The Best Ophthalmology Malpractice Lawyers
Each year new and cutting-edge procedures to correct and improve vision are being made available to the public. And each year we see more serious eye injuries as a result of ophthalmologists performing new, advanced procedures for which they are not adequately trained. As a result, patients expecting better vision often suffer vision loss altogether. If you have suffered an eye injury during care provided by an ophthalmologist, you’ve come to the right place. We can help.
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The Most Awarded Ophthalmology Malpractice Attorneys in Georgia
Mr. Davis is an accomplished ophthalmology malpractice attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received virtually every award and honor available to Georgia trial attorneys. He is one of the foremost experts on medical malpractice law in Georgia. Published on March 16, 2017, last updated on June 21, 2019.
WHAT IS OPHTHALMOLOGY MALPRACTICE?
Ophthalmology malpractice occurs when the actions or inactions of an ophthalmologist lead to injury or other adverse effects to the patient, and when these actions or inactions constitute a lack of adherence to an expected standard of care. All medical professionals are bound to a standard of care and when it is not followed, that’s when errors can rear its head.
Cataract surgery, although a common enough procedure, is the source of a reasonable percentage of ophthalmology error cases. As with other surgical procedures, there are risks of surgical errors or anesthesia malpractice.
The standard cataract surgery entails eliminating a filmy lens from the individual’s eye and swapping it for a clear, synthetic lens. Although cataract treatments are relatively routine and seldom have severe difficulties, there are some dangers still connected with this type of surgical treatment. Some of the most typical threats are:
- posterior capsule tear
- improper substitute lens durability
- dropped nucleus
- issues with the anesthesia (not enough anesthetic or improper application)
- a variety of postoperative complications, such as swelling or infection
Another area of ophthalmologist negligence occurs when a patient visits an eye doctor and experiences a doctor’s failure to diagnose a condition that can lead to serious consequences. Failure to diagnose and to treat an eye condition in a timely manner can cause permanent damage to your eyes including a vision loss.
Ophthalmology negligence can occur as a result of other procedures as well. If you or a loved one has been affected, you may be due some compensation for your suffering.
OPHTHALMOLOGY MALPRACTICE LAWYERS
If you have endured a negative result after an ophthalmological procedure or suffered a vision loss, you may be questioning if you can or should sue your eye doctor for clinical negligence.
Although a patient might have experienced an unanticipated result, even an extreme injury, that does not mean clinical error is necessarily the reason. To win a malpractice claim versus an eye doctor, a patient will initially be required to show that their ophthalmologist did not offer therapy that was in line with the “medical standard of care,” which is normally defined as the level of treatment that a reasonably skilled healthcare practitioner, with comparable training and in the same clinical area, would have provided in the situation.
In pursuing a malpractice case, a patient will likely require a medical expert to act as a witness. This would likely be a practicing ophthalmologist who could affirm as to what the correct standard of care was. Medical negligence attorneys would then reveal that not just did the ophthalmologist failed to meet that standard, but that a patient was injured as a result of that sub-standard care.
Medical negligence cases present an intricate interaction between clinical and legal issues, so it normally takes a skilled clinical negligence lawyer working alongside expert witnesses to offer the very best case. The attorneys at Davis Adams focus solely on medical malpractice cases and can offer the help you need.
WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR OPHTHALMOLOGY MALPRACTICE?
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for an instance of medical negligence, such as ophthalmology negligence or chiropractor malpractice, is usually 2 years from the day of the irresponsible treatment. This means you need to file your malpractice claim within that time period, or you will lose your chance to get compensation for your injury.
However, specific situations can expand the statute of limitations. One example is if a physician or health center hides negligent treatment that’s later exposed. And, different scenarios can trigger a much shorter statute of limitations, for example, when the untrustworthy physician is related to a federal government entity.
Generally, the solution is that the statute of limitations relies upon the conditions of your case. Our best suggestion is not to try to figure out the statute of constraints for your case by yourself; instead, call Davis Adams, and we’ll determine what limitations exist for your situation.
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Many people that call our firm to file a malpractice claim do so reluctantly. It isn’t necessarily about the money to them, and they have already experienced plenty of stress and frustration due to the medical errors they have experienced.
However, economic payment is the only form of reparations offered via the civil law system; it’s the only kind of justice available under these circumstances. We can provide our clients with advice regarding the reasonable value of their situation after we have explored the details of the case. The elements we will take into consideration consist of:
Economic damages, including:
- past medical bills;
- future/projected medical expenses, including life-care plans;
- past lost income; and
- future lost income.
Non-economic damages, including:
- physical pain and suffering;
- mental or emotional pain and suffering;
- loss of consortium (companionship); and
- the full value of life (in wrongful death cases).
Commonly negligence situations like necrotizing fasciitis lawsuits or ophthalmology error suits are worked out at mediation, which permits our clients to skip the risks and emotional tolls of trial. Mediation doesn’t always work, though, so you should work with an attorney who is prepared to fight for you in a trial.
At Davis Adams, a substantial percentage of our $75 million in recovered funds for our clients is the outcome of trials judgments. We aren’t afraid to argue your case in court.
HAVING AN EXPERIENCED OPHTHALMOLOGY LAWYER MATTERS
Over the years, Jess Davis and Chad Adams have proven that they can handle even the most complex, high-stakes medical negligence cases. They took on cases other lawyers had turned down, and they got successful results for their clients. Davis Adams quickly became the “go-to” ophthalmology negligence attorneys to whom other Georgia lawyers refer tough cases.
Their experience with this type of case means that they are quickly and efficiently able to readily and understand medical records, and they have top medical experts on speed dial to consult about your case. Contact Davis Adams if you’re facing a tough medical situation, and find out what they can do to help.
With Davis Adams, you are getting the absolute best malpractice firm in the state of Georgia. Partners Jess Davis and Chad Adams have received virtually every award and honor available to trial attorneys in the state.