South Carolina Medical Malpractice Attorneys
When it comes to medical care, not every bad outcome constitutes malpractice. Doctors make mistakes just like we all do. However, when a doctor lacks the proper skill and training to treat a particular condition or makes errors in the course of treatment that are not in keeping with widely accepted medical standards, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice. The Columbia injury lawyers at Proffitt & Cox, LLP offer experienced representation to victims of medical malpractice and their families.
Medical errors which result in result in permanent injury, cause significant or costly complications, or which lead to the death of a patient should generally be investigated to determine if the care provided was below the standard of care required in the medical profession. Review of a potential medical malpractice case for merit involves acquiring copies of all relevant medical records and review of those records by a qualified medical expert. Successful pursuit of a medical malpractice case requires the assistance of one or more medical experts who conclude that malpractice occurred and that negligence of the treating physician was the reason for the poor result suffered by the patient. South Carolina protects doctors from doubtful claims by requiring the patient’s lawyer to obtain an affidavit of merit from an expert witness before the case can even be filed.
Contact our experienced South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers by calling (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 if you are interested in having your potential claim reviewed.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when there is a doctor and patient relationship, the doctor fails to act in accordance with accepted medical standards of care, and the patient is injured as a result. Our firm has the resources to investigate your potential medical negligence claim. Some common acts of medical negligence include:
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Failure to warn patient of known risks
- Failure to obtain the patient’s consent to the treatment or procedure
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Each state has a specific statute of limitations that determines how long an individual has to file a medical malpractice lawsuit based on when the malpractice occurred or when it was discovered. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations can be either two or three years depending upon whether the care was provided by a government physician or facility or by a private doctor or hospital. The statute of limitations can be extended for significantly longer periods pursuant to the discovery rule when the patient was not in position to recognize early on that the doctor’s actions might give rise to a claim. An attorney needs to review the facts of a particular case in order to determine when the statute of limitations began to run and how long the patient has to bring their claim.
We Represent Victims of Medical Malpractice and Their Families
Our Columbia injury attorneys have successfully represented other victims of medical malpractice and would appreciate the opportunity to speak to you about your case. Contact our South Carolina law firm by calling locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 and schedule your free consultation.