Pick up any newspaper or watch TV news, and you are sure to hear about a multimillion-dollar lawsuit stemming from a doctor’s negligence going on somewhere in the country. Why is this such a common occurrence? It’s simple. Millions of people visit doctors, emergency rooms and hospitals every day across the United States. Millions of healthcare professionals treat those sick and injured individuals. Despite their best intentions to offer high quality care, mistakes happen. What will you do if it happens to you or someone you love? Our Atlanta injury lawyers can help.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider’s negligence causes a patient’s injury, disability or death. Because medical professionals must follow specific standards of care, human error or intentional neglect is generally the cause of a lawsuit. A skilled Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer could review your case and determine if you have a viable claim.
The term “medical malpractice” means that a physician or health care provider is negligent because he or she has failed to do something that should have been done, or has done something that should not have been done resulting in injury or death. Many unusual, unexpected, or unintended results or consequences of medical or surgical care rendered by a physician, hospital or health care provider can be considered malpractice or negligence.
Medical errors have been on the rise for several years. Overworked healthcare professionals and a burgeoning population are contributing factors. To combat this increase, hospitals have adopted policies eliminating charges to patients who suffer preventable medical errors, called “never events.” Unfortunately, this is not always an adequate remedy for victims of medical malpractice. More is involved than just the cost of treatment. Victims and their families want justice now.
To be fully compensated for illness and injury, or for the death of a loved one, you need the services of a highly qualified and competent Atlanta medical malpractice attorney who understands these laws and is willing to fight to protect your rights.
An emergency room is a stressful environment dealing with a full range of medical concerns, from minor injuries to life-threatening circumstances. Even when a medical condition has been properly evaluated, devastating results including severe injury or death, may occur if timely treatment is not rendered. Emergency room errors may include:
When a doctor fails to diagnose your medical condition, it can have serious consequences. We put our trust in medical professionals to identify symptoms and increase our chance of recovery and even survival.
Failure to diagnose is a form of medical malpractice, as it is the result of another person’s negligence, causing significant injury. Plus, with certain medical conditions, a delayed diagnosis can allow your disease to progress into advanced stages.
Today’s pharmacies push their workers to fill out prescriptions as fast as possible to keep the flow of business moving. It’s a volume business. But when preventable errors occur, it’s the patients who suffer — sometimes severely, with complications from drug interactions, side effects, overdose and manufacturing errors.
We will work to determine whether a prescription drug injury was caused by careless mistakes made by pharmacists and technicians, prescription misfill or improper instructions on the bottle itself. Sometimes, your pharmacist is the only medical professional that is fully aware of all the medications you are taking. It should be his or her responsibility to alert you or your doctor of any potential medical complications that could result from your medications.
A medical misdiagnosis is not only finding the wrong illness, but it can also be the result of a doctor misjudging the severity of an illness leading to over and under mistreatment. Medical misdiagnosis is a serious problem in our health care system. Studies have found that about 20 percent of fatal illnesses are misdiagnosed.
Medical misdiagnosis can result in a patient being exposed to treatments and medications for problems they don’t have. In the meantime, the patient’s true diagnosis remains unknown, subjecting the patient to unnecessary discomfort, pain and other life-altering risks. Furthermore, a misdiagnosis can lead to serious complications and can even be fatal.
One of the biggest problems people face and don’t realize until it’s already affected them, could be a reaction to a prescription drug.
Prescription drugs can often times create more problems and complications than what they are working to cure by putting your health and well being at risk, causing serious and deadly side effects.
If a patient has an adverse reaction to a medication, there may be an underlying medical malpractice case against the physician and/or health care facility involved. Drug reactions may cause severe injury or even death. And these adverse reactions to the drug may have been avoidable.
As more and more Americans undergo surgical procedures, the number of surgical errors rise. Surgical errors include, but are not limited to, a retained foreign body, injury to internal organs, anesthesia overdose, wrong blood type during a transfusion or wrong site surgery.
In any case, these surgical errors are horrific tragedies and can be prevented. We are highly experienced in surgical error cases, so you can be confident that you have a qualified team working to protect your rights and will pursue justice.
Patients rely on doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat them properly. When doctors and healthcare professionals make mistakes, many times serious injuries and even death result.
If your healthcare provider didn’t follow the standard of care when diagnosing or treating you or a loved one, resulting in injury or death, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
The legal professionals at Hart & Hart will find the best medical expert to review your case. We will carefully and thoroughly prepare your case, working diligently so that you receive the maximum compensation for your loss. An Atlanta lawyer with experience in medical malpractice cases could fight to seek the justice you deserve and work to recover full and fair compensation.
Hart & Hart has helped numerous individuals and families get the compensation they deserve and to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent actions.
Because each case is unique, and some cases are highly complex, the experienced Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at Hart & Hart will make the time to listen to you and to answer all your questions and will outline the specific steps that must be undertaken prior to filing your claim. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation. You have a legal right to compensation. Let Hart & Hart help you get what you deserve.
Hart & Associates is here to hold health care providers and for-profit hospitals accountable when mistakes are made and patients are harmed. We strive for those injured by medical negligence to be fairly compensated for their suffering and losses.
If your healthcare professional failed to follow an acceptable community standard of care, you may have a claim.