Unfortunately, people can become injured or in the worst cases, die due to the negligence of the medical professionals treating them. The number of people in Georgia alone that die from medical malpractice is alarmingly high.
The latest numbers show that an average of about 1,500 Georgia residents die each year due to medical malpractice and negligence.
Fortunately, the Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are able to represent individuals and their family members when it comes to medical malpractice cases. Some of the incidents we have helped with include: surgery errors, anesthesiologist, doctor, nurse, and health care specialist errors, medication errors, misdiagnoses, nursing home neglect and abuse, staph infections and gangrene, failure to follow medical directives and wills, and wrongful death cases.
Understanding Medical Negligence
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals are expected to know more than average people about medicine and are held to a high standard of patient care. If a doctor or pharmacist makes an error it may be considered a negligent act because they knew that they could cause serious harm or death to a patient. Patients trust doctors and others with their medical treatment and therefore are susceptible to problems if an error is made.
Most of the time, errors in medications do not cause serious harm and the mistakes are caught before the patient is injured. However, sometimes mistakes can cause severe harm to a patient. Medical mistakes can cause adverse reactions that may be life-threatening. Some medication mistakes can be dangerous and might be particularly harmful to those who are elderly or have compromised immune systems because they may be unable to bounce back.
How Medication Mistakes Are Made
Of the many types of mistakes that are made, medication errors are among the most common. There are several ways that medication mistakes can occur. A doctor may prescribe the wrong type of medication or include incorrect directions for taking it. A medication might have negative interactions with other medications that the patient is already taking.
A pharmacist might make a mistake when filling the prescription. A patient or caregiver may give the wrong dosage of medication or provide it improperly. Physicians and pharmacists must take care to ensure that the medications they provide to patients are the right type and correct dosage. Caregivers need to take their time to assist patients in taking their medications and in making sure that medication mix-ups do not occur.
Medical Malpractice Cases In Atlanta Georgia Are Complex
It is normal to have some kind of doubt about the ability and competence of doctors when they come face to face with the death of a loved one when in a medical professionals’ care. One should always remember that a bad outcome is not automatically the result of medical negligence. If you or family believes that they could be a victim of medical malpractice, it is always best to consult the services of Bader Scott Injury Lawyers.
As Georgia medical malpractice lawyers, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team must make sure that at least two components are met in order for a medical malpractice suit to move forward. Those two claims are: the failure to meet the applicable standard of care and a direct link between the medical treatment that was given resulted in injury or death. In most cases, it is hard to prove that these components exist in a case.
The good thing is that our team of attorneys are well versed and experienced in being able to prove and prosecute such cases. We make sure that all of these criteria are met and will go above and beyond to make sure that any and all medical malpractice cases are met with the proper justice and that the highest compensation is given to any and all victims.
Discovery Is Important
Once a lawsuit is filed, the parties usually engage in “discovery.” The term includes sending out written questions that must be answered under oath, requests for production of documents, and depositions. Depositions take place when a person is placed under oath and asked questions before a court reporter. It’s important to get on with discovery in any type of lawsuit instead of putting it off.
Medical Malpractice and Discovery
The need to conduct discovery diligently is highlighted in a Georgia Court of Appeals case called Preferred Women’s Healthcare, LLC v. Sain (2019). In that case, a doctor who was providing prenatal care to a woman performed sonograms that showed a large and complex mass in the woman’s abdomen. The doctor did not include this finding in the woman’s medical records or refer her for further examination. Later, after delivering her child, the woman sought treatment for abdominal pain. The surgeon discovered a cancerous mass that had metastasized. The woman died in 2012.
The Medical Malpractice Suit
The woman’s estate sued the doctor and his medical practice in 2014. But her lawyers did not depose the sonographer who performed the sonograms in 2012 until 2017. Those sonograms included an initial indicating that another doctor had reviewed the sonograms but did not include them on the woman’s medical record, either. The woman’s estate moved the court to add the second doctor as a defendant, but the court held that the estate waited too long. The suit against the second doctor was barred by the statute of repose because the estate filed the amendment to the lawsuit adding the second doctor as a defendant more than five years after the malpractice took place.
Insurance Companies Will Not Look Out For You – Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyers Will
Insurance companies were developed to make money. Claims adjusters are always trained to dissuade a person, that their claim has no merit and there is no need to progress any further with a case. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers though has your best interest in mind at all times. If there is a case to be made, we will proceed to see if any medical malpractice has occurred. We consult with medical experts, fight for compensation for you, and make sure that the best in medical care is provided in the future.
If you believe that you have been a victim of medical negligence and medical malpractice as the result of a physician’s error, a hospital’s error, or nursing home error, the best thing to do is consult with a highly reputable Georgia medical malpractice lawyer. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at 678-562-5595 for a consultation.