When any doctor or health care provider is negligent or provides poor care, victims can take action to pursue compensation. Victims of medical malpractice throughout the St. Matthews area can file a civil lawsuit for personal injury or for the wrongful death of a family member. Through a court trial or negotiating an out-of-court settlement, compensation may be available for all losses caused by the medical professional who failed you.
Howell & Christmas provides legal representation to clients in South Carolina who are pursuing malpractice claims. Knowing who to pursue a claim against can be complicated, and it can also be difficult to obtain and present evidence to convince an insurer or jury that you deserve to get paid. We are here to help.
What Can I Sue For?
Victims of medical malpractice may be compensated for:
- Any medical treatment costs if they needed additional care or more complicated treatments due to substandard care
- Any wage losses due to missed work because of injuries or illness
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress resulting from injury or illness
- Losses such as funeral expenses and income loss due to the wrongful death of a family member
Victims will need to prove they are entitled to this compensation because they were harmed by a medical provider who failed to offer a reasonable level of care. The acts, or omissions, of the care provider are judged based on what a hypothetical reasonable medical professional with the same background would have done under the circumstances.
Actions such as making a mistake when administering treatment can give rise to a claim for damages. However, failures such as not administering a treatment at all, or not correctly diagnosing someone in time, can also entitle a victim to compensation. In fact, as Health Day reports, “missed or wrong diagnoses made up the lion’s share of U.S. medical malpractice payouts … during the past 25 years.”
When acts or omissions harm your prognosis or result in a loved one’s death, it is up to you to take action to get compensation.
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The outcome of St. Matthews medical malpractice cases hinges on whether the doctor’s actions were reasonable. Technical knowledge is required to determine if the doctor or care provider harmed you by providing poor care. You will need to find expert witnesses who can review medical records, identify problems in your treatment, and testify on your behalf. An experienced malpractice attorney such as those at Howell & Christmas can help you obtain records and find experts to review your case.
Our attorneys can assist with negotiating a settlement, gathering evidence and presenting your claim during trial. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.