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Being injured is no fun, especially when it comes to dealing with Medical Malpractice.

Our Savannah Injury Attorney's can help. Not knowing where to turn, whom to trust, and what to do about your medical bills is very frustrating.

Become your best healthcare advocate and know where you can turn in Savannah, Georgia, to find the right Medical Malpractice Attorney for you.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, many patients choose not to pursue valid medical malpractice claims for numerous reasons: Some are concerned that other doctors will learn of their cases and refuse to treat them. Some fear—incorrectly—that it will increase the cost of their medical care. And others forgo valid claims due to the perceived personal and financial costs associated with litigation. To avoid being a victim, you need to know how to proceed in the right way. Our goal is to aid you down that path.

What is Medical Malpractice or Medical Negligence?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider deviates from the recognized “standard of care” in the treatment of a patient. Many medical malpractice cases turn on this question: What was the medical standard of care in the situation in question?  The “standard of care” is based on the average physician's customary practices given the scope of their practice, i.e., what the average physician would customarily or typically do in similar circumstances.

malpractice claim exists if a provider’s negligence causes injury, death, or damages to a patient. The standard of care for physicians is to exercise reasonable care and skill for their patients. Under similar conditions, they are generally ordinarily employed by the medical profession. Hospitals also owe their patients the duty of using ordinary care to furnish equipment and facilities reasonably suited to the purposes intended and are in general use under the same or similar circumstances in hospitals of approximately the same size serving related areas or communities.

Medical Malpractice is a departure from good and accepted medical care causing injury. As with anyone, doctors are held accountable for their actions, as we all are. To confirm evidence of wrongdoing, we need to have medical experts review your records before starting a lawsuit for your injuries. One of the greatest advantages the Brown Firm in Savannah, Ga, has is attorney Dr. Harry Brown Jr., a doctor, understands medical terminology and "standards of care" far beyond that of most practicing lawyers. Malpractice cases are one of the most hotly contested areas of law today. The defense attorneys we often encounter are extremely well educated and trained at defending these lawsuits.

Questions to Ask your Attorney

The lawyer you choose must communicate with you and spend time explaining the legal process and what to expect down the road. The law firm must be able to educate you about your options thoroughly. Knowing this information will make you a better-informed consumer. Hiring a lawyer is an important part of learning about your legal rights. Ask lots of questions and trust your instincts. Here are some excellent questions to ask your local attorney in Savannah, Ga.

Please find out about their Previous Results. 

  1. What was the outcome of the most recent case he or she worked on?
  2. Has the attorney or firm ever taken a case to trial? If so, what was the outcome?
  3. Has the attorney and his or her law firm won sizable awards for their clients?
  4. How much is my case worth, and is it similar to any previous cases you have worked on?
  5. Ask the Attorney for any references from clients they have helped in the past.

 Get the Resources you Desire

  1. How many other people work at the law firm?
  2. Does the lawyer have access to expert witnesses and medical investigators?

Understand how your Case is Managed

  1. Will the Personal Injury Attorney and their firm handle your case themselves, or will they refer the matter to another law firm?
  2. Do other law firms ever refer medical malpractice cases to this attorney and the law firm?
  3. Will you be interacting with other lawyers, paralegals, or staff at the firm? 

Know Yourself

  1. Are you the type of person who will turn the case over to the lawyer with instructions for him/her to call you when it’s over?
  2. Or do you think that you’ll want to hear from the lawyer frequently with updates and advice?

Make Sure you Don't Settle too Quickly.

Many lawyers claim that they can “Settle your case fast!” and are proud of that fact. Sure they can, for a lower amount than your case is worth. Don’t you think the insurance companies that deal with law firms like those firms looking for a fast settlement? There’s no incentive for the insurance company to offer top dollar to you, the client because they know that this law firm will not take the case to trial. They’re settlers!

Insurance companies have many standard defenses, including:

  1. The injury was an unforeseeable consequence of the initial condition/injury.
  2. The damage was due to the patient’s non-compliance with prior medical advice.
  3. The risk of the patient’s particular injury was a known, recognized, acceptable risk (acceptable to whom?).
  4. Some other party handled causing the damage.
  5. A previous illness or disease caused the injury.

Insurance companies typically want to settle with an injured person directly if they can. This allows them to do so before the full extent of injuries are known and prevents the injured person from hiring an experienced attorney who could increase the settlement value of the claim through their representation. An estimated 200,000 patients in the U.S. each year are killed due to medical errors. Only 15% of the personal injury lawsuits filed annually involve medical malpractice claims, and more than 80% of those trials end with no payment whatsoever to the injured patient or their survivors.  

What should you do if you suspect that you’ve been subjected to negligent care?

Contacting a seasoned malpractice attorney like The Brown Firm in Savannah should be the first step. A thorough review of the case details, including everything from securing pertinent medical records, to interviews with the patient, family members, and friends, will be conducted by the attorney to determine whether the case is actionable or not.

Know the Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations varies depending on the type of injury suffered. In Georgia, the general statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years; however, there are rare exceptions that can either extend or shorten a patient’s time limit for filing a lawsuit.

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Georgia falls into one of two categories:

  • Medical malpractice claims resulting from an injury must be filed within two years from the injury date.
  • Medical malpractice claims resulting from a “failure to diagnose” may be given a limited extension by the court, depending on the claim's facts. In these cases, the two-year time limit begins on the date the injury was realized.

If your loved one passed away due to negligence, talk to our Savannah Wrongful Death Attorneys. 

If you or a loved one were injured due to a doctor or hospital's negligence, it’s important to seek legal help immediately. If you don’t pursue your case within the statute of limitations, Georgia law can bar you from recovering compensation for your injuries. To contact our Savannah Medical Negligence Lawyers today, please complete please click the image below.

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In Closing

Improper diagnoses, incorrect interpretation of testing, and negligent supervision of trainees, and many other standard errors have led to disastrous results in many cases. Up to 98,000 patients are killed each year due to preventable medical errors, yet only 10,000 cases of malpractice are filed each year in the vast majority of cases. However, the fact that a poor medical outcome was caused by negligence is hidden from the patient.

The world of medical malpractice claims is a world unto its own. It has its special rules and laws. We believe an experienced medical malpractice attorney must be there to represent you.

With over 30 years of experience, the Brown Law Firm has served patients in some of the region's largest medical malpractice cases. 

But what we’re most proud of is the impact we have made on our clients. The work we do eases burdens on victims of medical negligence, helps them restore their quality of life, and allows them to move on with their lives.

If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of Medical Malpractice, contact our Savannah Georgia Personal Injury Attorney's today toll-free at (912) 200-9755 for a free consultation or click the link below. We look forward to serving you.

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What Makes The Brown Firm Different From Other Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Chiropractor And Lawyer

Harry understands client injuries like only a treating medical provider can. This experience has provided him with first-hand knowledge in effective case evaluation and handling of personal injury claims.

Customer Service

Our superior customer service is backed by a staff that truly cares about you, and an attorney who has the gratitude, understanding and compassion for your specific circumstances.

It is this unique customer service approach that sets us apart from other Personal Injury firms

Risk-Free, we don't get paid unless you get paid! 

That's right! Call today, we offer a free consultation and work on a Contingency Fee Basis! This means we represent our Savannah Medical Malpractice clients at no charge unless they win their case.
Once we win the Lawsuit for our client, we then take a small percentage of the settlement amount for our legal fees. 
So, calling is RISK-FREE! 

Client Testimonials

I Would Give 10 Stars if I Could!

The Brown Firm is an outstanding and incomparable establishment. The tact and caring nature of my Attorney and Case Manager made the case run very smoothly. They will fight for you from beginning to end paying attention to every detail of your case. If I could give 10 stars I would. Thank you again Brown Firm, for your dedication and hard work to your clients.

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Exceeding our Expectations

There are no words that can truly express our gratitude to the Brown Firm for guiding and exceeding our expectations in 4 Accident cases. Mr. Harry Brown personally took the time to call me, discuss strategy, confirmed my comfort on every level and extended his personal cell phone number. In all cases Mr. Brown and his team was able to secure my family with a higher settlement than anticipated. They were professional and assertive in their approach. I would highly recommend the Brown Firm to anyone in need of legal guidance with an accident.

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Get Everything You Deserve

The Brown Firm is truly amazing and I have nothing but RESPECT for them all. I've never been in an accident so I didn't know where to have my expectations, Peter was awesome and reassure me that we had a winning case. When you have a team of attorneys who is working to make sure you get everything you deserve that is beyond fantastic. I am truly blessed to have had The Brown Firm representing me in my case. I recommended everyone to call them, you won't be disappointed I promise you that.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are Examples of Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice can come in many forms including:
  • Birth injuries – injuries to the child and mother during the birthing process, such as broken bones, brain damage, and even cerebral palsy.
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose – incorrect treatment that results in harm to the patient, or a failure to treat a condition in time.  Emergency room errors are a common cause.
  • Medication Errors – this is the most common form of medical malpractice.  A doctor may prescribe the wrong drug, hospital staff may give an incorrect dosage, or a pharmacist may dispense the wrong medication.
  • Surgical Errors – examples include operating on the wrong part of the body, making mistakes that cause loss of a bodily function or even paralysis, or not providing adequate care after surgery.  Inadequate care after surgery can also lead to post-operative infections.

What do I Need to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Trying to file a medical malpractice case on your own can be nearly impossible. It will take the talents of an experienced medical malpractice attorney if you want to win your case and obtain the compensation that you deserve. 

In order to prove a medical professional was negligent it will be up to your Medical Malpractice Attorney to prove the following: 

  • The medical professional owed the injured person a certain standard of care. 
  • The duty of care was breached. 
  • The patient was injured as a result of this breach. 
  • The patient suffered significant damages, such as pain and suffering, lost wages, or medical expenses due to the injuries that were sustained. 

What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice?

The statute of limitations varies depending on the type of injury suffered. For example, in Georgia, the general statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years; however, there are rare exceptions that can either extend or shorten a patient’s time limit for filing a lawsuit.

The statute of limitations for Medical Malpractice in Georgia or South Carolina falls into one of two categories:

  • Medical malpractice claims following a “failure to diagnose” may be given a limited extension by the court, depending on the facts of the claim. In these cases, the two-year time limit begins on the date the injury was realized.
  • Medical malpractice claims resulting from an injury must be filed within two years from the date of the injury

What Can I Get Compensation For in a Medical Malpractice Case?

If you suffered an injury and believe it was due to a medical malpractice error, you could be entitled to receive compensation for the following:

  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Home Health Care
  • Physical Therapy

We all rely on medical professionals to make us well, so when their actions lead to a worsening our condition, or further injury, they should be held fully liable for the damage they inflicted.  

How Can The Brown Firm Help?

At The Brown Firm, we represent people who have been injured as a result of others’ negligence, including victims of medical malpractice.

Our expert lawyers have many years of experience dealing with Medical Malpractice cases throughout the state of Georgia and South Carolina.

We understand that each and every client has specific goals, like seeking proper medical treatment or being compensated for time missed from work.

Our superior customer service is backed by a staff that truly cares about you, and an attorney who has the gratitude, understanding, and compassion for your specific circumstances.

Are you the victim of Medical Malpractice? Contact one of our top-rated Medical Negligence Attorneys in Savannah, Atlanta, or Athens, GA or Okatie, SC to determine if you are eligible for compensation.

How Much Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Cost?

If you are involved in a medical malpractice incident, the type of attorney you can hire to represent you is called a Personal Injury Attorney. These attorneys specialize in helping the victims of accidents caused by someone else's negligence get financial compensation.

Thankfully, these attorneys work on what is called a Contingency Fee Basis. A Contingency Fee Basis means that you do not pay any legal fees upfront, and your attorneys only collect a fee in the form of a small percentage of your final settlement.

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