Medical providers are responsible for caring for patients to help them heal. Sadly, they don’t always live up to that mandate. In fact, medical mistakes often have tragic consequences, leaving patients worse off than when they came in. Actions like incorrectly diagnosing conditions, waiting too long to provide treatment, prescribing the wrong medication, or failing to provide adequate care can leave patients facing severe injuries that could even result in death.
Victims of medical malpractice not only have to deal with unexpected medical expenses related to the problem but they may also face additional costs. Patients who are permanently disabled may no longer be able to work, losing their income as a result. Injured patients and their family members are often emotionally scarred by incidents like these. With the help of a skilled Georgia personal injury lawyer at the Shrable Law Firm, victims of medical malpractice can seek compensation for medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Set up a complimentary consultation today to talk about your case.
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What is Medical Malpractice?
The term ‘medical malpractice’ is used to describe situations where a medical provider doesn’t follow the established standard of care. Attorneys handling medical malpractice cases are tasked with proving that the nurse, doctor, or medical facility engaged in negligent actions that injured or killed the patient. The Shrable Law Firm’s attorneys have dealt with cases involving many different types of medical malpractice in the past including the ones listed below:
- Using anesthesia incorrectly
- Failing to provide oxygen during a medical procedure
- Negligence on the part of x-ray technicians
- Failing to diagnose or treat a medical problem in a timely manner
- Childbirth injuries caused by medical providers
- Administering the incorrect medication
- Trying experimental procedures or medications that result in injuries
- Infections that are caused by contamination during surgery
- Errors in blood tests and laboratory tests
- Transferring patients to a different facility without their permission
- Paramedics or emergency care providers behaving carelessly
- Failing to diagnose cancer
- Using medical devices or products that are defective
What Types Of Medical Malpractice Exist?
Some of the most common types of medical malpractice are listed below:
- Making errors while performing a procedure like surgery
- Prescription errors, including prescribing the incorrect medication or dosage
- Performing the incorrect procedure
- Leaving an object such as a surgical instrument or sponge inside a patient’s body during surgery
- Diagnosing a severe health condition incorrectly
- Failing to catch and diagnose a condition that should have been easy to identify
Lawsuits involving medical malpractice should be filed quickly. Before a claim can be submitted, a patient’s medical bills and records need to be gathered and reviewed in detail. These documents are not only reviewed by attorneys but also by experts in the medical field. These types of reviews take a lot of time, which is why it is important to start right away.
The Most Frequent Reasons Why Medical Malpractice Occurs
- Experiencing exhaustion or fatigue after working too many hours
- Ordering the wrong tests or interpreting the test results incorrectly
- Failing to learn about the medical history of the patient
- Failing to listen to the complaints of the patient or failing to try to find the underlying problem
- Performing a medical procedure without the proper training or skill
- Prescribing medication incorrectly
- Using the wrong amount of anesthesia
What Components Are Required To Prove Medical Malpractice Occurred?
Medical malpractice lawyers need to be able to prove the following points to show that medical malpractice occurred:
- The nurse, doctor, medical facility, or other medical provider had a responsibility to care for the patient. Doctors are obligated to provide their patients with a certain standard of care to prevent harm.
- The defendant violated their duty to provide adequate care.
- As a result of this violation, the patient sustained injuries.
- The victim sustained damages that resulted directly from their injuries such as extra medical expenses, lost income, or pain and suffering.
How Are Damages Awarded In Columbus, GA Medical Malpractice Cases?
When a patient files a medical malpractice lawsuit in Columbus, Georgia, they can claim damages such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, hospital bills, lost income, and other expenses such as paying for mobility equipment or assistance from a home health aide. Victims in cases like these may also be able to claim damages for future medical costs resulting from the injury.
When calculating future expenses, our attorneys work closely with financial and medical experts to determine the specific type and amount of care required for the injury. They also carefully calculate the expenses associated with long-term medical care. Because these costs occur over a lifetime, inflation is taken into account to ensure that victims are adequately compensated.
Medical malpractice victims may also be eligible to claim noneconomic losses. These damages, which can include pain and suffering or the loss of the patient’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest, are commonly included in medical malpractice lawsuits.
What Happens When Someone Dies As A Result Of Medical Malpractice?
If a patient is killed because of the negligence of their healthcare provider, their family members may be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf. Cases like these are referred to as wrongful death cases. Family members who may be allowed to file a wrongful death action in Georgia include:
- The patient’s spouse
- The patient’s children if they don’t have a spouse
- The victim’s parents if they didn’t have a spouse or children
- The executor of the estate in cases where there are no spouses, children, or parents
These family members or survivors could be eligible to seek compensation for the deceased’s pain and suffering before they died. They may also be able to claim damages for lost income, lost companionship, lost retirement benefits, or mental suffering.
Medical Malpractice Claims In Georgia Need To Be Filed Within A Specific Amount Of Time
Typically, victims in medical malpractice cases have two years after the date of the injury to file an action. Although some exceptions exist in cases involving minors, most cases require a claim to be filed within two years. If you fail to file in time, you may never be able to seek compensation, regardless of how severe or life-changing your injuries are.
Allow Shrable Law To Review Your Medical Malpractice Case For Free
Our Columbus personal injury lawyers at the Shrable Law Firm help victims seek compensation from doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, nurses, surgeons, and others in the medical profession whose negligence led to injuries. We work diligently to ensure that our clients receive as much money as possible in their cases to cover the cost of their medical care, long-term rehabilitation, and future expenses.
We are available 24 hours a day so that victims can talk to a legal professional whenever they need help. In situations where clients are unable to visit our office, we are more than happy to meet with them in their own homes or at the hospital. For assistance with medical malpractice cases in Columbus, reach out to us today by calling (762) 821-0051.