If you were the victim of a misdiagnosis, surgical error, or another type of medical negligence, you may be counting on your doctor's malpractice insurance to compensate for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Unfortunately, Georgia is one of a number of states in which medical malpractice insurance is encouraged, but not mandated.
As a result, thousands of doctors in Georgia go without, which can have a significant impact on your ability to make a fair financial recovery.
A 2018 analysis of insurance information from the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) conducted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that out of 28,058 doctors with active licenses, nearly 2,300 lack medical malpractice insurance. While some of these doctors work in medical education, research, or administration rather than with patients, many are actually in practice—and often in high-risk specialties such as surgery and obstetrics. That's not all: dozens of the uninsured doctors were previously disciplined by the GCMB for severe circumstances such as drug or alcohol use, sexual misconduct, or patient deaths.
Doctors often forgo medical malpractice insurance to save money and deter the patients they've harmed from taking legal action against them. These uninsured doctors want you to believe that because they don't have insurance, there's no reason to pursue a medical malpractice claim. They want you to give up—which is exactly why you need a knowledgeable and experienced medical malpractice attorney to handle your case.
A skilled Georgia malpractice attorney will review the details of your claim and investigate all avenues for compensation. In some cases, it may be both possible and beneficial to sue the negligent doctor personally, or sue the clinic or hospital where the malpractice occurred.
Consult an Attorney About Your Medical Malpractice Case
At Van Sant Law, we're committed to helping Georgia medical malpractice victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free, initial consultation to discuss the details of your case, as well as your legal rights and options.