Good health is precious to every Georgia resident. Accordingly, the thousands of reports of medical malpractice concern more and more Americans each year. Several states, including Georgia, are reacting by altering current laws regarding medical malpractice. Though important to all, not everyone can agree on the proper legal structure for dealing with this issue: for example, while some applauded the 2005 Georgia law capping malpractice compensation at $350,000, four years later, the state Supreme Court struck down the same law as unconstitutional.
Atlanta residents are fortunate to live in a city that offers exceptional health care facilities. But even the most skilled medical care providers can make mistakes, and unfortunately these mistakes sometimes cause serious injury to a patient. From a failure to diagnose to a surgery error, doctor negligence is often at the core of medical malpractice lawsuits.
An Atlanta medical center was recently sued by five area mothers claiming medical malpractice. Each mother has alleged that due to hospital negligence, their infants were not given suitable medical attention and either suffered serious injury or died as a result.
Georgia residents may be interested to read about an ongoing case about doctor negligence. A jury in Texas is currently hearing evidence in a trial resulting from the death of a healthy 22-month-old-boy who died after a routine dental procedure. The infant was crying and thrashing following the procedure. The anesthesiologist ordered a narcotic instead of a mild analgesic such as Advil.
A recent article in a prominent medical journal may be of interest to our Atlanta readers. The article addresses the need to control growing medical costs in the United States. It concludes, among other things, that arbitrarily capping damages in medical malpractice suits is not a reasonable alternative.
A Georgia girl, disabled at birth by an alleged error on the part of the physician who performed her delivery, is getting a new trial. The Georgia Supreme Court issued that ruling earlier this month.
A number of states are currently considering so-called wrongful birth laws. If enacted, these laws would prohibit parents from bringing claims against doctors who fail to warn them about fetal health problems with their unborn children.
A 24-year-old Georgia woman is in the hospital and struggling for her life against a flesh-eating infection. Doctors have already had to amputate her left leg and remove part of her torso. There are some who suggest she might not have gotten to her perilous condition except for doctor negligence.
When people in Atlanta visit the hospital, they expect that they will leave healthier than when they arrived. However, mistakes happen. Unfortunately, those mistakes can leave people suffering further complications.
Everyone, no matter where they live, should be able to receive proper medical care and treatment. When that is not the case and a doctor is found to be negligent, an individual may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.