Each state has its own definition of the standard care, but generally, a standard of care is defined as a generally accepted set of standards and practices used by medical professionals to treat patients suffering from a specific ailment or disorder.
Each state sets its own statute of limitations for medical negligence claims, or in other words, each state has a deadline for when you must file a claim before it becomes void. Once the statute of limitations ends, the ability to file suit against the medical professional expires.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for a medical negligence case is two years from the date of the injury or death. However, Georgia also has a statute of repose. This statute of repose voids any claim in Georgia after five years from the date of the act that caused the injury.
These strict time limits create a hurdle for those injured by the negligence of a healthcare provider. Thus, it is imperative that someone who has been injured at the hands of a negligent healthcare professional seeks the help of a skilled medical negligence attorney.