Medical Malpractice in Atlanta

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According to a study published by John Hopkins Medicine, medical malpractice accounts for around 10% of all U.S. deaths every year.

That means medical malpractice is the third highest cause of death in the U.S. In addition to this, hundreds of thousands of people are also injured or suffer undue pain and suffering due to medical negligence.

We literally put our lives in the hands of medical professionals when we’re most vulnerable. Mistakes happen, but few mistakes are more costly than medical mistakes – many of which could have been avoided.

If you or a family member have suffered injuries, been through prolonged pain and suffering, or even died while under medical care, you may be entitled to compensation.

Medical malpractice cases are often complex and require a skilled and experienced attorney. Michael LaScala is a seasoned personal injury attorney in Atlanta. Call the office of The LaScala Firm today to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case.

Medical Malpractice in Atlanta​

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice in Atlanta, GA?

Under Georgia Code § 51-1-27, the law surrounding medical malpractice states:

A person professing to practice surgery or the administering of medicine for compensation must bring to the exercise of his profession a reasonable degree of care and skill. Any injury resulting from a want of such care and skill shall be a tort for which a recovery may be had.

What this means is; when you put your health care into the hands of a professional healthcare provider they are liable for any injuries they cause.

You are entitled to sue the doctor or their practice for financial compensation if you suffered injuries as a result of their malpractice.

Obviously, a doctor will often try to dispute the claim. This is why it’s important you work with an experienced lawyer that is able to prove their negligence.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

There are thousands of types of mistakes and errors that can result in personal injury. Some of the most common in the U.S. are:

Misdiagnosis of a medical problem – This can result in not receiving the right treatment or any treatment at all.

Surgical errors – Errors during surgery can cause a range of medical problems you would otherwise not have had.

Not given proper treatment – When you visit a doctor, you trust they will provide a high level of care. If not, you can suffer additional pain and suffering.

Given wrong aftercare instructions – Proper aftercare is an important part of overall recovery. Without the correct aftercare, you can suffer further injury and take 

Administered wrong medication/dosage – Being given the wrong medication or advised of an incorrect dosage is a common medical error.

Types of Medical Malpractice Compensation You Can Claim in Atlanta

In the state of Georgia, and this is true in most states, you can claim for both economic and non-economic damages. There is also the possibility you can claim punitive damages.

Here is a look at what each of these types of damage mean and common types of damages causes:

Economic Damages

Economic damages include expenses that have a monetary value. If you’ve been forced to pay for additional medicine, additional visits to a doctor, anything that causes financial loss, we will help you claim that money back.

Some of the common types of economic damages are:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future loss of wages
  • Cost of domestic services, such as medical equipment and in-home care
  • Expenses related to attending medical assessments

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages are harder to prove as they relate to damages that do not have a fixed monetary value. If your quality of life has been altered due to malpractice, it’s important you are fairly compensated.

  • Some of the common types of noneconomic damages are:
  • Reduced enjoyment of life and activities
  • Physical pain and suffering 
  • Emotional and mental pain and suffering
  • Other pain and suffering you can prove is the result of malpractice

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are designed to punish a medical professional for egregious misconduct. If we think your doctor made an error that goes beyond regular malpractice, and may even be deliberate, we will seek punitive damages.

A judge can order a healthcare professional to pay damages to a victim as a way of deterring them from repeating their error.

Punitive damages are rare in medical malpractice cases, but it’s something we will still explore if it’s relevant to your case.

Why Work With a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

Putting together a medical malpractice claim is a complex process that requires a high degree of accuracy and a detailed understanding of the legal system in Atlanta.

The smallest error can cause lengthy hold ups or reduce the amount of compensation you’re able to claim. Or worse, it can harm your case and there is always a risk you walk away with nothing.

Working with an experienced medical malpractice attorney takes all of those worries off of you. In addition, you’re likely going through some form of recovery from your injuries or grieving a lost one.

The last thing you should worry about is how your case is going. Leave all of that up to an experienced lawyer who will be able to seek the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

It’s also important to note that you only have two years to file a claim as outlined by the Georgia Code 9-3-71 – General limitation.

Call Today

Michael LaScala is a seasoned personal injury attorney in Atlanta with a wealth of experience defending clients in medical malpractice cases.

He has worked as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer in the state of Georgia. Giving him a broad base of experience in the Georgia legal system.

Call the LaScala Firm at (404) 881-8866 today to arrange a consultation.