Medical malpractice includes actions that violate the standard of care.
These violations by medical professionals (including doctors, dentists, or nurses) or a medical institution (such as a hospital) cause injury or, in some cases, death. Stephen C. Carter of Carter Law in Hartwell, GA is a medical malpractice attorney for claims in the state of Georgia. He will help you prove that your doctor or hospital violated the standard of care, resulting in your injury. We have access to expert witnesses from the field of medicine who can help establish your case.
Georgia Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
According to the statute of limitations in the state of Georgia, a patient has two years from the date of injury or death to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The date of injury or death may occur after the date of the actual incident that led to the injury or death. Georgia also has a statute of repose that limits claims against medical professionals. This statute states that injured patients may have only up to five years after the incident to file a lawsuit. This is why it’s so important to retain a medical malpractice lawyer like Stephen C. Carter. Let Carter Law help you navigate the process of filing your medical malpractice claim.
Georgia Medical Malpractice Damages
Injured patients may be entitled to different types of medical malpractice damages. Compensatory damages cover financial losses like hospital and other medical bills, as well as lost wages due to time off from work. Non-economic damages include compensation for pain and suffering. Punitive damages punish the medical professional or institution that caused a patient’s injury. These damages are allowed in Georgia, but only when there is convincing evidence. Such evidence must show that the medical professional or institution engaged in willful misconduct, malice, fraud, or other negligent behaviors when treating the patient.