When should you contact a lawyer for medical malpractice?
If you believe that you or someone in your family has been harmed by a doctor, nurse, or hospital, you need to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney, one who can evaluate your concerns and provide you with guidance regarding whether to pursue a claim or not. We can provide you with that guidance at Dellacona Law Firm.
Time is of the Essence
Georgia law sets specific time limits regarding when a lawsuit must be filed or the person(s) loses the right to bring a claim. These time limits are called statute of limitations. Most statute of limitations on personal injury matters are 2 years from the date of the injury. However, as with most things, there are exceptions. The time limit may be affected by when the estate of a deceased person has an administrator appointed, for example. If a child is involved who is younger than 5 years of age, then the time limit is expanded to 2 years from the child’s 5th birthday (however the parents must file a claim for any medical bills before or by the 2 year anniversary date of the injury). Wrongful death claims must be filed before or by 2 years from the date of the death (again, there are exceptions involving this claim so please seek an experience attorney’s advice before it is too late).
What questions should you ask a medical malpractice lawyer?
The following questions will help you determine if you should hire a particular medical malpractice attorney.
- How extensive is your medical knowledge?
- Have you handled a case like mine before? What was the result?
- Have you gone to trial on a case like mine and what was the result?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of my case?
- How will I be kept updated on my case status?
- Can you give me a time frame of how long it will take to get my case to trial?
- How much will it cost to pursue my case and do I have to pay any money as a retainer?
How do I prepare for a medical malpractice case?
Once you have decided that you want an attorney’s advice about what happened to you or your family, gather any information you have regarding the incident (medical records, bills, texts, emails, pictures, the phone used to make or receive information or take pictures) and make an appointment. We will then provide you with any further instructions about what to do if the case is one that needs further investigation and that should be pursued.
What does a medical malpractice lawyer do?
Good question! I like to say we wear many hats at various times during our representation of you and your family. I am a healthcare professional, a teacher, and many times I feel like a social worker, a forensic investigator, and a therapist. Why? Because at Dellacona Law Firm, you become part of our family so we not only try to fix the wrong that happened, but we also try to assist you with other issues that flow from the devastation you have experienced as a result of the carelessness of others.
We secure experts who work or teach in the specialty area involved in your case to verify that negligence occurred, and that the negligence caused the injuries at issue. Georgia law requires these types of experts for the lawsuit to be brought.
Do most medical malpractice cases settle?
Sometimes. Each case is different, and many factors influence whether a case will settle or go to trial. We do not take a case that we are not prepared to take to trial. It is our goal to place you in the best position you can be in to make informed decisions about the resolution of your case.
How much does a medical malpractice attorney cost?
We offer free consultations to individuals and families seeking guidance about whether a hospital, doctor, or nurse hurt them or their loved ones. Please call us to discuss your situation. At Dellacona Law Firm, we would welcome the opportunity to seek justice for you and your family through our representation. To set up your free consultation, call us at 478-477-9000.