When you have a health disorder that requires medical attention, you expect doctors and other medical professionals in Johns Island to effectively treat your condition. This is not always the case. It’s possible for a doctor to misdiagnose your condition, or for a defective anesthesia machine to fail during a surgical procedure or for a medical staffer to make a mistake during your treatment in the hospital. These and other types of medical errors can lead to serious health consequences that require additional medical treatment to correct the problems. If you are in this situation or you have lost a loved one because of a medical error, contact the law firm of Howell & Christmas where you can speak to a Johns Island medical malpractice attorney.
Our accomplished legal team has helped patients throughout South Carolina pursue compensation for damages caused by health care providers and medical institutions. Our law firm knows how difficult it is for clients to handle an unexpected physical injury or loss of life due to a medical professional’s errors and negligence. We fight for our clients’ rights and assist them in pursuing the compensation to which they are entitled under South Carolina law.
Medical mistakes, such as surgical errors and medication overdoses, can lead to medical malpractice claims. Studies have shown that diagnostic errors, which are missed, wrong or delayed diagnoses, are more common than mistakes made during treatment. A 2013 study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and published in BMJ Quality and Safety found that:
- Diagnostic errors cause 80,000 to 160,000 deaths each year in the United States.
- Diagnostic errors lead to death or disability of patients nearly twice as often as other types of medical errors.
- Inpatient diagnostic errors were more likely to result in death.
There are instances when doctors make wrong diagnoses based on inaccurate laboratory test results. It has been proven that errors also occur at laboratories where staff have mixed up samples or missed something important on an ultrasound, X-ray or mammogram. In these cases, laboratories, and not physicians, may be responsible for the wrong diagnoses and should be held responsible with the help of a Johns Island medical malpractice attorney.
Delayed diagnosis can also cause harm to patients because they are not receiving the treatment that they need in a timely manner. Time is of the essence when it comes to health problems. So, the sooner patients find out about a health disorder, the sooner they can receive treatment for the condition.
How a Johns Island Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
Generally, Johns Island healthcare professionals mount a strong defense when they are confronted with a medical malpractice claim. This is why it’s important for you to speak to a Johns Island medical malpractice lawyer. Your attorney will discuss the evidence that you will need to strengthen your claim, such as specific medical records that document your illness or condition, testimony from other medical professionals who can speak on what type of medical errors occurred in your case and how they could have been prevented, family members who have witnessed the change that occurred in your life after the malpractice as well as your own testimony about how the malpractice has affected your quality of life.
The law firm of Howell & Christmas has helped many clients with their medical malpractice claims and we are ready to help you resolve the dilemma you may be facing. Contact us today for a free initial legal consultation.