractice cases often involve complicated medical conditions and a complex framework of Georgia laws, you need a lawyer with a track record of success in medical malpractice cases and a reputation as a skilled and effective advocate for victims.
Another important factor to consider when searching for an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer is the lawyer’s communication style. Your medical malpractice case is likely to be a stressful and emotional time, and it’s important to have an compassionate and perusuaive advocate in your corner.
It is also important to understand that medical malpractice cases in Georgia can be complex and time-consuming. The Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at DRS Law stand ready to guide you through the legal process and help you understand your rights and the options available to you. We will thoroughly review your medical records, gather evidence, and interview witnesses to build a strong case on your behalf.
In some cases, we may be able to negotiate a settlement with the healthcare provider or their insurance company. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
It’s important to remember that you only have two years from the date of the malpractice to file a medical malpractice case in Georgia. The Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at DRS Law can advise you on the statute of limitations for your case and help you understand the deadlines for filing a claim.
What Damages Are Recoverable in a Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
If it is determined that medical malpractice occurred, victims may be able to recover compensatory damages. These damages are designed to restore what was lost as a result of the negligence. This can include economic damages such as lost wages and medical expenses, as well as noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded, but this is rare. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer and deter future bad conduct and are only awarded in cases of egregious misconduct.
In a Georgia medical malpractice lawsuit, there are several types of damages that may be recovered. These include:
- Economic damages: These are monetary losses that can be calculated, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity.
- Non-economic damages: These are non-monetary losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages: These are damages awarded as a punishment for particularly egregious behavior by the medical professional, and are intended to deter similar conduct in the future.
- Wrongful death damages: If a medical mistake results in a patient’s death, the patient’s family may be able to recover damages such as loss of companionship and funeral expenses.
The experienced Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at DRS Law can help evaluate your case and advise you on the damages you may be able to recover.
If you believe that you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. An experienced Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer can review your case and help determine if you have a claim and what damages may be available to you.
Understanding Your Medical Malpractice ClaimIf you’ve experienced an injury as a result of subpar medical care, you’ve likely considered bringing a medical malpractice suit against your healthcare provider. There are a few things you should keep in mind, however, in determining if you have a case.
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Elements of Malpractice
Medical malpractice in GEORGIA requires negligence, injury, and causation.
To bring a successful medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove the three required elements of malpractice: that your healthcare provider was negligent (meaning that their care fell short of established standards), that you sustained some type of injury or illness under their care, and that your injury or illness was directly caused by their negligence. If your claim lacks proof of any of the three elements–negligence, injury, or causation–your medical malpractice claim is likely not recoverable.
In most cases, the causation element is the most difficult element to prove. It is relatively easy to produce evidence proving that an injury was sustained, and that the attendant medical professional deviated from their standard of care in some manner. However, it can be very difficult to establish the link between the two. Most medical procedures involve countless variables, and if the defendant can show that the plaintiff’s injury could have been caused by circumstances other than the doctor’s negligence, the plaintiff may not recover.
Injury Alone is not malpractice
Sickness or injury alone do not constitute medical malpractice in Tennessee.
Some patients mistakenly believe that any illness or injury sustained during a hospital stay is sufficient grounds for a malpractice claim. Unfortunately, however, there are a number of unavoidable health risks that go along with most medical procedures. For instance, it’s not uncommon for patients to contract post-surgical infections or to have unforeseen reactions to certain medications or instruments, or even for a patient’s condition to worsen after a procedure. These situations, in themselves, do not prove negligence on behalf of the medical staff, and without establishing negligence and a causal link, a plaintiff only has proof of an accidental injury.
Substantial Harm Required
Successful malpractice suits generally require substantial harm.
Even if a plaintiff can show injury, negligence, and causation, his claim still may not be recoverable if his injury was minor. Conditions or injuries from which a patient quickly recovers–such as brief infections, minor allergic reactions, bruises, soreness, or cuts–will likely not support a medical malpractice lawsuit.
To be clear, this doesn’t mean that medical malpractice has not occurred. Even if an injury was minor, it is still correctly classified as malpractice if it directly resulted from a healthcare provider’s negligence. However, medical malpractice suits often require significant investments of time and money, and the compensation for minor injuries will likely be less than the cost of bringing a malpractice suit. Generally, a plaintiff’s injury must be relatively significant for a malpractice suit to be worthwhile. It’s important to consult with an attorney to determine whether your claim will sustain the costs of litigation.
Keep track of the statute of limitations.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two years from the date that the injury was discovered, but no more than five years from the date it occurred. For example, if a surgeon negligently damaged a patient’s organ, and the patient was not aware of the injury until a year later, the patient would have two years from the date of discovery to file suit. If the patient discovered the injury seven years later, however, it would be too late to file a medical malpractice claim. In other words, the injury must be discovered within five years of its occurrence in order to support a medical malpractice claim.
There are a couple of exceptions to these rules, however. If the patient could not discover the injury within the five-year limitation due to fraud or concealment on behalf of the healthcare provider, the five-year limitation will be removed and the patient will have two years from the date of discovery to file her claim, regardless of when the injury occurred.
The same extension applies to foreign object cases: a patient may bring a claim within one year of the discovery of a foreign object in her system, no matter how much time has passed since it was inserted.
Keep detailed records of your injury
Keep detailed records of your injury.
If you sustain an injury and plan to bring a medical malpractice claim, it’s important to document every stage of your injury, from the date of its occurrence (or the date that you notice it) onwards. Note any side effects and any changes in your condition as they occur, and always record the dates of such developments. This will help you remember the statute of limitations deadline for your claim, assist future medical providers in assessing the extent of your injuries, and help your medical malpractice attorney evaluate your claim. If you’re unsure of the next steps to take in your medical malpractice case, call the Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys at DRS Law for a free phone consultation. Let our experienced Georgia medical malpractice lawyers offer their expert advice on the best way to handle your claim.
Medical Malpractice Results
A man died suddenly after returning home from ER where he was never seen by a physician despite showing red flags for possible heart attack.
A pathologist’s misdiagnosis of a benign tumor as cancer resulted in an unnecessary amputation of a minor’s leg.
A 66-year-old man developed late stage lung cancer when a Tennessee cardiologist failed to follow-up on an abnormal x-ray.
An emergency department in Tennessee failed to communicate a blood infection to the patient, resulting in endocarditis and heart valve replacement surgery.
A neurosurgeon failed to treat a dural tear, resulting in arachnoiditis.
A man sustained a catastrophic spinal cord injury when a physical therapist failed to follow surgeon’s orders.
A newborn died from enterovirus when an OB/GYN mistreated the mother’s pre-delivery virus.
A 56-year-old woman suffered necrotizing fasciitis and septic shock when an OB/GYN failed to prescribe the appropriate antibiotic for an infection.
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