You or a loved one may have recently suffered an injury because you believe a medical professional failed to uphold their obligation to provide reasonable standard care. You could benefit from the legal help of a medical malpractice lawyer in Greenville.
Attorney Angela Frazier knows these cases are often challenging to move forward with alone, and they require an extensive understanding of the laws that govern medical malpractice in South Carolina. Our legal team has the experience necessary to build a solid case and argue for a fair settlement, ready to take on the often extensive legal resources of medical professionals and facilities. When you need a fighter in your corner, contact Angela Frazier to begin your medical malpractice case.
What Can Our Medical Malpractice Lawyer Do?
A medical malpractice lawyer represents clients who suffered injuries or harm due to the negligence or misconduct of health care providers. They investigate the incident to gather evidence, conduct research, interview witnesses and consult medical experts to validate your claim.
As your attorney, we will negotiate with opposing parties, insurance companies or health care institutions to seek fair compensation through a settlement or trial award. However, because the other side often refuses to cooperate or settle fairly, your attorney will prepare for trial and present the case in court from the outset, representing your best interests for as long as it takes to receive justice.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
Medical malpractice can manifest in various ways, often resulting from health care providers’ negligence or oversight. Common types of medical malpractice cases include:
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis occurs when a doctor fails to recognize symptoms or diagnose a patient correctly, leading to improper treatment and potentially worsening the patient’s condition.
- Surgical errors encompass mistakes made during surgery, such as operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside a patient or performing unnecessary surgeries.
- Medication errors involve prescribing the wrong medication or dosage or administering the wrong drug to a patient, causing harm or adverse reactions.
- Childbirth injuries involve damage to the baby or mother during birth, including cerebral palsy, fractured bones or nerve damage.
- Anesthesia errors include administering too much or not enough anesthesia or failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs, leading to complications or injury.
With the help of an experienced Greenville medical malpractice lawyer, you can determine the actual cause of your injury and what failures may have led up to the accident occurring.
What Damages Can You Recover From a Medical Malpractice Claim?
You can recover both economic and non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. The exact value depends on the unique circumstances of your case.
However, typical settlements for medical malpractice include the medical expenses and lost wages incurred during your recovery. This refers to the current and future financial losses associated with your injuries.
Additionally, you can seek compensation for the pain and suffering you endured. For example, you can claim emotional distress, anxiety, depression, loss of enjoyment of life and other psychological impacts associated with similar cases. We can help you understand the specific damages available based on the details of your case.
What Laws Impact Medical Malpractice Cases in South Carolina?
The laws governing procedural rules in medical malpractice cases are complex, so victims and their families often consult with an attorney. There are “notice of intent to file” and “expert affidavit” requirements that require legal know-how to navigate.
Two important laws to consider include the cap on non-economic damages in South Carolina and the statute of limitations.
South Carolina tort law limits the value of non-economic damages you can recover in a medical malpractice case to around $500,00 from a single health care provider or facility and just over $1.5 million in cases involving more than one defendant. The actual amount adjusts for inflation annually.
Also, the statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is three years. This means you have three years from the date of your injury to file. However, you have up to six years to file if you did not immediately know of the injury.
If you have questions about how these laws may impact your case, medical malpractice lawyer Angela Frazier can help.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Right to Compensation?
To protect your right to compensation in a medical malpractice case, promptly seek medical attention for your injuries from a different provider and document all treatment. Preserve evidence, including medical records and photographs of injuries. Then consult with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Avoid discussing the case on social media or with opposing parties. We will guide you through the rest of the process, always acting in your best interests.
Contact Angela Frazier to Begin Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Medical malpractice cases are among the most complex of personal injury claims. Proving negligence is often challenging and requires the help of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
The legal team at Elliott Frazier — Family, Personal Injury, & Car Accident Attorneys, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, will fight to protect your right to compensation and hold the negligent healthcare professional or facility responsible for their actions. Get your life back from a negligent party that should have been protecting your health. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today and we can begin building a solid case for compensation.