Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Myrtle Beach, SC
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice in SC, the Myrtle Beach medical malpractice lawyers on the Axelrod team may be able to help you to 1) investigate and prove what happened and 2) recover full and fair compensation from the doctor, hospital, or other providers who were responsible for your injuries.
Medical malpractice claims can be complex, technical, and require medical experts in the appropriate field of practice to review your case, consult with your attorneys, and testify in court.
Your medical negligence attorney at Axelrod & Associates has the experience and the resources that you need to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to under SC law.
Common medical malpractice claims that arise in SC include:
- Performing unnecessary medical procedures,
- Failure to diagnose medical conditions,
- Failure to warn of risks associated with a medical procedure,
- Failure to advise a patient of alternative treatments,
- Lack of proper sanitation procedures,
- Surgical injuries,
- Surgery performed on the wrong body part or the wrong patient,
- Improperly performed anesthesia,
- Improperly prescribed prescription medications,
- Labor and delivery malpractice and birth injuries,
- Emergency room malpractice,
- Foreign objects left in your body after surgery, and
- Prescription of unsafe medical devices.
How a SC Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help You
If you believe that you have a medical malpractice claim against a doctor, hospital, or other medical providers, your Myrtle Beach medical malpractice attorney on the Axelrod team will:
- Meet with you to find out what happened and to answer your questions,
- Request your medical records and use an expert in the appropriate medical field to review your records and provide an opinion as to whether there was malpractice,
- Identify all possible defendants and sources of recovery, including doctors, nurses, hospital systems, pharmacies, or others who may be liable,
- Negotiate with the doctor, hospital, and insurance companies, and file a medical malpractice lawsuit if they do not agree to fully compensate you,
- Retain all expert witnesses that you will need to prove liability and damages, and
- Try your case to a jury if you do not receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
FAQ for Medical Malpractice Attorneys in SC
If you have been hurt by a doctor, hospital, nurse, or other medical provider’s negligence, you may have questions.
Below, we provide some general information, but you should contact a Myrtle Beach medical malpractice lawyer immediately to discuss the specifics of your case and to find out what your options are.
How do You Prove Negligence in a Medical Malpractice Case?
To prove negligence in a medical malpractice case, you must prove that:
- The doctor, nurse, or other medical provider had a duty of care to you and that you were their patient,
- The medical professional breached their duty of care to you, and
- You suffered damages because of the breach of their duty of care to you.
What is the Standard of Care in a Medical Malpractice Case?
The standard of care is based on what is expected of a similarly situated health care professional (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, anesthesiologist) who practices in the same field of medicine and under the same conditions as your treatment.
Your expert witness (who should be a healthcare professional in the same field of medicine) will establish what the standard of care is and give an opinion as to whether your healthcare provider breached that standard of care.
Are Expert Witnesses Required in Medical Malpractice Cases?
Expert witnesses are always required in medical malpractice cases – you will need an opinion from an expert witness to 1) establish the standard of care and whether the standard of care was breached – before you can file a lawsuit, and 2) to establish damages – how you were injured, the extent of the injuries, the costs involved, and the effect that the injuries will have on you and your family.
Your medical malpractice attorney on the Axelrod team has access to a wide range of medical experts who can assist in any area of medical expertise based on the facts of your case.
Who is Liable in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Depending on the facts of your case, one or more medical providers may be responsible for your injuries, including:
- ER doctors,
- General practitioners,
- Medical specialists,
- Medical technicians like X-ray technicians,
- Medical firms that employ the doctors or nurses who committed the malpractice,
- Medical clinics,
- Any other type of medical professional (and their employer) who breached their duty of care to you, or
- Manufacturers, distributors, or sellers of defective medical equipment or products.
What Kind of Compensation Am I Entitled to for a Medical Malpractice Claim?
You are entitled to compensation for all damages that were proximately caused by the doctor or other healthcare professional’s negligence, including:
- Medical fees that resulted from the malpractice,
- Current and future medical expenses to remedy the injuries caused by the malpractice,
- Scarring and disfigurement,
- Psychological trauma caused by the malpractice,
- Pain and suffering,
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential,
- Loss of consortium and loss of companionship, and
- Wrongful death and survival damages including burial and funeral expenses.
If you have been hurt by a doctor or other healthcare professional’s negligence, the Myrtle Beach medical malpractice lawyers at Axelrod & Associates may be able to help you to get maximum compensation for your injuries.