Trusted Sumter Attorneys Fight for You in Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Representing injured parties throughout South Carolina
We all expect medical professionals to perform their duties in an appropriate and adequate manner. When we visit a physician, we trust him or her to promote our wellbeing with proficiency. When a doctor acts in a manner that does not meet this expectation, injuries often result. From a misdiagnosis to birth-related injuries, there are numerous circumstances that lead to a medical malpractice claim. When the action or inaction of a medical professional causes injury, a knowledgeable lawyer can help you through the medical malpractice claim process. Secure representation from an experienced Sumter medical malpractice attorney at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC.
Handling a variety of medical malpractice cases
Medical malpractice claims originate from a variety of circumstances. There are many components to medical care and any of them can result in injury when undertaken in a negligent manner. Some common medical malpractice claims include:
- Misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis of a condition is dangerous for a number of reasons. It may manifest as a wrong diagnosis or a failure to adequately diagnose. Failing to adequately screen for a potential condition or misinterpretation of lab results are also common types of misdiagnoses. When these incidents occur, a patient may experience any of the following conditions:
- Prescription of wrong medications that may negatively impact the correct medical condition
- Unnecessary and painful medical procedures to fix wrongly diagnosed conditions
- Worsening of a condition, due to non-treatment
- Hospital errors. There are numerous problems that may arise during a hospital stay. Nurses are integral to a hospital visit, constantly interacting with patients and providing various levels of care. When hospital nurses fail to administer the correct medication or fail to follow proper sanitary procedures, injury can result. Hospital-borne illnesses are also common among medical malpractice claims. Inadequate hospital procedures and policies lead to these complications.
- Surgical errors. Every surgery is extremely serious, but errors are common during these situations. A physician may operate on the wrong area of the body, causing undo harm to a healthy body part and leaving an ailing one untreated. Doctors may also leave surgical instruments inside of the patient’s body during a procedure.
- Birth injuries. The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyful experience, but the negligent actions of a doctor may quickly turn this happy occasion into one of stress and worry. Expectant mothers trust their physicians to adequately monitor their health and the wellbeing of the developing baby. Failure to identify problems or potential complications may be an act of obstetrical (OB) malpractice, and may result in devastating circumstances. In addition, actions of the doctor during delivery may also cause injuries to the baby. For example, Erbs palsy is a birth-related condition with potentially lifelong medical effects on a child’s health.
All of these types of claims are challenging to prove, but our Sumter medical malpractice lawyers help you through the legal process and fight for your rights.
What do you have to prove in your medical malpractice claim?
In South Carolina, we apply the national standard of care in medical malpractice cases. To prove medical malpractice, you must present numerous elements to the court, including:
- A physician and client relationship existed. Medical malpractice only occurs between a medical professional and his or her patient. If there is no relevant relationship, medical malpractice cannot be proven.
- The physician acted in a negligent manner. This may entail some action or negligently failing to act according to industry standards.
- The negligence proximately caused an injury. The negligent actions of the physician must be the cause of the resulting injury.
- Proof of specific damages. The injured party must prove the monetary value of the resulting damages.
Proving all of these matters may seem complicated, but our experienced Sumter medical malpractice attorneys understand what needs to be done. We gather the appropriate evidence to help build your case.
Secure the services of an experienced Sumter medical malpractice lawyer to represent you
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC proudly serves our clients with reliable and trustworthy representation. We have extensive experience handling South Carolina medical malpractice cases. Trust us to advocate for you. Call our Sumter office at 803-327-7800 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment for a free case evaluation.