The doctor-patient relationship is fundamentally based on trust. Countless numbers of Georgia residents undergo medical procedures each day, and all of them have faith that their physician and health care team will perform their duties ethically and correctly. For the most part, that trust is well-founded, and the care is excellent. But medical mistakes happen, with tragic and even fatal consequences. Determining whether medical negligence played a role in your poor outcome can be complicated.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical practitioner acts irresponsibly, or fails to act, resulting in a patient’s injury or death. Examples of negligence might include misdiagnoses of serious conditions like cancer, birth injuries, medication errors and surgical mistakes, among others. Those types of medical errors can alter your life forever, and consulting with an attorney can help you make decisions about filing a Georgia medical malpractice lawsuit.
Call the Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. Our medical malpractice lawyers understand the complexities of malpractice claims and can advise you about how the laws may work in your favor to obtain compensation for your injuries.
It’s important for you to know that we offer a satisfaction guarantee. If you are not 100 percent satisfied with our services during the first 30 days after hiring our firm, your case file and attorneys’ fee will be returned to you with no questions asked.
Another promise: You won’t pay unless we win your case.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates serves clients in Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville, Loganville and across Georgia and the Southeast.
About Medical Malpractice
As many as 250,000 people in America are the victims of medical malpractice every year. Of that number, the Institute of Medicine estimates that an estimated 98,000 die from their injuries.
Malpractice can occur in all types of medical settings, no matter if it’s in the operating room, the delivery room or during an appointment at your doctor’s office. Also, a host of medical providers may be held liable for your injuries, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and even the hospitals themselves.
The Atlanta-based Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates handle a variety of medical malpractice claims in Georgia and across the Southeast:
- Hospital negligence: Hospitals are supposed to keep patients safe. Any medical error that occurs within their walls may expose them to liability.
- Surgical mistakes: Horrifying news reports in recent years have highlighted the problem of wrong-site surgery, which could include amputating the wrong limb or performing the wrong operation on the wrong patient. Other examples of surgical errors might include puncturing an organ, using unsanitary tools, waiting too long to operate or failing to inform the patient of the potential risks from the procedure.
- Medication errors/ incorrectly filled prescriptions: Administering the wrong medication, failing to note drug allergies and/or potential interactions with other drugs, giving too much medication, ordering the wrong dosage or misreading doctor’s orders regarding a medication can have fatal results for patients.
- Birth injuries: Parents expect the birth of their child to be a joyous occasion, but that can change in an instant if a doctor or nurse fails to recognize signs of fetal distress, delays in performing a Caesarean section in an emergency or fails to monitor babies properly after delivery. Negligence in labor and delivery can result in devastating injuries to the newborn, including brain damage, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, nerve damage and other problems that can impact the child for the rest of his or her life.
- Misdiagnosis: Misdiagnoses are common medical malpractice claims. Failing to recognize cancer, misreading a pap smear, diagnosing a condition but neglecting to look for underlying serious conditions, prescribing medications to treat the wrong condition and missing signs of infection are only a few examples. In the worst cases, a misdiagnosis can result in death. But failing to recognize non-fatal conditions can have repercussions for people whose outcomes may have been better with immediate treatment.
- Other negligence: Unfortunately, allegations of medical malpractice can extend beyond the examples listed above. It is important to speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney to determine whether your case may fall into the malpractice category.
How Much is My Medical Malpractice Case Worth?
Many factors contribute to how much money your medical negligence case may be worth. First, a good lawyer will tell you that sometimes, even though you may have a valid malpractice claim, the cost to pursue the case itself may exceed the money you might receive. Simply put, it is expensive to sue a medical professional.
In Georgia, filing suit requires you to file a complaint along with a medical expert’s statement asserting their belief that the provider breached the accepted duty of care during your treatment. Obtaining that expert’s services is expensive, and that’s just the beginning of your case.
Second, it’s important to understand that many states impose caps on how much money you can receive in “noneconomic” damages such as pain and suffering. For years, Georgia had a $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages, but in 2010 the state Supreme Court ruled that the limit was unconstitutional. That’s good news for victims, who were otherwise barred from receiving money for emotional distress beyond that amount.
A medical malpractice suit also allows for the awarding of economic damages. That would include money to compensate you for the financial burdens incurred as a result of medical negligence. Economic damages can include medical bills, lost income, future lost wages, future costs for surgery and long-term care.
Considering a Medical Malpractice Suit? Call Our Lawyers Today
Talking with the compassionate Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates can help you determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim. Just call or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. Remember, if we don’t win, you won’t pay.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates serve clients in Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville, Loganville and across Georgia and the Southeast.