When a person suffers injuries due to medical malpractice in Atlanta, seeking the services of an Atlanta Medical Malpractice lawyer from the Law Office of John B. Jackson is the advisable thing to do. If you have suffered the same fate, a legal expert can help you seek compensation for your injuries and suffering.
With the help of a professional Atlanta personal injury lawyer, it becomes easier for injured patients to recover compensation for damages, and that includes pain and suffering, the cost of offsetting medical bills, and the loss of earning capacity.
Since medical malpractice cases in Georgia are generally subject to legal complexities and require good knowledge of both legal and medical matters, these types of suits are often more challenging to handle than other types of cases.
It’s, therefore, essential that you hire the services of a Georgia personal injury lawyer who possesses all of the resources and experience needed to petition a claim successfully. The medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Office of John B. Jackson possess decades of combined experience and have achieved considerable success attaining favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients by holding negligent medical professionals accountable. If you believe that you or a loved one have suffered harm as a result of medical malpractice, take time and fill out our case review form to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today.
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What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is when a healthcare services provider diverges from the accepted ‘standards of care’ that govern how services are provided within the medical field.
To verify medical malpractice or medical negligence, a lawyer has to prove that the hospital, nurse, or doctor in question was negligent in the duties and that their negligence caused injuries or led to death. As a legal practice that has been handling personal injury cases for decades, our lawyers have handled hundreds of lawsuits related to the following types of malpractice:
- Lack of oxygen while performing a medical procedure
- Improper use of anesthesia
- Failure to diagnose medical conditions
- Delayed treatment
- X-ray technician negligence
- Administering the wrong medication
- Injuries sustained while giving birth due to negligence on the part of the medical staff
- Experimental treatments or medicines that lead to injury
- Laboratory and blood test errors
- Infections as a result of contaminated surgery
- Patient transfers to another medical institution without consent
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Defective medical devices and products
- Careless behavior by emergency officials and paramedics
How Does a Lawyer Prove a Medical Malpractice Case in Atlanta?
In the quest to prove that a medical professional or institution’s actions were reckless and to try and get you compensated for your injuries, our lawyer will have to show that:
- The defendant (your nurse, doctor, or the institution) owed a duty of care to you (the injured person.) Medical professionals have a responsibility to provide patients a certain level of attention/care to prevent harm.
- The accused breached the duty of care
- The injuries suffered by the patient are a direct result of this breach
- The patient suffered extra damages like lost wages, medical bills, and physical pain and suffering as a result of their injury.
How are Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case Calculated in Atlanta?
Through a medical malpractice suit in Georgia, injured persons can seek compensation for a variety of damages, including past medical bills plus rehabilitation and recurring hospital bills, out-of-pocket expenses like mobility equipment and home health care, and lost wages. Furthermore, injured persons can also seek to recover compensation for future medical bills that are related to their injuries.
To determine future costs, our attorneys will work hand-in-hand with economic and medical experts to determine the type of care you’ll need as you live with and manage your injuries plus the costs of continued medical treatment. These costs often represent lifetime care and are always adjusted for inflation.
Furthermore, non-economic losses can also be awarded to victims of medical malpractice. Our attorneys will do their best to ensure that they establish the monetary value of some of the less-tangible damages like loss of enjoyment and physical pain and suffering, and seek payment for these too!
What Happens When Medical Negligence/Malpractice Results in Death?
When patients die as a result of medical malpractice, their surviving family members do have the option to file a lawsuit or claim on behalf of the loved one they have just lost. This is said to be a wrongful death action. In the State of Georgia, the following family members, under certain circumstances, can file a wrongful death action:
- Spouse and Children (the first in line is the spouse if there isn’t one, the children are the next in line to file a claim)
- Parents (if there’s no spouse or children)
- The executor of the estate (if there are no parents, children or spouse)
Either one of the survivors mentioned above can seek compensation for loss of companionship, loss of future wages, loss of retirement benefits, mental anguish, and the pain and suffering experienced by their loved one before their death.
How Long Do Medical Malpractice Cases in Atlanta Take to Settle?
Since each case is different, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to the question. Medical negligence and malpractice cases are a bit complex, and it can take anywhere from several months to a couple of years for a suit to resolved after it’s been filed. If you think you have a case on hand, consider getting in touch with us at the Law Office of John B. Jackson right now and discuss it with one of our professional medical malpractice attorneys. Our lawyers will help you get a better idea of everything you should expect when you file a medical malpractice suit.
Does Georgia Have a Time Limit for When Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Should Be Filed?
Like with all other types of personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases have something we call a ‘statute of limitations.’ In the State of Georgia, lawsuits involving medical malpractice should be filed within two (2) years from the day you suffered injury (if you’re filing a wrongful death action, from the date of your beloved’s death.) if you take too long before taking action and miss the set deadlines, you’ll have forfeited your right to sue and won’t be able to seek compensation for damages.
Contact The Law Office of John B. Jackson and Schedule a Free Case Review Today
The medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Office of John B. Jackson don’t cower from taking legal action against nurses, surgeons, pharmacists, physicians, hospitals, and other professionals within the medical field who’ve injured others through negligence or malpractice. We everything we can to secure maximum compensation for our clients, so they never have to worry about or struggle with paying for injury-related costs like rehabilitation, future medical care, and so forth.
Since our phones are on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you are only one phone call away from getting the professional legal assistance you are looking for when you need it most. If you are unable to come to us due to your injuries, you will be glad to know that we also make hospital and home visits. For more information, call 770-988-6155 today and speak to an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer.