If medical negligence has turned your life upside down, you’ve found top-rated Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers ready to get to work for you. Helping medical malpractice victims is what we do — all day, every day. And because we’ve been down this road with hundreds of other clients, we know the path toward a successful outcome.
The proof is in the Google reviews — the words of real clients and our colleagues in the legal community. When we started our law firm in 2007, we knew that becoming top-rated Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers would require outhustling the competition and providing a level of service others couldn’t match. And we’ve never stopped.
Helping medical malpractice victims is all we do, which is why you don’t see information on this website about car accidents or truck wrecks. And because we’re laser-focused on serving those harmed by medical negligence, we deliver exceptional service and results.
Chad Adams and Jess Davis excelled in law school and were recruited by one of the largest law firms in the world. But after years of representing Fortune 500 companies, they asked, “Why should big corporations always have the best lawyers?” Davis Adams was created to level the playing field, giving Georgians harmed by medical negligence access to the highest-caliber legal representation.
We’ve served Georgians injured by medical malpractice for more than 15 years, so there’s not much we haven’t seen. We know Georgia’s counties, courtrooms, and judges, and we’ve earned a state-wide reputation for excellence. There’s just no substitute for our knowledge and experience.
No. That’s like asking, “I need brain surgery; can my primary care provider do it?” For brain surgery, you need a brain surgeon. For a medical malpractice case, you need a medical malpractice attorney. Davis Adams exclusively represents medical malpractice victims; that’s why you won’t find information about personal injury cases on this website. In contrast, most other firms that solicit medical malpractice clients primarily handle car wrecks and other personal injury cases. Just visit their websites, and you’ll see.
You have one opportunity to make the right decision for your Georgia medical malpractice case. We recommend asking every lawyer the following questions before making your choice:
Is your practice dedicated exclusively to medical malpractice cases?
If not, what percentage of your firm’s cases involve medical malpractice?
How many medical malpractice cases in Georgia have you successfully handled in the past 12 months?
Can you provide examples of Georgia medical malpractice cases similar to mine that you’ve successfully resolved?
Is your firm based in Georgia, with a long history of winning cases throughout the state?
When you’ve asked these questions and listened to the responses, you’ll likely discover that few law firms — other than Davis Adams — can provide good answers. We’d be honored to have the opportunity to speak with you.
In most situations, Georgia Code § 9-3-71 gives patients two years from the date of injury or death to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. For example, if a doctor makes a mistake during surgery and causes an injury, the statute of limitations runs two years from the date of the surgery. If a doctor makes a mistake during a surgery that causes the patient to die two weeks later, the statute of limitations runs two years from the date of the death.
The deadline for “retained foreign object” cases is a little different. When a doctor negligently leaves a sponge, tool, or other object inside a patient during surgery, Georgia Code § 9-3-72 gives the patient one year from the date the object is discovered to file a lawsuit.
The normal two-year deadline, however, does not always apply. Georgia Code § 9-3-73 provides for an extended cut-off date for filing a lawsuit in certain situations, including where the injured person is a minor or is not legally competent to bring a lawsuit.
If you have questions about the statute of limitations or are wondering if you’re still able to file a lawsuit, we’d be happy to talk with you.
Every Georgia medical malpractice case is different. Some take a few months, and some take a few years. As a general rule, we’ve traditionally advised our clients that their case will likely settle, or go to trial, within 24 months of our firm being hired. However, as the court system continues to recover from the Covid backlog, getting a case to trial now takes closer to 36 months.
We’d encourage you to run — don’t walk — away from any lawyer who tells you what your Georgia medical malpractice case is “worth” before doing the work necessary to honestly answer that question. Before any lawyer can begin to value your case, they must engage you as a client, meet with you to hear and understand the story of what happened, order and analyze your medical records, hire expert witnesses, determine the venue for your case (the county in which the lawsuit would be filed), and confirm that amount of insurance coverage available from the defendant(s). Until those tasks are completed, no good lawyer will attempt to give you a reliable estimate as to what your case may be worth.
Because our firm is designed to be small and highly specialized, we’re selective in the cases we can take. At any given time, we’re typically litigating about 10 cases — and each year, we receive about 1700 inquiries from prospective clients. While we’d like to help more people, we’re not willing to sacrifice the quality of our work. Thus, we limit our engagements to those involving death or catastrophic harm, where we feel like we can make the greatest impact for the client.
Yes, we routinely take complex cases around the country that require our advanced level of medical negligence expertise. To date, we’ve helped medical malpractice victims in 46 states.
If possible, yes. Without an autopsy the negligent healthcare provider’s lawyer will argue that something other than the negligence must have been the “real” cause of death — we see this tactic routinely. Private autopsies can be expensive; we understand that. And there’s no guarantee that paying for an autopsy is going to lead to a viable medical malpractice case. But an autopsy is certainly helpful, and sometimes necessary, to prove medical negligence.
A variety of people may be able to file a medical malpractice claim in Georgia, including:
A person injured by medical malpractice (or their representative) can file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Georgia to recover special damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.) and general damages (commonly referred to as “pain and suffering”);
The spouse of a person injured by medical malpractice can file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Georgia to recover for loss of consortium (essentially, harm to the marital relationship);
The spouse, parents, or child of a person killed by medical malpractice can file a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit in Georgia to recover for the “full value of the life” of the decedent; and
The estate representative for a person killed by medical malpractice can file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Georgia to recover for the pain and suffering the decedent experienced before death, medical bills and final expenses, and in some cases, the full value of the decedent’s life (on behalf of the decedent’s next of kin).
Yes, absolutely. As an initial matter, the American Medical Association describes proper informed consent as much more than a receptionist hurriedly handing a patient a stack of forms, as is customary in almost every doctor’s office and hospital in Georgia. Rather, the patient and physician must have a clear and meaningful conversation about the nature of any procedure, including the risks, benefits, and alternatives. This rarely happens.
But even when informed consent is properly obtained, the patient’s consent for the procedure never excuses a healthcare provider’s negligence. Informed consent is simply an acknowledgment by the patient that even if the provider complies with all standards of care, sometimes complications and bad outcomes can still happen. But when a doctor, nurse, or any other provider of medical services commits medical malpractice, they can’t dodge legal responsibility by pointing to the consent form. A patient never consents to negligence care.
Our marketing people tell us this should be the first FAQ, not the last. We disagree. You should have the opportunity to learn who we are and what we’re all about before we ask for your trust in handling your medical malpractice case. We hope the information you’ve already seen gives you a sense of what makes us different, and better.
Why do we think we’re better?
First, we’re laser-focused on one thing: helping medical malpractice victims in serious cases, all day, every day. That’s a commitment we’ve made. By contrast, most other lawyers claiming to handle medical malpractice cases spend the majority of their time working on matters other than medical malpractice — car and truck wrecks, etc. Our dedication to those injured by medical negligence sets us apart.
Second, we know Georgia; it’s home for us and always has been. We’ve earned our reputation as effective and respected Georgia medical malpractice attorneys among judges, court clerks, defense lawyers, risk managers, claims adjusters, and mediators over nearly two decades. Our deep local knowledge and long-standing relationships in the legal and medical communities are absolutely essential to getting the best results for our clients.
Finally, we’ve consistently achieved extraordinary results for victims of medical negligence in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. You can see what we’ve accomplished on the Case Results page of this website, and what our clients think of us on the Client Reviews page. The people who’ve hired and trusted us in their time of greatest need are glad they did. And that’s what matters most of all.