Medical malpractice is often misunderstood by the American public. Part of the blame is on the news media that often skews perception on medical malpractice cases. And some of the blame is on the lack of information that is readily available to people.
The only way to know if you have been a victim—and if you have a legitimate case—is to consult with a reputable attorney with well-documented experience in the field of medical malpractice. As a rule, you should consult an attorney immediately if you have questions, suspicions, or any reason to think that you may have a case. Time is an important factor as the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice case in South Carolina can be as short as two to three years, depending on the situation and circumstances.
What exactly is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice, often referred to as medical negligence, refers to a medical professional’s failure to deliver the proper standard of care in the treatment of a patient—by accident, oversight, or incompetence—that results in death, injury, or a lingering disability. Doctors are not the only ones who can be guilty of medical malpractice. It is a broad claim than can apply to any licensed healthcare provider, including nurses, physician assistants, social workers, caregivers, physical therapists, chiropractors, dentists, pharmacists, and more. Some typical medical malpractice scenarios are as follows:
- Birth defects
- Surgical negligence
- Diagnostic errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Drug overdose or reaction
- Adverse drug interaction
- Emergency room errors
Did you know?
- On average, 97% of medical negligence claims have merit (Harvard School of Public Health)
- Medical malpractice attorneys reject 80% of medical malpractice lawsuits (medmalfacts.com)
- Only 1 in 8 people injured due to medical negligence file a malpractice claim (medmalfacts.com)
- More than 225,000 people die each year due to medical malpractice (JAMA)
- Nearly one half of all medical malpractice deaths each year are due to emergency room errors (JAMA)
- Nearly 98% people die each year from preventable medical errors (medmalfacts.com)
- There are roughly 12,000 deaths a year from unnecessary surgery (JAMA)
- There are roughly 7,000 deaths a year from medication errors in hospitals (JAMA)
- There are 20,000 deaths a year from other medical errors in hospitals (JAMA)
- There are 80,000 deaths a year from infections in hospitals (JAMA)
Have you been harmed?
If you think that you or someone in your family has been harmed by medical negligence or error, please contact us at (877) 453.5055, or by sending us an e-mail here.