Patients and their families trust doctors and hospitals to use their experience and best practices when treating and caring for patients. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals can cut corners and make mistakes that lead to serious injuries and long-term damage. When a hospital or healthcare worker breaches their duty of care resulting in damage to a patient, they should be held responsible for their actions.
A medical malpractice lawsuit is a type of personal injury claim where the injury victim seeks compensation from the parties that were responsible for the accident and damages. If you suspect a doctor or hospital was negligent and caused an injury, talk to an experienced Georgia medical malpractice attorney about your case and what compensation you can receive.
Medical Malpractice in Georgia
According to a study by Johns Hopkins patient safety experts, medical errors are responsible for more than 250,000 deaths per year. This would make medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Unfortunately, many cases of medical mistakes that injure are never reported and patients are never made aware of the costly mistakes made in their treatment.
Medical malpractice involves a doctor, nurse, or healthcare institute that breaches the duty of care of a medical professional in a similar situation. If a doctor goes outside the standard of care and causes harm to a patient, the doctor can be held liable for damages. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the plaintiff can use expert witnesses to show the defendant breached their duty of care.
Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
Just about any type of medical treatment or care can involve potential malpractice. Malpractice can be caused by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare employee or institution. Some common examples of medical malpractice can include:
- Surgical errors,
- Birth injuries,
- Improper medication or dosing,
- Anesthesia errors,
- Emergency room errors,
- Defective medical devices,
- Lack of informed consent,
- Failure to diagnose cancer,
- Foreign objects left behind after surgery,
- Delayed diagnosis, and
- Pregnancy treatment errors.
Errors and accidents caused by doctors can cause injuries ranging from minor and temporary, to permanent and totally disabling. In the most serious situations, a patient can die from a medical error.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Med Mal Claim?
There is a limited amount of time to file a medical malpractice claim in Georgia. This is known as the “statute of limitations.” In most cases, the injury victim has two (2) years from the date of the accident or injury to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, there are some exceptions.
A medical error may not be immediately evident to the patient. It may take a few years before the patient discovers that their pain or injury was caused by a medical mistake. In this case, a patient may have 2 years from when the error was discovered or should have been discovered, but not more than 5 years after the accident.
There may be other exceptions or limitations to the time limit so it is important to talk to your Georgia medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. If your claim is filed after the statute of limitations, your claim may be denied.
Medical Malpractice Damages
After a medical malpractice injury, the victim may be able to file a claim to get damages from the doctor, hospital, or other party responsible for the injury. Damages after a medical malpractice injury can include::
- Medical bills and expenses,
- Future medical treatment,
- Loss of income,
- Loss of future earnings, and
- Pain and suffering.
Contact Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys
At The Kaplan Firm, PC, our medical malpractice attorneys have decades of experience fighting for our clients against the doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. You deserve to have someone on your side, to fight for you and your family. We work on a contingency basis and will never collect any fees until you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at our Roswell, Georgia location for a free initial consultation.