Injuries that occur in medical procedures can bring on additional health complications and even death. If you have experienced a medical injury and have questions regarding your treatment, you can find your answers at Howell & Christmas. Our attorneys have a combined 30 years’ experience handling medical malpractice claims ranging from birth injuries to brain injuries. We have helped many patients pursue compensation because of the harm caused by a medical professional’s negligence. We represent clients in Hampton and throughout South Carolina. Schedule an appointment today for a free legal evaluation of your potential claim with a Hampton medical malpractice lawyer.
Pursuing a Claim
If you have been injured by a medical professional in Hampton, you may be wondering whether it’s worth your time and effort to pursue compensation for the harm that was done to you. South Carolina’s medical malpractice law allows you to seek economic and non-economic damages from the medical institution or the health care provider who injured you. Economic damages are designed to reimburse you for the financial losses you incurred as a result of malpractice.
The state law allows you to be compensated for:
- Past and future medical expenses and medical care
- Loss of income
- Loss of earnings and earning capacity
- Loss of employment
- Loss of business or employment opportunities
- Loss of use of property
- Rehabilitation services
- Burial costs
The state law also provides for non-economic damages, but a cap is placed on damages associated with medical malpractice. There is only so much compensation you can receive because these types of damages cannot easily be calculated monetarily. For instance, if you developed chronic pain because of a surgical error, there is no easy way to put a price tag on your pain, yet you can still receive a monetary award for what you went through as a result of the actions of a health care provider, a hospital and other medical institutions. A Hampton medical malpractice lawyer can help you receive non-economic damages for:
- Emotional distress
- Injury to reputation
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
State law places a $350,000 cap on the amount of non-economic damages you can receive from a single health care provider, regardless of how many claims you are alleging against that medical professional. There is also a limit of $1.05 million for non-economic damages against more than one health care provider and health care institution.
Contacting a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Hampton
Before you make a decision on whether to pursue damages, discuss your potential case with a medical malpractice attorney. Our legal team can answer your questions and discuss other options that are available to you under the law, depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury. If you decide to seek compensation, the Hampton medical malpractice attorneys at Howell and Christmas are adept at negotiating settlements on behalf of clients as well as taking a case to court if the opposing party does not offer a favorable resolution. Your initial consultation at Howell & Christmas is free and will remain confidential. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate lawyers.