All doctors in South Carolina take an oath known as the Hippocratic Oath. The Hippocratic Oath, in summary is that doctors are to do no harm to patients. While doctors have the best of intentions, unfortunate events do happen. Many of those events can be traced to incidents of physician error or medical malpractice and negligence by hospital staff.
In the Greenville area, our law firm has found that most doctors operate in a professional manner and are responsible for medical miracles on a daily basis. However, not all doctors are necessarily of equal skill levels and many make mistakes that should not have occurred. Victims of medical error and their families may have legal claims relating to incidents of medical error. If you suspect medical negligence, you should contact an attorney to evaluate your case.
The Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Negligence Claim
Across the nation, almost 100,000 people die annually from preventable medical errors. In many cases, the treating physicians did not actually commit any wrongful act. However, in many other cases, medical doctors can be legally negligent. Under South Carolina’s negligence laws, a doctor has a duty to properly care for his or her patients. A doctor is negligent when he or she fails to meet the standard of care required by doctors and causes injury.
Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
The standard of care required for physicians in South Carolina will change depending on the nature of the operation performed and the type of medicine involved, but there are several common threads across all types of malpractice claims. First, doctors must maintain professionalism at all times and must practice medicine like other professionals in their field. Second, patients must be made fully aware of the risks associated with any medical operation. Finally, doctors must protect a patient’s privacy with regard to his or her medical records.
The most common type of medical malpractice claim involves a doctor’s error, or a doctor’s failure to conform with the professional standards of his or her field of medicine. In other words, if a doctor botches a medical treatment, that could result in legal liability. Determining whether a doctor correctly performed an operation is not an easy task. Patients seeking to prove medical error must often rely on an expert medical witness who has reviewed the case and can help evaluate whether error an occurred.
What to Do if You Suspect Medical Negligence
If you or a loved one was recently injured or harmed during medical treatment or a surgical operation, the first step is to confront the treating physician. Allow the physician to explain the procedure in detail and attempt to understand the nature of the accident. During the meeting with the doctor, make sure to take thorough notes and ask for copies of the medical records. If you are unsatisfied with the doctor’s explanation, you should seek legal counsel.
Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney in Greenville
If you or a family member was seriously injured as a result of a doctor’s negligence or the careless decisions of another medical professional, take action and contact a medical malpractice lawyer at Double Aught Injury Lawyers We serve the entire Upstate including Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson; and we offer a FREE, confidential case reviews to all prospective clients.
Bryan Ramey is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in the upstate of South Carolina. He graduated from The University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 27 years now. Bryan Ramey believes in representing the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.