Have you been injured because of the negligent acts of a medical care professional? Did a loved one pass away due to a healthcare worker failing to provide an adequate standard of care? If so, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional violates the standard of care owed to a patient and this violation results in that patient suffering an injury or other harm. A violation of the standard care owed to patients can occur when a negligent action is taken or because of the failure to take some action that is medically appropriate.
At Anastopoulo Law Firm in South Carolina, our team of medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience successfully litigating against healthcare providers. Contact us today in order to access your free case evaluation.
Understanding Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of settings including doctors’ offices, emergency and operating rooms. Oftentimes medical malpractice is the result of simple mistakes that can result in serious and lasting medical conditions, or even death. Common types of medical malpractice include:
- Errors or complications in the administration of anesthesia
- Surgical errors and complications
- Errors in the dispensment and/or prescription of pharmaceutical drugs
- Improper medical diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to properly dispense medical treatment in a timely manner
- Improper emergency room treatment
- Childbirth and delivery complications
A medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought against a wide range of medical professionals, including:
- Physicians’ assistants
In addition to bringing a case against a specific medical professional, medical malpractice cases can also name the hospital, nursing home, clinic or other medical facility that employed the faulty medical professional.
In South Carolina, a party claiming medical malpractice must prove that:
- A relationship existed at the time the malpractice occurred between the injured party and medical professional, and this relationship gave rise to a duty of care
- In delivering medical services the medical professional did not fulfill his or her duty of reasonable care
- The medical professional’s breach of the duty of care caused the resulting injury
An assortment of damages and compensation can be granted by the court if an injured party successfully proves their medical malpractice claim. Such awards may cover the following expenses resulting from the medical malpractice:
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Medical costs associated with repairing the damage caused by the medical malpractice
- Past, ongoing and future medical costs required to repair the damage caused
- Spousal loss of consortium
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When successful, medical malpractice cases can provide an injured party with adequate compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact Anastopoulo Law Firm if you have suffered harm at the hands of a doctor. Reach out to us today for help.