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Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Carrollton, GA

If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, don't hesitate to contact our medical malpractice lawyers in Carrollton, GA, today. Medical malpractice is professional negligence wherein a provider breaches the generally accepted standard of care. This breach can occur at any stage of medical treatment, including diagnosis, medication dosage, health management, treatment, or aftercare.

Common Examples of Medical Malpractice in Georgia

  • misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • unnecessary or incorrect surgery
  • premature discharge
  • failure to order appropriate tests or to act on results
  • not following up
  • prescribing the wrong dosage or the wrong medication
  • leaving things inside the patient's body after surgery
  • operating on the wrong part of the body
  • the patient has persistent pain after surgery
  • potentially fatal infections acquired in the hospital
  • pressure ulcers or bedsores

Georgia-Specific Requirements for a Malpractice Lawsuit

In Georgia, a medical malpractice case must be filed within two years of the procedure that caused an injury if the malpractice is not realized in the two years following the process. In certain circumstances, it is possible to file suit up to a maximum of 5 years after the procedure. The only exception to the two and five-year statute of limitations is if an unconsented to a foreign object (i.e., a medical instrument, sponge, etc.) is left inside the body by a healthcare provider. If this were to occur, a lawsuit must be filed within 1 year of an individual learning of the foreign object remaining inside of their body.

In addition to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit within the appropriate time window, Georgia requires that an affidavit prepared by a medical expert be submitted at the same time as the lawsuit. The medical expert must practice in the same field or specialty as the healthcare provider being sued. Additionally, the affidavit must include the medical expert's sworn opinion on at least one negligent act committed by the healthcare provider being sued, including the medical expert's factual basis for that opinion.

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