When you seek treatment for a medical condition or sudden illness, you do not expect that the doctor you are entrusting to make you better actually causes you further injury. However, medical malpractice is a real concern in the United States. Medical providers like surgeons, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and hospitals have a duty to provide a certain standard of care to their patients. Failure to uphold this duty can result in catastrophic consequences.
Unfortunately, pursuing a medical malpractice claim is not very easy. You are not likely to get any medical professional to come out and admit they made a huge mistake or acted negligently. And, it’s important to point out that even if a medical professional made a mistake, not all mistakes will rise to the level of medical malpractice. Proving a medical malpractice claim can take substantial resources, which is why you should speak with a skilled and experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney rather than attempting to pursue a claim on your own.
Like other states, Georgia has a statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. In most cases, you only have two years from the date of injury, which is when the alleged malpractice occurred. If you think this is more than enough time, you may be surprised to learn it can take months, or even longer than a year, to evaluate a medical malpractice case before bringing it to court. If you wait a year to contact an attorney, that is already a critical year lost.
There are a number of different incidents that can fall under the heading of medical malpractice. Some of these include:
Birth injuries are one of the more common types of medical malpractice. Injuries can happen if the doctor pulls too hard on the fetus, fails to diagnose or treat fetal distress, uses the forceps incorrectly, etc. When it comes to surgical errors, there are a number of issues here as well. These include performing the wrong procedure, leaving surgical instruments inside, making an incision in the wrong place, and more.
You may be wondering how cerebral palsy (CP) is connected with medical malpractice. Children born with cerebral palsy have a neurological disorder that comes from damage to the brain. This damage can lead to a number of problems, including movement, muscle coordination, and/or posture. Symptoms usually arise during or right after birth.
While it’s possible for a baby to develop CP from trauma after birth, it’s more commonly linked to issues during the pregnancy or while giving birth. Missing key issues during your pregnancy or failing to diagnose fetal distress can both result in brain damage.
At Shani O. Brooks P.C. we focus on personal injury matters, including medical malpractice suits. We help our clients hold medical professionals accountable when they breach the required standard of care. It’s important that you speak with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney right away if you suspect you or a loved one is the victim of negligent medical care in Georgia. Contact our office today at 404-692-5404 to schedule an initial consultation.