Medical malpractice cases often result in changes to safety procedures within hospitals and shine light on healthcare negligence that was previously unknown. Our legal process not only helps provide for the injured patient, but can help encourage change to protect all citizens.
When sick people go to a doctor or hospital for care, they expect to be helped and not harmed. When health care professionals make a mistake that harms a patient they’re supposed to help it may be considered medical malpractice. Legally, malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse or other medical caregiver fails to care for a patient according to the accepted standards of care within the medical profession.
If you or someone you care about may have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact our medical malpractice attorneys today toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also contact us online for a free evaluation of your case.
Medical Malpractice Causes
While medical malpractice can be a deliberate act, such as amputating a healthy limb, it is often also a failure to act, such as not sanitizing equipment well or not diagnosing a deadly disease. The Institutes of Medicine estimates that such errors kill 40,000 to 98,000 Americans each year; an additional 7,000 die from drug prescription errors.
Common types of medical malpractice include:
- Delay or outright misdiagnosis of a time-sensitive or serious disease.
- Failure to treat a disease correctly.
- Botched surgeries and incorrect doses of anesthesia.
- Failure to care for a pregnant woman and her baby properly, leading to birth injuries.
- Prescribing a drug that’s wrong for the patient’s medical condition, existing drug regimen or body chemistry.
- Unnecessary surgery (often Cesarean sections, hysterectomies or non-elective circumcisions).
- Not giving patients complete information (informed consent) that may change their minds about whether to undergo a procedure.
In addition to the emotional and quality-of-life injuries that medical malpractice can cause, it can often be very expensive for victims and their families. A severe medical injury can put a breadwinner out of work, require multiple surgeries, and even necessitate years of physical therapy. Permanent disabilities or disfigurement also affect the victim’s future, which is particularly appalling when the victim is a baby or young child. When medical professionals commit malpractice, the patients who trusted them end up dead, permanently disabled or living with a significantly reduced quality of life. Careless doctors can and should be held responsible for their actions in court. Victims may be able to recover money to cover past and future medical needs; lost jobs or missed work; compensation for a permanent disability or disfigurement; and other costs caused by medical negligence in South Carolina.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers Serving Residents of South Carolina
Medical malpractice is a politically charged issue, which has led to an extremely complex set of laws governing malpractice lawsuits. If you or someone you care about has been injured by the carelessness of a medical professional, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney like the ones at the Louthian Law Firm as soon as possible.
Our attorneys can help you evaluate your case; protect your legal right to the courts; stand by your side throughout the legal process; and get you the best possible results. For a free consultation, call our Columbia, South Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers today toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also fill out our confidential online case evaluation form.