How Do Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Work in Georgia?
As residents of Atlanta, Georgia, we place our trust in members of the medical community every day. If we are ill or injured, we rely on the knowledge, expertise, and skill of our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to treat us with the proper training and high ethical standards. While most of the time, this is precisely what happens, sometimes this is not the case, and innocent people can be injured or get sicker due to the negligence of medical practitioners. Every year, more than 1,500 people in Georgia die in cases where medical malpractice may be a factor — a staggering number.
If you are considering suing a doctor in Atlanta, Georgia, contact the team at Bethune Law today. Our lawyers are experienced in malpractice lawsuits and have represented clients and their family members who have been injured or killed due to a number of factors, including:
- Errors on the part of a physician, nurse, or anesthesiologist
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room or hospital negligence
- Elder abuse and nursing home neglect
- Staph, gangrene, and other serious infections
- Over-medication, under-medication, and other medication errors
- Breach of standards of care
- Failure to follow living wills or other directives
- Wrongful death
Our medical malpractice lawyers serving Atlanta, Georgia have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure that your rights and interests, and the rights and interests of a family member suffering malpractice, are protected. If you are considering suing a doctor in Atlanta, call Bethune Law today.
Statistics Regarding Medical Malpractice in Atlanta, GA
Most people associate medical malpractice lawsuits with doctors and surgeons, but between the years of 1990 and 2003, the state of Georgia saw 135 malpractice lawsuits brought against nurses. In 2003, the average settlement paid out in medical malpractice lawsuits in Georgia was $370,072, and that number has only risen since. The number of malpractice settlements paid out in Georgia are among the top ten in the nation.
More recently in 2006, it was found that among 1,242 licensure reports for Georgia medical professional, 1,110 of them represented some sort of adverse action against the physician, such as a malpractice lawsuit. A medical licensure report can reveal revocation of medical licenses, and 89% of all licensure actions in the state of Georgia in 2006 occurred due to malpractice lawsuits.
Clearly, medical malpractice is a serious problem, and if you or a loved one have been a victim of inadequate treatment, unethical treatment, or egregious error on the part of any medical professional, contact the malpractice lawyers at Bethune Law serving Atlanta today.
Standards for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Georgia
Anytime a loved one suffers harm or dies under the care of a medical professional it is common for family members to experience doubt as to the competence of the medical staff. However, it is important to remember that not every bad outcome is the result of malpractice. Sometimes, due to the best efforts of skilled an ethical medical caregivers, the results are less than desired, or tragic. However, if you do believe that a case for malpractice exists, and are considering suing a doctor or nurse in Atlanta, GA, the best way to confirm your beliefs is in a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney at Bethune Law. Your lawyer will be able to ascertain if the standards for medical malpractice in the state of Georgia are met. In order to qualify as malpractice, two criteria must be met:
- The actions must fail to meet an acceptable standard of care.
- There must be a direct link between the treatment provided (or not provided) and the injury or death that resulted.
Both of these criteria need to be proven in order to result in a successful medical malpractice lawsuit. Often, proving that adequate care was not given and that a direct link exists between treatments and the injury or death is not an easy task. However, your malpractice lawyer has the experience and the knowledge of medical experts to guide them. At Bethune Law, if there is an avenue to prove malpractice, we will be able to do so.
Reach Out to a Georgia Lawyer to Discuss Filing Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an error on the part of a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, hospital staff, or nursing home abuse, contact an experienced Georgia medical malpractice attorney at the Bethune Law Firm right away and let us begin studying your case. Before suing a doctor in Atlanta, it is vital to ensure that you have the strongest possible case for a malpractice lawsuit. We will speak to the insurance company, hospital administration, and any other necessary parties on your behalf, and we will work every day to ensure that you receive the maximum possible compensation for your losses and injuries.