Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawyer
We all place our trust in doctors, whether it is for a minor illness or something more serious. We assume that our illness or injury will be addressed by medical staff in a correct and appropriate manner. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room errors
- Medication errors
- Birth injuries
While we can’t take away the harm, or pain and suffering you have endured due to medical negligence, we can ensure that you receive justice. You will need an experienced Georgia medical malpractice lawyer who will fight on your behalf. Call us today for a free case assessment.
A study conducted by John Hopkins University determined that 250,000 people die each year from medical malpractice. If you were injured, it will be necessary for your lawyer to prove that the doctor or medical personnel was negligent. The following elements need to be present:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship.
- The doctor owed a duty of care to you.
- The doctor breached this duty of care.
- This breach was the cause of your injury.
- You suffered injury (damages) as a result.
In order to be successful with you claim, you will need to prove that your doctor breached their duty of care to you. The standard measure that the court will use is whether another doctor would have acted the same way under the given circumstances.
This breach of duty must have been been the direct cause of your injury, and your injury must be measurable. In other words, a bump or bruise, or misprescribing a medication that didn’t do any real harm would not qualify as damages.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many ways medical malpractice can arise, these include:
— Anesthesia Error
A patient may be injured or die if their anesthesia is mismanaged. Studies show that these types of claims account for 3% of all malpractice cases.
— Failure to Diagnose
A doctor may fail to order initial tests and misses an initial cancer diagnosis. By the time the cancer is discovered it’s advanced and is life threatening, or untreatable.
— Surgical Errors
Surgical errors account for 24% of all malpractice claims. While unforeseen complications can arise in any surgery, there are usually a standard procedures that doctors will follow for a given surgery. A deviation from this could be actionable if it caused harm.
— Emergency Room Errors
A hospital emergency room is a high pressure environment which lends itself to mistakes.
— Medication Errors
Often these mistakes are due to a doctor prescribing a medication that is incompatible with another medication the patient is already on. It can also occur if the wrong drug, or wrong dosage is prescribed. These cases account for 4% of all medical malpractice cases.
— Birth Injuries
These tragic injuries occur when a child’s vital signs aren’t monitored prior to birth, or a complication isn’t handled properly. A doctor may make a mistake during the delivery of the baby. Or they could fail to order a timely C-section.
We Are Here To Help
The Georgia medical malpractice lawyers at Duffy & Feemster have been assisting people with their medical malpractice claims for decades. We pride ourselves on providing excellent legal services with personalized attention. We are committed to fighting for our client’s rights and obtaining the compensation they deserve. Contact us for a free consultation today.