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We trust that we are in good hands with our doctors. We are sure our symptoms will be diagnosed correctly. We are confident that the surgical procedure we are about to undergo will fix our ailments.

It doesn’t always work that way.

Sometimes, things go very wrong, and you’re worse off than when you started your medical treatment. And if you or someone you care about has been misdiagnosed or gone through a failed medical procedure, you could have a case for medical malpractice.

But just how do you know? Typically, a medical provider is thought to be negligent – meaning they failed to care for you properly – if you received a lesser standard of care than you would have from another doctor, nurse or medical worker. If that’s the case, you could be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in a Georgia court in an attempt to recover a settlement for your injuries.

Before visiting an attorney to pursue a malpractice case, talk to the doctor or other medical professional involved in your treatment. You want to find out what went wrong and see if the problem that has occurred can be reversed.

If you don’t get a positive response, you could contact the Georgia medical licensing board to explain your situation. The board can discipline or warn the medical provider.

At this point, if you’re considering proceeding with a medical malpractice suit, you’ll require the assistance of both legal and medical professionals to move forward. You typically will need to have a medical expert review your medical records to declare that your health care provider’s work resulted in your injuries. An attorney experienced in medical malpractice cases will walk you through the process.