While medical practitioners base their careers on helping patients restore and maintain proper health, medical errors can still occur when they are overburdened, inadequately trained, or negligent in general. Still, when malpractice takes place, the people who truly suffer the consequences are the patients.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to medical malpractice and now faces several other damages, you may be entitled to file a claim or lawsuit. Our Florence medical malpractice lawyer from Anastopoulo Law Firm can serve you in Florence or elsewhere in South Carolina, guiding you through the state’s legal system as you pursue compensation.
More Than One Party May be Liable When Medical Malpractice is Involved
When medical errors occur, liability does not necessarily fall on one person but can fall on multiple parties due to the intersectional nature of medical care.
For example, say you were giving birth at McLeod Regional Medical Center when the obstetrician made an error during delivery, such as failing to notice your child was in respiratory distress. If the medical team did not recognize the emergency during your child’s birth and it resulted in a birth injury, you may be able to hold the obstetrician, nurses, and medical facility liable for negligence.
Potentially Liable Parties in Medical Malpractice Cases
Parties that you could potentially name in a medical malpractice case in Florence, S.C., include:
- Medical practitioners, such as doctors, nurses, and tech specialists
- Paramedics and other emergency care crew
- Hospitals and clinics
- Private medical facilities, such as your primary care physician’s office
- Surgeons and their surgical teams
- Physical therapists
If you are unsure about who you could name in your case, our team can investigate the situation to identify these parties. We may also consult other medical professionals to assess whether malpractice took place based on how their peers would act in a similar situation.
We Can Help You Fight for Compensation for Your Damages
When a person gets injured because of medical malpractice, the aftermath can be distressing. They might have to find a new doctor, get treatment to fix the medical error, and get additional treatment to heal the original illness or condition that needed care. Depending on the severity of the error, a person might have to miss work that was not originally planned.
Whatever damages you face, we want to make sure they are counted and listed in your compensation demands. Our team can discuss how your medical-related injury or illness affected your life, then assign financial values to them to gauge how much compensation we should pursue on your behalf.
You may be able to claim the following types of damages in you Florence, S.C., malpractice case:
- Costs to cover your original purpose for medical treatment
- Costs to cover medical treatment you needed or will need to treat your current injuries or illness because of the medical error
- Income you lost due to having to heal from or live with your injuries
- Income you will lose if your injuries are long-term or permanent
- Pain and suffering you experienced during and after treatment
- Diminished quality of life
- Permanent disability, including accidental amputation
- Physical disfigurement, including scarring
There may be other damages not listed here that you qualify to claim.
You May be Able to Pursue Compensation on Behalf of a Late Loved One
If your loved one passed away because of malpractice, our team understands that you may be overwhelmed with the trauma of their death. We want to support you during this difficult period of your life and provide legal guidance as you seek justice for your loved one.
Surviving spouses or other family members may seek compensation on behalf of their late loved one through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. This type of civil action also allows plaintiffs to claim other damages, such as:
- Costs to arrange their loved one’s funeral
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance and/or companionship
Our Legal Team Wants to Help You Build a Case so You Can Focus on Recovery
Coping with your injuries or the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, so we understand if the idea of building a legal claim may be too much for you to take on alone. However, when you work with a medical malpractice lawyer from our team, we can do all the legal work for you. You can rest in your home in Florence while we manage the case and update you as it progresses.
Some of our case updates may include:
- Information and evidence we find as we investigate your malpractice case
- Expert witness analysis and testimony we retrieve to support the case
- What kind of paperwork we need to fill out, and when
- Messages from relevant parties, such as an insurance company, legal attorneys, or the medical facility
- Whether we have an opportunity to negotiate a settlement
- Whether we should go to court to continue your legal journey and hearing dates if so
Our team will also provide advice when needed, should you ever have questions about the case. We aim to be forefront with our intentions to represent you in negotiation meetings or at trial, as our team puts your interests ahead of ours.
South Carolina Medical Malpractice Cases Must be Filed by Their Legal Deadlines
If you intend to file a lawsuit against a medical professional, facility, or some other liable party, in South Carolina, you do not have much time. You must initiate the process within three years of when the medical error occurred or was discovered, per S.C. Ann. § 15-3-545. The following rules are also mentioned in this statute:
- Though you have three years from the date you discovered the medical error, the statutory deadline shall not exceed six years from the date when the medical error reasonably occurred.
- The six-year window does not apply to foreign objects discovered inside a body; in this case, you generally have two years from the date you learned of the negligence to file.
- Minors who suffered an injury due to medical malpractice fall under the exception and may have the statutory deadline tolled.
As our legal team reviews the case, we can inform you about how long you have to file and begin taking steps to prepare for litigation. Should you decide to negotiate an insurance settlement before going to court, we can support you and advocate for your interests while remaining aware of the case’s filing deadline so that it remains an option for you.
Our Lawyer from Anastopoulo Law Firm Wants to Represent You
Our personal injury law firm has been helping people build their medical malpractice cases for over 25 years. Our mission is to continue helping victims hold negligent medical professionals and facilities accountable. If you suffered an injury at a medical facility in Florence, a lawyer from Anastopoulo Law Firm wants to serve you.
Call our firm at (800) 777-7777 for a free consultation with a member of our team today.