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Medical Malpractice

Medicine PillsIn Georgia, medical malpractice cases are difficult to prove. You must demonstrate the medical professional failed to follow the accepted standard of care, and that failure resulted in an injury or death. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your case and tell you whether it is worth pursuing. The Law Office of Casey W. Stevens takes a team approach handling medical malpractice cases, collaborating with the best attorneys and experts in the Atlanta area. We have six Georgia offices to serve you, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Woodstock, Dawsonville, and Suwanee. Here is an overview of Georgia Law regarding the medical standard of care.

Georgia Law: What is the Medical Standard of Care?:

According to Georgia law [O.C.G.A. § 51-1-27], a medical professional must use a “reasonable degree of care and skill” when providing medical care. These are the accepted standards outlined for each professional for general and unique medical situations. It is the responsibility of an attorney to prove that the standard of care was violated. This task can be very difficult and is the reason many attorneys do not specialize in medical malpractice law.

How Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Get Paid?

It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to pursue a medical malpractice case, and typically the attorney will absorb those up-front costs when they agree to take a case. That is why Med Mal Attorneys are quite selective about what cases they will take on. Obtaining medical records, hiring expert witnesses, and gathering other evidence is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. If the case is not decided in favor of the plaintiff, the attorney’s expenses will not be reimbursed by the client unless the attorney-client agreement indicates so. Attorney expenses are paid back out of the settlement or judgment once the attorney has successfully resolved the case.

Case Study: Alpharetta Medical Malpractice

Two years ago we were approached by a family seeking our help when their daughter was paralyzed during a spinal fusion surgery. The surgeon himself followed the appropriate standard of care, and left the operating room stating “everything with the surgery went fine.” The parents were not immediately allowed to go see their child, and soon discovered there was a crash cart in the room, being used by staff to try to resuscitate the girl. The surgeon had followed the standard of care as he indicated while exiting the room. The anesthesiology team did not. The team had used a blood pressure cuff that was sized for an adult arm instead of a petite12-year-old girl. As a result, they had done the surgery without accurate pressure readings. The girl’s blood pressure had dropped so low, it resulted in vein collapse and permanent paralysis. This case took over three years to try, with thousands of dollars in expenses. The tactics taken by the defense team were at times daunting, yet we were able to prevail and provide our clients with the compensation they really could not live without.

If you are considering filing a medical malpractice claim, our team can help! Remember the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit in Georgia is two years, so don’t delay! Contact Us today at 770-408-6364

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After being involved and a five car accident I contacted Casey Stevens law firm. I was given his number by a fellow coworker at my job who had used him in the past and was very satisfied with his services. The car accident included myself my husband and my son, the accident was determined to be the fault of two drivers involved in the accident. Casey personally came to my home the next day and said down with me and my family at the kitchen table and went over all the events of the accident. There were months and months of physical therapy, doctor visits injections and while my son had to have his mouth wired after having his jaw broke in three places. Casey and his staff worked continuously on our case and after it was all said and done, they where able to get us over $300,000 in damages. I really want to Thank Casey Stevens and his staff for always being available for phone calls and answering any questions I might have. I will continue to recommend potential clients to Casey Stevens law firm. Nina F
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Outstanding Attorney. Casey Stevens is outstanding!! Everyone there put me at ease and made me feel that my case was important to them, I was not just another number to them. Their professional staff were always on hand to answer any questions that I had and they sincerely cared about my well being. If I ever need legal help again, you will be my first and only call Susan