Medical Malpractice

We know there may be medical situations that occur that are detrimental and even life-changing.

We all expect the medical professionals you trust to follow through with the highest quality care.   Unfortunately, sometimes the care can be negligent. As a result, medical malpractice causes serious, life-changing injuries, and even death.

Doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, chiropractors, and physical therapists can make mistakes that lead to injuries. In South Carolina an injured person can bring a claim against the hospital, medical practice clinic, nursing home or other medical institutions which employ the medical professional who is at fault.

Injuries due to medical malpractice can happen in almost any place and under virtually any condition. Medical malpractice can happen in places such as emergency rooms, operating rooms, and doctor’s offices.

Three Elements Essential To A Medical Malpractice Case

When you are sick or injured, you place your trust in doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide the treatment and care that will help you to get better. If the care rendered to you does not meet acceptable standards, you might have a claim against the provider for medical malpractice. It might help you to know when you should speak to a lawyer for medical neglect or malpractice by becoming familiar with the three elements of a typical malpractice case.

The existence of a doctor-patient relationship

This element of a medical malpractice case is usually easy to establish. Chances are that you went to your doctor’s office for treatment, or you might have been taken to a hospital emergency department by ambulance. It is usually pretty clear when the relationship between you and your doctor began.

A doctor-patient relationship would not exist if you complain about a headache to a family member who offers you medication a doctor prescribed for that person. If the medication makes you ill, you would not have recourse against the doctor who prescribed it because of the lack of a doctor-patient relationship.

Negligence by the doctor

Even when a doctor does everything right, a patient might suffer from an adverse reaction to the treatment. Med malpractice lawyers and courts understand this and look for evidence to show that the health care professional was negligent in either diagnosing or treating the condition.

Medical professionals must perform to a standard of skill and care normally expected of their profession. For example, a surgeon is held to the standard of skill and knowledge expected of doctors of that particular specialty. What is expected is not the skill and knowledge of the best surgeon in the world, but only that of the average surgeon working under the same or similar conditions.

You must suffer from an injury related to the doctor’s negligence

If your treatment by a doctor causes you harm, you might be entitled to sue for medical malpractice. The challenge for medical neglect lawyers is linking the negligence by the doctor to the harm you suffered.

For example, a patient dies after undergoing treatment for cancer. The patient’s family discovers that a nurse working at the hospital where the patient was being treated administered the wrong medication. The family might not have a claim against the hospital and the nurse for medical malpractice unless it can be proven that the mistake caused the patient to die or suffer some other injury.

The harm to a patient might not be the result of an action taken by a doctor or other health care provider. The failure of a doctor to diagnose a medical condition can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit if the undiagnosed condition worsens and either cannot be treated or becomes more difficult to treat because of the delay.

Consulting with a lawyer for medical neglect advice is essential if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice. Keep in mind that state laws impose restrictions on how long you have to file a claim against a doctor before losing your right to compensation.

We are ready to help you with any of the following medical situations:

  • Birth trauma or injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Forceps and vacuum extractor
  • Subdural hematoma
  • Surgical errors and mishaps
  • Physician negligence
  • Anesthesia-related injuries
  • Cancer misdiagnosis
  • Heart attack and stroke misdiagnosis
  • Hospital negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Meningitis and Encephalitis
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Nurse and therapist negligence
  • Medication administration errors
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Anesthesia-Related Injuries
  • Birth Trauma or Injury
  • Bowel Perforation during surgery
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Breast Cancer Cases
  • Cancer Misdiagnosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Code Blue or Code 99 Errors
  • Critical Care Errors
  • Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer
  • EMS/Paramedic or LifeFlight Care and Treatment
  • Failure to Consult Specialists
  • Surgical Negligence
  • Fetal Heart Rate Abnormalities
  • Foot Drop
  • Forceps and Vacuum Extractor
  • Heart Attack and Stroke Misdiagnosis
  • Heart Valve Surgeries
  • Hospital Negligence
  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Imaging and X-ray Interpretation Errors
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage (ICH)
  • Lack of Informed Consent
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Negligence
  • Medication Administration Errors
  • NICU and Neonatal Care Errors
  • Nurse and Therapist Negligence
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • OB/GYN Malpractice
  • Pap Smear Misread
  • Pathology and Laboratory Errors
  • Pediatric Malpractice
  • Pharmacy and Prescription Errors
  • Physician Negligence
  • Premature Birth Complications
  • Prenatal Care Errors
  • Primary Care Errors
  • Quadriplegia & Paraplegia
  • Retained Instruments
  • Shoulder Dystocia and Erb’s Palsy
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Surgical Errors and Mishaps

When you need help, we’re ready.