Do you live in Marietta,
Woodstock, or one of the surrounding areas and have you recently been injured by
a doctor or other medical professional? If so, our firm may be able to
help you obtain the compensation you deserve through a
medical malpractice claim.
What is medical malpractice exactly? It refers to medical mistakes, medical
errors, and medical negligence – you get the picture. Essentially,
if a health care professional engages in a lower standard of care than
what would normally be expected in a situation and a patient is harmed
as a result, it would be “medical malpractice.”
People make mistakes all the time; we all do because we’re human.
However, when a healthcare professional makes a mistake, the effects can
be life-threatening, if not deadly. Sometimes medical professionals are
careless and a patient is harmed; other times they are downright reckless
and it’s the patient who inevitably suffers.
Medical malpractice is not limited to family doctors, it can be committed
by various medical professionals, such as:
- Dentists (dental malpractice)
- Other specialists
Medical malpractice manifests in various ways, including but not limited
to: birth injuries, surgical errors, delayed diagnoses, misdiagnoses,
anesthesia errors (too little or too much medication), equipment errors,
and many more.
Do You Have Grounds for a Claim?
Suppose you were injured by a negligent doctor or nurse. Now the question
is, do you have a valid claim? In order to have grounds for a medical
malpractice lawsuit, the following requirements need to be met:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed.
- The doctor was in fact negligent.
- The doctor’s negligence caused you harm.
- You suffered actual damages, such as pain and suffering, additional surgeries
or medical bills, or lost income.
Even though doctors make mistakes, these errors don’t always lead
to damages. For example, suppose a woman was in labor at the hospital
but her doctor was nowhere to be found. Even though the nurse told her
“not to push” for over an hour when the baby was ready, the
mother and baby were fine.
In this case, the baby
could have been injured, but she wasn’t. While the doctor (or hospital) was negligent
by not ensuring an obstetrician was in labor and delivery to deliver when
the mother was ready, fortunately, no one was injured (this time). If
the baby’s heartbeat decelerated to dangerous levels or if oxygen
was cut off due to a knotted umbilical cord, this could have been an emergency
situation but it didn’t reach that point.
In your situation, was the doctor negligent? Were you injured as a direct
result of that negligence? Were there actual damages? For example, did
you have to have another surgery to fix the mistake, or did you lose a
month of work because of your injury, or did a disease progress because
the doctor refused to take the necessary tests? In these scenarios, someone
could have a valid medical malpractice claim.
Looking for a Marietta medical malpractice attorney?
Contact Jones & Swanson for a free case evaluation today!