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Can You Sue the Federal Government for Medical Malpractice?

By Hawkins Spizman |

When a private physician’s treatment falls below the accepted standard of care and injures a patient, that is considered medical malpractice under Georgia law. The patient can sue that doctor (and their employer) in state court and seek compensation for their additional medical bills, lost income, and other economic and non-economic damages. But what… Read More »

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Are Georgia Doctors Vicariously Liable for Their Medical Students’ Malpractice?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Vicarious liability is a concept in Georgia personal injury law that holds a principal responsible for the negligent acts of an agent. To give a simple example, consider a truck driver who runs a red light and causes a traffic accident while making a delivery for her employer. Under vicarious liability, the victims of… Read More »

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Georgia Court of Appeals Upholds $10.1 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

By Hawkins Spizman |

In any Georgia personal injury case, the trier of fact must decide the plaintiff’s damages. When it comes to compensation designed to make the plaintiff whole, an award is divided into economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are usually fairly simple to calculate, as they reflect a plaintiff’s out-of-pocket losses, such as the medical… Read More »

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Are Georgia Physicians Liable for the Medical Malpractice of Physician Assistants?

By Hawkins Spizman |

In Georgia personal injury law there is a concept known as vicarious liability. Essentially, a principal is liable for the wrongful acts committed by their agents. To give a classic example, let’s say a business employs a driver to make deliveries in a company-owned vehicle. While making a delivery, the driver runs a red… Read More »

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Georgia Medical Malpractice Claims

By Hawkins Spizman |

The COVID-19 pandemic had a widespread and devastating impact on Georgia’s healthcare system. At the beginning of the pandemic, in April 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order formally declaring a “public health state of emergency.” Among other provisions, the executive order declared that “employees, staff, and contractors of healthcare institutions and… Read More »

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What Types Of Evidence Do You Need To Prove Medical Malpractice?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional causes harm or injury to a patient due to negligence, a breach in the standard of care, or failure to provide the required level of care. Proving medical malpractice can be a challenging task, as the claimant needs to provide concrete evidence to support their case. Our… Read More »

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Patient Awarded $75 Million In “Locked-In Syndrome” Malpractice Case

By Hawkins Spizman |

Doctors are supposed to provide patients with the best care possible. Unfortunately, a Georgia man received a series of poor care in 2015, causing him to suffer a rare disease known as locked-in syndrome. He was recently awarded $75 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Georgia man was just 32 years old when… Read More »

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Feeling Weak Recently? It May Be From a Tick Bite

By Hawkins Spizman |

FAST FACTS: There were 221 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Georgia between 2000 and 2016. It’s estimated that there are more than 2,000 cases of Lyme disease in the state. The highest number of reported cases occurred in 2008. Ticks are out in full force throughout the United States. It’s so bad, in… Read More »

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Dad On Probation Can’t Donate Kidney

By Hawkins Spizman |

It sounds like a case of medical malpractice but, in truth, it isn’t. Rules are rules, they say, and in this case, the rules could end up costing a toddler his life. According to reports, a child was born in Atlanta without kidneys. After a search for a donor, the boy’s father was found… Read More »

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