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What you need to know before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit

Patients expect their medical professionals to display high levels of accountability and expertise. Unfortunately, even skilled doctors, nurses and health care providers are prone to making careless mistakes. When this happens, victims and their families may want to consider a medical malpractice lawsuit.

However, there is some vital information they should know before taking their case to court.

How clinical negligence is defined

These are some ways that medical professionals could ignore their duty of care:

  • They fail to spot a disease or other severe medical conditions.
  • They don't implement the proper treatment for a patient's needs.
  • They make the patient wait an unreasonable amount of time before they receive their diagnosis.

Certificate of merit

Georgia is one of several states that require malpractice plaintiffs to provide an expert's testimony (also known as a certificate of merit) during litigation. This means the patient may need to contact another doctor that can review their records and demonstrate how the defendant's negligence resulted in the victim's injuries or how the defendant violated their industry's standard of care.

Filing a claim

In the state of Georgia, the statute of limitations for malpractice cases is typically two years. If the plaintiff wants to file suit, they should do so as soon as they are able.

Patients deserve quality care

When doctors act negligently, it can cause undue hardship to victims and their families. If you or a loved one have endured injury or suffering due to the negligence of a health care provider, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help take your case to court and get you the compensation you deserve.

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