Medical malpractice may refer to any situation in which a healthcare provider fails to meet acceptable standards of care. When you are injured through medical malpractice, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney who can assess your claim and help you determine if you have cause to file suit.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Sepsis and infection
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room negligence
- Birth injury
- Medication errors
Some of these issues can result in severe or even fatal complications. When serious consequences follow medical negligence, victims may be entitled to seek compensation for all related damages. However, determining who is liable will be necessary to take legal action.
Generally speaking, hospitals can be held accountable for injuries caused by employees, such as nurses, medical technicians, and anyone else on staff. In most cases, independent contractors do not count as hospital staff. Similar to other industries, independent contractors are typically responsible for carrying their own liability insurance.
Doctors, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and medical specialists may be independent contractors. When an injury is caused by negligence from one of these professionals, holding the individual accountable may be your only option.
Sometimes, a hospital and an independent contractor, such as a doctor or surgeon, can be sued simultaneously. Liability is often shared between multiple parties in medical malpractice cases. Seeking fair compensation means identifying all instances of malpractice and holding each party to account. This is something that can best be accomplished with the assistance of an attorney.
Damages in a Med Mal Case
You might be entitled to damages including medical expenses, wages lost during recovery, emotional duress, physical suffering, and more. In addition, punitive damages might be sought if your injury was caused by egregious or grossly negligent behavior.
There are no caps on economic and non-economic damages in medical malpractice claims in Georgia. However, punitive damages are capped at $250,000.
The best way to learn what you may be entitled to following injury from a negligent healthcare provider is through a private and free consultation at one of our Atlanta offices. Please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-760-7400 to schedule your complimentary case review today.