After a medical malpractice incident causes you or your loved one harm, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You can use this money to cover the damages you face, such as the medical bills associated with the malpractice injury or illness and wages you lost while unable to work.
You may find it easier to seek compensation with our Columbia medical malpractice lawyer’s help. The team at our local office on Main Street can review your potential malpractice case for free at any time. If you decide to hire us, we will take the time to identify the liable party, figure out how much you qualify for, and negotiate for a fair settlement.
Compensation Medical Malpractice Could Entitle You to in South Carolina
Medical malpractice victims in Columbia, S.C., may be able to collect damages for physical, mental, and financial losses.
Non-Economic Damages Address the Harms of Medical Negligence
Physical and mental injuries both fall under the umbrella of non-economic damages. Specific examples include but are not limited to:
- Disability: The malpractice injury cost you the use of one or more body parts, either temporarily or permanently. This can also include any intellectual disabilities the incident caused you.
- Disfigurement or scarring: The injury or any necessary treatments you received resulted in permanent scar tissue.
- Loss of quality of life: You no longer have the freedom of movement you once did. You may require help with basic tasks, such as getting dressed or tying your shoes.
- Pain and suffering: Your psychological and physical well-being has diminished because of your experiences.
Economic Damages Address the Cost of Medical Malpractice
Financial losses, also referred to as economic damages, may include items such as the following:
- Loss of earning capacity: The healthcare provider’s negligence caused a permanent injury that prevents you from making as much money as you used to.
- Loss of wages: When you took a leave of absence from work to let your injury heal, you were not paid your usual salary.
- Medical bills: You needed treatment to fix the damage done.
If you are suing on behalf of a loved one who succumbed to their malpractice injuries after receiving medical services in the Columbia, S.C., area, please accept our condolences. We are sorry for your loss. You may be able to recover additional types of damages, and we would like to help you pursue them. Our team can tell you more about your options when you call our Columbia, South Carolina, office for your free case review.
What does a Medical Malpractice Attorney Do?
Everyone should be able to rely on medical professionals for competent, appropriate care. When healthcare providers neglect this duty, our team at Anastopoulo Law Firm can help the victims of these negligent providers recover fair compensation by:
- Gathering all available evidence: This includes any materials that could strengthen your case against the liable party, including medical records or statements from experts.
- Determining what your damages are worth: It is crucial to understand the true value of your case. Otherwise, the liable party’s insurance company may try to cheat you out of what you are due.
- Negotiating a fair settlement: We do not allow insurance companies to get away with offering less than what our clients need.
- Going to trial: If necessary, we can represent you at trial by delivering oral arguments, submitting exhibits to the court, and so on.
- Managing communications: We can be the middleman between you and the other parties in the case. This could protect you from having your words used against you and potentially undermining your claim.
- Keeping you updated: You can expect to hear from us whenever there is a significant change in the case. You never have to wonder about what is happening, allowing you the peace of mind you need to relax and recuperate.
You have the right to seek damages for up to three years following the malpractice incident or the discovery of your resulting injuries or illness (so long as the discovery occurs within six years of the incident). According to S.C. Code of Laws § 15-3-545, you can no longer take legal action after this deadline passes. Therefore, it makes sense to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Hiring Our Firm to Represent You
A lawyer from our Columbia office would like to help you pursue compensation after a healthcare provider’s negligence caused you or your loved one injury. We can get things started by evaluating your potential medical malpractice case at no cost or obligation to you.
In addition to charging nothing for the initial consultation, Anastopoulo Law Firm can save you money by charging no attorney’s fees up front. Instead, we work on a contingency basis. This means:
- We can start working on your case sooner: The legal system can present many challenges, so an early start on your medical malpractice case is ideal. We would be honored to serve as your guide on this journey.
- You pay attorney’s fees only when you recover damages: If we cannot get you compensation, you owe us nothing.
- You pay nothing out of pocket: We take a percentage of your financial recovery as payment rather than putting more stress on your personal finances.
Still have questions? Feel free to call us at any time. Our team is always happy to speak with clients and prospective clients and put their minds at ease.
Who is Responsible for Medical Malpractice?
The legal definition of medical malpractice in South Carolina, as stated in S.C. Ann. § 15-79-110(6), is “doing that which the reasonably prudent health care provider or health care institution would not do,” or vice versa.
Examples of behavior that may constitute medical malpractice include:
- Failure to run reasonable diagnostic tests
- Misdiagnosing a medical condition
- Performing unnecessary tests or treatments
- Prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a medication
- Failure to communicate with the patient’s other healthcare providers to ensure proper continuity of care
- Treating the wrong body part
- Surgical errors
The party liable for such behavior may differ from case to case. For instance, depending on how your malpractice injury happened, you may be able to file suit against:
- An individual doctor, dentist, nurse, or other medical professional
- The facility you went to for treatment, such as MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown
Part of our job as legal representatives is to investigate each client’s case, determine which party or parties bear responsibility, and collect enough evidence to build a convincing case against them.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
A medical malpractice lawyer from Anastopoulo Law Firm would like to represent you in your fight for fair compensation. Call us at (800) 777-7777 to get started with a free, no-obligation case review. We have offices throughout South Carolina, including one in Columbia. We never charge attorney’s fees until we recover money on your behalf.