Advocating for Patients Harmed by Hospital Negligence in South Carolina
When a hospital’s negligence causes a patient harm, our attorneys hold them accountable
We think of hospitals as places to which people go to improve their health conditions, not worsen them. While many hospitals meet our expectations in that regard, a fair number do not. A 2010 article in the Illinois Business Law Journal suggested that this was related to an economy in recession: that as hospitals struggled to save money, they focused on their major expenses by cutting staff and services. This solution can adversely affect the quality of patient care. The article cautioned hospitals to “… try to balance quality of care concerns with financial management in order to ensure that patients are receiving the best care.”
At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, we take pride in our successful track record of protecting our clients’ rights and their futures. We offer you a skilled team of South Carolina hospital negligence attorneys who don’t stop fighting for you. If you received incompetent or negligence care at a hospital here in South Carolina, and have suffered as a result, we want you to talk to us. Let us be your guides down your road to recovery.
Common hospital errors that have serious consequences
A hospital cannot escape responsibility for the errors of its staff, regardless of economic conditions that may force them to hire fewer, less expensive, less qualified personnel against turnover. And some of those errors have been unquestionably serious, even life-threatening. For example:
- Sepsis caused by improper or unsterile administration of intravenous (IV) medication
- Lack of sterile technique
- Contagion spread by failure to use proper equipment in isolation areas
- Failure to develop complete patient histories, including allergies, current medications, and infectious disorders such as Group B strep, AIDS, and venereal disease
- Failure to update records at the end of a shift regarding tests or drugs administered
- Misinterpretation of doctors’ orders, especially where drug dosages and frequencies of administration are concerned
- Improper cleaning and re-bandaging of surgical wounds
- Insufficient security for the persons and medical data of patients
- Healthcare associated infections or hospital acquired infections, HAIs
Who is responsible?
Generally speaking, a hospital is responsible for errors and malpractice committed by members of its staff. However, just because a doctor has “admitting privileges” for patients, and practices there on a regular basis does not necessarily make him or her an employee of the hospital. A doctor’s relationship with the hospital must be carefully analyzed if the hospital is to be considered jointly liable for his or her negligence. It is complex points of law such as these that make it important for you to be represented by a qualified South Carolina medical malpractice attorney.
Put your trust in our South Carolina medical malpractice law firm
At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, our hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience advocating for people injured when a hospital breached acceptable standards of care. We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Your medical malpractice case matters to us. If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of a hospital’s negligent practices, let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by one of our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout South Carolina from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.