Patients trust their doctors and other health care providers to properly diagnose and treat their medical conditions; given their education and special training, we all expect a certain standard of care from these medical professionals. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that almost 200,000 patients die in the United States each year due to medical negligence, which can include missed diagnoses, medication errors, and surgical mistakes. These statistics do not even include the many injuries sustained by patients who survive incidents of medical malpractice.
Many of these incidents have the potential to become medical malpractice claims, which can result in compensation being paid to injured victims, or the surviving family members of deceased victims, by the persons or entities responsible for the incidents. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to medical negligence in Ladson, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Fortunately, the medical malpractice attorneys at Howell & Christmas can help you pursue the compensation for your injuries that you need and deserve.
Common Instances of Medical Malpractice
In some cases, such as where a surgeon operates on the incorrect limb, medical negligence is very easily proven. Most of the time, however, whether medical negligence has occurred is much less clear-cut. There are a variety of circumstances that can lead to medical malpractice. Given the rampant understaffing of many hospitals and clinics, as well as medical professionals who are forced to work extraordinarily lengthy hours, it is no wonder that medical malpractice continues to occur at an alarming rate. Instances of medical malpractice in Ladson that our lawyers see include:
- Failure to diagnose / misdiagnosis
- Failure to following standard treatment protocols
- Surgical errors, such as leaving objects inside a patient
- Birth injuries
- Improperly prescribed or administered medication
- Lack of informed consent for medical procedures
- Mixing up test results or patients’ medical records
- Inappropriate delays in treatment or medical procedures
All of these incidents may lead to valid medical malpractice claims, for which injured patients may be entitled to compensation. An experienced malpractice lawyer, such as you will find at the law firm of Howell & Christmas, can properly assess your potential claim and represent your interests in any resulting litigation.
Legal Limits on Medical Malpractice Claims
Like other kinds of personal injury claims, medical malpractice claims are subject to strict statutes of limitation, or timeframes within which injured patients must give notice to the potentially responsible parties and file the necessary claims. Patients who delay in seeking legal assistance for their potential medical malpractice claims may lose their chance to recover any compensation if they fail to meet these legal deadlines. As a result, it is essential that anyone who believes that medical negligence has occurred take immediate action to contact a skilled medical malpractice attorney for help.
Contact Howell & Christmas
Howell & Christmas takes pride in assisting those who have been injured or family members of those killed by the negligence of medical professionals in obtaining much-needed compensation for their losses. Contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys today to set up a free consultation in Ladson.