If you’ve been injured in a hospital fall, our Atlanta hospital fall lawyers can help.
If you’ve landed on this web page, you’re probably hurting because you or someone you care about has suffered an injury after falling in a hospital. So before we share more information about our firm’s experience handling hospital fall cases, please know this: we’re sorry. But also know that you’ve come to the right place. We’ve successfully navigated this path with other clients injured after falling in hospitals in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, and we’ll take good care of you too. Below, we’ve tried to anticipate some questions you might have.
When is a hospital fall the result of negligence?
Introduction to Hospital Falls and Negligence in Georgia
Hospital falls can sometimes be the result of negligence when healthcare providers fail to uphold the standard of care expected in a healthcare facility. In Georgia, as in other states, hospitals are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of their patients. Understanding when hospital falls may be attributed to negligence is crucial for patients and their families who have experienced such incidents.
Factors Indicative of Negligence in Hospital Falls
Hospital falls may be considered the result of negligence when certain factors are present. These include a lack of adequate patient assessments, failure to implement necessary fall prevention measures, insufficient supervision of patients at risk of falling, and inadequate staff training in fall prevention protocols. Additionally, failure to respond promptly to a patient’s call for assistance or not addressing unsafe conditions in the hospital room, such as wet floors or clutter, can contribute to negligence in hospital fall cases.
Patient Risk Assessment and Prevention
To prevent hospital falls and associated negligence, healthcare providers should conduct thorough patient risk assessments upon admission. This assessment should consider factors such as the patient’s age, medical conditions, medications, mobility, and history of falls. Based on this assessment, hospitals should develop and implement personalized fall prevention plans that may include bed alarms, assistive devices, and proper supervision.
Duty of Care and Negligence in Hospital Falls
Hospital falls may be indicative of negligence when healthcare providers breach their duty of care to patients. Hospitals and healthcare professionals have a legal obligation to provide a safe and secure environment for patients, and failure to do so can constitute negligence. When patients suffer injuries or complications due to falls that could have been prevented with proper care and precautions, they may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
Legal Recourse for Hospital Falls Victims in Atlanta
Patients who believe they have suffered harm or injury due to negligence in hospital falls have the right to pursue legal remedies in Georgia. Our Georgia law firm specializes in medical malpractice cases, including those related to hospital falls. We are dedicated to advocating for the rights and well-being of victims, helping them secure compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has experienced a hospital fall due to negligence in Georgia, contact us for a free consultation to explore your legal options and seek justice for your injuries.
Can any personal injury lawyer handle my hospital fall case?
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.
How much does Davis Adams charge to handle hospital fall cases?
Like all reputable medical malpractice law firms in Georgia, our firm operates on a contingency fee model. If we recover money for our clients, we earn a percentage. If we don’t recover any money, we’re paid nothing. Don’t be fooled by the flashy TV and billboard lawyers who advertise “No fee unless you win” as if they’re offering a special deal. They’re not – all reputable law firms offer the same contingency fee payment structure.
Who can file a lawsuit following a hospital fall?
A variety of people may be able to file a lawsuit following a hospital fall 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).
How long will my hospital fall case take?
Every Georgia medical malpractice case involving a hospital fall 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.
How much is my hospital fall case worth?
We’d encourage you to run — don’t walk — away from any lawyer who tells you what your hospital fall malpractice case is “worth” before doing the work necessary to answer that question honestly. 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.
Does Davis Adams take hospital fall cases of all sizes?
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.
Will my hospital fall case go to trial?
The majority of Georgia medical malpractice cases are resolved through settlements prior to reaching trial, but it’s crucial to approach each case with the possibility of trial in mind from the very beginning. The reason is simple: we cannot predict which cases will ultimately go before a jury. Consequently, our medical malpractice lawyers litigate every case with a focus on trial preparation. This approach not only strengthens our client’s position during pre-trial settlement negotiations but also ensures that we are fully prepared to present our case to a jury should a negotiated resolution prove unattainable.
Does Davis Adams handle hospital fall cases outside of Georgia?
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.
Why should I hire Davis Adams?
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.
An unfortunate trait of lawyers is that sometimes we talk when we should instead just listen. So that’s what we do first: we listen to your story, we hear what you’ve been through, and we learn as much as possible about your pain.
You’ve been through enough.
A healthcare provider you trusted for healing instead has caused harm. Even worse, when you ask questions about what went wrong, you’re unlikely to get honest answers because while your doctor should be talking to you, they are talking to their insurance company.
Let our Atlanta hospital fall lawyers take it from here.
The physical and emotional load you’re carrying right now is heavy — let us help. If you’ve suffered from a fall in a hospital, we know exactly what to do, and we’re ready to get to work. Please contact us today so we can get started.