Helping Charleston Medical Malpractice Victims
When you are not feeling well, you should be able to count on a doctor to help you heal. But not all doctors are as careful as they should be. Some engage in negligent behaviors that can leave patients with severe injuries. Sometimes patients end up worse off than they were when they first sought care.
When a doctor is negligent, malpractice may be at play.
Malpractice lawsuits tend to be complicated so you will want a reliable lawyer on your side. The Hopkins Law Firm has over 30 years of experience representing clients in Charleston, South Carolina medical malpractice cases. Read on to find out how they can help you protect your rights.
What is Medical Malpractice?
When you seek medical care, you must be aware that not every treatment will be effective. However, a doctor that is not able to ‘find a cure’ would not be considered guilty of malpractice.
To have a case, you must prove the following:
- The doctor and patient had a medical relationship that came with a duty of care
- The doctor breached that duty of care
- Injuries were caused by the doctor’s negligence
- The injuries led to damages
Statute of Limitations
Like any type of case, medical malpractice is subject to a statute of limitations. This is a set amount of time in which a lawsuit must be filed. If the victim does not take action within that time frame, they will be unable to collect damages.
In the state of South Carolina, the statute of limitations is typically three years. However, there are exceptions to the rule that are as follows:
- If the patient was a minor when malpractice occurred, the statute may be extended
- If injuries do not become apparent until sometime later, a lawsuit may be filed when damages are evident
- If a surgeon leaves a foreign object in your body during a procedure you may get an extension on your right to sue
Types of Medical Negligence
So, what circumstances constitute medical negligence? Here are a few examples.
If the doctor does not diagnose your condition correctly, you may end up with a treatment that causes more harm than good.
When conditions are diagnosed and treated early on, the patient will have a chance of recovering sooner and more completely. When a doctor does not catch a condition or diagnoses it late, it can cause a health risk and lead to a malpractice lawsuit.
Errors with Prescriptions
There are many errors that can occur when doctors prescribe medications. They may prescribe the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. They may make a mistake in dispensing or administering the medicine. These errors can be dangerous and even fatal.
Errors that occur during surgery can be extremely harmful. Doctors may operate on the wrong patient or the wrong body part. They may leave foreign objects in the patient’s body. Mistakes can also happen in the recovery room if staff members fail to provide the correct aftercare.
Errors in the Emergency Room
Emergency rooms are hectic places, and it is not uncommon for doctors to make a hasty diagnosis. Communication to other staff members can also be unclear. In some cases, patients may be discharged even though they are seriously ill.
Errors with Communication and Charting
A patient’s chart needs to be 100% accurate. Even a small mistake like an incorrect weight can lead to injuries. It is even more dangerous when an allergy or lab results are not property recorded.
It is not uncommon for patients to fail to wake up from surgery due to anesthesia errors. Mistakes may occur if the patient’s medical history is not carefully reviewed to determine possible complications. In some instances, the patient may be given too much or too little anesthesia or they may not be monitored carefully when they are under anesthesia.
Infections can be deadly. Medical staff members are responsible for keeping infection risk under control by sanitizing objects and surfaces. Failure to do so may result in a malpractice case.
Medical Malpractice Cases are Complicated
Medical malpractice cases come with their share of complications. It is not easy to prove that a doctor acted negligently. It is also likely that the doctor has a good lawyer on their side fighting against the patient’s word which makes the case even more difficult.
However, an attorney that is skilled with malpractice law will be ready to take on the case. He of she may bring in medical and financial experts who will be helpful in proving negligence and determining a fair compensation amount.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in a Malpractice Case?
If you are a victim of malpractice, it is likely you are facing extensive medical expenses. You may have also needed to take time of work leading to a reduction in income. You may be dealing with emotional pain and suffering that can reduce quality of life.
Your lawyer may be able to get you compensation for the following damages:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
The Hopkins Law Firm Can Protect Your Rights in a South Carolina Medical Malpractice Case
If are the victim of medical malpractice, you need a reliable lawyer on your side. The Hopkins Law Firm will give you the guidance and support you need.
The Hopkins Law Firm is a team of Charleston, South Carolina attorneys with years of experience in medical malpractice and personal injury law. They are known for providing their clients with winning outcomes. They treat the people they represent like family offering a high level of care and respect.
Medical malpractice is a serious allegation. Make sure you have the legal team to back you up. Call the Hopkins Law Firm for a free consultation. They will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.Schedule Your Free Consultation
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