As patients, we put a tremendous amount of faith in doctors to care for us when we are ill or hurt. Surgical procedures are especially scary since they are by nature invasive and any mistake or error could put our health and very life in jeopardy. We expect that the surgeons who operate on us will be experienced, knowledgeable, and at the top of their game.
While it may seem unthinkable, patients have suffered severe harm at the hands of impaired, inexperienced, careless or unprepared surgeons. They have suffered injuries due to wrong-site surgeries, objects left in the body, improper sterilization, inadequate post-op care, and other forms of negligence.
When this happens, the patient has the right to hold the doctor or the facility accountable for the medical expenses, stress and pain that they’ve been forced to endure, and the ramifications that the botched surgery will have on their life.
Did you suffer severe injuries as the result of a botched surgery in Atlanta area? If so, you deserve to get answers and fair compensation.
The Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers of The Champion Firm, P.C. are prepared to conduct an independent investigation of the procedure and will consult with medical experts to determine what occurred, who is at fault, and work to hold the negligent parties civilly liable.
You can have our lawyers answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call us or contact us online to receive a free consultation.
What Are Some Common Types of Botched Surgeries?
Some of the most commonly-reported botched surgeries include:
- Severed nerves
- Anesthesia errors
- Incorrect medication
- Performing the wrong procedure
- Performing a procedure on the wrong site
- Leaving a foreign object inside a patient
- Deformity or amputation
The reasons that surgical errors occur can also vary. Some cases are the result of negligence on the part of the operating surgeons or staff members, but other common causes could include poor communication among doctors, improper preoperative planning, or inexperience in performing complex procedures.
Other cases could involve surgeons possibly being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some medical professionals may have been overworked and suffering from fatigue at the time of the operation.
The victims of surgical errors can experience profound complications in their daily life because of negligent medical mistakes. Some surgical errors can even be fatal. Surviving family members of the deceased individual may be entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent parties.
Botched Surgery Can Lead to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Surgeons in Georgia are responsible for bringing a reasonable degree of care and skill to their profession. Any patient who is injured due to a lack of reasonable care and skill during an operation could be eligible to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Proving that a surgeon did not perform up to the standard expected of them can be challenging, but it is entirely possible to do so with experienced legal help on your side. A medical malpractice attorney with the right resources can investigate the procedure and call upon expert medical witnesses to testify about what happened and why the surgeon or other responsible medical professional failed to uphold the expected standard of care in your case.
It is important to note that under Georgia Code § 9-3-71, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within two years of the date on which an injury or death arising from a negligent or wrongful act or omission occurred.
The statute of limitations can be extended to five years when a victim’s injury was not immediately apparent. State law requires claims involving foreign objects being left inside victims to be filed within one year of discovery of the foreign object.
Damages You May Be Entitled to Recover for a Botched Surgery
If your attorney can successfully prove that your surgeon’s actions constituted medical negligence, you could be owed significant compensation in the form of damages.
Victims of a botched surgery could recover compensation for:
- The cost of medical bills, including corrective treatment
- Travel expenses for treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost wages from time off of work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of the ability to enjoy life as you once had before the surgery
- Pain and suffering
While Georgia lawmakers passed a law in 2005 limiting the amount that medical malpractice victims could recover – known as “damage caps” – for non-economic damages, that law was overturned in a decision by the Georgia Supreme Court in 2010. This means that there is no limit on the amount of compensation you can recover for your pain, anxiety, stress, loss of companionship, scarring or disfigurement, and other non-economic damages after a botched surgery.
Contact an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyer
The Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers of The Champion Firm, P.C. are here to support patients who have suffered due to a botched surgery. We help our clients file claims, secure vital evidence, secure testimony from medical experts, handle communication and negotiations, and fight for our clients in court if necessary. We have the resources and experience required to take the fight to negligent surgeons or the facilities they work in.
Our firm achieved a $1.5 million settlement in a medical malpractice case that was the largest prison settlement in Georgia in 10 years. Our team of attorneys is ready to put our experience to work for you, and we’ll work tirelessly to pursue the maximum compensation possible for your case.
Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.