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Elements of a Georgia Medical Malpractice Case — Duty

The first element of a Georgia medical malpractice claim is duty. More specifically, “duty” means a legal obligation to conform to a standard of conduct or standard of care. Of all the elements we will discuss, this is often the easiest to prove. If a doctor treats a patient, a doctor- patient relationship exists. Once the relationship exists, the doctor has the duty to treat and care for the patient in a manner that a reasonably prudent doctor under similar circumstance would. The relationship between a health-care provider and patient is established when a patient knowingly seeks the care of a health-care provider and the health care provider knowingly accepts the patient for treatment.

Absent unusual circumstances, the doctor-patient relationship is usually present, so we will focus more on the other elements of the Georgia medical malpractice claim in future posts.

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