Every day, doctors and other health care providers find themselves in life-or-death situations. When treating the sick and injured, these medical professionals are expected to maintain a standard of care. When they fail to provide this standard of care, the consequences can be devastating for patients and their families.
If you live in Atlanta or Marietta, Georgia, and are seeking an experienced medical malpractice attorney, please call the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC today at 770-888-8901 to discuss your case for free. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you owe us nothing unless we reach a successful outcome in your case.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is the area of law which governs cases in which your doctor or other medical professional failed to provide the standard of care that a similarly experienced professional would have provided, and that lack of care was directly responsible for harming you.
The standard of care that medical professionals are required to provide is the sum of the medical knowledge accumulated over centuries of scientific study and discovery. This knowledge is relied upon to effectively diagnose and treat patients. It is essentially a sort of playbook that outlines best practices for patient treatment.
In the event that your doctor does not know the proper treatment to provide, he or she is required to request a professional opinion from a specialist or seek an answer from established documentation.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
A doctor’s first rule is “do no harm”. Unfortunately, mistakes still happen, whether through inattentiveness or negligence. All health care providers, including doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, nursing home professionals and hospital workers, are required to act in accordance with the prevailing standard of care.
Our skilled medical malpractice lawyers can help you pursue compensation for injury or death that occurs from negligence such as:
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Emergency room errors
- Medication errors
- Pharmaceutical injuries
- Birth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Nursing home negligence
- Hospital negligence
- Nurse negligence
- Doctor negligence
- Specialist negligence
Negligence vs. Malpractice
The terms medical negligence and medical malpractice are often misunderstood and used interchangeably. While medical negligence is an aspect of malpractice, it is only one component of a med mal claim. Unless you can prove that it directly caused your injuries, negligence is not grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Compensation in Medical Malpractice Cases
The amount of compensation to which you and your family could be entitled depends on a number of factors. Depending on the details of your med mal case, you could be eligible to collect damages for:
- Medical expenses, rehabilitation and long-term care
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Physical disability
- Pain and suffering
In the tragic event that negligence led to the loss of a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation for end-of-life expenses and other damages in a wrongful death claim.
If you or a family member has been injured due to medical malpractice, please schedule your free consultation today by completing the form on this page or calling 770-888-8901. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers help injury victims from Atlanta, Marietta and the surrounding communities of Georgia.