Generally, when a person has a health concern, they will visit a physician to identify the underlying cause of the concern and obtain an appropriate treatment. While most people expect doctors to provide adequate care, some doctors fail to provide the care necessary to protect and improve the health of their patients. If you were injured by negligent care rendered by a doctor, you may be owed compensation and should contact an attorney regarding your possible claims. The Gainesville medical malpractice lawyers at Cook Law Group are proficient at navigating the complexities of medical negligence cases. We represent people in medical malpractice lawsuits throughout Georgia.Harm Caused by Medical Negligence
A variety of acts and omissions may constitute medical negligence. For example, if a doctor fails to obtain a complete medical history from a patient and subsequently misdiagnoses the patient, it may constitute negligence. In some cases, even if a doctor accurately diagnoses a patient, the doctor may nonetheless be negligent for failing to provide an appropriate treatment or a prompt diagnosis. Failing to inform a patient of the risks and potential side effects of a treatment prior to administering the treatment may be considered negligence as well. In some instances, the errors that give rise to a claim for medical negligence are subtle, but they also may be egregious, such as when a surgeon operates on the wrong part of a patient’s body or when a medical provider overdoses a patient.Pursuing Claims for Medical Negligence
In Georgia, the law provides that a person administering medicine or performing surgery must exercise a reasonable degree of care. The medical malpractice attorneys at our Gainesville firm can help a patient hold a health care provider liable for any injury that results from a lack of care or skill. In other words, a patient who is harmed by a doctor’s negligence may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the doctor. Pursuant to the established law, to recover damages for medical negligence, a plaintiff must show that the doctor owed the patient a duty, which is the duty to provide care that complies with the applicable standard, as well as a breach of the duty and harm that was directly caused by the breach. In most cases, the plaintiff will need to engage an expert to explain the standard of care that applied to the defendant and the way in which the defendant departed from the standard of care. Expert testimony will also usually be needed to link the departure from the standard of care to the resulting harm, and to explain the severity and permanency of the harm suffered.
You should contact our Gainesville medical malpractice attorneys promptly to preserve your claim. The statute of limitations for pursuing medical negligence claims in Georgia is two years from the date of the negligent act in most cases with only a few exceptions. A plaintiff who proves a defendant’s liability for medical negligence may be awarded compensation for economic damages, such as the cost of medical treatment and loss of income, and for non-economic damages, like the mental and emotional anguish, pain, and suffering caused by his or her injuries. Medical malpractice cases are complex and expensive. Therefore, you should only hire an attorney who has significant experience specifically handling medical malpractice cases and the resources necessary to take on the doctors, hospital and insurance companies that back them.Meet with a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney
When a doctor fails to provide competent care, it can cause significant and permanent harm. If you sustained damages due to medical negligence, it is prudent to meet with an attorney. Based in the Gainesville area, the medical malpractice lawyers at Cook Law Group are well-versed in what it takes to prove liability in these cases, and we will diligently pursue justice on your behalf. We can be reached via our online form or at 678-928-3899 to set up a meeting. We represent people in cities such as Gainesville, Albany, Columbus, Savannah, Macon, Augusta, Athens, and Valdosta.