Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits can arise when people are injured by negligent or intentional acts of a doctor, nurse, psychiatrist, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, hospital, or other healthcare provider. We recognize that injuries such as the following that result from medical malpractice can be severe and life altering:
- Anesthesia injuries or death
- Birth injuries and obstetrical malpractice
- Serious surgical mistakes and malpractice
- Diagnosis and monitoring errors
- Medication and pharmacy errors
Our legal system gives an injured person the right to bring a case before a jury of his or her peers for a determination of whether the defendant breached a legal duty of care.
More about medical malpractice in Georgia
When someone is determined to be legally responsible for injuring someone else, they are liable for the injury and may be made to pay the injured person compensatory damages. Compensatory damages attempt to put an injured person back in the position he or she was in before being injured.
In Georgia, in order to prove that malpractice occurred, the Plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to use such degree of care and skill ordinarily employed by the profession generally under similar conditions and like surrounding circumstances. Georgia law also requires that before any medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed, the plaintiff must file with the Complaint an affidavit of a competent expert which sets forth specifically at least one negligent act or omission claimed to exist as to each defendant and the factual basis for each such claim.
It is important to understand that a mere bad result or medical complication does not equal malpractice. In order to successfully pursue a malpractice claim, a great deal of investigation is necessary to order to determine whether the injury was caused by negligence.
The attorneys at Chambers, Aholt & Rickard, LLP, take great care in diligently investigating a potential medical malpractice case before determining whether to file a lawsuit. After an initial consultation with a client, the lawyer will decide whether further investigation is warranted. In performing this analysis, the lawyer will examine many different issues, including whether it meets the legal requirements necessary to prove liability and whether the damages were proximately caused by the medical professional’s negligence. If the attorney believes that there are sufficient issues to warrant additional investigation, he or she will then review the medical records in detail. Often times, this requires obtaining records from multiple healthcare providers.
If you or a loved one has questions regarding medical care received, contact us online or call us at 404-253-7860 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.
We handle these cases on a contingent fee basis. If there is no recovery no fees are owed.