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The element of causation in medical malpractice cases

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

In Georgia, medical malpractice refers to a situation where the health care provider’s negligence causes harm or death to the patient.  The law requires that medical providers practice good medical judgment and act within their standard of care when treating patients.

However, if someone makes a claim that a health care provider, through an act of omission or commission, was negligent in treating them and caused injury to the patient, they may have valid grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.  Causation means that a defendant’s negligence was the sole cause or was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s injury.

The challenge

Medical malpractice claims can be costly and time-consuming for both the patient and the healthcare provider.  The law requires that a plaintiff proves that their injury or death was caused by the health care provider’s negligence. Proof of causation often requires testimony and medical support.

Medical malpractice cases are complex and require a high degree of proof.  It is important for anyone seeking to make a claim to have enough evidence to support their claim that a medical error caused their injuries.

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