Mableton Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When you see a doctor in the state of Georgia, you go in with the expectation that you are going to receive expert advice and professional service. However, if your doctor violates the standard of care he or she should have provided you with, you may have a case for medical malpractice against that doctor.
A medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand whether the facts of your situation are suitable for a malpractice lawsuit, and we can help you file it. Our malpractice lawyers at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC have extensive experience getting victims the compensation they deserve for a doctor’s negligent mistake.
Types Of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can be a truly terrifying thing. You are putting your life – literally – in a doctor’s hands, and then he or she does something to completely break your trust. Here are some of what are unfortunately the more common types of medical malpractice out there:
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
- Surgical errors, including unnecessary surgery or leaving surgical objects in a patient’s body
- Prescription drug errors
- Failure to treat a patient, including a failure to refer the patient to a specialist
- Injuries sustained during labor or the delivery of a child
While the initial error can be devastating in and of itself, in many cases the patient then has to take on exorbitant medical costs to treat what the other doctor fouled up. The patient may even suffer a long-term or permanent disability, which then affects the patient’s ability to earn income going forward.
Standard Of Care
The term “standard of care” refers to the level of skill and care you would expect an average doctor to provide you with. You expect your doctor to be knowledgeable, professional, and careful. When filing a medical malpractice claim, you are saying that you do not believe your doctor treated you as another doctor would in similar circumstances.
For instance, say you go to the doctor because you are concerned about a mole you have on your back. Your doctor tells you he does not believe it is anything to worry about and dismisses you without referring you to a specialist. A few months later, you begin to develop symptoms that, when you research them, are normally associated with skin cancer. You see a specialist who confirms the diagnosis.
If your first doctor had referred you to a specialist, you might have been able to treat the mole before your condition progressed. Now, you may be in a worse state than you were months ago when you visited your first doctor, which your first doctor could have prevented, had he treated you properly and as any other doctor would have in his situation. This situation is ripe for medical malpractice.
Types Of Compensation
When a doctor causes you harm, you are absolutely justified in suing that doctor and the hospital to compensate you for your suffering, including financial hardship. Here are some of the more common types of compensation we typically ask for in our medical malpractice claims:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Reimbursement for lost wages and payment toward lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
If the doctor’s malpractice lead to the wrongful death of your loved one, then you are entitled to file for these same things with regard to your relative. Specifically, you can sue for pain and suffering, punitive damages, and wages that would have supported you if your relative was still able to earn income.
Before you sue a doctor for medical malpractice, you must be able to secure an affidavit from another doctor who is impartial to your case. In the affidavit, the doctor must outline how your doctor was negligent, and how a more competent doctor would have behaved, given the circumstances.
You need a doctor’s affidavit because this can make or break your case. After reviewing the affidavit, the court will decide whether your lawsuit is frivolous or has merit. If a legitimate doctor can back up your claims as to how you suffered harm at the hands of another doctor, this is powerful information that speaks to the validity of your case.
Looking To File A Medical Malpractice Claim? We Can Help
For some of us, going to the doctor is a difficult concept in and of itself. The last thing you need is to be “rewarded” for your bravery by receiving poor or nonexistent treatment from the doctor you dragged yourself to see in the first place.
Here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we have the experience necessary to guide you on filing a comprehensive claim to help you get every dollar of the compensation you are entitled to. Call us at (855) 329-7144 or fill out our contact form to connect with a knowledgeable member of our team.
We offer a free initial consultation, and there is no pressure to retain us. So, if you do not like what we have to say, we can part ways – no hard feelings. Give us a call today, and let us help you get started.