When we are sick, we turn to physicians, hospitals, and health professionals to help us. Doctors and other medical workers are supposed to be people we can trust when we are at our most vulnerable. Although most physicians are highly educated, compassionate individuals devoted to healing, they are also human beings. Like everyone else, they are capable of making mistakes. In a medical setting, human error can mean the difference between life and death.
Because the stakes are so high, doctors and health facilities must be held accountable for the injuries they cause. If you are the victim of medical negligence, you must speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. If you delay, you could forfeit your right to pursue a claim for your injuries.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Many people hear about medical malpractice on television, but they are only vaguely aware of what it is. In fact, many of my clients come to me completely unaware that their injury was caused by a medical mistake. Health care professionals and institutions commit medical malpractice when their level of care falls below the generally accepted standards in the surrounding community.
Ongoing advances in the development of medical technology, coupled with a rapidly aging population, will only result in an increase in these types of injuries. As people continue to live longer, the door is opening wider for medical mistakes and hospital errors.
Medical malpractice injuries result from all kinds of mistakes, including:
- Birth injuries
- Failure to diagnose
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Surgical mistakes, such as instruments left inside the body
- Lack of informed consent
- Removing the wrong limb
- Unsterile equipment
Additionally, understaffed hospitals and large facilities often implement cost-saving procedures that result in preventable mistakes. Likewise, a growing number of managed care plans, such as HMOs and PPOs, dictate the amount and type of care patients can receive. Unfortunately, victims pay the price of these policies and cost-cutting measures.
How I Can Help
Early in my career, I realized the importance of giving my clients my personal attention from the minute they walk through my door to the very end of their case. Too often, medical malpractice victims struggle to be heard in a health care system that is overburdened and under-resourced. By the time they meet with me, these folks are suffering from painful, long-term injuries and the exhaustion of trying to make the medical profession listen to their concerns.
Rest assured that when I evaluate your case, I will start by listening to you. I will also use my knowledge of the law to inform you of all your options. Together, we will investigate the incident and determine which practitioners or facilities are at fault. During this process, I often consult with medical experts who can provide testimony about your injuries and how they were caused. I also meet with insurance companies to negotiate settlements for my clients.
Do Not Delay – Speak to a Lawyer Now
In Georgia, there is only a small window of time to file a medical malpractice claim. This timeframe is known as the “statute of limitations.” If you wait too long, you are barred forever from filing a lawsuit for your injuries. In Georgia, the majority of medical malpractice cases have a two-year statute of limitations. Under certain circumstances, this deadline might be longer or even shorter.
If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a careless doctor or hospital, you do not have to suffer in silence. Contact my office today at (706) 731-9925 to schedule a free consultation to talk about your case.
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