When you go to see your doctor or dentist, you expect that there is a reasonable level of care and safety that you will receive while you are under their care. However, in some instances, this ends up not being the case. Doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals can make mistakes that greatly affect their clients’ lives and wellbeing for a variety of reasons, and in these cases, the United States allows victims to file lawsuits for medical or dental malpractice.
If you have sustained injuries, been misdiagnosed, or any other of the instances we will list further down this page, contact us immediately. During a free case evaluation, we will discuss the situation you are in, the injuries you have been dealing with, the circumstances that brought them about, and determine the options you have for seeking financial compensation. Non-economic damages were previously capped at $350,000 for a single medical professional and $700,000 for more than one involved in your injury, but after a 2010 Georgia Supreme Court Ruling, there is no longer a cap for non-economic damages. Read more below about both, and how we will determine a fair amount to seek in your case.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
In the medical and dental professions, the licensed professionals are expected to act in ways that reduce the risk of injuries or complications for their patients. This is called the “standard of care,” and when a medical professional violates this standard, they can be sued for medical malpractice. Not all injuries constitute malpractice, but if the patient can prove that their injuries were the result of negligence on behalf of the medical professional, then they may have a case.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can come in many forms, but below are some of the more common cases that we see in Georgia:
Misdiagnoses or failure to diagnose
If a patient goes into see their doctor because of some symptoms and are told that they do not have anything to worry about, or are told that they have something innocuous, but it turns out to be something like advanced cancer, then this is malpractice. The doctor should have done their due diligence to rule out any possible issues that their client may have, and as a result, the cancer advanced while they were being told not to worry.
There are many different types of prescriptions that are not able to be combined with each other, and many more that are not able to be prescribed to people with certain conditions. As a result, a misprescribing error on behalf of a doctor, a pharmacist, or both can lead to issues such as kidney or liver damage, or even death.
In some unfortunate instances, people have their paperwork mixed up during an operating procedure and are given the wrong treatment, such as having the wrong organ removed. In addition to the possibility of being given the wrong procedure, there is the additional risk of a surgeon leaving pieces of equipment inside the body, failing to sterilize, or any other number of possible risks to the patient.
Should I Sue for Medical Malpractice?
If you are uncertain about whether or not you have a medical malpractice case, or how to proceed, then contact us immediately for your free consultation. You will have the opportunity to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Atlanta about your situation, and get a better idea of your options and your rights.
We look forward to assisting you through this trying time in your life. While we are working on your case, it is one of our top priorities to be certain that you are able to focus on recovery while we focus on the legal process to get you the money you rightfully deserve.