Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical professionals are held to a minimum legal standard when it comes to caring for patients. When that standard is not met, resulting in injuries, the professional is legally liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Medical malpractice is a serious claim made by thousands of people every year against physicians, surgeons, nurses, dentists, hospital employees and nursing home employees. If you have been injured because of the negligent actions of your doctor, hospital, or other medical provider, you need to protect your rights by speaking to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. The Carroll Law Firm, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia has the skills and knowledge necessary to help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim
In order for to file a claim of medical malpractice against a doctor in Georgia, you will need to prove the following requirements:
- A relationship of doctor to patient existed
- The doctor acted negligently
- Your injury was caused by the negligence of the doctor
- Your injury led to specific damages (lost earning capacity, lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.)
Expert Affidavit Requirement
Georgia law provides that a plaintiff filing a medical malpractice lawsuit must file with the complaint an affidavit of a competent medical expert—typically a doctor—stating under oath that the defendant doctor or medical professional violated the medical standard of care. The affidavit requirement is littered with pitfalls that can result in an otherwise valid claim being dismissed. Therefore, it is imperative to retain an experienced medical malpractice attorney to pursue a claim of medical negligence.
Common Medical Malpractice Claims
The most common claims for medical malpractice include the following:
- Failing to warn a patient of known risks
- Failing to diagnose a patient
- Delay in diagnosing a patient
- Providing an incorrect diagnosis to the patient
- Improperly treating a patient
Georgia Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for patients in Georgia is very important when it comes to filing a claim for medical malpractice. You do not have forever to file your claim. In fact, you generally have just two years from the date of the medical event that led to your injuries to file a medical malpractice claim against the professionals in question. However, some claims have only a one-year statute of limitations, and there are numerous possible exceptions that may prolong the running of the statute of limitations. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can analyze these issues and determine the applicable limitations period.
Medical Malpractice Cases Deserve Serious Legal Representation
When you believe you have suffered an injury or illness due to the negligent actions of your doctor or other medical professional, it is in your best interest to speak with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. The Carroll Law Firm, LLC has firsthand experience dealing with doctors and hospitals when it comes to medical malpractice. Our firm’s founder, Stacey Carroll, spent years defending doctors and hospitals in malpractice cases before he began representing plaintiffs in these cases. Call our office in Atlanta, Georgia today at 404-816-4555 to schedule a free consultation so we can conduct a thorough review of your case.