When you are sick or injured and you require professional medical treatment for your illness or injuries, you should be able to go to a hospital, find an experienced health care provider, and receive reliable and competent care. However, that is not always the case. Thousands of people die every year from easily avoidable medical errors. Many more are misdiagnosed and receive the wrong therapy. If you find yourself in that unfortunate situation, you need the help of a skilled doctor malpractice lawyer.
If you are a victim of physician malpractice, then you may be wondering, “can I sue my doctor for negligence?” For the answer to this question and more, contact an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. For a free consultation of your case, call us at (404) 419-6674, or reach out through our online form.
Malpractice Suits Against Doctors
There are many different types of medical malpractice. However, not every mistake that occurs in a hospital is medical malpractice. An experienced lawyer will be able to distinguish between an unfortunate, but unpreventable medical outcome, and one that was the product of physician error.
You should take immediate action to consult with a medical malpractice attorney if you believe that you might have a case. Doctor malpractice lawsuits are challenging and expensive. They must be prepared with great care. Great care takes time. There are statutes of limitations in Georgia that limit the amount of time you have to file your claim. In Georgia, you only have two years from the date of your medically-caused injury to file a claim against the negligent health care provider. You want to give your attorney as much time as possible so that they can thoroughly evaluate your case before taking action. If the attorney decides not to accept your case, you want as much time as possible so that you can get a second opinion from another lawyer.
The Most Common Doctor Malpractice Cases
Doctor malpractice occurs when you are harmed by a medical professional that does not provide proper treatment. Medical professionals do make mistakes sometimes, and certain errors occur more often. To help you determine if your situation qualifies as a malpractice case, we’ve prepared a list of some of the most frequently occurring types of doctor malpractice cases:
Some malpractice cases arise due to errors made by medical professionals in the operating room. The surgeon may have done something wrong during the operation, or a nurse may not have administered the correct form of post-op care.
Delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses are responsible for a large number of malpractice cases. If your medical condition is misdiagnosed or not diagnosed soon enough, you could miss opportunities for treatment that might have prevented you from suffering serious harm or death.
When attempting to prove a malpractice claim that involves some type of diagnostic error, it is necessary to look at what the doctor did and compare his or her actions to what other doctors may have done under similar circumstances. If other doctors would not have made that particular mistake, then your doctor could be liable for malpractice.
Injuries During Childbirth
Many fetal injuries are caused by malpractice, including fractured bones, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and seizure disorders. An obstetrician may have also caused harm prior to childbirth.
If you’re concerned that a medical professional injured your child prior to, or during birth, contact a birth injury lawyer from our firm for help today.
Anesthesia errors are generally far more dangerous than surgical mistakes. Any miscalculation by an anesthesiologist could cause serious injury or death. An anesthesiologist can commit medical malpractice by administering too much anesthesia during surgery, using defective equipment, or not correctly monitoring your vital signs during a procedure.
Errors with Medication
There are several types of medication errors. For example, you could suffer harm if your doctor does not prescribe the correct drug for your condition. Another way you might be at risk is if a drug is used to treat a medical condition that was not correctly diagnosed. The most common medication mistakes occur when an incorrect amount of a drug is given to a patient. For example, your doctor might have prescribed the wrong dosage of your prescription, or your nurse might not have administered the correct dose to you.
Let a Doctor Malpractice Lawyer Help You
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries because of a mistake made by a health care professional, then you need legal assistance to prove that the actions leading to your injury were more than accidental. Insurance companies and hospitals have extensive networks of resources, including experienced defense lawyers that will vigorously defend their clients. You, too, you need a team of top-flight legal professionals that are skilled in doctor malpractice cases.
Our doctor malpractice legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC believes that you shouldn’t suffer because a doctor makes a mistake. We have years of experience litigating many types of doctor malpractice cases, and we will put our knowledge to use for you. For help with your case, give us a call at (404) 419-6674, or reach out online to schedule your free case consultation.