Everyone needs a doctor at some point. Most of us were brought into this world by a doctor. Many visits to a medical professional have saved lives. Unfortunately, a few encounters with doctors have also caused problems that were far worse than expected.
- What are patients' options when doctors have acted improperly or incorrectly?
People who have suffered due to a doctor's actions, including incorrect prescriptions or wrong-side surgeries, may be able to sue for medical malpractice in civil court. This can result in financial damages for the medical expenses related to recovery and possible compensation for pain and emotional distress caused by the incident.
- How does someone quantify the damage done in medical malpractice?
In the case of an incorrect diagnosis, the injury begins with the act of diagnosis according to precedent in Georgia law. Financial compensation may cover a period of time from the wrong diagnosis to the correction of the problem.
- Does it matter if a doctor knew about a mistake?
Georgia law allows a person to show fraud in a medical malpractice case by proving that a physician knew about a problem and failed to reveal it. Otherwise, the breach of a doctor's duty to patients may be sufficient to prove malpractice.
- What does a patient do if he or she suspects medical malpractice?
An attorney may help gather evidence of malpractice and make the connections required in court to prove the case. Legal representation may increase the chances of a successful settlement or lawsuit and the financial damages that can help with the vital period of recovery.