If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Savannah, it is vitally important that you bring your potential case to an experienced attorney. Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits are among the most complex of all legal matters. At Howell & Christmas, our attorney team has more than four decades of shared experience in the field of personal injury and medical malpractice law.
Our firm has been recognized for its competence in this field, which has led to being featured in such national media as USA Today and CBS News. We’ve earned top ratings from law firm review organizations, including a 10 out 10 Superb rating from Avvo as well as AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell. We know how to evaluate your medical malpractice case for validity, how to build a valid case through proper evidence and expert testimony, and have the necessary courtroom experience to pursue matters before a judge and jury. While we can never guarantee results, we can guarantee that we will apply all of our considerable talents, skills, and resources throughout every phase of your case.
What Is Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a practitioner of any kind fails to comply with accepted standards of care in a particular health care field. Malpractice can occur when being treated by an individual practitioner such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, surgeon, dentist, therapist, chiropractor, psychiatrist or other health care provider. It can also occur in a clinic or hospital or in an outpatient as well as an inpatient setting. Practitioners who deviate from what is considered appropriate care may be guilty of negligence.
Examples of medical malpractice can include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors, such as wrong site surgery or leaving surgical equipment inside a patient’s body
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication or pharmacy errors, such as giving the wrong drug, a wrong dose, or giving a patient medications through an incorrect delivery channel
- Wrong treatment or delayed treatment of any kind
When such errors lead to the injury, health damage, or death of a patient, the patient (or survivors in the case of death) may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim against the negligent party. These claims are more prevalent than is generally understood. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Practitioner Data Bank, from 2003 to 2013, 377,081 adverse action reports were lodged against practitioners of all types in this country. During the same period, more than 160,000 medical malpractice payments were issued.
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If your claim is valid, you may be owed compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Medical malpractice cases are, however, held to strict standards and come with many complications, gray areas, and tough requirements. To succeed, you will be required to prove that the Savannah practitioner in your case was negligent. At Howell & Christmas, we can analyze your situation to determine if it merits legal action. Once we are on-board with any medical malpractice case, we will dedicate ourselves to providing you with dutiful legal representation.
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