When those who are injured or sick seek out the care of a physician in a primary care, referral or hospital setting, patients presume that they will receive high quality medical care indicative of a medical professionals experience, education and training. Although patients may prefer to assume that medical malpractice almost never occurs, there is a wealth of evidence that doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, oncologists, urologists and other health care providers can and sometimes do make mistakes that can cause serious complications, debilitating injury and even wrongful death. Our Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand that those who suffer medical complications or other injuries because of mistakes by medical providers, whether in a hospital setting or their family doctor’s office, may be unsure how to proceed. We offer a free consultation so that we can evaluate your case, answer your questions, and inform you of the steps that need to be taken to protect your legal rights.
According to a medical study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Patient Safety, 210,000 patients die because of preventable hospital errors annually. When other types of medical mistakes are included, such as failure to follow guidelines, diagnostic errors and errors of omission, the number of people who die each year because of preventable medical mistakes in hospitals rises to an estimated 440,000 patients per year. Medical malpractice constitutes the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. and fifth leading cause of death overall. This level of fatalities is fourteen times higher than those who die in car accidents annually. An article published in Forbes put these numbers in perspective by pointing out that medical malpractice in hospitals essentially claims a number of lives each year equal to the population of Atlanta.
The term “medical malpractice” refers to negligence in the forms of errors or omissions by doctors, hospitals, nurses, and other providers in the medical care system. Medical malpractice in Georgia basically refers to the failure of a physician or other health care professional to do what a reasonably prudent physician (or other medical professional) would do under the circumstances. Because doctors and other medical professionals have specialized knowledge and training, they have a duty to bring to the exercise of their profession a reasonable degree of care and skill.
Because poor medical outcomes may occur even when a hospital or doctor provide exemplary medical care, a bad outcome does not necessarily mean that a medical provider committed medical malpractice. Even when a patient dies or suffers serious complications, this may be caused by the simple organic progression of a disease or injury. Our Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Montlick and Associates typically use medical experts to review medical records, diagnostic testing and other evidence to determine if the medical care provided by a doctor or other health care provider failed to meet acceptable professional standards.
When a patient suffers a devastating injury or dies because of a medical error, the doctor and hospital might not be inclined to provide information about the error to the patient and/or family members. Montlick and Associates works with highly qualified medical experts who provide an objective opinion about whether the appropriate standard of care was followed. Claims of malpractice against health care providers and hospitals are generally some of the most difficult types of personal injury and wrongful death cases to win, so it is important to be represented by an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney.
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If you or someone close to you is injured or a loved one dies because of any type of medical error or omission in Georgia, our Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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 use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Chat.