Medical Malpractice FAQ
As a law firm that skillfully guides medical malpractice cases toward successful resolutions, the staff at Howell Law Firm, PC, realizes that malpractice law is unfamiliar to most people. Here are some frequently asked questions from our clients and our answers.
What Is “Standard Of Care” And Why Is It Important?
The medical standard of care includes the standards and practices that are the accepted norm for medical professionals to adhere to when they care for patients. Think of it as the standard treatment protocol for a particular injury or disease. This term is relevant because a malpractice case has to prove that the standard of care was violated, resulting in injury or death for the patient.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations For Medical Malpractice Cases?
In the state of Georgia, the statute of limitations to file a court case for injury or death because of medical malpractice is two years after the injury or death. Our state also has a rule that the medical negligence that caused the injury or death happened within the last five years.
What Kind Of Compensation Is Available For Medical Malpractice Injuries?
There are three damages categories possible when a medical malpractice case rules in favor of a plaintiff. The first category of damages recovery is compensation for things like medical bills and lost wages. Noneconomic damage covers the element of pain and suffering experienced as a result of the malpractice. In some cases, a third category, punitive damages, applies. Punitive judgments serve as a punishment for willful and irresponsible actions that caused injury or death.