Medical Malpractice

The Georgia Medical Malpractice Law Firm You Can Trust

Experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Atlanta and Savannah

When you have been hurt by a medical professional, you deserve a firm that will take care of you. Harris Lowry Manton LLP has been the law firm Georgians trust when they have been injured because of medical negligence. We know what it takes to build and present a successful case in front of a jury.

We have obtained millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our medical malpractice clients in Atlanta, Savanah and throughout the state. Some of our more notable victories include:

  • $30.5 million on behalf of a family whose child sustained permanent brain damage due to medical negligence
  • $18 million for a woman rendered paralyzed because of an undiagnosed and untreated infection
  • $5 million for the survivors of a family whose loved one was improperly monitored while in the hospital, leading to the woman’s death
  • $4.3 million for the family of a woman who died after medical diagnosis and treatment was delayed

If you or your loved one sustained serious, life-altering injuries because of an act of medical malpractice, we are here to help you.

What is medical malpractice?

Under GA Code § 9-3-70 (2016):

The term "action for medical malpractice" means any claim for damages resulting from the death of or injury to any person arising out of:

  • Health, medical, dental, or surgical service, diagnosis, prescription, treatment, or care rendered by a person authorized by law to perform such service or by any person acting under the supervision and control of the lawfully authorized person; or
  • Care or service rendered by any public or private hospital, nursing home, clinic, hospital authority, facility, or institution, or by any officer, agent, or employee thereof acting within the scope of his employment.

There is sometimes a fine line between what constitutes medical malpractice and what does not, which is why you want to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney as soon as you can after the injury occurred.

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Examples of medical malpractice claims

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country – right behind heart disease and cancer. These mistakes run the gamut from “never events” (complications that should, under no circumstances, ever have been allowed to happen) to gross negligence to failure to act with care. While HLM handles all manner of medical malpractice claims, our counsel is commonly sought for mistakes such as:

Mistakes made by lab techs, pharmacists or even hospital volunteers may all fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice, depending on the specific circumstances of your experience.

Verdicts & Settlements

$4,317,494 (2010)
Allen v. Consolidated OB-Gyn, Dekalb Surgical Associates: Kathleen Allen’s daughter, Tanyka Brydson, was admitted to DeKalb Medical Center to give...

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Allen v. Consolidated OB-Gyn, Dekalb Surgical Associates: Kathleen Allen’s daughter, Tanyka Brydson, was admitted to DeKalb Medical Center to give birth to her twins via cesarean section. Tanyka’s incision area became infected and required immediate, aggressive treatment as well as timely surgical intervention. Instead, it was delayed. Ultimately, Tanyka underwent multiple surgical debridements as her condition continued to worsen during her hospitalization at DeKalb Medical Center. Her mother had her transferred to another hospital where she ultimately died due to multi-system organ failure secondary to necrotizing fasciitis. DeKalb Medical Center failed to properly diagnose, treat and care for Tanyka. Jeff Harris and Steve Lowry served as lead trial counsel, along with Jed Manton, in what defense counsel called the most complex medical malpractice case they had ever been involved in. Jeff Harris, however, explained, “While the underlying medicine was complex, HLM prides itself in being able to take the most complex issues and figure out a way to explain these concepts in a manner that the jury can relate to and understand. At the end of the day, this case was about the failures of the treatment team to recognize text book examples of a spreading infection. Tragically, Tanyka did not receive proper medical care and died as a result.” Steve Lowry noted, “Tanyka suffered greatly because her post-surgical infection was not properly treated. We were able to use the defendants’ notations in her medical records to prove that timely intervention would have prevented this tragic result.” With the help of the HLM team, Ms. Allen sued the physicians responsible for the negligent care of her daughter and won a $4.3 million verdict.
$5,000,000 (2008)
Wyckstandt v. Gwinnett Hospital System: On November 21, 2000, Richard and Wendy Wyckstandt had their second son, Austin, at Gwinnett...

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2017-09-15T19:32:17+00:00

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Wyckstandt v. Gwinnett Hospital System: On November 21, 2000, Richard and Wendy Wyckstandt had their second son, Austin, at Gwinnett Medical Center. Unrelated to this case, Austin was born with a congenital heart defect and later died. Wendy was released from the hospital two days after giving birth, but was readmitted on November 25. She was diagnosed with toxemia/preeclampsia. When her mother came to visit Wendy on the morning of November 28, she found her daughter drowned in the shower. Wendy was revived, transferred to ICU, but died about 24 hours later. Evidence at trial showed that the hospital failed to follow its own policies and should have assisted Wendy whenever she was out of bed. Jeff Harris served as lead counsel for the Wyckstandt family with the assistance of Jed Manton, then an associate at HLM. Harris noted, “When we first got involved in the Wyckstandt case many did not feel that a patient would be able to win against a hospital in Gwinnett County. We always believed in this case and were very pleased that the jury was able to see that Wendy’s death was entirely preventable if she had received proper medical care.” Since the verdict, there have been several other large verdicts in Gwinnett County involving poor medical care. Harris Lowry Manton helped the Wyckstandt family secure a $5 million verdict against the hospital system for its negligence. According to Jed Manton, “Successes at trial often turn on finding the piece of evidence that the defense is overlooking. The Wyckstandt trial is a prime example, where we were able to show through the hospitals internal polices, as well as their surveillance tapes, that the defense they put up to the jury was not an accurate account of what led to Wendy’s death.”
$3,500,000 (2005)
Reese v. Micheledes: Plaintiff Donna Reese’s gallbladder was removed on August 12, 2000. Eighteen days later, she returned to the...

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2017-09-15T19:33:19+00:00

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Reese v. Micheledes: Plaintiff Donna Reese’s gallbladder was removed on August 12, 2000. Eighteen days later, she returned to the hospital, complaining of abdominal pain. Her surgeon sent her directly to the hospital and ordered a HIDA scan, which is a special radiograph to check for a bile duct leak. The defendant, a radiologist, read the HIDA scan and found it compatible with a bile duct leak. Ms. Reese was then referred to a gastroenterologist who agreed to take over her care. The gastroenterologist ultimately found that the HIDA scan was misread by the radiologist but not after performing procedures that resulted in the perforation of a segment of Ms. Reese’s bowel. She suffered a multitude of medical problems requiring continuous hospitalization for five months, repeated subsequent hospitalizations and ongoing medical care and treatment. HLM partner Jeff Harris teamed with fellow attorneys to win a $3.5 million a verdict against the radiologist for his negligence.
$4,575,000
Settlement with a hospital for an elderly woman who suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of poor post-surgical care.

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2017-09-15T19:34:30+00:00

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Settlement with a hospital for an elderly woman who suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of poor post-surgical care.
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Case examples for medical negligence claims we handle in Atlanta and Savannah

Doctors, like all of us, are fallible: they make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes are identified and treated quickly, with no lasting harm to the patients. Other times, however, their negligence leads to additional problems, injuries, and even the death of the patient. Medical malpractice cases can include:

  • Leaving a surgical instrument inside of a patient
  • Operating on the wrong patient, or on the wrong body part
  • Misdiagnosing, or delaying the diagnosis of, an illness or condition
  • Failing to treat an illness or condition
  • Failing to prevent the spread of infections
  • Failing to monitor a patient post-surgery or treatment
  • Mixing up lab results or patient charts
  • Treating a patient while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to review a patient’s medical history, allergies, etc.
  • Prescribing an unsafe drug, and failing to warn the patient of the risks
  • Excessive use of delivery instruments such as forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Failing to diagnose signs of fetal distress
  • Allowing nursing home residents to develop bedsores
  • Failing to keep breathing apparatus clear and clean

Hospital rankings in Atlanta and Savannah

Our attorneys have handled medical malpractice claims at hospitals throughout Georgia – and it is no wonder. The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog group which collects, analyzes and reviews consumer medical information, has found much to be improved with our hospitals. Of the 74 facilities reviewed on the site, only 14 earned an “A,” and only 17 earned a “B.” Of those 17, only two –  Northside Hospital and Emory University Hospital – were located in Atlanta.

The following facilities were all found sub-par in one of five categories: hospital-acquired infections; problems with surgery; reducing medical errors; safety concerns; and staffing:

  • Atlanta Medical Center – D
  • Candler Hospital – C
  • Emory St. Joseph's Hospital – C
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown – D
  • Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation – C
  • Memorial University Medical Center – C
  • St. Joseph's Hospital – C

Two of our most substantial medical malpractice verdicts were against Gwinnett Medical Center Lawrenceville and Southcoast Medical Group. Gwinnet earned a “C,” and SouthCoast Medical Group, a doctors’ practice group, was ineligible for ranking.

Statutes of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Georgia

Per GA Code § 9-3-71 (2016), the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice claim in Georgia is generally two (2) years from the date that the injury or death occurred. If a foreign object is left inside the body, you have one (1) year to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this rule, as they apply to minor children, or to people with intellectual disabilities or mental illness.

No medical malpractice claims will be reviewed after five (5) years.

Liability and damages for medical malpractice

There are two types of damages available in a medical malpractice case:

Economic damages. These are quantifiable expenses. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses (medications, treatments, therapies, etc.), wages, earning capacity, income, and funeral or burial expenses.

Non-economic damages. These are “nonpecuniary” costs – the parts of your life that are affected. Georgia defines these as “damages for physical and emotional pain, discomfort, anxiety, hardship, distress, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, injury to reputation, and all other nonpecuniary losses of any kind or nature.”

Choosing the best medical malpractice lawyer for your needs

If you have sustained an injury or illness because of acts of medical negligence, you have the right to seek compensation through the civil justice system. But how do you know which law firm is right for you? How do you choose the best Georgia medical malpractice lawyer for your needs?

First, see what the Georgia Bar has to say. You want a lawyer who is in good standing with the Bar, and who will act not only with your best interests in mind, but also with the highest ethical standards and integrity.

Next, do your research. Talk to your friends and family who have made claims for negligence, and ask them about their experiences. Check out websites and online reviews, to see which attorneys are most adept at working one-on-one with clients throughout the process.

Finally, schedule some free consultations with firms you that have the resources and experience to handle your needs. If you can bring your medical records, that could be helpful – but it is not necessary for the initial consultation.

If you follow these steps, you will see that Harris Lowry Manton LLP fits the bill at every turn. We have successfully obtained millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. Our award-winning attorneys are all in good standing, and have been praised by multiple independent ratings organizations for our dedication to service to our clients, our communities, and the legal profession. We are the firm other Georgia and out-of-state attorneys turn to, to handle complex litigation on behalf of their clients.

Unlike other firms, we do not outsource our medical malpractice claims. At HLM, you work with one of our trial-tested attorneys from Day One of your claim, and we do not stop fighting until we know we have reached the best possible outcome for you.

Injured as a result of medical negligence? Let us help

Harris Lowry Manton LLP is an award-winning medical malpractice firm serving clients in Atlanta, Savannah, and throughout Georgia. We know what it takes to build a successful claim for compensation, and we do not back down from the fight. If you or your loved one was catastrophically injured, or if your loved one has died as a result of medical negligence, HLM wants to help you seek justice. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, please fill out our contact form or call our offices: 404.998.8847 in Atlanta, or 912.417.3774 in Savannah.

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