People seek medical care in order to make their lives better. Unfortunately, there are times in which doctors or other medical care providers fail to live up to the standards of their profession. Medical negligence can lead to a patient being seriously injured, disabled, and can even result in a wrongful death. It is important to understand Georgia protects the rights of such victims. If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice then you may be entitled to compensation for the future medical costs you will incur, lost wages, payment for pain and suffering, and you may possibly receive punitive damages. These types of cases involve complicated issues and it is important that you retain an experienced attorney. Richard Summers is an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer who has been practicing law since 1978. He prides himself on providing the highest level of service and our firm is ready to assist you. Contact us today.
Personal injury attorney assisting Atlanta victims of medical negligence
Medical professionals are required to follow a “reasonable standard of care” when they provide services. This means that they must take all precautions that an average reasonable provider would take in a similar situation. If they fail to take such precautions, and their patient is injured as a result, then they may face liability. Common forms of medical malpractice can include:
- Improperly using anesthesia
- Negligence by medical technicians
- Injuries or harm inflicted during child birth
- Providing incorrect or excess medications
- Injuries caused by the use of contaminated instruments
- Careless acts – such as operating on the wrong limb
A victim will normally have up to two years, from the time that they learned about the act of malpractice, to file a lawsuit.
Malpractice suits typically begin by informing the medical provider’s insurance carrier that a claim is being made. The victim’s counsel will retain medical experts who will offer opinions as to why the level of care was insufficient and how the faulty care caused the victim’s injuries. If a settlement cannot be reached then the case will proceed to litigation. The defense will retain their own experts who will likely offer opinions stating that the treating professionals provided an adequate level of care. Should the matter proceed to trial then the jury will decide which party’s experts, if either, are more credible. The jurors will also consider all other evidence and testimony when deciding whether the victim is entitled to compensation and the amount they are to receive. It is important that you retain a lawyer experienced in handling such matters.
Richard Summers is an Atlanta personal injury attorney who handles medical malpractice cases. Richard will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. Richard has standing relationships with the types of experts which will be required in these matters and he is experienced in dealing with them. If a settlement cannot be obtained then we will file a lawsuit with the Superior Court. We will then use the discovery process to obtain proof of the provider’s negligence. Such proof may include internal hospital files, the physician’s notes, etc. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial and our firm has the resources necessary to deal with large corporate defendants such as hospitals. We understand that this is a serious time in your life and we will take the matter seriously. Contact us today.
Medical malpractice lawyer providing quality service to Atlanta victims
If you have been injured by a medical provider then you have enough to worry about. You do not need an attorney who also fails to meet their professional obligations. Richard strives to provide the highest level of service in every case he handles. This service includes regular communication, copying clients on correspondence, and making himself available to answer questions which you may have. Our firm makes lawyer-client communication a priority and this is our promise in every case we handle.
We serve residents of Atlanta and its greater metro area. This includes the Fulton County cities of Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, and East Point, the DeKalb County cities of Dunwoody, Decatur, Brookhaven, Redan, and, the Cobb County cities of Marietta, Smyrna, Mableton, and Kennesaw, the Fayette County cities of Fayetteville and Peachtree, the Hall County city of Gainesville, as well as other areas throughout the state of Georgia.