As the philosopher said, “Doctors put drugs of which they know little into bodies of which they know less for diseases of which they know nothing at all.” Medical malpractice is unfortunately quite common in America. Medical errors happen every day in Georgia hospitals, doctors’ offices, and pharmacies. Some of these errors are legally actionable, and some are not.
In Georgia, the law evaluates a medical provider’s actions under the “standard of care,” which simply means what a professional in their position would have done under the circumstances. Some medical errors can’t be reasonably avoided, and are legally considered “recognized risks.” Some errors, however, can and should be avoided with competent care. These are medical malpractice.
As patients, we trust our doctors, nurses, and other medical providers, and expect them to follow the proper standard of care. It can be very difficult to know what the standard of care is, or whether it was followed. There are many different ways in which standard of care violations might occur. A failure to diagnose a medical condition, for example, is one such way. Another would be a technical error during surgery or another medical event, such as the birth of a child. Other examples might be prescribing the wrong medicine or a medication in the wrong dose. In short, there are many ways you could be injured at the very moment you are entrusting your health to a medical professional, and without help, it may be impossible to ever know if you have a legal claim.
Medical malpractice cases can be complex, and are always hard-fought, but with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, you can recover financial compensation.
If you believe you or a family member has suffered an injury from medical malpractice, please call us. We are here to discuss what happened, to gather information, and to advise you on your legal options. The call is free and always confidential.