Medical professionals are tasked with providing care and healing. In cases of medical malpractice, the opposite occurs. When a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis, fails to treat a patient’s condition promptly, issues a wrong prescription or neglects to administer appropriate care, the patient may suffer serious and life-threatening injuries.
The victim and his or her family may be overwhelmed with medical bills and other costs. In cases of permanent disability, the victim may never be able to work again. In addition, victims and their families often endure lasting emotional pain and suffering from medical errors. An effective medical malpractice lawyer can help recover damages such as lost wages, past and future medical expenses and for the pain and suffering associated with the ordeal.
Knowledgeable Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Georgia medical malpractice lawsuits can be very complicated. In Georgia, a medical malpractice lawsuit cannot be brought unless a doctor’s affidavit, laying out the defendant’s negligent acts and/or omissions, is attached to the complaint. Medical negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care that an ordinary professional would use under the same circumstances. While insurance companies most likely handle doctors and other medical professionals’ claims, the doctor, in most cases, must consent to any settlement that may be reached. In most all cases, medical experts are required to testify about the procedures and complications of a case and denote how the doctor or provider deviated from the standard of care that is generally required.
Forms of Medical Malpractice
Types of medical malpractice include:
- Performing a procedure incorrectly (surgical errors)
- Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage
- Performing the wrong procedure
- Leaving a foreign object inside the patient’s body during surgery (such as a sponge or utensil)
- Misdiagnosing a serious condition
- Failing to diagnose a condition that should have been discovered
Medical malpractice lawsuits should be considered as soon as possible because medical records and bills have to be collected and thoroughly reviewed before a claim can be filed. This process includes reviews by both attorneys and medical experts. The process takes time.
Limited Time to File
In Georgia, medical malpractice actions generally must be brought within 2 years from the date of the injury or negligence. There are a few rare exceptions for minors, but in general, unless your claim is brought within this 2-year time period, your claim can be forever barred no matter how serious or permanent the injuries.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact our Georgia medical malpractice lawyers at Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC to see how we can help protect your legal interests. Our trained medical malpractice lawyers can help answer any questions you may have. The initial consultation is always free and without obligation.