Every day throughout Georgia and South Carolina, and the country, people are injured or killed due to preventable medical errors.
Commonly known as medical malpractice, such cases involve a doctor, hospital, or other medical provider deviating from the standard of care owed to all patients. When a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis, fails to treat a patient’s condition promptly, issues a wrong prescription or neglects to administer appropriate care, the patient may suffer serious and life-threatening injuries.
The victim and their family may be overwhelmed with medical bills and other costs. In cases of permanent disability, the victim may never be able to work again. In addition, victims and their families often endure lasting emotional pain and suffering from medical errors. This is why it is crucial to retain a seasoned personal injury lawyer like George Bush in Augusta. As an effective medical malpractice lawyer, Attorney George Bush can help recover damages such as lost wages, past and future medical expenses and the pain and suffering associated with the ordeal.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be very complicated. In Georgia, a medical negligence case cannot be brought unless a doctor’s affidavit, laying out the defendant’s negligent acts and/or omissions, is attached to the complaint. Medical negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care that an ordinary professional would use under the same circumstances.
While insurance companies most likely handle doctors’ and other medical professionals’ claims, the doctor, in many cases, must consent to any settlement that may be reached. In most cases, medical experts are required to testify about the procedures and complications of a case and denote how the doctor or provider deviated from the standard of care that is generally required. An experienced attorney in the area could help an injured patient understand the laws governing medical malpractice cases.
In Georgia, medical malpractice actions generally must be brought within 2 years from the date of the injury or negligence. There are a few rare exceptions for minors, but in general, unless your claim is brought within this 2-year time period, your claim can be forever barred no matter how serious or permanent the injuries. It is always best to reach out to a qualified lawyer to avoid missing the deadline to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Types of medical malpractice include:
– Performing a procedure incorrectly (surgical errors)
– Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage
– Performing the wrong procedure
– Leaving a foreign object inside the patient’s body during surgery (such as a sponge or utensil)
– Misdiagnosing a serious condition
– Failing to diagnose a condition that should have been discovered
Medical malpractice lawsuits should be considered as soon as possible because medical records and bills have to be collected and thoroughly reviewed before a claim can be filed. This process takes time and includes reviews by both attorneys and medical experts.
At George Bush Law Firm we have successfully handled medical malpractice cases with issues ranging from failure to diagnosis, failure to diagnosis and correctly treat an injury, failure to remove foreign objects used during surgery, and improper prescription of medicine. We are willing to handle improper chiropractor adjustment, and improper administering of anesthesia. If you or someone you know has been injured or died due to a medical error, contact our office at George Bush Law Firm.