South Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Help for victims of negligence and abuse by healthcare professionals
Medical malpractice cases can cover a wide range of mistakes and abuses. From doctor errors to nursing home abuse and neglect, cases involving negligence of health care providers demand a knowledgeable, experienced medical malpractice attorney in South Carolina who can get the job done right.
These are some of the most difficult cases to prove and require a great deal of resources and depth of knowledge. McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC knows what it takes to build a successful medical malpractice case against healthcare providers. Our South Carolina law firm has obtained significant settlements and recoveries on behalf of people who were injured due to medical negligence.
How Big of a Problem is Medical Malpractice in the State of South Carolina?
What is medical malpractice?
Per the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, “medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient.”
In short, an act of medical malpractice is one where:
- The doctor or healthcare professional owed a duty of care to the patient
- The doctor or healthcare professional breached that duty of care
- The breach of duty caused injuries and/or harm to the patient
- The patient sustained damages as a result
Not all mistakes will lead to a claim, which is why it is critical that you consult with a South Carolina medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. We can help you determine your next steps.
What are examples of medical negligence?
Acts of medical negligence often cause harm to patients. Negligence claims can arise situations such as poor communication by a healthcare professional, medical errors caused by doctors who were forced to work long hours by a hospital, poor sanitation and hygiene practices leading to healthcare-associated infections or sepsis, mistakes made in electronic health records, or egregious “never events” during surgery. Laboratory errors, pharmacy errors, and lack of informed consent can all lead to a medical malpractice claim.
What kind of medical malpractice claims do you handle?
Mistakes made by doctors, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals can have severe consequences; they are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys work with medical experts in the field to build comprehensive and strategic cases against the people or institutions who caused you harm. We are well-known for our work in cases involving accusations of:
- Diagnosing Errors
- Emergency Room Errors
- Failure to Perform Necessary Tests
- Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis
- Wrongful Death Due to Emergency Room Error
- Hospital Errors
- Surgical Errors
- Undiagnosed and Misdiagnosed Cancer Cases
- Medication Errors
- Birth Injuries & Trauma
- Pharmacist & Pharmacy Negligence
- Veterans Affairs Errors
- Implicit Bias
Who is liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Because the causes of medical error are many, and most patients are seen by multiple health care professionals in the course of any treatment, it can be challenging to determine which parties were liable for the malpractice and resulting harm. In most medical negligence cases, claims can be brought against one or more of the following:
- The doctor who performed the surgery
- The general physician who initially treated the patient
- A medical specialist, such as an obstetrician
- The medical firm that employed the responsible physician, or the firm where the doctor was a partner
- The hospital where the surgery was performed
- A medical clinic or medical center
- A residential treatment facility
- Attending nurses
- Medical technicians, such as X-Ray technicians
- Pharmacists who fill prescriptions improperly
Other potential defendants in medical error cases are midwives and the companies that manage them. Entities such as hospitals may be directly liable for their own negligence or indirectly accountable for the negligence of their staff, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and technicians.
Common defendants in medical defect cases
In some cases, the patient’s injury results from the use of a faulty medical device or product or a dangerous medication. In these cases, the following parties may be liable:
- The manufacturer of the product, such as Johnson & Johnson in the case of cancer-causing talc powders
- Any distributors or sellers of the medical device, prosthetic, or product
- Pharmacists who fill prescriptions for known dangerous drugs
- Pharmaceutical companies who manufacture medications that do more harm than good
Doctors and hospitals that knowingly use defective products but fail to get an informed consent authorization from their patient may be liable as well.
How much is my medical malpractice claim worth?
No attorney can tell you from the start what your claim is worth, because many medical malpractice claims lead to catastrophic injuries. When healthcare providers make mistakes, victims of medical injury could find their lives changed forever. They might not be able to walk or move normally ever again. They might not be able to work. When the victims are children, the mistakes could affect their cognitive, emotional, and physical development permanently. And in certain extreme cases, medical errors can result in death, in which case your family might have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit in South Carolina. To understand the extent of your injuries, you will need to speak with an experienced attorney who can review and assess your case.
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, has a well-earned reputation throughout the country for being honest, hard-working lawyers who deliver results. We understand the emotional and financial toll of such cases can be extremely high. When you need to take strong, immediate legal action to obtain the compensation you need, we can help.
Learn more about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in South Carolina
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your medical malpractice case. Don’t simply assume that insurance companies will take care of everything. Doctors and hospitals will often hire entire teams of lawyers to defend their actions. You can fight back with McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, at your side. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of a medical care provider, contact us or call us today at 803-327-7800 for a free case review. Let us level the playing field.
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