What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a negligent or careless action of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare professional cause injury to a patient. Georgia law requires all healthcare professional to abide by standard care practices, which means that they must treat a patient in the same way that a typical medical professional would care for a patient in the same circumstances.
Doctors and other healthcare professionals are only human, and they can make mistakes. But, like the rest of society, they are still responsible for their actions. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a medical provider’s negligence, contact the expert medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP for legal counsel.
What Makes Medical Malpractice Law Different?
Medical malpractice cases are often more complex that other negligence cases. If there is an automobile accident in which one driver claims that the other was negligent and caused the accident, it doesn’t take a group of experts to determine if the driver was in fact negligent. The average Georgia citizen can listen to the story of how an accident occurred and figure out who was at fault.
Medical malpractice is an entirely different situation. Those of us without medical training do not have the knowledge and expertise to determine if a doctor, nurse, or hospital did not act in the proper manner. Doctors understand how other doctors are supposed to treat their patients, just as most nurses know the correct way to treat their patients.
Because medical malpractice cases require specialized knowledge, expert witnesses must testify about how the doctor was supposed to treat the patient, and how the doctor may have breached what is considered an acceptable standard of care. In order to file a medical malpractice claim in Georgia, the plaintiff must include an affidavit of merit from a medical professional who works in the same field as the healthcare provider who is being sued.
Contact the Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP
Determining whether an injury is caused by medical malpractice, as opposed to something that the doctor could not prevent, is the first step in identifying a strong medical malpractice claim.
At Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP, we are uniquely qualified to make that determination. All potential cases are reviewed by Ronald I. Kaplan, M.D., who in addition to being a a lawyer, was a surgeon for over 20 years.
To schedule your free consultation with our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers, call (404) 845-0012, or fill out our online contact form.