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Little River Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Little River Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Little River Medical Malpractice Attorney

Many healthcare professionals do their job diligently and work to bring compassion and effective care to their patients. Unfortunately, there are some providers who are careless, negligent, or even malicious towards their patients. If you or a loved one has been harmed because of the carelessness of a medical professional, know that you can file a claim for medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice can cause severe physical and emotional harm to patients and their loved ones. It can lead to serious and life-changing injuries or even death. These physical and financial damages deserve compensation. The most effective way to maximize the compensation you receive in a medical malpractice case is to work with a highly experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Little River Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Axelrod & Associates: Defending Your Rights in Little River

At Axelrod & Associates, we work hard to represent our community in Little River and the nearby communities in South Carolina. We believe that medical malpractice is unacceptable and use our resources and experience to fight for you, your rights, and your rightful compensation. It can be terrifying to be hurt by the negligence of professionals you placed your trust in. This is a situation where you have the right to compensation for injuries, psychological harm, and financial damages.

We understand how difficult a medical malpractice case is for victims. These cases may leave you feeling confused and vulnerable. We are a compassionate team who wants to ensure that you get the legal advocacy and support you deserve. The attorneys at Axelrod & Associates have over 100 years of combined experience working in many areas of law. We use this experience for your and your case’s success.

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice cases are one of the most complicated forms of personal injury claims. A personal injury claim holds another person or party responsible for negligence that caused the victim harm. Medical malpractice claims hold medical professionals responsible for any such harm they caused.

Healthcare professionals have a duty of care to their patients. Failing a reasonable standard of this duty by acting negligently or maliciously means that the professional can be held accountable. There are several actions that may constitute a medical malpractice claim. This includes:

  • Surgical errors and injuries
  • Operation on the wrong patient or wrong area of the body
  • Unnecessary procedures and operations
  • Leaving surgical tools in the surgery site
  • Prescribing dangerous mediation
  • Prescribing the wrong type or amount of medication
  • Delayed diagnosis, despite clear signs of a condition
  • Misdiagnosis, despite clear signs that contradict the diagnosis
  • Failure to disclose the risks of a surgery
  • Failure to mention alternate treatment
  • Ignoring patient medical history and records
  • Failure of hygiene standards
  • Failure to order necessary medical tests
  • Misreading or disregard of lab results
  • Birth injuries caused by improper procedures
  • Failure to properly administer anesthesia
  • Early discharge of a patient
  • Failure of proper follow-up care

A patient who is upset with a diagnosis that they received, or dislikes their treatment plan, does not have a medical malpractice case based on that alone. Medical malpractice refers to a healthcare provider behaving negligently and failing to uphold a standard of care.

How Does a Medical Malpractice Attorney Help Me?

A medical malpractice case is an incredibly complex case that is most effectively handled by a skilled attorney. When you have suffered medical malpractice, you are likely dealing with emotional, psychological, and physical injuries. You are also likely still recovering from injuries and dealing with medical costs. An attorney can advocate for your rights and help you recover compensation for those costs as well as any lost income or other financial losses you suffered.

Although it can be overwhelming to consider another cost by hiring an attorney, it is necessary to maximize the benefits that you can receive from your claim. An attorney can ensure that all your costs are covered by your claim and help you advocate for non-economic damages. You do not want to face the resources of a hospital’s attorneys without legal counsel.

Medical Errors FAQs

Q: Is There a Cap on Medical Malpractice in South Carolina?

A: There is a cap on noneconomic damages for a medical malpractice claim in South Carolina. Economic damages, which include calculable damages like medical bills and lost income, do not have a cap. Noneconomic damages refer to damages such as pain and suffering. If the claim is against a single institution or healthcare provider, the cap is $512,773. For claims against multiple providers or institutions, the total noneconomic damages can’t be over $1,538,319.

Q: Can You Sue for Malpractice in South Carolina?

A: Yes, you can sue for medical malpractice in South Carolina. If a healthcare provider is negligent, reckless, or malicious when caring for a patient, they can be held liable for damages done to that patient. Medical malpractice may be committed by healthcare providers such as:

  • Medical doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Mental healthcare professionals
  • Physician’s assistants
  • Pharmacists

A medical malpractice attorney can help gather evidence in support of your claim.

Q: What Is the Statute of Limitations for Malpractice in South Carolina?

A: The statute of limitations, or the time limit for filing a malpractice claim, is 3 years from the date of the incident in South Carolina. It can also be from the date that malpractice was discovered or should have been discovered. However, there is an overall statute of limitations of 6 years from the date of the incident. No claim can be filed after this point. One exception to the statute is when a foreign object or surgical tool is left in the surgery site. Then, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the incident or date of discovery, and there is no 6-year limitation.

Q: What Is Considered Medical Malpractice in South Carolina?

A: A successful medical malpractice case uses evidence and arguments to prove the following:

  1. The provider owed the patient a duty of care.
  2. The provider failed that duty of care by the industry standard.
  3. This failure directly caused the patient’s injury.
  4. This injury caused the patient to suffer some kind of loss.

Contact Axelrod & Associates

Being harmed because of medical malpractice can put you in a very vulnerable position, both emotionally and financially. If you suffered damage because of the negligence of a healthcare provider, it’s important that you discuss your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Contact the team at Axelrod & Associates so we can begin fighting for your rightful compensation.


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