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Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claiming Medical Malpractice?

By Grant Law Office on September 21, 2011

In Georgia, a medical malpractice claim is defined as any claim for damages that have resulted from the injury or death of any person caused by a healthcare professional’s or facility’s service, diagnosis, treatment, prescription or other care. A medical malpractice claim allows for a family to sue for losses and damages caused by the death of their loved one.

Knowing that it is possible to file a medical malpractice wrongful death claim is the first step, but knowing when to file a medical malpractice claim in Georgia is equally important. Generally, an action for medical malpractice must be brought no more than two years after the initial date of injury or death.

There are many different types of medical malpractice and most have the potential to cause death. Some potentially deadly forms of medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose cancer;
  • Misdiagnosis of cancer;
  • Delayed cancer diagnosis;
  • Medication errors;
  • Surgical mishaps;
  • Retaining of surgical equipment; and
  • Continuation of ineffective treatment.

A patient is not the only person who puts their faith in his or her doctor. A patient’s family also places their trust in the doctor’s ability to effectively diagnose and treat their loved one; and, most importantly, get them home. Some physicians do not take this responsibility seriously, however.

If you have lost a loved one in Georgia due to substandard, negligent care or wrongdoing on the part of a healthcare professional or facility, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our dedicated Atlanta medical malpractice wrongful death attorneys can help you seek damages for funeral costs, loss of companionship, hospital bills, and loss of future income. Contact us today at 404-995-3955 for a consultation.

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