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The medical malpractice attorneys of The Champion Firm, P.C. represent people in Georgia who have suffered harm when receiving negligent medical treatment. The time to file a claim is limited, so it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced attorney at our firm as soon as possible. Our compassionate and aggressive attorneys are prepared to collect and secure the evidence needed to build a strong claim on your behalf. Contact our Georgia personal injury lawyers for help today.
When a doctor, pharmacist, another medical professional, or hospital facility fails to exercise reasonable care that an ordinary professional would under the same circumstances, they could be held liable for medical malpractice. Ultimately, the patient is the one who suffers, and medical mistakes, errors or omissions, or mistreatment can have a lasting impact on the person’s health, livelihood, and emotional wellbeing.
At The Champion Firm, P.C., our trained medical malpractice lawyers are ready to meet with you, review your situation, and help you understand your legal options. If you cannot visit us in our Atlanta office, we will come to you, whether at your home, in the hospital, or wherever is most convenient.
It is our goal to seek the compensation you need to pay for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses. We also want to send a strong message to the medical professional or facility to help ensure that no one else suffers harm due to their negligence.
To schedule a free case evaluation with our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers, contact us by phone or reach out to us online.
A medical malpractice claim can be filed if a patient suffers severe and life-threatening injuries caused by a negligent medical error on the part of a doctor, pharmacist, other medical professional, or treatment facility. It is important to understand that mere dissatisfaction with the outcome of treatment does not constitute medical malpractice. Medical malpractice involves injury to a patient because of a medical professional’s negligence or omission.
The Champion Firm, P.C. has experience with a wide variety of medical malpractice claims in Atlanta. Some malpractice cases our firm handles include:
Georgia Code § 9-11-9.1 requires an action for damages alleging professional malpractice also to include an affidavit from an expert competent to testify.
Under Georgia Code § 9-3-71(a), a medical malpractice claim needs to be filed within two years of the date that an injury or death arising from a negligent or wrongful act or omission occurred. Georgia Code § 9-3-71(b) further provides that no action for medical malpractice can be brought more than five years after the malpractice occurred.
Although they are very complex claims, some medical malpractice cases can be resolved through settlements. Defendants often prefer to settle these cases rather than risk going to trial and facing publicity.
When a jury awards damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit, there may be compensatory damages that include a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are quantifiable losses a victim has suffered or will suffer, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Noneconomic damages are subjective types of harm such as pain and suffering or loss of consortium.
If it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a defendant’s actions showed willful misconduct, malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression, or that entire want of care which would raise the presumption of conscious indifference to consequences, then Georgia Code § 51-12-5.1 allows for punitive damages to also be awarded. Punitive damages are awarded to punish defendants for particularly egregious misconduct and discourage others from behaving similarly. They are relatively rare in medical malpractice cases.
It can be difficult to determine liability for medical malpractice claims because healthcare professionals and the facilities they operate out of may have complex relationships. In some cases, a doctor or a technician may be an independent contractor, and a hospital or other facility may be immune from civil actions.
Georgia Code § 9-11-9.1(g) establishes that the medical professions to which malpractice claims apply include:
Georgia Code § 9-11-9.1(a) states that in addition to the parties listed above, the affidavit requirement also applies to actions against other legal entities that may be liable, including any licensed healthcare facility that is responsible for the action or inaction of a healthcare professional who is licensed by the State of Georgia.
Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed because of the careless actions of a medical professional? If so, the Georgia medical malpractice lawyers of The Champion Firm, P.C. are ready to help you claim a Georgia wrongful death claim.
Our firm will diligently work to determine if medical malpractice occurred and will seek to ensure that the responsible parties are held fully accountable. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team today.