Studies reveal that annually there are an average of 195,000 deaths caused by medical negligence in the United States. Many more Americans face unnecessary pain or permanent disfigurement as the result of medication errors, poorly performed procedures, and other types of malpractice.
If you suspect that you or a family member have been victimized by a doctor’s error or a hospital’s mistake, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to help you collect damages that will enable you to move forward with your life. At Bostic Law Group, P.A., our Charleston attorneys aggressively pursue medical malpractice claims. We can assist you in recovering damages for medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages or income, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
Hospitals and medical clinics are sometimes overburdened with patients, who in turn do not always get the careful attention they need. Similarly, emergency rooms can receive a rush of patients when they are not adequately staffed to handle them all. These are common reasons medical malpractice occur, but there are many ways something can go wrong in a medical facility.
Examples of the types of medical malpractice cases our attorneys handle include the following:
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room mistakes
- Hospital errors (such as confusing test results or mishandling patients)
- Improper administration of drugs
- Lack of informed consent for medical procedures
- Medication errors (lack of pharmaceutical supervision)
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer and other diseases
- Nursing negligence
- Surgical errors
DETERMINING IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE
Before our team takes any medical malpractice case, it is carefully evaluated by other experts in the field to determine whether there has been a deviation from the appropriate “standard of care.” A successful medical malpractice case depends upon proving medical negligence. Medicine is not an exact science. Patients can have different symptoms for the same disease. Individuals can have different responses to the same surgeries or medicine. In some cases when an error occurs, doctors may have done the best they could, but treatment was just not effective.
A bad outcome or dissatisfaction with a procedure does not necessarily equal medical negligence. Furthermore, if you were told of the risks a surgery posed and those risks turned into reality for you, you are unlikely to be successful in bringing a medical malpractice case because you were informed of the risks beforehand and still chose to have the surgery.
In order to bring a successful medical malpractice case, your attorney will need to prove that your health care provider failed to provide a standard of care that a reasonable medical professional with the same degree of experience and training would have provided under similar circumstances. This applies to doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, dentists, chiropractors, pharmacies and pharmacists. Any health care professional or health care institution can be sued for medical malpractice.
WHAT IS A REASONABLE STANDARD OF CARE?
This is often the most challenging part of a medical malpractice case. What is considered “reasonable” is not defined by you or by your medical malpractice lawyers in Charleston, SC. A reasonable standard of care must be defined by a combination of sources, such as medical literature and other practicing professionals with extensive experience treating the same condition.
At Bostic Law Group, P.A., we regularly work with medical experts to prepare our clients’ cases. These experts review the medical files to determine if proper procedures were followed. Our legal team is highly experienced and skilled in researching medical issues, identifying credible expert physicians to testify on your behalf, and gathering all necessary evidence to evaluate or build a compelling and persuasive case for trial. No matter the situation, our firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and your interests.
WHAT QUALIFIES AS DAMAGES FROM MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE?
In order to recover in a medical malpractice case, the patient must have suffered damages as a result of the medical provider’s error. This may mean that additional treatment is required, recovery may not be as complete as it could have been, the patient was needlessly disfigured, or fatal or permanent harm has ensued.
If you believe you have been the victim of medical or healthcare malpractice, contact us to evaluate your case as quickly as possible. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Charleston, SC have the legal experience and knowledge to maximize a settlement or verdict for medical malpractice.