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Articles Posted in Medical Malpractice

two surgeons in an operating roomSometimes, things just genuinely go wrong. No one made a mistake, and no one is at fault. But, the law says that when things go wrong, someone is at fault most of the time. This is especially true if that someone was a medical professional who owed you a duty to meet a professional standard of care.

What Is a Medical Error?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a medical error is the failure of a planned action to be completed as planned or the use of the wrong plan to achieve a given aim. These constitute, respectively, errors of execution and errors of planning. Noting that this excludes errors of omission, NCBI proposes an alternative definition with a medical error comprising, essentially, an act of omission or commission in planning or execution that can or does contribute to an unintended medical result.

A doctor holding a chartMedical malpractice is one of those things that all of us have heard of, but few understand. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from clients who come to us for help after a poor medical outcome. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case, call us today to speak with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence that occurs when a medical professional fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by another medical professional with similar experience or training. Common forms of medical malpractice include failing to order the appropriate diagnostic tests, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, performing the incorrect surgical procedure, leaving surgical instruments inside of patients, and emergency room errors.

section symbol intertwined with a stethoscope We rely on our medical professionals to help us through some of the most difficult times in our lives. We give them our trust and literally put our lives in their hands. Most medical professionals give us their best care, but mistakes can and do happen – perhaps more often than you think. 

If you suspect that you are a victim of medical malpractice, you should talk to one of the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Slappey & Sadd. We work with people who have been injured in the Atlanta metro area and across the state of Georgia. We offer free initial consultations – call us today at 888-474-9616 or send us an email to learn more about how we can help. 

The Basics of Medical Malpractice

an elder's hands holding a caneJune 15th was designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in order to shed light on this very serious problem. By some estimates, 1 out of every 10 elders will suffer some kind of abuse at the hands of the caregivers, and most of those cases will go unreported. The good news is that you can play an active role in keeping your senior safe. 

At Slappey & Sadd, we know that the decision to place your senior in a home isn’t easy. That’s why we work with our clients to hold negligent nursing homes accountable. We work with families in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia to help them get the care their seniors deserve. If you think your senior is the victim of abuse or neglect, call us at 404-255-6677 for a free consultation. 

Visit Your Seniors Often

two surgeons in an operating roomThe Patient Right to Know Act was signed into law in Georgia in 2001. The purpose of the Act was to give Georgians the ability to find out whether their doctors have been sued for medical malpractice and been forced to pay any claims. However, the Act was later amended in 2011 to require that physicians disclose whether they have malpractice insurance to the Georgia State Medical Board. Last fall, it was reported that the Medical Board has been unable to update it’s databases to reflect this information, leaving Georgians in the dark. 

The medical malpractice field is extraordinarily complex. When claims arise, it can be nearly impossible for non-lawyers to successfully pursue compensation. The attorneys at Slappey & Sadd monitor the law and any developments so that we can give our clients timely and relevant legal representation. If you’re a victim of medical malpractice, call us at 404-255-6677 to schedule a free consultation or complete our online contact form to discuss how we can help you. 

The Role of Malpractice Insurance

doctor in an operating roomIt’s well documented that the coronavirus can be life-threatening for the elderly and those whose immune systems are already impaired. As a result, nursing homes and other facilities frequented by the elderly must take extra precautions to minimize exposure to their residents and clients. The truth is, however, that these facilities face a number of challenges even without the current epidemic. Sadly, many nursing homes fail to keep their residents safe and do not provide the care that they promised. 

Nursing homes can be negligent in several different ways, such as failing to comply with regulatory standards or as a result of poor maintenance. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the common sources of negligence in nursing homes. 

Inadequate Staffing

A doctor holding a chartWhen you receive medical treatment, there may be multiple parties involved – the doctors, nurses, the hospital or clinic, and perhaps many others. As a result, it can be difficult to know who you need to pursue when something goes wrong. Pursuing the wrong party can not only waste valuable time but can also jeopardize your claim. Bringing your claim against the right party is critical to getting the compensation you deserve.  

The Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys at Slappey & Sadd knows how to help you pursue a successful claim. If you believe you’ve suffered as a result of medical malpractice, call us at 888-474-9616 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help. 

Do You Have a Malpractice Case?

A blood pressure monitor, pill case, and medications on a tableWhen you aren’t feeling well, you go to your doctor and trust that they will give you the appropriate diagnosis. Your diagnosis then determines the appropriate treatment so that you can make a full recovery. Unfortunately, doctors don’t always make the correct diagnosis. Misdiagnosis is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. 

At Slappey & Sadd, we believe that your health is your most important asset and that our medical professionals owe you the highest quality care available. That’s why our medical malpractice attorneys tirelessly fight for the rights of our clients. If you believe you received the wrong diagnosis, we can help you get the compensation you may deserve. Call us at 888-474-9616 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys. 

Misdiagnosis Explained

A stethoscope hanging on the wallWe place our health and our trust in the hands of our health care professionals, so it can be devastating when treatment does not go as planned. Unfortunately, medical malpractice cases can be extremely complex, and almost impossible for non-lawyers to pursue. It can be extraordinarily difficult to prove that you are the victim of medical malpractice. 

The medical malpractice lawyers at Slappey & Sadd have been representing malpractice victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia since 1992. We have the knowledge and experience you need to get the compensation you deserve. If you believe that you’re a victim of medical malpractice, we want to talk to you – call us at 888-474-9616 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. 

What May Not Qualify as Medical Malpractice

An empty courtroomIn any personal injury case, you need to prove your case, and in many cases, this requires the testimony of an expert witness. The phrase “expert witness” may sound intimidating, especially to non-lawyers. We hope to alleviate your fears, but also help you understand how a lawyer can help you with proving your claim.

What is an Expert Witness?

In order to understand the role of an expert witness in your case, you need to first understand that, generally speaking, witnesses are not allowed to testify as to their opinions in court. For example, someone who saw an accident while standing on the sidewalk can testify to what they saw but is not permitted to testify as to whether or not they believe one of the drivers was speeding. Similarly, a woman’s husband who was present during his wife’s surgery will not be permitted to testify as to whether the doctor committed medical malpractice.

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