We rely on doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide the quality care we need when we are ill or injured. While the majority of doctors and healthcare workers are trained professionals who take their oath as a healthcare provider seriously, there are medical professionals who make mistakes. One recent study published in the BMJ by John Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers suggests that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, right below heart disease and cancer. Victims of medical malpractice may experience serious injuries and even death. Those injured or the family members of those killed due to medical negligence may be able to seek compensation for their losses through a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Some believe that increasing specialization of many areas of health care over the past twenty years has contributed to increasing rates of medical malpractice. Opinions suggest that as each medical provider focuses on his or her own particular field when treating the patient, the overall condition of the patient as well as the coordination required among multiple practitioners in order to treat the patient becomes hampered. Thus, miscommunication among providers can result in harm to patients.
Moreover, health insurance carriers have not helped in minimizing medical malpractice claims. Doctors have had less control of patients’ care than they did decades ago. For instance, health insurance companies can insist that a doctor prescribe one medication over another due to cost, limit the length of hospital stays, or even decline to pay for procedures that were reasonably recommended by a physician.
The increasing commercialization of healthcare on behalf of large hospital systems also leads to reduced staffing, limited access to necessary supplies, and other cost-saving measures that results in the failure to provide the necessary standard of care in order to effectively treat a patient.
Medical malpractice cases are complex and require involved medical and legal issues. Our firm offers a free consultation to those who believe they have been injured due to medical negligence, during which we can review the circumstances of what happened and advise you on your rights and options.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional provides a patient with treatment that falls below the accepted standards of care within that field in the medical community. Claims arising out of medical malpractice are not necessarily restricted to doctors, and can extend to physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, dentists as well as medical specialists, such as dermatologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, urologists and others. Common types of medical malpractice include, among others:
Your right to recover from the medical professional that caused your injuries, illness, or worsening condition will depend on the circumstances surrounding your care. Not every medical mistake will give rise to legal liability. It is not always easy to determine whether a medical error occurred and what constitutes medical negligence. Contact our law firm at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights. Our Macon, Georgia medical malpractice attorneys understand how devastating it can be to sustain an injury due to medical practice, resulting in expensive long-term medical care, disability, drastic reduction in quality of life, psychological harm and more. Our firm fights for our medical malpractice clients in order to recover compensation for their damages, including a financial recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering, punitive damages if the medical professional(s) conduct rose to the level or gross negligence, and more.
If you have been injured due to medical negligence, contact the Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. For 33 years, our firm has assisted thousands of clients injured due to negligence in Macon, across the State of Georgia and throughout the Southeast. We provide compassionate and knowledgeable representation as well as strive to achieve our clients’ best legal outcome under the law.
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.