We rely on doctors and healthcare professionals to assist us in our time of need. While most doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other healthcare workers are dedicated professionals, serious errors can and do occur within the healthcare industry annually, injuring, sometimes fatally, hundreds of thousands of individuals. A recent study published in the BMJ by John Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers indicates that medical malpractice is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, right below heart disease and cancer. Although most medical professionals provide quality medical care, a lack of reporting has left many Americans in the dark as to just how common medical malpractice may be.
Medical malpractice or medical negligence occurs when a health care provider delivers treatment that falls below the acceptable standard of care within the medical community. There are several key elements that must be established to prove an instance of medical malpractice, including:
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have assisted patients injured due to the action or inaction of their healthcare providers for over 33 years. We also understand that these lawsuits are some of the most complex and challenging due to, among other things, the commonly severe nature of the injuries, the need for expert witnesses, and the Georgia laws and cases that apply to medical malpractice claims.
A large number of medical malpractice cases are based on delayed or misdiagnosis. When a doctor fails to timely diagnose a patient or diagnoses him or her with the wrong condition, the patient can miss out on needed treatment and, in turn, suffer serious harm or tragic death. Proving a case of medical malpractice based on delayed or misdiagnosis will rest in part on proving the doctor or other medical professional did not follow the diagnostic protocol observed in the industry and that another physician under the same circumstances would not have made the diagnostic error.
Medication errors injure millions annually and can occur in several ways. Most often, these errors revolve around dosage. The doctor who initially prescribes the medication, the nurse administering it, or even the pharmacist who fills the prescription can make dosage mistakes. Additionally, manufacturers of defective drugs can be held responsible for injuries or ailments caused by their products.
Mistakes made in the operating room can have catastrophic results. Surgical errors include operating on the wrong body part, leaving instruments inside the body, negligent administration of post-op care, and others.
It is essential that you obtain representation from an attorney experienced in handling medical malpractice claims as soon as possible after your injury. Medical errors can result in significant injuries that can greatly impact your family. Our firm provides our medical malpractice clients with the compassionate and dedicated representation they need to pursue a claim for compensation against negligent medical professionals, including compensation for medical expenses, lost income, Pain and Suffering, and others. Do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited time to pursue a claim.
If you believe you have been injured due to medical malpractice, the Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our firm has assisted those injured due to malpractice in the healthcare industry for over 33 years. We represent injured clients across Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
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.