Medical Malpractice in Georgia

Doctors, nurses and other professionals work hard, but they are human and they make mistakes. Health care providers are supposed to provide care that measures up. The measure is called the “standard of care.”

Standards of care are accepted methods of treatment or prevention that reasonably competent medical professionals are expected to follow under given circumstances. When they fail  follow the applicable standard of care, the result of often negligence and is grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Malpractice claims include:

  • Medication errors in hospitals, nursing homes and other settings
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnoses or misdiagnoses
  • Failure to treat
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Defective medical devices
  • Post-operative infections

Common Knowledge Exception

In Cowart v. Widener, 287 Ga. 622 (2010), the Georgia Supreme Court said “most ‘medical questions’ relating to causation are perfectly capable of resolution by ordinary people using their common knowledge and experience, without the need for expert testimony. Thus, in a wrongful death action based on the theory that the defendant proximately caused the decedent’s death […]

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What is Medical Malpractice?

The negligence of doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other medical professionals can, and often do, cause serious injuries. There are many different types of medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis, improper treatment, surgical errors, medication mistakes, pharmacy errors, birth injury (errors committed during the delivery of a child), and failure to diagnose serious health conditions. Medical malpractice cases […]

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