At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys handle medical malpractice lawsuits against negligent doctors, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare providers. In general, these lawsuits allege that a medical professional was negligent in providing care to a patient and is therefore liable for any losses related to the injury. Though each case is different, the attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have recovered millions in cases against careless healthcare providers to help compensate clients for medical bills, lost earnings and pain and suffering.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Columbus?
Only an experienced medical malpractice attorney will be able to determine whether you have a case. This is why our law firm is currently offering free consultations to all residents of [Columbus and Georgia]. Click here to find out whether you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
While a number of factors will determine whether you have a case, in general, a healthcare provider’s negligence must have directly caused your injuries.
What Is Negligence?
In the medical field, all healthcare providers are obligated to maintain specific standards of care when treating their patients. These standards were developed to prevent patients from injury, and failure to meet these standards may constitute negligence.
If your doctor fails to act as another doctor in his or her field would have acted in the same situation, he or she may have acted negligently. For instance, assume your doctor fails to order a standard test – a test any other doctor would have run in this situation – after you have exhibited symptoms of a serious illness, such as cancer. As a result, you do not receive a diagnosis until months later when you seek a second opinion because your symptoms persist. In this case, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your first doctor alleging that he or she was negligent in providing medical care and is therefore liable for damages stemming from the misdiagnosis.
At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys handle all types of medical malpractice cases involving:
- Birth injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Injuries resulting from improper drugs or doses of medication
- Injuries resulting from operations performed on the wrong patient/body part
- Wrongful death
We also handle cases involving misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses, anesthesia errors, emergency room errors, hospital malpractice and post-operative negligence.
Who Do I Sue?
Depending on the specific details of your injury claim, your attorney may file the case against:
- A hospital (hospitals are generally responsible for the actions of their employees)
- A doctor (general practitioners, anesthesiologists, surgeons, etc.) who are not hospital employees
- A nursing home
- An in-home healthcare agency or aide
What Will My Lawyer Do?
At Morgan & Morgan, our lawyers can help medical malpractice victims in Columbus file lawsuits against negligent healthcare providers, including those listed above. In doing so, we may speak with:
- Witnesses who can provide valuable first-hand accounts of how your injury occurred
- Industry experts who can offer insight into the standards of care your healthcare professional was obligated to meet in providing you with medical treatment
Using this information and any documentation (e.g. medical records) related to your injury, we may draft a legal document known as a complaint. The complaint will contain information about your injury, your healthcare provider’s actions, how your injury could have been avoided, and the type of compensation you are seeking. Your attorney will file the complaint in court, officially beginning your lawsuit.
Your healthcare provider or the insurance company involved could offer you a settlement beforehand to prevent the case from going to trial. While a settlement is designed to compensate you for your injures (and prevent the at-fault party from having to defend your lawsuit in court), defendants and their insurance companies may try to minimize your losses. At Morgan & Morgan, our Columbus lawyers can review the terms of any proposed settlements and help determine whether they meet your financial needs. If not, we can negotiate with the defendant or bring your case to trial, where a judge and jury will decide whether you should be awarded compensation.
Morgan & Morgan prides itself on being a trial law firm whose attorneys are not afraid to bring their cases to the courtroom.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
At Morgan & Morgan, our Columbus attorneys will only receive charge you a fee if they are able to procure a favorable award or settlement. This fee is usually a percentage of your final settlement or court award.
What Can I Collect in a Columbus Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Medical malpractice victims may be able to recover compensation for any losses resulting from their injuries, which may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- In-home healthcare aides
- Household or automotive accommodations
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
While our firm has recovered millions on behalf of medical malpractice victims, the amount you may receive will vary depending on the specifics of your case. These include:
- Your age
- The extent of your injury
- Whether you can work or perform the same work you previously did
- Whether your own behavior contributed to your injury
If you were injured at the hands of a medical professional, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Georgia and recover compensation for your injuries. Our firm offers free initial case reviews to help victims determine whether they may have legal recourse, so do not hesitate to contact our Columbus office today to learn more about your rights.