If you've suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one, an Atlanta injury lawyer can help answer your questions on how to win your personal injury claim in a Georgia personal injury court!

After an accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries you and your family may have questions about what to do next. Do I have to take my claim to personal injury court? Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company? How much money is in a fair settlement? Who can give qualified advice on how to win your personal injury claim? For answers to these questions and more, an Atlanta injury lawyer can help.

At S. Burke Law we are here to help give answers to these important questions. Our Frequently Asked Question database covers the common questions you may have regarding what to do after a serious accident, how to file a claim in personal injury court, and tips on how to win your personal injury claim. When researching information on the legal process following a serious accident you want legitimate advice from a source you can trust.

When you’ve suffered serious losses and damages from an accident due to the negligence of another you aren’t alone. An Atlanta injury lawyer from our office is always available to answer additional questions not addressed on our page. Contact us for a FREE consultation and get the answers you need to seek compensation for your losses!
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  • What should I look for when hiring a medical malpractice lawyer in Georgia?

    The decision to hire a medical malpractice lawyer in Georgia is not one that should be made by picking the first result on a Google search. An Atlanta medical malpractice case can often take several months, even years to resolve. If you’re not comfortable with and confident in the lawyer you’ve chosen to work with, you may find more hassles during your claim.

    When you need professional legal help from a local attorney in Atlanta for a medical malpractice case, you should bring your claim to several law firms before making a decision. Some of the questions you may want to ask include: 

    • How much of your practice is dedicated to medical malpractice claims?
    • What chance do you think my case has in court?
    • Do you take cases to trial when necessary?
    • Can you give me some examples of claims you’ve handled similar to mine and their results?
    • How familiar are you with Georgia medical malpractice law and federal malpractice law? and
    • How long have you been involved with medical malpractice cases? 

    Remember to ask any specific questions about your case – a trustworthy medical malpractice lawyer in Georgia should take time to go over the details and give you a rough plan of how your case would progress in his or her hands.

    If you do not feel comfortable with the answers that particular attorney has to offer, you have the right to seek other consultations. Don’t decide on a medical malpractice lawyer in Georgia until you are confident your lawyer has the knowledge and interest to assist you with your Atlanta medical malpractice case.

    Contacting a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Georgia

    If you are the victim of the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your Atlanta medical malpractice case – 1-404-842-7838.

  • What damages can I recover through a Georgia medical malpractice claim?

    When you've suffered serious injuries as a result of doctor or hospital negligence, you could be entitled to damages through a Georgia medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice lawyer in Atlanta can carefully evaluate your case to determine the types of compensation you may be entitled to.

    Available Damages Through Georgia Medical Malpractice Claim
     

    • Economical losses - costs associated with your injuries and treatment of them. This would include expenses for doctor visits, hospital, rehabilitation and other medical care related to your medical malpractice injuries.  
    • Your earnings are also considered to be economical losses. This includes your missed time from work and earning potential should your injuries lead to permanent disability. 
    • Non-economical losses - types of damages that do not have a specific value attached to them. This could include pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish and other types of psychological injuries.  
    • If medical malpractice leads to loss of life then surviving family members could be entitled to damages that cover expenses for the burial and funeral, loss of income or benefits (such as insurance coverage or pensions), along with the emotional suffering of losing a loved one (loss of companionship or care). 
    • Punitive damages - apply to cases where misconduct or malice is clear. In other words, the intent to harm must be established.  

    Each Georgia medical malpractice claim will be unique with a variety of factors playing a role in the types of damages you're entitled to. It's best to seek counsel from a medical malpractice lawyer in Atlanta who can ensure your case is treated fairly.

    Contacting a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Atlanta

    If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

  • What is the difference between failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis and how would that impact my potential Georgia medical malpractice claim?

    Your Georgia medical malpractice claim can be impacted depending on the nature of negligence. A failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis has some similarities but there are also differences that will factor into your case. An Atlanta medical malpractice firm can help.

    A failure to diagnose is the result of symptoms being overlooked or minimized by a physician. The outcome could mean that a medical condition worsens or even persists to a point in which other health ailments develop.

    While a misdiagnosis can lead to the same effects, one of the differences is that many times a physician will give a patient the wrong treatment.
    Not only is their true medical condition not being addressed but they could potentially be further harmed by an improper type of treatment, especially if it is a drug.

    Not only are you facing the potential of unnecessarily taking medication but it could cause additional injuries or illness. Both types of medical malpractice often lead to expensive medical bills and missed time from work.

    Your Georgia medical malpractice claim can help provide compensation for the losses you have suffered as a result of a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis. The compensation will depend on the extent of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life.

    Consulting with an Atlanta medical malpractice firm is the best way to learn what your rights are and if you have a Georgia medical malpractice claim worth pursuing. They can also determine what caused your injuries and who can be held liable.

    Contacting an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Firm

    If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

  • What is the statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims in Georgia?

    In most cases, the Georgia statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims is set at two years, but the laws involving medical malpractice claims in Georgia are somewhat complicated.

    Fortunately, Georgia has laws that were put into place to protect:
     

    • misdiagnosed patients;
    • undiagnosed patients;
    • those patients who weren't given acceptable medical care; and
    • patients that were denied care for an unreasonable amount of time. 

    Generally, you'll have two years from the time of the act that gave rise to your injuries to file a medical malpractice claim. However, Georgia also takes delayed discovery into account, which means if your injuries aren't noticed right away, the Georgia statute of limitations will be extended.

    In cases where a foreign object was left in your body, you'll have one year from date of discovery to file a claim, or within a reasonable expectation of finding the problem.

    Regardless of the specifics, though, no one can pursue medical malpractice claims in Georgia more than five years after the date the incident that gave rise to the injuries occurred.

    These statutes apply to minors, as well, except that the statute doesn't run before a child's seventh birthday. 

    Medical malpractice is a complicated area of the law, and victims should not try to battle insurance firms on their own. It's important to hire an attorney skilled in medical malpractice claims in order to have the best chances of receiving compensation for your damages.

    Contacting an Georgia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, such as in a medical malpractice case in Georgia, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case: 1-404-842-7838.

  • What are the common causes of wrong site surgery?

    Neglecting to follow the universal protocol for patient safety during surgery is the main factor contributing to wrong site surgery. The universal protocol was established to create a series of safety checks that every surgical team should follow to prevent surgical errors.

    Wrong site surgery can occur when the surgical team fail to meet before the procedure and verify: the patient identity, the procedure to be performed and the exact location where the surgery is to take place on the patients' body.

  • If I suffered injuries during surgery do I sue the hospital or the surgeon?

    When you are a victim of a surgical error there are many parties that may have been involved in your surgery. In some cases, you may only need to hold the surgeon responsible in your medical malpractice claim. However, if the injuries you sustained during a surgical error started in another department of the hospital, you may have more than just the surgical team to blame.

    A medical malpractice claim can be filed against an individual or a larger party such as the hospital where the surgery was performed. Before you go filing a claim, know who should be held liable for your surgical error by bringing your medical malpractive claim to the attention of an attorney.

    Your attorney can review the details of your surgical error and help you determine the parties to hold liable in your medical malpractice claim. In some cases, it may be best to seek resolution from for your injuries by approaching the hospital directly, or you may be able to prove the surgeon alone is responsible.

    Filing a medical malpractice claim can be difficult when you're loss as to hold liable. The insurance company isn't likely to offer any help in this matter, as they want to resolve this issue as quickly and cheaply as possible.

  • What are some common types of surgical errors that may result in a Georgia medical malpractice claim?

    A surgical error can range from a failure to operate to unnecessary surgery. In extreme cases, a surgical error results from patient misidentification, where either the wrong patient undergoes an operation, or the wrong side of a patient's body is opened up (wrong-site surgery). Any of these circumstances can lead to the filing of a Georgia medical malpractice claim.

    A surgical error can also include:
     

    • Failure to recognize a surgical complication - when a complication occurs during a surgery, and a surgeon fails to address it, or doesn't recognize it at all (such as when tissues or organs are perforated during surgery, and the patient is closed up, only to have complications later on).
    • Procedural Errors - these can happen during a surgery, and often take the form of anesthesia mistakes or use of unsterile equipment. Effects of either surgical error can result in coma, organ and nerve damage, cardiovascular issues and even death.
    • Post-Operative Errors - errors on the part of a surgeon after a procedure can sometimes result in infection, septic shock and even death. 


    No matter the precautions taken, patients expect that a surgical procedure always carries with it some kind of risk. Blood clots, infection and complications can occur - but in most cases, the risk is actually quite small.

    When a patient suffers a serious or even life-threatening condition as a result of a surgical error, he or she has the option to file a Georgia medical malpractice claim.

    A standard of care is expected of medical professionals and when that standard of care is breached, such as with a surgical error, you may be able to seek compensation through a Georgia medical malpractice claim to cover the resulting medical bills, lost time at work and mental anguish.

    Talk with an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer who can listen to the details of your case and gather evidence to prove negligence on the part of the medical professional(s) involved. An Atlanta medical malpractice attorney can work with you to determine liability, prove the extent of your injuries and fight for compensation on your behalf through a Georgia medical malpractice claim.

    Contacting an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a surgical error or some other type of medical malpractice, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you deserve to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.