There’s a famous quote about medicine that says, to paraphrase, a 99 percent success rate is very good in many areas of life, including school, but if you have a 99 percent success rate in surgery it means that some of your patients will die or have severe complications because of your mistakes.
Mistakes can be costly, even life-threatening when it comes to medicine. Doctors, hospitals, and health care providers can make mistakes that have grave consequences, and our legal system has provided a way for patients and their families to get compensation for those mistakes. However, it’s not easy to win a medical malpractice case. The burden of proof is on the patient, and malpractice is a hard thing to prove. There are some important aspects to consider before you proceed with a malpractice case.
The basic definition of medical malpractice is that a person was given substandard care because of negligence, ignorance, or lack of action on the part of medical personnel. Also, and this is very important, the substandard care must have caused significant harm to the patient. If your grandfather stubs his toe in the hospital because a nurse was watching TV in his room and didn’t help him get out of bed, it might fit the substandard care criteria, but it certainly didn’t cause him significant harm.
The majority of medical malpractice cases that go to court end with no payment to the injured party or their survivors. That’s why if you or someone you love has received substandard medical care that resulted in significant harm, you need expert legal assistance to determine if you have a case that has a good chance of winning. In Georgia, that means contacting Michael W. McElroy, P.C., for a free consultation.