Medical malpractice is a niche area of law that provides victims the opportunity to hold medical professionals accountable for wrongdoing that results in serious injuries. This is important for a number of reasons, including:
- Funds. First, it can lead to funds to help cover the expenses that come with the injury like medical expenses and lost wages as well as pain and suffering.
- Accountability. As noted above, it forces doctors and healthcare professionals to answer to the patients they injure.
- Prevention. And finally, it deters other healthcare professionals from making the same mistake.
But how do patients actually hold healthcare professionals accountable? How does a medical malpractice case work? First, the victim generally needs to gather evidence to see if they have a case. This can include medical records and will likely require discussions with at least one expert. A victim uses expert testimony to build the case to show that the doctor, nurse, or other professional accused of medical malpractice failed to act in a manner expected of their profession.
Once an attorney gathers information, he can advise the patient of his legal rights.
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It is important to note that these cases are subject to a time limit. This time limit is referred to as the statute of limitations and varies depending on the state. In Georgia, this time limit is generally set at two years after the date of the medical error. There are some circumstances that can result in the extension of this time limit but “the sooner the better” that action is taken is best in order to protect patient rights.