Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Gwinnett County
Safe and efficient medical care generally requires the effort of a group of professionals, including doctors, nurses, and administrative staff. When all members of a medical team work together in a safe and alert manner, the risk of injury and mistake will generally decline. However, if care providers engage in sub-standard patient care or are overworked and understaffed, life-threatening injuries can occur. If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Gwinnett County from the Law Offices of John Morrison to start your case.
Recognizing Medical Malpractice
Before we get into the topic of what medical malpractice is, we must explain that not all injuries that occur under a doctor’s watch constitute medical malpractice.
In Georgia, medical professionals must offer patient care that is reasonably safe and in accordance with accepted medical practices. In other words, providers must adhere to practice standards as recognized by colleagues in the particular medical specialty involved in the course of treatment. If they do not offer this standard of care and the patient suffers harm, their actions could constitute medical malpractice.
In the context of medical staff errors, deviations from this accepted standard of care may manifest any number of ways, including any of the following.
- Failure to order diagnostic testing, resulting in a missed diagnosis
- Misinterpretation of diagnostic tools, including blood results or imaging
- Diagnosis of the wrong condition
- Failing to properly perform an invasive surgical procedure
- Failure to properly monitor a patient before, during, and after an operation
- Failure to obtain “informed consent” for a particular procedure
- Leaving medical devices in the patient’s body
- Operating on the wrong extremity or body part
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Incorrectly prescribing a medication, i.e., prescribing a medication that may react with another medication the patient is currently taking
Of course, these examples represent a sampling of the malpractice issues that can arise during a course of treatment.
Damages Recoverable in a Medical Malpractice Claim
When it comes to medical malpractice, an injured patient may be able to obtain economic damages and non-economic damages, as well as punitive damages in certain circumstances. Economic damages include any quantifiable financial injuries the patient suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, or lost future earnings.
By contrast, non-economic damages compensate a plaintiff for non-quantifiable harm experienced as a result of the medical malpractice. Examples of non-economic damages within this category include compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, or emotional turmoil. In the tragic event of a patient death due to medical mistake, surviving family members may be able to recover non-economic damages to compensate for the loss of the familial relationship and companionship.
NOTE: Many people worry about suing their doctor; know that, in most cases, the medical malpractice insurance carrier will pay your settlement, not the doctor herself.
Get Help from a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Gwinnett County
If you are facing a recent injury you believe is the result of medical malpractice, contact the legal professionals at the Law Office of John Morrison, LLC today. You can reach our office by calling 770-951-8900.