Attorney Robert U. Wright Wins at Georgia Court of Appeals

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Favorable decision for client represented by Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming LLC partner changes law in Georgia regarding statute of limitations application in medical malpractice cases.

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My client suffered significant complications from the object the dentist left in her body. She deserves a fair result."

Atlanta attorney Robert U. Wright recently won a decision at the Georgia Court of Appeals on behalf of a client in the case Norred v. Teaver, et al, 740 S.E.2nd 251 (2013). The Court ruled that the one year statute of limitations after discovery of a “foreign object” found in a patient’s body applies to both objects left intentionally and unintentionally by the healthcare provider.

In a lengthy opinion, the Court chose to overrule a number of previous decisions that limited application of the one year statute of limitations to cases where a physician unintentionally left an object in a patient’s body. The Court said in part, “While our prior precedent has consistently held that a foreign object left in the body for purposes of OCGA §9-3-72 applies only to those foreign objects left unintentionally, we now hold that such an interpretation of this Code section was incorrect and contrary to the plain language of the statute.”

For Wright, this was both the correct legal result, and also one that provided justice for his client. “My client has suffered significant complications from the object the dentist left in her body,” said Wright. “She deserves a fair result.”

About Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming LLC: Composed of a team of experienced litigators, KSWF is nationally recognized for their strong advocacy on behalf of the injured, as well as families of wrongful death victims. With multiple offices in Georgia, the firm's personal injury attorneys are well-positioned to handle the most complex car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases, as well as workers’ compensation and medical malpractice claims that require litigation in the trial and appellate courts.

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