We depend on doctors to always be accurate on some of the most important decisions a professional can make. Unfortunately, doctors sometimes make mistakes, or are even negligent or careless. Sometimes their poor decisions cause injuries, prolonged suffering or wrongful death. When you’re injured because of a health care provider’s medical error, you may have a right to compensation.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other health care professional does their job negligently. That means that the doctor, physician’s assistant or other provider didn’t use reasonable care when doing their job. When the lapse in judgment results in harm to a patient, the patient may have a claim against the health care provider that can be pursued by a medical malpractice lawyer.
The standard of care
A medical professional must provide competent services. That means they have to provide care that’s up to prevailing professional standards. For example, if a reasonable physician would order a test, the doctor must order the test. If a reasonable physician could make a diagnosis given the facts, the physician must make the diagnosis.
Malpractice occurs when a health care provider falls below the standard of care. Malpractice can directly cause harm, or it can prevent a person from recovering when they don’t receive appropriate care. There are many different ways that medical malpractice can occur. Medical malpractice lawyers see cases that result from surgical errors, incorrect interpretation of laboratory results and even unnecessary procedures to name a few.
Many doctors keep malpractice insurance
Most doctors but and maintain medical malpractice insurance in order to protect them in the event that they’re held accountable for malpractice, whether it’s justified or not. In Georgia, there’s no law that requires physicians to have insurance, but most choose to purchase a policy. In many cases, a doctor’s employer requires them to have malpractice insurance. Most insurance policies cover pain and suffering and loss of income in addition to medical bills. If a doctor doesn’t have insurance, they may be personally liable to you for your losses.
How can a medical malpractice lawyer help?
When medical malpractice occurs, skilled and experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help you present your case for damages in the Georgia courts. Their skill and experience can help you in a number of ways. First, they can make sure to prepare your paperwork properly so that you adequately and properly assert your claim under the law.
Once they help you file your claim, your attorney can help you prepare your case. They have a network of expert witnesses, accountants and other professionals to help you demonstrate your losses. They have procedures that they can use to demand records and conduct interviews with witnesses.
Finally, an attorney can help you make wise decisions as your case proceeds through the courts. They can help negotiate with the other side. That way, you can have confidence to know that you’re on the right track to maximize your recovery.
In one 2016 case, a jury awarded the family of a DeKalb County woman $3 million dollars because of a doctor’s medical malpractice. The woman went in for routine surgery. She died after doctors failed to check for cuts that often occur during the surgery. The doctors then ignored the woman’s complaints of discomfort.
The jury found that in failing to inspect the woman for cuts during the surgery, the doctor failed to follow the appropriate standard of care. The jury also found that the doctor didn’t express enough urgency when the woman started vomiting. The victim’s family worked with medical malpractice attorneys in order to bring the case to a jury. Ultimately, the jury agreed with the victim’s family.
Contact an attorney
If you’ve suffered harm because of a medical error, it’s important to contact a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. There are state laws that limit the time you have to bring a case. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can begin fighting for you.
Tate Law Group of Savannah GA has prosecuted many successful malpractice suits. Call us now if you think you might need to talk to someone about substandard care from a medical professional.