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If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of negligence on the part of a medical professional, please contact an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney at Grant Law Office immediately for answers to your questions. We are here to help you. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955.

What is medical malpractice?

What are the most common types of medical malpractice?

Have I waived my rights to file a medical malpractice lawsuit if I signed a consent form?

When is a misdiagnosis considered medical malpractice?

When should I file my medical malpractice claim in Georgia?

How much compensation may I recover in my Georgia medical malpractice suit?

Why do I need an attorney for my medical malpractice claim case?


Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: Every hospital, doctor, nurse, dentist, or other healthcare professional is expected to uphold an appropriate standard of care with all patients, meaning they must treat each patient with a degree of competence that reflects adequate training and education. If a healthcare provider is negligent and/or reckless in his or her treatment of a patient, and such treatment results in an error that adversely affects the patient, then he or she may be held liable in a medical malpractice suit.

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Q: What are the most common types of medical malpractice?

A: Medical errors can occur at every level of the hospital system, from the floor staff to the administrative head. The most common types of medical malpractice include the following:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgical error
  • Prescription error
  • Failure to respond in time to patient symptoms
  • Misreading x-ray, CT scan, or other test result
  • Negligent handling of patient records

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Q: Have I waived my rights to file a medical malpractice lawsuit if I signed a consent form?

A: Barring cases of extreme emergency, physicians must receive a patient’s “informed consent” before any invasive procedures or operations are administered. This involves the patient being informed of the treatment’s purpose along with its risks and possible consequences. Even if a patient gives his or her informed consent, he or she can still sue a physician for an error if the physicians failed to adhere to the appropriate standard of care.

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Q: When is a misdiagnosis considered medical malpractice?

A: Medical professionals are allowed to make honest mistakes without being sued, as long as they have exercised their duty of reasonable care. However, a mistake may become a case of medical malpractice if the physician neglects to perform the following actions:

  • Receive and review the patient’s medical history
  • Identify the more obvious symptoms of an ailment
  • Order proper screenings for symptoms
  • Accurately evaluate test results

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Q: When should I file my medical malpractice claim in Georgia?

A: The general statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits in Georgia is two years. There are exceptions to the rule, however, that can affect the time a patient has to file his or her claim.

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Q: How much compensation may I recover in my Georgia medical malpractice suit?

A: Georgia was among the states that enforce a cap on medical malpractice damages. Before 2010, a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages was in effect. Fortunately, the Supreme Court of Georgia struck down the limit as unconstitutional. However, new cap bills are being proposed every year. Check the latest updates on medical malpractice law in Georgia to stay informed on the matter of damages.

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Q: Why do I need an attorney for my medical malpractice claim case?

A: Hospitals and other medical institutions have the resources to effectively dispute medical malpractice claims. Also, the laws surrounding medical malpractice are complex, and unless you possess legal expertise on the subject, you may find yourself lost and confused if you try to pursue your claim alone. Get in touch with the dependable Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at Grant Law Office if you want high quality legal representation. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today.

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