In Georgia, you have 2 years to bring a claim for personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home cases, and any other injury you have sustained at the result of another. This is known as the statute of limitations. Under medical malpractice cases, there is also a concept known as the statute of repose; which states that you must bring a medical malpractice claim within 5 years of when the medical service was provided. The above timelines have various exceptions based on the age of the person harmed, where the person was harmed, when the person "discovered" they have been harmed, and if the tortfeasor is an individual, business or government agency. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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We recommend you carry at least $50,000 in uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage. Georgia only requires a driver to carry $25,000 in liability insurance. If your medical bills are over $15,000, then the at fault driver's insurance will not be enough to cover your bills and compensate you for pain and suffering. If you have UM coverage, then we can seek additional compensation from your insurance company; which does not affect your driving record or premiums.
Another area of medical malpractice that we are seeing a trend is in the area of botched plastic surgery procedures. These procedures can harm patients from scarring due to the incorrect use of lasers (especially to the face) to permanent disfigurement from taking out too much fat in an area or harming a layer of the skin which should not normally occur. If you believe you have been harmed while being seeing by a professional that claims to perform plastic surgery procedures, please contact us immediately to discuss you situation.
Medical malpractice cases can arise when a physician fails to adequately inform patients of their medical condition and ensure follow up visits are coordinated with patients and other physicians as required. Ensure you are fully informed of your medical condition and what is found in lab results and imaging (x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, etc). Additionally, you should follow all recommendations and office visits directed by any physician to ensure you are considered a "compliant" patient. If you are not happy with the treatment you have received from a physician, we highly recommend you seek another physician that is not associated with your current doctor, clinic or hospital.
When selecting a nursing home for a loved one, make sure you search court records in the county where the nursing home is located to see if any complaints have been filed. Also ask to see the accreditation of the facility along with the credentials of those that will be responsible for the care of your loved one. Nursing home abuse is not uncommon, unfortunately, so we recommend you conduct a thorough background check of the facility you plan to handle the care of your loved one.
Wrongful death cases can occur under various conditions. While it is understandable that you will experience sadness, despair and even anger; at some point you will need to consider how your loved one passed. It will be extremely crucial to your case that you have a thorough account of how and when your loved one began their decline; because we need to know their "baseline". This will help to determine when and how the decline began and who may have been responsible. If there is a question as to how your loved one passed; an autopsy would be crucial to your case.
If you have been injured, we recommend you take pictures of where you were injured and of the injuries you sustained. We also ask that you collect recent pictures of yourself prior to your injury and continue to take pictures of your injuries as you heal. Visit the ER and your primary care physician immediately following your injury. A delay in care can result in your potential damages claim being significantly reduced. Make sure to follow all recommended treatment guidelines. Keep track of miles traveled for treatment, medical bills and records, ensure your treating physicians are aware of how you were injured and keep track of wages lost as a result of your injury.