Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Columbia, SC
Our Columbia Medical Malpractice Lawyers at the Strom Law Firm are familiar with litigating South Carolina personal injury cases and can often help victims recover substantially more compensation than they would be able to retain on their own, so it is highly advisable for anyone injured as a result of medical malpractice to discuss their options with one of our Columbia Medical Malpractice Lawyers.
The core principle of the practice of medicine states, “First, do no harm.” Even so, inept and negligent doctors injure patients all the time. The Civil Justice Resource Group estimates that 65,000 to 200,000 deaths occur due to medical mishaps every year. This means that medical malpractice victimizes the equivalent of one percent of all hospital patients.
If injured by the mistakes of a doctor, you may be able to bring a claim against the doctor or the medical care facility to seek compensation for your injury. Medical malpractice cases are often complex and very difficult to prove. It is important to have a skilled and experienced attorney on your side. At Strom Law Firm, our Columbia Medical Malpractice Lawyers have the experience representing victimized patients, and we want to fight for you in the unfortunate circumstance that a doctor or medical staff injures you.
Medical Malpractice Defined
Medical malpractice is defined by South Carolina statute as follows: “‘ Medical malpractice’ means 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.” When undertaking medical treatment and procedures, medical providers must adhere to steps that a reasonably prudent provider would take or not take.
If a doctor happens to be a specialist in a particular field, that doctor should make judgments that a similarly situated specialist would make.
Medical Malpractice Examples
Medical providers or doctors fail to meet their relevant standards of care in different ways. At Strom Law Firm, our Columbia Medical Malpractice Lawyers have seen various types of medical malpractice:
- Anesthesia errors. Too often, mistakes are made during the administration of anesthesia, and the consequences are devastating. Such a mistake by an anesthesiologist can cause significant brain damage and sometimes death. Some mistakes include failing to be properly informed of the patient’s medical needs or surgical history, as well as failure to properly monitor vital signs.
- Birthing injury. Both mother and child are sometimes victims of medical malpractice before, during, and after birth.
- Failure to diagnose. Sometimes, even with all of the necessary information available, a doctor may fail to diagnose a serious injury or life-threatening disease. They may even make an incorrect diagnosis.
- Prescription mistakes. A provider may prescribe medicine that is harmful to the patient due to either the type of medication or the amount of medication.
- Surgical malpractice. Believe it or not, surgeons, far too often, leave foreign objects in a patient’s body after surgery. Many other mistakes are also possibilities.
- Abandonment of care. Doctors often mistakenly believe they can cut off communication with their patients. They cannot.
- Failure to adequately describe the risks of certain treatments or procedures to a patient. Informed consent first requires that the patient be informed and fully understand potential outcomes.
All medical injuries are unique, and whether a medical provider has committed malpractice will depend on the individual facts of the case. You should contact one of our Columbia medical malpractice lawyers immediately if you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice.
Developing a Medical Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice cases are complex. Preparation is key, but we handle all of the hard work. You will likely need an expert witness to testify to information that is outside the realm of common knowledge. We will find the right medical experts for your case to ensure that the jury can understand your doctor’s mistakes.
That same expert, or another, will likely need to testify to prove that the medical provider’s actions, or lack thereof, caused your injuries.
We have spent years developing relationships with high quality and reliable expert witnesses. Using such highly regarded witnesses can add significant value to a claim, while also putting pressure on the defendant’s representatives. Our Columbia medical malpractice lawyers will select the right expert for your situation.
Medical facilities and providers are often stubborn about what information they are willing to turn over to a plaintiff. It is important to push for every relevant record available. It is also essential that you, as the plaintiff, preserve any potential evidence that may be in your possession. Evidence can come in many forms:
- Expert Reports and Testimony
Strom Law Firm attorneys are experienced in developing medical malpractice cases and are ready to work hard towards recovering your compensation.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Columbia Medical Malpractice Injuries
South Carolina has taken steps to make claims more difficult for medical malpractice victims. Statutes have been passed to protect doctors and create additional hurdles that must be crossed before a lawsuit is even filed.
Prior to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, a plaintiff must:
- File a Notice of Intent to file suit
- Along with the notice of intent, a plaintiff must file an expert affidavit.
- In order to provide that affidavit, an expert must have the opportunity to review medical records and determine that a mistake was likely made.
- Finally, a mediation conference is required.
All of the above is required before a lawsuit is even filed. If any requirements are overlooked, you may be prohibited from filing a lawsuit at all.
Contact our Columbia Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today
If a Columbia medical malpractice injury has affected your life or a loved one’s, contact one of our Columbia Medical Malpractice Lawyers today. Visit us at our Columbia office, contact us online, or give us a call at 803-252-4800 to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation with someone in our office.