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Whether you are going to the hospital for emergency treatment or scheduling a visit with your physician, you have a right to expect competent care from whoever is attending to your medical needs. When a medical professional is negligent or makes even a minor error, however, their mistake can result in catastrophic, if not deadly, health complications. If you were harmed due to someone else’s negligence or error, our firm is here to help.
At Tate Law Group, LLC, we understand how challenging it can be to deal with a serious injury, especially if it was caused by someone else’s preventable mistake. Likewise, if you are caring for a child, parent, or family member who was injured through medical negligence, we recognize the difficulties and hardships you are now facing.
Our firm is passionate about fighting for the rights of the injured, and we want to do our part to hold the liable party accountable. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, and we’re prepared to help you too.
Call (912) 234-3030 to discuss your case with our Savannah medical malpractice lawyers in a FREE consultation.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
This is something that happens when a medical care provider such as a doctor, nurse or some other health care provider performs their duties in a negligent manner resulting in a patient being harmed. It is something that can happen during diagnosis as well as treatment, health management and more. Medical malpractice can be established when it is proven there was a violation of standard care recognized as proper by the medical profession.
Remember that bad results occur every day, so an unfavorable result in and of itself doesn't necessarily amount to medical malpractice. It must be shown that medical negligence was the cause of the injury or death.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?
Determining liability for medical malpractice is one of the most complex and exhaustive procedures of this process, as there are numerous individuals and entities that can be held responsible for the incident at hand.
All licensed health care providers may play a contributing role in your injury or illness, including:
- Primary care doctors
However, not every instance of medical malpractice can be accurately credited to the actions of a particular individual. Many cases are simply a small part of a much larger problem related to seemingly untouchable entities, such as hospitals, businesses, or other medical facilities. Going after these powerful and intimidating forces can be a challenge, though not an impossible one.
Proving Fault in a Medical Malpractice Case
If you believe you might have the grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, there are a few basics you need to know first. There are three primary elements in establishing a medical malpractice case: the caregiver must breach their standard of care, they must cause an injury through negligence, and the injury must result in damages.
- Standard of care: This is the idea that there are certain actions all physicians must take in similar circumstances. Any patient has the right to expect the same quality of care from any caregiver in treating related medical conditions. Failing to provide this basic level of care is said to be a violation of the "standard of care."
- Negligence: The standard of care must be violated to a degree that it causes harm to the patient. This type of negligence must result in injury or death in order to substantiate a medical malpractice case.
- Damages or losses: Finally, the injury must be to a degree that it results in damages or losses. This may mean the individual requires corrective treatment and continued medical care due to the caregiver’s negligence. It may also include a loss of wages, pain and suffering, or some other hardship, such as a permanent disability.
Proving liability in a medical malpractice case can be challenging, which is why you need to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney from the start. We can gather evidence to support your claim, create a personalized legal plan to strengthen your position, and seek maximum compensation from all liable parties.
In some cases, doctors, nurses, or other medical staff members could be liable for failing to provide a standard level of care, or the hospital could be found guilty of negligent hiring practices, inadequate employee training, and so on. Likewise, manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies could be responsible for injuries or illnesses involving defective drugs and devices.
Whatever the reason for your injuries, we can use our resources to uncover the truth. Call Tate Law Group at (912) 234-3030 to get started.
Common Types of Medical Negligence
Medical malpractice can come in many shapes and sizes, but at the core of the matter, all cases have to do with some sort of negligence, mistake, or oversight.
Although it can take place in many different forms, the highest number of claims of medical malpractice have historically occurred due to the following types of claims:
- Birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, brain damage, and other physical or cognitive disabilities
- Surgical errors, including wrong-site surgery or forgotten surgical tools
- Medication errors, such as overprescribing, inadequate instructions, or prescribing the wrong medication
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose a known disease or illness
- Failure to monitor
- Failure to warn a patient of known risks regarding any medical treatment, surgery, or procedure
- Hospital-acquired infections like pneumonia or sepsis
Most cases of medical malpractice occur in hospitals, though they can also develop in nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other types of medical offices. If your loved one was injured in one of these facilities, or if you were harmed due to medical negligence, take immediate action to protect yourself and seek compensation.
Compensation for Injured Patients & Their Families
Depending on the specifics of each individual case, victims and their families may be eligible to claim general, special, and punitive damages for what they have endured. Quantifiable expenses such as medical bills, loss of work or wages, and other tangible costs are covered by special damages. These are often straightforward and can be linked to a paper trail, though a financial expert may help determine the specifics. General damages refer to the patient’s pain and suffering, both physically and mentally. This may be harder to precisely establish as it addresses indefinable issues like the loss of enjoyment of life. In rare and extreme cases, punitive damages may be awarded when the responsible party knowingly behaved as they did. However, these damages are capped to a certain degree.
Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice in Georgia
In the state of Georgia, as a general rule, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of the incident that gave rise to the patient’s injury – though there are certain exceptions. Keep in mind that there are also deadlines associated with pursuing an insurance claim.
Both Georgia state law and the terms and conditions of an insurance policy can include deadline provisions which can impact your claim. These deadlines, and the risks you run by missing one of them, underscores the importance of consulting with an experienced Savannah medical malpractice lawyer.
What Should I Not Do If I Think I Have a Case?
If you believe that you have been injured because of the negligence of a doctor or other healthcare provider, it’s important to consider whether or not to make a statement or answer questions from the healthcare provider’s professional liability insurance company without legal representation. Remember: You have the right to seek legal counsel before submitting to questioning by an insurance company. You don't have to handle this alone.
Get Started on Your Case with a Free Consultation
Do you think you have a medical malpractice case? Tate Law Group, LLC is here to help. We have more than 25 years of legal experience, and we know what it takes to win against big hospitals and medical companies. Nobody should suffer serious injuries or lifelong disabilities due to someone else’s negligence. Our team can work with you to seek compensation for medical bills, future medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Call Tate Law Group, LLC at (912) 234-3030 to discuss your case with our medical malpractice lawyers in Savannah.
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Tractor Trailer Injury $19,000,000
Nationwide Pharmaceutical Liability Resolution $18,000,000
Georgia Industrial Disaster Recovery $13,100,000
Chatham County Jury Verdict $10,000,000
Nationwide Pharmaceutical Liability Resolution $5,000,000
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Medical Malpractice Verdict $3,900,000
Personal Injury Involving Traumatic Brain Injuries $2,300,000
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