Atlanta Medical Malpractice Law Firm
On our website, we provide background information to consumers and other lawyers about Georgia medical malpractice issues. We provide articles, blog entries, informative videos (by attorneys at Wayne Grant, P.C.) and other useful general information.
If you are a Georgia consumer and you would like to know if you have a viable case, please feel free to contact our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers. We keep your information confidential and provide basic information about your possible claim without any charge or obligation.
We are a busy firm and we are highly selective in the cases that we accept. Because we are personally involved in our cases, we typically are only able to accept cases in which death or serious permanent injury has occurred.
If we handle your medical malpractice case, we will do so on a contingent fee basis. Our firm charges a reasonable percentage of the recovery if we win the case or obtain a settlement. If there is no recovery, you will not owe us an attorney fee. If we represent you in a medical malpractice case, we often will also advance all court costs and other expenses necessary to pursue the case. If we obtain a recovery, we will be reimbursed for the advanced expenses from the recovery, but if there is no recovery, you will not owe us anything for the expenses or for attorney fees.
Wayne Grant, P.C.: What makes a good medical malpractice case?
There is no quick answer to this question. Cases of malpractice may be the result of a failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, or a failure to properly treat the patient.
The fact that malpractice may have occurred however, does not mean that it makes sense to file a lawsuit and pursue the matter.
Medical malpractice cases are ordinarily hard-fought battles that can take as long as two to three years to reach conclusion, sometimes even longer. The expenses of handling a medical malpractice case, which most lawyers will advance, can exceed $100,000.00. Because of the time and expense, usually only very serious cases, those involving death or permanent harm, justify legal pursuit.
From the client's perspective, it does not make sense to pursue a long and expensive legal battle if the ultimate recovery will not be significant after payment of fees and expenses. In addition, being involved in a medical malpractice case can be very stressful. There is no need to add stress to a situation where tragedy has already occurred if the ultimate outcome will not be of significant benefit to the patient or the patient’s family.
If a potential case is serious enough to justify filing suit, a lawyer must evaluate the case, relying upon well-credentialed and highly qualified medical experts to determine: 1 - whether there was a breach of the required standard of professional care; and, 2 - whether the breach was the cause of the harm or death. Such a determination is highly fact-specific and will be based primarily on the medical records.
If malpractice has occurred, in order to file a Georgia lawsuit, certain technical requirements must be met. First, the case must be filed within the deadlines imposed by the applicable statute of limitations. A failure to file within the time period prescribed by law will result in claims being permanently barred.
Other technical requirements also exist. For example, in order to properly file a medical malpractice lawsuit, it must be accompanied by the sworn affidavit of a medical professional who is qualified in the specific area of practice in which malpractice is alleged to have occurred. A failure to properly draft and file this affidavit, or a failure to provide an affidavit from a legally qualified expert, can result in the dismissal of a lawsuit. The affidavit requirement in Georgia is not something that applies to automobile and truck injury cases. Thus, it is important that your Atlanta medical negligence attorney be familiar with all aspects of the law regarding proper handling of medical malpractice claims as there are many pitfalls for those who do not regularly practice in this area of law.
Recent Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements
- $5 Million, present value settlement - Failure to treat shunt malfunction.
- $3 Million - Failure to diagnose meningitis and brain infection.
- $2.2 Million partial settlement/Additional confidential settlement with Hospital - Neurosurgeon/hospital malpractice resulting in paralysis.
- $1.25 Million - Failure to respond to medical emergency in intensive care unit.
- $1.2 Million - Pregnancy diagnosis error.
- $250,000 Verdict - Medical malpractice/wrongful death/failure to diagnose heart attack.
- Confidential Settlement - Medical malpractice/wrongful death.
- Confidential Settlement - Medical Malpractice/psychiatric/wrongful death.
- Confidential Settlement - Medical malpractice caused client to develop diabetic ketoacidosis and die.
- Confidential Settlement - Medical malpractice resulting in DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
- Confidential Settlement - Pharmacy error/medical malpractice.
- Confidential Settlement for minor - Negligent injury during birth/medical malpractice.
- Failure to diagnose breast cancer/medical malpractice action against prominent HMO.
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