Canton Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Holding Professionals Responsible For Harm in Georgia
When a healthcare professional provides improper treatment or fails to maintain an acceptable standard of care, the patient may file a malpractice claim. At Hasty Pope, LLP, we have a depth of knowledge of medical malpractice law that allows us to provide effective representation for clients who have been harmed by those entrusted with their medical care. A Canton medical malpractice lawyer from our firm will fight for compensation for your medical costs, loss of work, pain, and suffering.
Why Hire Our Firm?
- Initial Consultations are FREE
- Hundreds of Cases Taken to Trial
- 130+ Years of Combined Experience
- Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Recovered
Our legal team is equipped and prepared to protect your rights and fight for your maximum compensation.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice happens when a health care professional, doctor, or hospital causes injury to a patient through acting negligently. In this case negligence happen through errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or health management.
A medical malpractice case must have these characteristics:
- A violation of the standard of care
- Proof that the injury was caused by negligence
- The injury resulted in significant damages
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice encompasses a broad spectrum of situations where a healthcare provider deviates from the accepted standard of care, harming the patient. Identifying the common causes of medical malpractice is crucial for building a solid case. Some prevalent examples include:
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis: Failing to diagnose a medical condition accurately or promptly can have severe consequences. Whether it's cancer, infections, or other serious illnesses, a delay in diagnosis can significantly impact the patient's prognosis.
- Surgical Errors: Errors during surgery, such as wrong-site surgery, anesthesia mistakes, or leaving surgical instruments inside the patient's body, can lead to serious complications and long-term damage.
- Medication Errors: Administering the wrong medication, incorrectdosage, or failing to account for potential drug interactions can result in severe harm to the patient.
- Birth Injuries: Negligence during childbirth can lead to birth injuries for both the infant and the mother. These injuries can have lifelong consequences and often require extensive medical care.
- Failure to Obtain Informed Consent: Patients have the right to be fully informed about the risks and benefits of medical procedures. Failure to obtain informed consent can be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
At Hasty Pope, LLP, our experienced legal team thoroughly investigates each case to identify the specific negligence that led to the client's injuries, ensuring that responsible parties are held accountable.
How Do You Know If You Have a Case for Medical Malpractice?
In order to prove that you have a medical malpractice claim, there are four essential elements that you must be able to prove:
- A doctor-patient relationship was established
- The doctor, or other medical professional, was negligent
- That negligence caused your injury
- Your injury caused damages
But what does this all mean? Here is a simple example: a patient establishes care with a surgeon to have a medically necessary surgery. The procedure is completed, but the patient continues to have pain and it gets worse every day. The patient brings up the concern with the doctor during the post-op appointment, but the doctor brushes it off as normal post-operative pain that will go away as the patient heals. But the patient continues to have to debilitating pain and finally gets an x-ray that shows a surgical instrument was left inside from the procedure. A second, emergency surgery is immediately ordered. There are two elements of neglect here: the first being that an instrument was left in the patient in the first place and the second being the doctor brushing off the patient's initial concern.
This is an obvious example of medical malpractice, but medical neglect can be in many forms. That's why it is vital to keep records and hire a Canton medical malpractice attorney as quickly as possible. Our legal team wants to help you fight for the compensation you deserve after going through unnecessary and preventable pain and suffering.
When Medical Providers Fail to Provide Appropriate Care
Standard of care describes the level and type of care a trained healthcare professional should provide. The acceptable standard of care varies depending on the specific medical condition, general health of the patient, the patient’s age, and other factors. Because each case is unique, it is important to speak with a Canton medical injury attorney about your specific situation.
Medical malpractice lawsuits may be filed against:
- Medical centers
- Other healthcare professionals and facilities
What Compensation Can Be Obtained in a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Medical malpractice can lead to a spectrum of damages for victims, encompassing economic and non-economic losses. While each case is distinct, potential recoverable damages in a medical malpractice claim include:
- Medical Expenses: Victims may be eligible for compensation covering past and future medical expenses. This encompasses costs related to surgeries, rehabilitation, medications, and other essential treatments required for the injuries sustained.
- Lost Income and Future Earnings: If the victim cannot work due to malpractice, they may seek compensation for both lost income and potential future earnings. This is particularly relevant in cases where the injuries diminish the capacity to earn a living.
- Pain and Suffering: Compensation can be awarded for the physical pain, emotional distress, and the overall decline in the quality of life experienced by the victim. This category acknowledges the intangible but significant impact that medical malpractice can have on a person's well-being.
- Wrongful Death Damages: In situations where medical malpractice culminates in the death of a loved one, surviving family members have the right to pursue compensation. This compensation may cover funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and the emotional toll of losing a family member.
- Punitive Damages: In rare instances where the negligence is deemed particularly egregious, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages punish the responsible party for their actions and serve as a deterrent against similar behavior in the future.
Understanding the potential scope of damages in a medical malpractice claim is essential for building a comprehensive case. At Hasty Pope, LLP, our dedicated legal team specializes in navigating the complexities of medical malpractice cases, ensuring our clients can recover the full extent of damages they are entitled to.
Georgia Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
Medical malpractice lawsuits have a two-year statute of limitations from the time the injury is discovered. A case may not be filed more than five years from the negligent act, even if the injury is not immediately detected. Due to the intricacies of the law and rules governing the statute of limitations, we encourage you to contact Hasty Pope, LLP as soon as you can to discuss your case with a skilled Canton medical malpractice attorney.
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$9,000,000 Wrongful Death
Settlement of $9 million in September of 2019. This was for the family of a 20-year-old man struck and killed by a driver who crossed the centerline in Cherokee County, Georgia on May 18, 2018.
$6,000,000 Truck Accident
A tractor-trailer lost control and struck two motorcyclists, both suffered catastrophic injuries.
$5,000,000 Rear-End Accident
A female client was rear-ended at a high rate of speed in Fannin County, Georgia, a county in North Georgia. The negligent driver was following too closely and failed to maintain control of her vehicle.
$2,800,000 Dental Malpractice
A woman sustained permanent injury to her mouth and teeth as result of dental work performed below the standard of care by a dentist employed by a large corporate dental chain.
$2,500,000 Intersection Collision
A woman suffered multiple injuries including head trauma, multiple rib fractures, and a collapsed left lung when another car ran a red light and struck her vehicle in West Palm Beach, Fla.
$2,000,000 Intersection Collision
Our 76-year-old client, Sara, was on her way home from the salon. She was driving through an intersection on a green light when a young driver turned in front of her.
$1,735,000 Distracted Driving Accident
Our client was struck and killed on I-985 in Hall County, Georgia. Our client had pulled off I-985 to secure his load and was outside all lanes of travel.
$1,700,000 T-Bone Collision
A woman suffered permanent injury to her dominant arm after being involved in a collision at Davis Drive and Mansell Road in Alpharetta, Georgia.
$1,650,000 Accident on MARTA Bus
Our client sustained an injury in an accident in which the wheelchair ramp of a MARTA bus closed on her foot in 2016.
$1,300,000 Rear-End Collision
Our client, a 49 year-old small business owner was on his way home from a job when his life was forever changed - he was rear ended at a high rate of speed by a large construction truck.