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Harry Brown isn’t your typical trial attorney. In addition to attending John Marshall Law School and passing the Georgia Bar Exam, he attended Parker College of Chiropractic.
Harry offers his expert understanding in both medical and legal issues. While he was a practicing chiropractor, Harry learned about the difficulties his patients faced when paying their medical bills and filing insurance claims after an accident, and has trained his team on what to look for with each accident victim. No other Georgia or South Carolina law firm has this level of medical knowledge.
If you or a loved one were injured because of a negligent healthcare professional, our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Georgia and Medical Malpractice Attorneys in South Carolina can provide you with skilled legal advice and dedicated representation. Contact our team at anyone of our four offices for a free consultation in Athens, Atlanta, Okatie and Savannah
The Brown Firm is a wonderful firm! They came to my case in the middle and had to untangle a mess. They did so with great dedication and skill. They are thorough, decisive, and very knowledgeable. I was grateful to have them in my corner. Thanks to them, we won. Even after our case was finished they made certain I understood what my future options were, and how to navigate things going forward. They are a lifesaver.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a person sustains an injury or wrongful death due to negligent care by a medical professional or medical institution.
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 due to medical error.
- Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose – One of the most common medical mistakes is an incorrect treatment that harms 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. Medical providers may prescribe the wrong drug, hospital staff may give an incorrect dosage, or a pharmacist may dispense the wrong medication.
- Surgical Errors – Surgical errors can 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.
Medical providers have to maintain a standard of care, and if a medical error or another mistake violates that standard, you may need a medical malpractice lawyer.
You may have to prove that the health care provider was “grossly negligent,” so contact The Brown Firm, and we’ll put our legal and medical experience to work for you.
What Are Negligent Actions?
Many medical procedures and treatments in medicine can do great harm if they aren’t performed correctly.
The most common negligent actions a healthcare provider can take include:
- Misdiagnosing a patient’s condition or diagnosing the wrong condition. This will lead the healthcare professional to employ treatment methods that could harm patients needlessly.
- Prescribing incorrect drugs and medications could have risks that outweigh potential benefits. Anesthesia errors are especially harmful. Overprescribing can also be a form of malpractice.
- Surgical mistakes include performing the wrong operation, operating on the wrong body part, performing a procedure incorrectly, or leaving foreign materials inside a patient’s body.
Some negligent actions are apparent immediately after the mistake occurs. However, others become apparent years later, with the patient suffering the entire time.
When a medical expert makes the wrong diagnosis, the harm is often twice as harmful.
First, patients aren’t receiving adequate medical treatment for the misdiagnosed disease or disorder. And they are also being exposed to additional, and sometimes more severe, risks from the medical care they are enduring for the incorrectly diagnosed disorder.
What Are Negligent Omissions?
Negligence can sometimes take the form of omissions or inaction. When it does, it typically relates to healthcare professionals failing to do something that they should be doing or meet their duty of care.
These omissions can include:
- Failing to monitor patients properly
- Failing to follow up with patients
- Failing to recognize the significance of a patient’s symptoms and complaints
- Failing to order the right tests or interpret results the right way
- Failing to diagnose or treat conditions on time
- Failing to treat patients’ medical conditions with the proper medical care or make required referrals to other healthcare providers
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Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Like many legal matters, trying to file a medical malpractice case on your own can be nearly impossible. It will take the talents of an experienced personal injury lawyer if you want to win your case and obtain a fair settlement.
To prove a medical professional was negligent and win a legal claim, it is up to medical malpractice law firms to demonstrate the following to the insurance companies:
- 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 sustained injuries.
Who To Sue In Medical Malpractice Claims
Doctors aren’t the only defendants you can name in a medical negligence lawsuit. Anyone in the healthcare industry can make medical mistakes.
Every health care professional has a duty to care for you and maintain acceptable standards. When these standards aren’t met, preventable injuries that are often life-changing injuries can occur. If they fell short in upholding their quality of care, they could be liable for the harm they caused.
It doesn’t have to be the actual doctor who provided the medical treatment that is responsible for the injured patient. But it’s important to note that most medical malpractice claims are brought against doctors, nurses, and hospitals.
Depending on the facts of your situation, the defendants in your lawsuit could include:
- Technicians and Aides
- Physical Therapists
- Outpatient Medical Facilities
What Can You Recover in a Medical Negligence Claim?
When you pursue a medical malpractice claim, you can seek to recover all damages caused by medical negligence.
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:
- Past and Future Medical Bills
- Lost Past and Future Income
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Pain and Suffering
- Home Health Care
- Physical Therapy
We all rely on medical professionals to make us well, so when their actions lead to worsening our condition, or further injury, they should be held fully liable for the damage they inflicted.
What Should You Do If You Believe You Are a Victim of Medical Negligence?
If you believe that you have suffered harm due to medical negligence, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. You may be entitled to economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. The longer you wait, the harder it can be to prove negligence.
A lawyer can deal with the hospital and insurance companies on your behalf. The medical community has costly lawyers, so this isn’t something you should do on your own.
Your law firm can also launch an immediate investigation of your case and take steps to preserve critical evidence. The investigation will include gathering evidence like medical records and interviews with expert witnesses.
When you meet with a lawyer, be prepared to answer questions like:
- Which medical issues led you to seek treatment?
- When did you receive treatment for the medical condition?
- Where did you receive treatment?
- Who provided the treatment?
- What treatment did the medical professional provide?
- How has the treatment hurt you physically, emotionally, and financially?
Try to compile medical records, invoices, and insurance statements. But if you can’t track down those documents, it should not stop you from getting legal help.
Understanding Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations varies depending on where the case is. The general statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit in many states is two years.
The Brown Firm has offices that span from Georgia to South Carolina, where the statute of limitations is two years for Georgia residents and three years for South Carolina residents.
However, rare exceptions can extend a patient’s time limit for filing a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice 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 time limit begins when the injury was realized.
- Medical malpractice claims resulting from an injury must be filed within the time limit from the date of the injury.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney
At The Brown Firm, we represent people who have been injured due to others’ negligence, including victims of medical malpractice. Because of doctor errors and hospital errors, victims can suffer from life-altering issues like a brain injury, nerve damage, or even death.
Medical malpractice suits aren’t easy to win, so we also work with experts with a medical background for a thorough understanding of your case.
Our expert lawyers have many years of experience dealing with medical malpractice cases. We understand that each and every client has specific goals, like seeking proper medical care or being compensated for time missed from work.
Our law firm’s superior customer service is backed by a staff that genuinely cares about you and an attorney who has gratitude, understanding, and compassion for your specific circumstances.
If you are the victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced attorney today to determine if you are eligible for compensation.
If you or a loved one were injured and need help, our skilled personal injury lawyers will be at your side every step of the way with legal advice and representation.
Fill out our simple online contact form or give our office a call at (800) 529-1441 to set up your free case evaluation.
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