The fact that you’re reading this page means that you’ve taken a very positive and important step to learn more about medical malpractice. If you have suffered an injury that you believe is the result of your St. George healthcare provider’s negligence, we first want to express our sympathy. Health is one of the most valuable things we have on Earth, and it’s terrible when it is taken by someone you trusted to help.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
According to the laws of South Carolina, medical malpractice is defined as “doing that which the reasonably prudent health care provider or health care institution would not do or not doing that which the reasonably prudent health care provider or health care institution would do in the same or similar circumstances.” While this definition seems simple enough, the fact is that medical malpractice cases are some of the most difficult types of lawsuits to handle. This is because reasonable minds often can and do disagree about what should have or would have been done under the circumstances. While health is rooted in science, it still requires a bit of art, as no two persons are the same.
Errors Committed by Doctors and Hospitals
While some instances of medical malpractice are very clear, like where a doctor removed the wrong organ or performed surgery on the wrong side of the body, many are not. Often, medical malpractice cases may hinge on whether the doctor gave the best advice at the time you were treated, a time where your condition may still be largely unknown or undetectable to even the best healthcare professional. In these cases, expert witnesses are often required to review your medical records, assess your condition, and articulate the why, what, and how your doctor should have treated you differently.
Some common types of medical malpractice cases include:
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Childbirth Injuries
- Negligent prenatal care
- Negligence during childbirth
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgery errors
A major factor in assessing any medical malpractice claim is whether the injury or complication you suffered was “normal.” For example, in some surgeries the risk of infection or pneumonia may be a common risk. If the doctor warned you of these risks and you accepted them, then you likely do not have a medical malpractice case that can be won, because your injury was not caused by the negligence of the doctor. That said, the types of risks that may be common or “normal” in one type of surgery might not be in another. Thus, it is important that you have your case reviewed by a legal professional who will be able to better assess the validity of your claim.
Call Us Today
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to medical malpractice, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Howell & Christmas today. We offer confidential consultations, which are 100% free. If you are unavailable to come to our offices, we are also available to meet with you in your hospital room or home, upon request. Our medical malpractice attorneys are available to serve clients in St. George, and throughout South Carolina. Call now to arrange your case evaluation.