According to a study published by Johns Hopkins Medical in 2016, medical malpractice might be the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. The study reports that medical errors account for more than 250,000 deaths annually. Aside from those deaths, an unknown number of patients are injured by medical negligence every year.
As per the Georgia Supreme Court in Zwiren vs. Thompson, a person claiming to be a victim of medical malpractice must prove three elements. Those elements follow:
- That a duty of care arose from a physician and patient relationship.
- There was a breach of that duty as a result of a deviation from the required degree of skill and care.
- That the breach of duty was the proximate cause of the claimant’s injuries.
Some Common Examples
As per the medical malpractice attorneys in Waycross, GA, at Farrar Hennesy & Tanner LLC, here are some basic examples of medical malpractice:
- Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis.
- Performing surgery on the wrong patient.
- Performing the wrong surgery on the right patient.
- Prescribing and administering the wrong medication or wrong dosage of the correct medication.
- Errors in administering anesthesia.
- Childbirth injuries with brain damage.
Medical malpractice cases are some of the most complex litigation that a personal injury lawyer can be involved in. There are also statutory prerequisites to filing such a lawsuit. If you believe that you were a victim of medical malpractice in or around Ware County, contact the medical malpractice attorneys in Waycross, GA, at Farrar Hennesy & Tanner LLC to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We’ll be pleased to answer all of your questions and advise you of your full range of legal options.
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