Medical errors can cause a variety of injuries and complications. New injuries may require additional surgeries or lead to permanent impairment. Patients’ original ailments can also worsen without proper treatment.
If you suffered injuries or complications due to a medical error, a Valdosta medical malpractice attorney with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will fight for compensation to help with your recovery. We can investigate your injuries and work to hold the liable party accountable.
What Kind of Damages Can You Seek in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Compensation from a medical malpractice case may cover more than just your medical bills. Take a look at the damages that may apply in your case:
Past and Future Medical Expenses
You can seek compensation for both your current medical expenses and the cost of the treatment you received when medical malpractice occurred. You may also qualify for future medical expenses if you require ongoing care, such as rehabilitative therapy or in-home aid.
Coverage may extend to:
- Diagnostic testing
- Medical equipment
- Home modifications
We can look at your medical bills and prognosis to calculate these damages.
Lost Wages and Reduced Earning Capacity
Your injuries may be severe enough to keep you out of work. You can pursue your lost wages, along with any missed bonuses, benefits, and paid time off. If you aren’t able to return to your job, you can seek reduced earning capacity. These awards would also apply if you cannot earn your pre-injury income due to a disability.
Pain and Suffering
Financial expenses are not the only losses that warrant compensation. You can also seek awards for your physical pain and emotional anguish. We can apply one of two methods to calculate these damages for you.
Wrongful Death Damages
Medical malpractice can lead to fatal injuries. If you lost a loved one due to a negligent medical professional, we can file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit for you. While you grieve your loved one in peace, we can seek awards for their funeral expenses and medical bills. Other damages, such as loss of inheritance, may also apply.
For a free legal consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer serving Valdosta, call (404) 888-8888
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
You may be wondering exactly what went wrong during your treatment. Medical malpractice can occur in different ways and at various stages of treatment. From your initial diagnosis to the time a doctor discharged you from the hospital, errors can occur.
A medical professional may breach the standard of care by:
- Misdiagnosis your condition
- Failing to diagnose your condition
- Failing to consider your medical history and current medications
- Administering dangerous or defective drugs
- Prescribing an improper dosage of medication
- Failing to provide proper instructions for medication or treatment
- Making a surgical error, such as operating on the wrong side of the body or leaving a piece of equipment in the surgical site
- Performing unnecessary surgeries or procedures
- Misreading diagnostic results
- Discharging you from the hospital prematurely
One way to gauge medical malpractice is to ask whether another medical professional would have treated a patient differently in the same situation. We can work to prove that your doctor acted unreasonably and outside of the standard of care.
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Who Can You Sue For Medical Malpractice?
You can file a claim or lawsuit against any medical professional who caused your injuries. These parties may include:
- Nurses (RN/CNA)
- Nurse practitioners
- Medical assistants
- Emergency responders/paramedics
- Other specialists
In some cases, you can even hold an entire institution, such as a hospital, responsible for your losses. If you saw multiple doctors or medical professionals throughout the course of your treatment, we can help determine which ones bear liability.
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How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-71, you generally have two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. This time frame may begin on the date of the incident, such as surgery, or the date you discovered or reasonably should have discovered the injury. Missing this deadline could cause the court to dismiss your case.
You may not have been immediately aware of your injuries or medical complications. This can make it difficult to estimate how much time you have to take legal action. We can consult medical experts and determine how long you have to file your lawsuit.
Then, we can work in a timely manner to meet this deadline. We can begin your case immediately after your free consultation. The sooner you get started, the better we can protect your rights to compensation.
Seek Treatment For Your Injuries and Complications
You should see a different doctor as soon as you discover your injuries. You may need immediate medical intervention if you suffer a life-threatening complication. Treatment can help you recover, as well as address your original ailment. Your health comes first.
Your case also depends on expensive medical documentation. Another doctor can assess your injuries and link them to the previous doctor’s medical error. Their evaluation and testimony can help if an insurer tries to argue that your condition is unrelated to medical negligence.
Make sure you follow through with any treatment plan your new doctor prescribes, as well. This compliance can help you reach your maximum medical recovery and protect your claim for compensation.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Our Valdosta Medical Malpractice Attorneys?
We know you are already facing mounting medical expenses and other losses. We want to help you recover, not add to your stress. We take medical malpractice cases on a contingency-fee basis to help victims of negligence.
We won’t charge you upfront fees to start your case; we take our payment from any settlement we win on your behalf. This way, we can start working immediately, and you don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses.
Work With Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
Our Valdosta medical malpractice lawyers want to help you and your family. Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 for your free consultation.