An implied and exceptional trust exists between a patient and his/her doctor. Patients place their lives in the hands of doctors. Doctors, who have taken an oath of ethics called the Hippocratic Oath, must respect this trust and do everything in their capacity to ensure the well being of their patient. Most doctors, and other healthcare professionals, provide this level of service for their entire careers and improve the quality of life for many sick and injured people. This doesn’t mean they never make medical mistakes, but the mistakes are not the result of the negligent behavior. However, in some instances, a medical provider abuses the patient’s trust by not acting in the patient’s best interest, resulting in the pain and suffering or death.
Medical malpractice is defined as negligent behavior that deviates from normal standards of practice and causes injury or death to the patient. To determine medical malpractice, a question is asked of the healthcare provider’s behavior, “What would a competent medical professional have done in this situation?” If the caregiver’s conduct was not congruent with the standard of his or her profession and led to patient injury, then there is a case for medical malpractice.
The definition is fairly vague; for this reason, winning a medical malpractice claim is primarily dependent on obtaining expert testimony, except in cases of erroneous misconduct where it is clear that the behavior was irresponsible. Excellent advocacy is also a must, as victims are often filing claims against hospitals with entire teams of lawyers at their disposal.
Statute of Limitations
Georgia’s medical malpractice statute of limitations is two years. The two-year period begins as soon as the injury or death occurs. However, if injury or death occurs later than the wrongful or negligent act that caused it, the victim or victim’s family must take action within five years of the medical malpractice act. Due to time spent receiving further care as a result of the medical malpractice and additional recovery time, the statute of limitations expires much faster than most people realize. If you or someone you love may have been a victim of medical malpractice, you need to contact a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney immediately, so they can begin the process of filing a claim for you. You need a skilled attorney who has the resources to act quickly and effectively on your behalf.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Have you or someone you care about been a victim of medical malpractice that resulted in serious injury or death? At Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC, our medical malpractice attorneys have the expertise and experience to obtain the compensation you deserve. You can view our verdicts and case results by clicking here. Contact us to receive a free evaluation of your case by one of our medical malpractice lawyers.