When you're sick or injured, you rely on medical professionals to provide competent care and diagnoses. Unfortunately, these professionals sometimes make mistakes, and when they do, patients suffer serious harm.
If you or someone close to you has been injured by a medical professional’s negligence, you need to consult an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. With over a decade of experience, Charles McAleer has helped many Georgia residents recover the compensation that they deserve for their harm. He knows how to advocate for injured patients knowledgeably and aggressively.
But how do you know if you need a medical malpractice attorney? Read on to learn what qualifies as medical malpractice in Georgia and how to determine if you need to discuss your case with a lawyer.Medical Malpractice Claims in Georgia
Medical errors are more common than you may think. In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer. Medical errors cause about 250,000 deaths and even more injuries each year. Medical malpractice can take a variety of forms, including:
- Anesthesiology errors
- Misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses
- Surgery errors
- Emergency room mistakes and other hospital errors
- Failures to treat infections or other complications after a procedure
- Medication errors
- Communication errors in which patients are not properly advised of risks or complications
A medical malpractice claim allows a patient to seek damages based on a medical professional’s failure to use the appropriate standard of professional care.
These claims are viable when a medical professional causes injuries or death by failing to adhere to the standard of care that another reasonably competent medical professional in the same specialty would have used under the same or similar circumstances. For example, a prudent surgeon would make sure that they know which body part requires surgery before beginning a procedure. As a result, a surgeon who performs surgery on the wrong body part would be considered to have committed malpractice.
It is not enough to establish that the medical professional violated the standard of care; there must be a direct link between the medical treatment administered (or not administered) and the resulting injury. A medical malpractice attorney in the Atlanta area can help patients gather evidence to support this causal link.
Under Georgia law, an expert witness is required to testify in regard to whether the defendant adhered to the appropriate standard of care. To qualify as an expert, the person must have actual professional knowledge and experience in the area of practice or specialty in which the opinion is to be given.
Damages Recovered in Georgia Medical Malpractice Claims
Patients injured as a result of medical malpractice can recover a variety of economic and non-economic damages. You can rest assured that we will examine your case thoroughly and pursue the full amount of compensation that is appropriate.
In one recent case, for example, Atlanta medical malpractice attorney Charles McAleer helped a client recover $8 million in damages for malpractice after nurses broke his neck while moving him from a chair to a bed. Of course, the amount of damages will vary depending on the patient’s specific situation.
Economic damages refer to the monetary costs of the injuries, such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and the costs of future care. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, may include compensation for losses that are harder to quantify in a dollar amount, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment. Damages for pain and suffering are difficult to measure because they are subjective. However, some factors that a jury might consider include:
- The severity of the initial injury
- The degree of pain associated with the injury
- How the injury affects the patient’s life and future
- The amount of economic loss suffered
- The effect on the patient’s family
If you or someone close to you has been hurt due to medical malpractice, we can help. At McAleer Law, we have the skill, experience, and determination to handle your case. We take great pride in vigorously advocating for a patient’s rights, every step of the way. You can rest assured that we will not rest until you get the full compensation to which you are entitled.
In addition to Atlanta medical malpractice victims, we also represent people in Alpharetta, Conyers, Decatur, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Macon, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Stone Mountain. To discuss your case in more detail, call us at 404-622-5337 or contact us online for a free consultation.