For many individuals across the U.S., there is a certain level of anxiety when it comes to seeking medical care, even for minor situations. There is the uncertainty caused by not understanding what your medical needs may be, in addition to unfamiliarity with treatment procedures and medical options. This is why we place so much trust in the doctors and medical specialists that we see. We expect them to provide the best medical care possible when needed. However, this isn’t always the case.
Medical malpractice or negligence can lead to injury or loss that could affect you or a loved one. If you fall victim to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. It is beneficial to understand what qualifies as a claim, how to file, and what compensation you may receive.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
In Georgia, medical malpractice is defined as a medical professional breaching their duty to a patient, which can result in the patient suffering some level of harm. There are rigid standards and regulations that all medical professionals must follow. Specialized training and education are required to ensure duties are performed in a way that upholds a high standard of care. This includes following established protocols and exercising caution when treating patients.
When medical professionals fail to perform their duties as established, the resulting consequences can be considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice injuries can be the most unexpected, debilitating injuries a person can experience. When you seek medical care in a professional space, you shouldn’t have to question whether you are in trusted hands. When negligence is involved, even the most routine procedure can result in lasting injuries.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical errors can happen on any level of the hospital system. Medical malpractice claims can be pursued against medical professionals such as:
- Hospital staff
You can essentially seek a medical malpractice claim against any medical professional who directly caused or contributed to some level of negligence when it came to your medical care.
Some of the most common instances of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors
- Improper prescription of medications
- Misreading medical test results such as X-rays, CT scans, or other lab results
- Improper handling of patient records
- Failure to respond quickly in time-sensitive situations
Any negligence in any of these aspects of medical care could result in serious, lasting negative health effects. In the most serious cases, this can result in wrongful death. If you fear you’ve been a victim of any of these medical mistakes, you must speak with a legal professional as quickly as possible. This is the best way to start building your claim quickly, gather the evidence you need, and ensure you have the best guidance possible. In many cases, providers or healthcare facilities may try and push you toward a settlement worth less than what you are entitled to. Lamar Law Office, LLC can ensure you are able can the fullest compensation possible for your specific case.
What Compensation You Can Expect
When it comes to medical malpractice law in Georgia, there is no clear amount of compensation you can expect. Georgia has historically imposed caps on medical malpractice damages, but the amount of these caps has varied over the years due to new caps being proposed every year. As of now, economic damages including ongoing medical treatment, loss of income, and other financial issues have no imposed limit. How much compensation you will receive largely depends on the circumstances of your specific case. This is why it is beneficial to seek representation with a firm that is well-versed in medical malpractice claims.
Seeking Legal Representation
If you have experienced medical malpractice and would like to learn more about your rights, contact Lamar Law Office, LLC. We can help examine your case, providing professional guidance to the next best steps for your claim.