Recognizing Medical Malpractice is More Difficult Than You Think

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

To prove medical malpractice, you will need to prove that the healthcare provider failed to act in accordance with the generally accepted standard of care. In other words, medical malpractice cannot be proven simply by the fact that you are suffering or your health has not improved. Here are some examples of situations that can arise that may not be considered medical malpractice: 

  • There were unforeseen complications. Sometimes things can go wrong during treatment that the doctor cannot predict. These complications can lead to terrible consequences that result in considerable suffering for the patient but do not mean that the doctor committed malpractice. 
  • The treatment was unsuccessful. Medical treatment is rarely guaranteed to be successful. You do not have a claim for medical malpractice if the treatment was unsuccessful unless the doctor or the hospital misrepresented the likelihood of success.  
  • Risks that were known and disclosed. Before receiving treatment, you are required to sign various consent forms. These forms disclose certain risks that can occur during your treatment, some of which can be significant. If the healthcare provider properly disclosed these risks, you probably will not be able to pursue a claim for medical malpractice. 

All of that said, there are often genuine disagreements as to whether malpractice cases fall into one of these categories. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your case and determine whether or not you have a claim. 

Common Situations That May Qualify as Medical Malpractice

Despite the situations above, medical malpractice occurs more often than you might think. Here are some common situations where medical malpractice can arise:  

  • The healthcare provider or the facility failed to provide adequate care, leading to complications. 
  • The healthcare provider was not qualified to provide the treatment that caused your injury. 
  • The healthcare provider ignored unacceptable risks and proceeded with the treatment anyways. 
  • The healthcare provider misdiagnosed your illness and either failed to provide necessary treatment or provided the wrong treatment. 
  • The healthcare provider was impaired while performing your procedure. 

There are many other situations that can give rise to medical malpractice. Again, however, we want to emphasize how difficult it can be to prove malpractice, so we strongly recommend that you consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.  

Contact the Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Slappey & Sadd

Your health is your most valuable asset. As a result, we provide dedicated and aggressive legal representation for people in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia who are suffering as a result of medical malpractice. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers, contact us at 888-474-9616 to discuss your case and how we can help you.

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