New trial set for Georgia widow's medical malpractice suit

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A medical malpractice case can take a long time to resolve. If a loved one is hurt or dies under the care of a hospital, the hospital may be responsible, if they were negligent. A hospital has a duty to keep by holding its staff to a high standard. Medical negligence can lead to decreased mobility, further rehabilitation and even death in Georgia.

The Georgia Supreme Court will not be taking on a case battle between a widow who received over $700,000 in a medical malpractice verdict and Wellstar Health System. A new trial will take place, but it will not continue with Wellstar's original legal firm because they were barred from the trail after allegedly tampering with an expert medical witness. The widow claims that her husband was given medication that was improperly matched with someone who had a history of alcohol and tobacco usage.

Medical malpractice can take several forms and involve different entities. When a patient visits a hospital, like the widow in this malpractice case, the patient expects to be given expert advice. If a doctor is misinformed and gives out medication without properly advising or adhering to manufacturer's guidelines, this may be medical malpractice. Proving fault is a key component of medical malpractice, so it is important to be informed of Georgia's state laws.

A patient or loved one deserves compensation and the ability to hold negligence accountable. Hospital stays can be expensive and leave someone with a variety of bills. If a loved one is killed because of negligence in the medical field, that person may have the opportunity to receive compensation. Medical malpractice law helps to hold parties accountable, including drug manufacturers, supply chains, doctors and health systems. One way to help make change for the better is to hold people who provide for the health of the community are held to high standards.

Source: Daily Report, "WellStar Keeps its Retrial, But its First Lawyers Stay Barred," Katheryn Hayes Tucker, March 26, 2014

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