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Medical abandonment is a serious matter within the realm of medical malpractice. Medical abandonment occurs when a healthcare professional terminates their relationship with a patient without providing reasonable notice, adequate support or an appropriate referral to another qualified healthcare provider. This abandonment can lead to severe consequences for the patient and, in some cases, may constitute medical malpractice under Georgia law.

Defining Medical Abandonment

Medical abandonment occurs when a healthcare provider, without a valid reason or adequate notice, discontinues care for a patient who still requires treatment. Abandonment can take various forms, including:

  • Sudden Termination of Care: Abruptly ending medical treatment without ensuring the patient’s continuity of care or offering an alternative healthcare provider.
  • Refusal to Provide Emergency Care: Denying emergency care or essential treatment to a patient in immediate need, especially if the patient has an established doctor-patient relationship.
  • Failure to Provide Follow-Up Care: Neglecting to provide necessary follow-up appointments, monitoring, or communication regarding ongoing treatment plans.

Physicians and healthcare providers have an obligation to provide adequate care for their patients. When they are negligent in providing the standard of care needed, it may be considered medical abandonment and, possibly, fodder for a medical malpractice claim against the healthcare provider.

Legal Implications and Medical Malpractice

In Georgia, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider’s actions or omissions deviate from the accepted standard of care, resulting in harm or injury to the patient. Medical abandonment can be considered medical malpractice if:

  • Breach of Duty: The healthcare provider had a duty of care towards the patient and abruptly terminated that care without ensuring the patient’s safety or providing necessary support.
  • Harm to the Patient: The patient suffered harm, injury or worsening of their medical condition due to the provider’s abandonment.
  • Foreseeable Consequences: It was reasonably foreseeable that the abrupt cessation of care would lead to adverse consequences for the patient.

Georgia law recognizes a patient’s right to receive appropriate medical care and treatment, especially when they are in a vulnerable state or ongoing medical condition. Healthcare providers in Georgia have a legal obligation to provide a reasonable standard of care and ensure patient safety and well-being.

Legal Recourse for Patients

Patients who believe they have been victims of medical abandonment that amounts to medical malpractice in Georgia have the right to pursue legal recourse. They can seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses resulting from the provider’s actions or neglect.

In Georgia, medical abandonment is a serious breach of a healthcare provider’s duty and can potentially constitute medical malpractice. Patients have the right to expect continuous and appropriate care from their healthcare providers, and abrupt termination of this care without reasonable cause can lead to legal consequences. Consulting with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Burnside Law Firm can help patients understand their rights and pursue legal action if they are victims of medical abandonment resulting in harm or injury.

If you believe you are the victim of medical abandonment in Georgia that resulted in injury or loss of a loved one, contact us at Burnside Law Firm for a free legal consultation. Call our office in Atlanta or Augusta to talk to our legal team.

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Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
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