When you need medical care, you need the care that you receive to be done right. That’s your expectation, and you have the legal right. Sadly, mistakes in the medical profession happen for a variety of reasons.
Whatever the cause, the result is that you didn’t receive the care that you needed. In fact, the care that you got may have made things worse. What can you do if you are the victim of medical malpractice? Our South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers can help.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers South Carolina
Doctors, assistants, nurses and others involved in healthcare have a legal duty to provide medical care that is adequate. Despite modern technology and safeguards, medical malpractice still leads to unnecessary suffering. It can even result in death.
If negligence or recklessness is responsible for harm, our medical malpractice lawyers in South Carolina can help you hold those responsible accountable. You may also deserve financial compensation. Our lawyers can help you prove your claim and receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (843) 310-4949 to talk about your case.
How Serious Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice causes billions of dollars of harm every year. The financial losses alone do not tell the stories of the many people who suffer. There are many ways that medical malpractice can cause harm:
- The patient receives the wrong medical care. The treatment they receive causes new injuries and complications.
- Because the patient doesn’t get the care they need, they do not recover from the condition that they have. The condition may get worse.
- A patient doesn’t get the care they need, so they suffer mentally. They know they should be getting better, but they’re not. They have emotional anguish and distress.
Medical malpractice can cause additional harm. A patient may need significant medical care to recover from the medical malpractice on top of the care that they needed in the first place. It can also be fatal. It is a serious problem that harms our society personally and economically.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a person doesn’t receive adequate medical care. A patient has a right to expect care that meets standards. There are professional standards for the knowledge and attention that a trained provider must exercise. They must know how to provide care based on the prevailing standards in the medical community. Medical malpractice is when a medical professional fails to provide services in a competent manner.
Types Of Medical Malpractice
Some ways medical malpractice may occur include:
- Misdiagnosis: A doctor must make a diagnosis based on the information available to them. They must be able to ask about symptoms and know what medical conditions and problems may be possible. Misdiagnosis may amount to medical malpractice when a reasonable doctor would have identified the problem based on the symptoms that presented during the evaluation.
- Errors in Surgery: No matter how much experience a surgical team has, there is a lot that can go wrong. Patient charts can get mixed up, conditions may not be sufficiently sanitized and errors in judgment can occur during the process. Care providers must use reasonable skill and attention when they perform surgery.
- Medication Errors: Once a substance enters the body, it’s hard to prevent it from doing harm. Medication errors can result from reading the wrong patient information, mixing up prescriptions or even prescribing the wrong dose. A patient also needs instructions on how to use medication correctly.
- Anesthesia Errors: Any time anesthesia is applied, it can be a point of risk. The patient must be monitored, with corrective action taken immediately, if necessary.
- Ignoring Symptoms: A doctor must know when to take symptoms seriously. If they say it’s not serious, and refuse treatment, you may suffer more serious injury or disease. Ignoring symptoms, when a reasonable medical professional would have provided treatment can be grounds for medical malpractice.
- Operating on the Wrong Body Part: Medical care professionals must take care to operate on the right part of the body. Operating on the wrong body part is strong evidence of medical malpractice.
- Foreign Object Left in the Body: If a foreign object is left in the body, like a sponge after surgery, it can cause significant pain and discomfort. Additional care is required.
- Lack of Consent: A doctor must have the informed consent of their patient. That means giving the patient the necessary information about potential risks and complications associated with treatment.
What Do You Need to Prove in A Medical Malpractice Case?
Proving a medical malpractice case requires detailed scientific evidence. You must prove that the healthcare provider was negligent – that they failed to provide medical care up to reasonable standards. You must start by proving what the prevailing medical standard is. That requires experts and scientific information. Then, you must show how the care provider failed to live up to those standards.
Finally, you must show that your injuries and damages are the result of the medical malpractice. You must show how you were physically harmed. Suffering from an undiagnosed or untreated condition that you sought care for can be a way that you suffer. Medical expenses, lost income, emotional anguish, physical pain and many other types of damages may be considered.
What Happens Once You Have Been Injured?
When you have been injured because of medical malpractice, seek the care that you need right away. Seek emergency care if necessary. Contact our South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers as soon as possible. Begin a diary of your symptoms and medical care. Save records of treatment and any bills that you receive.
Our lawyers can help you investigate and document what happened to cause the harm. You have a right to copies of your medical records. We also work with the appropriate experts to verify that you were the victim of negligence. We identify and value your damages.
There is a limited amount of time to bring a claim for medical malpractice. Our lawyers can take the steps to prepare your legal documents and pursue your claim.
Lawyers for Medical Malpractice in South Carolina
Do you have questions or concerns about medical care that you have received? Are you wondering if you have a claim for medical malpractice?
Our South Carolina team is experienced in medical malpractice claims. The Riders Law Group team focuses our practice on claims that help individuals. We know the legal details that are important in medical malpractice. We are skilled and experienced to help you work for the best possible result for your claim.
At Riders Law Group, we’re proud of our history representing medical malpractice victims. Contact us at (843) 310-4949 for a consultation.