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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY IN SAVANNAH GA

 Assertive legal representation in Medical Malpractice cases

Doctors and other medical professionals perform amazing feats every day. Unfortunately, they also commit errors that result in serious injuries, mistaken or missed diagnoses, and even death. When this occurs, victims or their families may seek financial compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Zach advocates aggressively for injured parties and family members who have lost their loved ones due to negligent medical acts. Medical malpractice cases may result from a negligent act by a medical professional or a failure to act that results in negative consequences. Cases can be filed against physicians, hospitals, nurses, pharmacists and other parties.

Medical malpractice cases are often aggressively defended. Zach has the necessary experience to build strong cases. He can access highly regarded medical professionals who can testify on your behalf. Although many of these cases are resolved through negotiation, we prepare every case as if it will go to trial, which is necessary in order to negotiate from a position of strength.

Georgia law sets the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit at two years from the time the patient knew or should have known that an injury occurred and that it was likely due to medical malpractice. It is important to contact our office regarding your case as soon as possible so we can begin collecting all of the medical records and other evidence that is necessary to build a strong medical malpractice case.

Schedule a free consultation for Zach to review the facts of your case, answer your questions and recommend a course of action.

 

I’m very pleased to recommend Zachary H. Thomas Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with Zach.

Britany Weaver

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What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor (or other medical professional) who fails to competently perform his or her medical duties. State rules about medical malpractice vary from when you must bring your lawsuit to whether you must notify the doctor ahead of time. But there are some general principals and broad categories of rules that apply to most medical malpractice cases. 

What are damages caps, and why do they exist?
A damages cap imposes a limit on the amount of compensation that a medical malpractice plaintiff can receive. It may apply to the total award or only to part of the award, such as the non-economic damages. These caps often but not always are adjusted for inflation.
 
A damages cap is meant to restrain juries from awarding excessive amounts of compensation to a sympathetic plaintiff and excessively penalizing a negligent medical professional. Caps also are meant to keep the costs of medical malpractice insurance reasonable and prevent doctors from being driven out of the profession based on a single lawsuit.
 
When it comes to compensatory damages in personal injury cases, Georgia does not place any limit on economic damages.
 
How much is my medical malpractice case worth?

This will depend on a combination of objective and subjective factors. Most damages in medical malpractice cases are compensatory damages, which means that they are intended to reimburse the patient for the financial, physical, and emotional consequences of the malpractice. Economic damages (also known as special damages) cover items such as medical costs, lost income, the costs of future treatment, and other losses that are relatively objective. Non-economic damages (also known as general damages) cover the subjective pain and suffering of the patient, as well as other types of harm that are challenging to quantify. Someone who suffered a permanent disability or loss of function is likely to recover a higher award of damages. A patient who can prove that the defendant acted intentionally or in another egregious manner may be able to receive punitive damages as well.

Do I need a lawyer for a medical malpractice case?

While you technically do not need a medical malpractice attorney for most medical malpractice cases, you should strongly consider hiring a lawyer. Medical malpractice cases are more complex than car accident cases and many other personal injury claims. They require assembling and interpreting medical documents, as well as retaining experts to testify on your behalf. A plaintiff also needs to meet specific procedural requirements before their case even can be heard. It is easy for a litigant who is unfamiliar with the legal system to make mistakes during this process, which could result in the loss of their rights. At the very least, you should consult a medical malpractice attorney before bringing a claim to get a sense of the steps that you need to take, the pitfalls that you may encounter, and the overall strength of your case.