When you or a loved one visit a Spartanburg medical facility, you expect the doctor is going to help you get well. Sometimes, however, you end up being worse because of a medical error or another type of medical malpractice.
Recent statistics show that nearly 100,000 Americans will die each year due to a preventable case of medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one was injured because of medical malpractice, it’s important that you talk to a Spartanburg medical malpractice lawyer like those at Double Aught Injury Lawyers.
In Spartanburg, You Are Owed a Standard of Care
In a medical malpractice case, one of the hardest things for your attorney to prove in most cases is that your Spartanburg medical provider failed to act within the standard of care one can expect in a similar circumstance.
Every health care provider has their own way of handling their patients, and in order to prove the medical standard of care wasn’t meant in your case, your Spartanburg medical malpractice attorney must:
- Establish there was a relationship between you and your doctor which gives rise to the duty of care
- Your doctor and/or health care provider breached the duty of reasonable care
- That as a result of the breach you or you’re loved one suffered an injury.
Keep in mind that even if there was a medical error if you or your loved one wasn’t harmed by the error than you don’t have a claim.
Medical Malpractice in Spartanburg, SC
In South Carolina, medical professionals can include physicians, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, surgeons, pharmacists, physician’s assistants, etc.
Additionally, if you or a loved one was injured due to medical malpractice, you can not only file a lawsuit against the person that caused your injuries, but also against the hospital, clinic, medical practice, nursing home, or other medical facility that employed the person who caused you and/or your loved one harm.
Possible Damages in Spartanburg Medical Malpractice Cases
Some of the damages that may be available to you and/or your loved one due to medical malpractice in Spartanburg include, but aren’t limited to:
- Medical expenses, including past and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages: Note that punitive damages are only available in specific cases, and you should talk to Spartanburg medical malpractice lawyer at Double Aught Injury Lawyers to see if your case may be eligible for punitive damages.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Spartanburg
Medical malpractice can happen in many ways and can happen in almost any medical facility. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice in Spartanburg are:
- Injuries during Surgery: In some cases, a surgeon to operate on the wrong patient, or perform surgery on the wrong body part. However, surgical errors are common, especially in laparoscopic and bariatric operations. However, sometimes surgical instruments and surgical sponges are left inside a patient. In Spartanburg, medical malpractice can also occur when the medical staff fails to properly monitor you or your loved one during and after surgery.
- Anesthesia Errors: About 40 million times a year a patient is put under anesthesia, oftentimes so life-saving procedures can be performed. The anesthesia must be carefully administered and monitored during surgery. If you or a loved one is not properly given the anesthesia or monitored during the operation, you could fall victim to brain injury, paralysis, heart attack, suffocation, coma, and even death. In other cases, you or a loved one may not be given enough anesthetic and may wake up during the operation in which case you could experience pain and distress.
- Failure to Diagnose and/or Treat in a Timely Manner: If you or a loved one has a serious illness that your medical professional fails to diagnose in a timely manner, and it was still treatable at that time, it could lead to serious issues or even death. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include, but aren’t limited: cancer, heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolism, appendicitis, etc. In some cases, the misdiagnosis occurs because your physician doesn’t spend enough time asking you about your symptoms, or in other cases, there’s a break-down in communication between medical professionals.
- Malpractice in the Emergency Room: In Spartanburg, the staff of an emergency room can, at times, be overwhelmed with patients and things can become inefficient, chaotic, and these conditions could lead to medical errors. A recent study showed that almost half of all medical malpractice occurred in an emergency room.
- Labor and Delivery: During labor and delivery, the delivery is the most dangerous time for Mom and baby. Medical errors during this crucial time could result in injuries to both you and your child. The medical personnel who are there for the birth of your baby owe both you and your child a duty of care to monitor both of you care and to respond quickly if a problem develops. Failure to do so could result in permanent injuries to your baby the may affect them the rest of their lives.
Proving Medical Malpractice in Spartanburg
When you and your Spartanburg medical malpractice lawyer have been able to establish that you or a loved one was owed a duty of care and that your medical professionals failed to meet the duty of care you were owed, that’s when the medical experts can work to prove medical malpractice. At Double Aught Injury Lawyers, we know how valuable a medical expert can be at explaining your injury to a jury, what the appropriate course of treatment should have been, and what your physician did or didn’t do at each phase of your care.
Keep in mind, however, that just because a medical error may have been made, it may have happened despite your medical professional’s best efforts to give you or your loved a reasonable standard of care.
As an example, perhaps the procedure you or your loved one was having was extremely intricate and/or complex, and the known risks of this procedure were properly explained to you before the procedure. In this case, if an error occurred that caused you or your loved one to be injured, your medical professionals cannot be charged with medical malpractice as the chance of the error that caused your injury may have been far greater than the likelihood of success.
Additionally, it’s not enough to prove that your medical professional made a mistake or error. You and your Spartanburg attorney will need to show a direct link between the medical professionals and the injuries you or your loved one suffered.
The Spartanburg medical malpractice attorneys at Double Aught Injury Lawyers can evaluate all evidence in your individual case, including all medical records and notes from each of your doctor visits, in an attempt to show that if the medical professionals involved didn’t make the mistake, you wouldn’t have suffered your injuries.
Experienced Spartanburg Medical Malpractice Lawyers
In Spartanburg, the Double Aught Injury Lawyers has the experience to assist you and your family investigate your case if you’ve been the victim of a life-altering injury due to medical malpractice.
Every medical malpractice case has its own unique features and characteristics, and you owe it to yourself and your family to consult with an attorney who has the knowledge, skill, and experience to handle the complexities of a medical malpractice case in Spartanburg.
Our attorneys and staff at the Spartanburg law office of Double Aught Injury Lawyers will give you’re the respect, compassion, and care that you and your family deserve. We will be a strong advocate for you throughout the settlement process and in court if necessary.