Unfortunately, every year, countless Duluth patients suffer at the hands of negligent medical professionals. According to a Reuters news report, medical malpractice is alive and well. Nearly 195,000 people suffer fatal medical errors annually in the United States. Between 2000 and 2002, over 1.14 million incidents of patient safety were compromised out of 37 million hospitalizations for Medicare patients. Medical errors cost hospitals about $324 million dollars just in October 2008.
If you or a loved one believes there has been an incident of medical malpractice, Georgia State law mandates certain criteria must be met:
Medical negligence: In order to establish medical negligence, you must show that our doctor breached his or her standard of care. Determining the standard of care for a Georgia medical malpractice is by looking at what the average doctor is required to follow by government regulations and board-certified medical practices. If you can prove that your doctor or other medical staff has deviated from the traditional standard of care during you or your loved one’s medical procedure, you might have a case.
Along with a medical professional needing to violate a reasonable standard of care, you need to demonstrate the Georgia medical professional’s mistake resulted in real damage to you or your loved one. Examples of damages directly related to medical malpractice include:
- Secondary medical care to correct the medical professional’s mistake, emergency and on-going
- Loss of enjoyment of life of daily activities
- Emotional damages
- Lost earnings
- If a death occurred, loss of future earning capacity and loss of enjoyment of one’s loved one
Efficiently and correctly determining what damages you or your loved one may be entitled to is complex. Speaking with a Gwinnett County accident attorney or a wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will allow you to determine what damages you suffered through our network of legal and medical experts. You will learn exactly what legal rights you are entitled to and how you can obtain justice for your unfortunate Duluth medical malpractice.
Call our law firm at (888) 927-6955 to set up your free legal consultation to see what you are legally entitled to