Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Albany, Georgia
Justice for Patients Injured Due to Medical Negligence
Doctors and healthcare professionals play a vital role in our society. While most doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers provide quality and compassionate service, medical negligence does occur at rates far higher than most realize. According to a study recently published in the BMJ by John Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death, below mega-killers such as heart disease and cancer. Victims of medical malpractice can suffer permanent disability or even tragic death due to the negligence of a healthcare professional.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice happens when a health care professional provides treatment that falls below the acceptable standard of care within that field in the medical community. Some of the most common instances of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to:
- Surgical errors: Surgeons have the difficult task of operating on the human body. Errors made by surgeons can have catastrophic results. Surgical errors can include unsanitary medical instruments, leaving instruments within the body, operating on the wrong body part, inadequate post-operative care or other types of errors made during a procedure by the medical professionals involved.
- Delayed or misdiagnosis: Perhaps the most common form of medical malpractice, delayed or misdiagnosis can result in serious medical conditions or death. When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient timely or provides the wrong diagnosis, the patient can miss out on life-saving treatment. To prove that a health care professional acted negligently by either misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, you will need to show that the medical professional did not observe the diagnostic protocol accepted in the field and another reasonable physician, under similar circumstances, would not have made the same error.
- Medication errors: Medication mistakes injure millions of patients annually. Prescription errors are often made by the providing physician, such as when the script is written for the wrong dosage. However, mistakes can also occur due to the negligence of a pharmacist if he or she makes an error while filling the prescription.
Damages for Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice victims may be able to seek compensation in Georgia for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages arising out of the negligence of a healthcare professional. The family members of those killed due to medical malpractice can additionally seek to recover for funeral and burial expenses, loss of support, loss of companionship, and other associated damages. Your exact recovery and ability to pursue a lawsuit, however, will depend on the unique facts of your case.
How a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
Medical malpractice actions are complex claims that usually involve significant injuries or losses and require an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to take the requisite action against the negligent health professional. A medical malpractice attorney can decipher complicated medical documents, consult with experts in the field, prepare your case while anticipating defense tactics, and much more. Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates understand that victims and their families experience significant hardship, such as costly care, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and others when medical malpractice occurs. Contact our office as soon as possible for a free consultation to discuss your situation as well as to how to protect your rights, but do so soon, because your time to pursue a claim is limited.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 36 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
If you or a loved one may have been the victim of medical malpractice, the Albany Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 36 years, our law firm has medical malpractice victims throughout Georgia and the Southeast.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.