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The Basics of Medical Malpractice

By Terry Miller and Alison Parker Sept. 23, 2022

Medical Malpractice is an area of law that allows people who have suffered bodily injury after receiving medical or nursing treatment to make a claim against the person who rendered the care. The doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who render this care are practitioners under Georgia statutes. They have a duty to conform to a certain medical standard of care when treating their patients.

Sometimes, the practitioner's employer (the medical clinic, hospital, or group they work with) may also be liable for the injury. An experienced attorney may be able to advise you about bringing a claim after interviewing you and reviewing the medical. These situations can be complex. They require time to get records and an opinion from experts. This is why it is important to contact an attorney early after knowledge of an injury.

Another reason that it is important to contact an experienced and competent attorney early is the state only allows a certain amount of time to file the claim. This is the statute of limitations. In Georgia, the statutes usually allow two years from the time the injury occurred. In Tennessee, the statutes usually allow only one year from the time of the malpractice. The statute of limitations may be extended. It is important that attorneys have as much time as possible (rather than only a few weeks or days) to address these issues and in order to give sound advice.

Mitchell & Mitchell, P.C. has handles medical malpractice cases, and we are interested in discussing your potential claim. To schedule a consultation and for more information, please visit our Contact page.