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Medical Malpractice Attorney in Albany, GA

Holding Negligent Doctors and Hospitals Responsible for Harm

Every year, millions of Americans place their well-being in the hands of physicians and other healthcare providers. Each time they do, they trust in the basic concept of the Hippocratic Oath that all physicians in this country swear to uphold: “First do no harm.” Although most healthcare providers are skilled and caring professionals, preventable medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

If you or a loved one has unnecessarily suffered from a medical mistake, an Albany, GA medical malpractice lawyer from the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C. can help. We take the time to evaluate the cases of our clients to help them obtain both the restitution they need and the justice they deserve.

Call (229) 999-4476 to learn more about the legal options you may have available.

Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical training demands that all physician staff take numerous safety measures to prevent an accident. Doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, hospitals, and hospital workers can all be held directly responsible for harm inflicted on patients caused by errors or breaches of medical protocol.

Common medical mistakes can include:

  • Mistaken/delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries to mother or infant
  • Emergency room mistakes
  • Medication errors
  • Nursing home neglect/abuse
  • Inappropriate/incorrect treatments

Elements of Medical Malpractice in Georgia

It is important to remember that undesirable medical results are not always caused by malpractice. In Georgia, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional or institution violates its standard of care when treating a patient, resulting in injury or death. While this "standard of care" will vary from state to state, it refers to the generally accepted standards and practices used to treat a patient suffering from a specific condition or disorder.

To prove medical malpractice, the following elements must be satisfied:

  • The doctor had a duty to treat a patient, meaning that a doctor-patient relationship existed and was mutually agreed upon
  • The duty was breached, meaning that the doctor violated the standard of care and failed to exercise a reasonable degree of skill and care
  • The breach of duty caused harm to the patient, resulting in real damages such as injury, worsened medical condition, pain and suffering, or even death.

Georgia Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

Under the statute of limitations established in O.C.G.A. § 9-3-71, medical malpractice claims in Georgia must be filed within two years of the date on which the malpractice occurred. In situations where the medical negligence was not discovered right away, victims are given a maximum of five years from the date of the malpractice to file a civil claim.

This deadline may be extended in cases where:

  • A foreign object was left inside a patient during surgery
  • The harmed patient was legally incompetent at the time of the malpractice
  • The harmed patient was under five years old at the time of the malpractice

Since compliance with the statute of limitations can ultimately make or break your malpractice case, it is crucial you speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to maximize your chances of success.

Compensation for Medical Malpractice

In Georgia, victims of medical malpractice can pursue compensation for the following damages:

  • Present and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering / emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

In rare cases where extreme medical negligence or intentional harm is involved, additional punitive damages up to $250,000 may be awarded. Since the exact value of your case will vary depending on a variety of different factors, it is best to consult with a lawyer to get a more accurate estimate of your potential recovery.

How an Experienced Attorney Can Help

Though it may be impossible to replace the loss of health, it is your right to be compensated for the overwhelming costs medical mistakes can create, as well as loss of wages incurred and other damages. Medical malpractice Attorney William F. “Trey” Underwood is undaunted by the corporate healthcare organizations and national insurance companies that try to intimidate victims into an unfair settlement.

For experience with Georgia healthcare law and a thorough knowledge of insurance industry tactics, Trey Underwood fearlessly defends clients’ rights to obtain justice. Call (229) 999-4476 today.

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