Medical negligence or malpractice is when a medical professional or institution, such as a physician, hospital, nurse, physical therapist, or clinic fails to follow the appropriate standard of care to a patient, causing injury, illness, or death. There are usually four elements to filing a successful medical negligence claim. The first is the existence of a duty implied through the doctor-patient relationship; the second is the standard of care, and the failure to apply that standard during treatment; third, the failure to give the correct care must cause the injury to the patient; and finally an injury to the patient.
What does a malpractice lawyer do? Medical malpractice claims are expensive, difficult and complex. Expert testimony is required to establish the negligence or carelessness of the medical professional or institution. Experts are also necessary to establish what should have been the appropriate care in an individual case. There are damages caps and time limitations on filing medical malpractice claims. A knowledgeable medical negligence attorney can help you decide if you have the basis for a medical malpractice claim and explain the process.
What are typical malpractice claims? Failure to Diagnose; Misdiagnosis; Surgical Errors; Hospital Negligence; Hospital Infections; Nursing negligence; Anesthesia Complications; medication errors and medical device misuse or failure are only some of the more common causes.
Hill and Bleiberg, LLC have established a reputation as aggressive and skilled lawyers handling medical negligence cases successfully over 25 years. Our success has been in both the Georgia appellate courts making new law and in the trial courts establishing record verdicts for our clients.
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