Medical Malpractice Law
Gainesville, Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
As patients, we trust our doctors and healthcare professionals to help us heal and get better. Unfortunately, every year, Americans suffer injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of medical professionals. Medical malpractice lawsuits allow patients to recover financial compensation in the form of damages for injuries caused by a doctor’s negligence. Medical malpractice lawsuits can be incredibly complex, and the medical and legal issues are often difficult to prove.
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Understanding Georgia’s Medical Malpractice Laws
Compensation Available in Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
The Statute of Limitations for Georgia Medical Malpractice
Georgia’s medical malpractice law requires plaintiffs to file a lawsuit within two years after the negligent act or omission happened. For example, if your surgeon made an error in your surgery on January 1, 2020, you will have until January 1, 2022, to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. An important exception applies, called the statute of repose.
When the injury does not manifest right away, or when the medical malpractice causes a patient’s death years later, courts will make an exception. This situation could happen when a surgeon makes an error and the patient does not discover the error until years later. Even with the exception, plaintiffs cannot file a medical malpractice lawsuit more than five years after the wrongful or negligent act or omission happened.
There is one final exception to the overall statute of limitations. When a surgeon leaves a sponge or other surgical instrument in the patient’s body, the plaintiff has one year after the discovery of the medical negligence to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit.
For example, if a patient discovered that a surgeon left a sponge in her body six years after the surgery, she would have a year to file her personal injury lawsuit. If you have suffered an injury from malpractice, it is essential that you contact a skilled medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.