When an undesirable outcome occurs after a medical procedure or when a diagnostic error occurs, it is important to determine if the doctor was negligent in the care you received. Victims of medical malpractice have the right to compensation for losses, and a medical malpractice lawyer handling Moncks Corner cases can help victims take legal action.
At Howell & Christmas we have more than 30 years of combined legal experience representing patients who are injured by the negligence of others who were supposed to help them. We’ll fight for your right to be fully compensated for all losses caused by medical negligence, so call today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help with your claim.
How Often Do Medical Errors Occur?
Although doctors are not expected to be perfect in every interaction with patients, they are obligated to provide professional quality care that meets the standards of what another reasonable physician with a similar professional background would offer. Clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices also must have reasonable policies in place to protect patients and ensure adequate care is received.
Unfortunately, many types of mistakes are made that have very real consequences for patients seeking medical treatment. Some of the most common medical errors include:
- Misdiagnosis: Between 26 and 63 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits filed against primary care doctors are filed by patients whose medical conditions are not diagnosed accurately. Misdiagnoses can be deadly, with as many as 15 to 48 percent of patients losing their lives due to the medical error.
- Surgical mistakes: Each year, around 4,000 patients experience a terrible surgical mistake like an operation being performed on the wrong body part, an operation being performed on the wrong person, or a surgical sponge or other instrument left inside a patient. These mistakes can cause permanent impairments, or even fatal infections.
- Mistakes during routine procedures like injections or tube insertion: A recent study of 1,500 medical malpractice claims showed millions of dollars in malpractice payouts to patients who experienced problems during routine procedures. In 14 percent of cases, the mistake resulted in death. Nine out of 10 of the mistakes in these routine procedures were skills-based errors.
Doctors can also be held legally responsible for a failure to obtain informed consent, among other errors. Determining if your doctor or provider’s error is considered medical negligence that can result in a malpractice claim is a complex question, so you should speak with a malpractice attorney to have your Moncks Corner claim evaluated.
How We Can Help
Legal counsel can assist you in obtaining your treatment records and in having those records reviewed by a professional who can determine if your doctor’s behavior fell short of what was reasonable quality care.
At Howell & Christmas our attorneys not only help you understand your rights and determine if you have a claim, but we also put our decades of experience to work for you to negotiate a settlement or obtain compensation from a jury. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer.