South Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one needs medical care, you trust that doctors and other medical personnel will treat you to the best of their abilities, helping you recover. Most of the time, this happens. However, if a doctor’s error causes a worsening of your condition, you may be eligible to seek compensation.
A South Carolina medical malpractice lawyer from Anastopoulo Law Firm can investigate your case and seek financial recovery. You can recover medical care costs, lost wages, and a judgment for pain and suffering related to the extra injuries and illnesses you may have because of the medical error.
We Can Help You Determine Whether You Have a Claim
We understand that medical malpractice cases can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, you may hesitate about contacting a medical malpractice lawyer because you want to believe the doctor could not possibly make an error that causes you harm.
Determining whether an error occurred can be a complicated process. However, our team has experience with these types of cases. We will study your medical files to precisely determine whether an error occurred and exactly what kinds of new injuries or illnesses you are now facing due to negligence.
Common Situations That Result in Medical Malpractice
If you are unsure whether you have a situation that would result in a medical malpractice claim, here are some of the most common malpractice occurrences.
- Incorrect surgery performed
- Unnecessary surgery performed
- Surgical items remaining in the body
- Complications when administering anesthesia
- Birth complications caused by improper care techniques
- Negligent misdiagnosis of a disease or illness
- Failure to follow accepted standard of care for a particular illness
- Administering incorrect drugs or incorrect levels of drugs
- Improper use of medical equipment
- Using nurses or other medical personnel who do not have the proper training
- Failing to maintain a sterile environment
- Allowing a medical professional to work while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Less than the minimum number of nurses working
Depending on the situation you are facing that led to the malpractice accusation, we could bring a claim against an individual doctor or medical professional. We also could file a claim against a hospital, nursing home, urgent care facility, or another type of medical facility, as defined in S.C. Ann. § 15-79-110.
Holding Doctors Accountable
Doctors receive the benefit of the doubt from most people. Although they deserve this trust the majority of the time, they do make mistakes on occasion. When this happens, filing a malpractice claim can help you hold that doctor accountable. Hopefully, through your actions, no one else has to go through the same situation you are facing.
For a free legal consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer serving South Carolina, call (800) 777-7777
Why You Should Choose Anastopoulo Law Firm
Our South Carolina law firm has multiple attorneys on the team who collectively have decades of experience helping victims. Count on our personal injury lawyers to provide a number of benefits that can help you move toward seeking justice in your case, including:
- Interviewing medical experts to determine the extent of your new injuries
- Studying your medical records to figure out exactly where the error occurred and which medical professional is to blame
- Thoroughly discussing your situation with you to figure out your goals for the settlement
- Discussing your fears and concerns for your life going forward because of your new injuries
- Taking over negotiations with the malpractice insurer on your behalf
- Calculating a fair amount to request from the insurer based on the facts in your case
- Providing advice for you about how to proceed, although the final decision in how we move forward is always up to you
Although some malpractice lawyers in South Carolina will try to rush through the negotiation process, avoiding a court appearance at all costs, we do not follow this philosophy. We will try to negotiate a settlement with the insurer, but if the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith, we will stand by your side at trial.
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What Your Lawyer Must Prove in a Medical Malpractice Case in South Carolina
Your lawyer must establish the following in a South Carolina medical malpractice case:
- The doctor owed you a duty of care as your medical provider.
- The doctor made a medical error breaching that duty of care.
- The doctor’s breach caused your injuries and other damages.
Our team will collect documents and other needed evidence to support your claim of malpractice. We will also file a Notice of Intent to File Suit on your behalf and obtain an affidavit from a medical expert attesting malpractice was committed per S.C. Ann § 15-79-125.
Most Serious Malpractice Injuries
If you suffer injuries that leave you unable to work or that greatly reduce your quality of life, these could result in the largest award. Such injuries could involve brain damage, paralysis of the body, the loss of a limb, disfigurement, or other types of disabilities.
If you initially saw your doctor for a simple, outpatient illness, but you ended up needing emergency care and hospitalization because of the doctor’s error, this also may give you the best chance at winning a large award.
Remember that you only are eligible to receive an award for any new level of injury you now have related to the medical professional’s error. You cannot seek payment for any level of injury or illness that you had initially when you sought treatment from the medical personnel that led to the error.
We do Not Back Down When Facing Difficult Cases
Medical malpractice claims can sometimes be difficult to prove. The doctor may refuse to admit his or her error. It may be difficult for you to understand exactly what happened with your care, meaning you may not immediately recognize that a mistake occurred.
Our team can help. Call Anastopoulo Law Firm as soon as possible for a free case review at (800) 313-2546. You have up to three years from the date of the error or the date of discovery of the error to start the process of filing your medical malpractice claim, according to S.C. Ann. § 15-3-545. We can get to work on your case right away.