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Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Atlanta, GA

Medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, have a responsibility to make a proper diagnosis and provide quality medical services. When they fail to meet that responsibility and patients are harmed, those victims have a right to seek full and fair compensation. Malpractice cases are complex. If you have suffered an injury as the result of malpractice, you need the help of an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why Choose Hilley & Frieder, P.C. For Your Claim

  • Hilley & Frieder, P.C has been recognized as a leader in the field of medical negligence. Mia I. Frieder has lectured and published nationally and locally on the topics of medical malpractice and appeared on Fox 5 WAGA Atlanta.
  • Our Atlanta injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for clients who have been injured.
  • We do our own work – the lawyers you meet are the lawyers that actually handle your case

Resolving All Types of Medical Negligence Claims

We handle a broad range of medical malpractice claims in Georgia, including:

  • Failure to diagnose breast cancer: If a doctor has misdiagnosed or failed to properly diagnose cancer, you have a right to seek damages for his or her serious errors.
  • Failure to remove objects: Failing to remove sponges, catheters, and other objects left in patients after surgery can lead to infection or worse.
  • Failure to diagnose a heart attack: Improperly diagnosing a heart attack can be life-threatening. If you or a loved one has had an improper diagnosis, do not hesitate to allow our team to protect your rights.
  • Traumatic brain injury: If a surgeon or doctor has inflicted further injury to you or your loved one’s brain, you may have an action for damages against him or her and the hospital.
  • Nerve damage: All too often, surgeons will unintentionally cut nerves or leave instruments behind that cause nerve damage. When this happens, seek guidance from a skilled medical malpractice lawyer in Atlanta.
  • Misdiagnosis: Misdiagnosing any disease can lead to serious injury and even death. Doctors should be held accountable for these negligent acts.
    Surgical errors: Errors in surgery are unacceptable. The stakes are high enough already without a doctor acting negligently.

These cases can be very complex and expensive. If you are seeking compensation from those responsible for your injuries, you need a firm with the ability to analyze all the issues involved and successfully represent your interests at trial.

Potential Damages in a Medical Malpractice Claim

Under Georgia law, you have the right to collect compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial losses following an act of medical malpractice. These may include economic damages, non-economic damages, and, in rare cases, punitive damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages refer to the financial losses you incur as a result of the malpractice. These may include lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and past and future medical care for your injuries. You cannot claim compensation for medical expenses related to the injury or illness that caused you to seek care for the first place; all of the damages you claim must result from the negligence of the medical professional.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, refer to the intangible pain and suffering you endure due to the malpractice. These damages may include the following losses:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Chronic pain

Punitive Damages

Finally, the court may award you punitive damages if the defendant in your case exhibited willful misconduct, fraud, oppression, malice, wantonness, or conscious indifference to the consequences of his or her actions. The purpose of this compensation is to punish the defendant, rather than recover your losses.

For example, a doctor who makes a mistake when interpreting your test results will not likely have to pay punitive damages. However, if your doctor accurately interprets your test results and intentionally passes on false information to you about your condition, you may have grounds for punitive damages.

Caps on Damages in Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Georgia places a cap, or a limit, on the amount of punitive and non-economic damages you can receive in a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, the state does not impose a cap on the number of economic damages you can claim.

You cannot claim more than $1.5 million in total non-economic damages in a single claim, with no more than $350,000 total from all healthcare provider defendants and no more than $700,000 from all medical facility defendants.

For punitive damages, Georgia imposes a $250,000 cap for most medical malpractice lawsuits. However, if your case involves intentional harm or the use of drugs or alcohol, the court will not limit the punitive damages you claim.

Georgia’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice

All civil lawsuits must adhere to the statute of limitations, which is a rule that places a deadline by which you must file your claim. In Georgia, you have two years from the date of the negligence to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you do not file within this time period, the court will dismiss your lawsuit — and you will lose your chance at collecting the monetary damages you need to recover. There are some exceptions to the two-year time limit:

  • If you did not know about the malpractice until a later date, the state will extend the statute of limitations up to five years after the actual malpractice occurred.
  • If you discover a foreign object in your body, such as a surgical instrument, you have one year from the date you discovered the foreign object to file your claim.

Georgia does not allow plaintiffs to file medical malpractice lawsuits more than five years after the date of the negligence. To ensure you meet your filing deadline, speak to a medical malpractice lawyer at Hilley & Frieder, P.C.

Contact Our Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorney

Call (404) 233-6200 today to discuss your situation with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney. You may also send us an email or contact us through our convenient online form. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options and only collect attorney fees out of any compensation we recover for you.

Hilley & Frieder can handle all aspects of you case virtually from interview through conclusion. We are open and available to help you. Please view our complete COVID-19 statement to learn more about the steps we are taking to ensure that your case continues to move smoothly in this environment.