In Georgia, medical malpractice law is a complicated set of tort law and it is necessary to have a firm understanding of it in order to pursue suits with legal merit.
Examples of situations that may constitute medical malpractice include when problems are not diagnosed or when they are misdiagnosed, as well as cases where problems are not treated in a timely manner or when negligence occurs.
Statute of Limitations
It is necessary to file a case of medical malpractice or negligence in less than 2 years after the alleged incident occurs. This is not the case if the patient does not realize the injury has occurred until two years has passed. In such situations, it is possible to extend the 2-year time limit.
However, if the case occurs because a foreign object such as an instrument was not removed from the body, then the limit for filing a suit will be one year from when the incident occurred.
There are no circumstances under which a case may be filed once five years have elapsed from the occurrence of the incidence. All of the periods mentioned earlier apply when minors are involved.
There is a cap throughout the state of Georgia of $250,000 of total punitive damages in the context of medical malpractice law.
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