Medical Malpractice in Columbia
Patients may have a medical malpractice claim if they suffered serious harm or if a serious condition worsens because of a health-care provider’s failure to provide a specific standard of care. Medical malpractice claims often arise from:
- Delayed diagnosis. A doctor’s initial diagnosis may be incorrect because he or she failed to order standard diagnostic tests or misread the results, allowing a disease such as cancer time to spread undetected. Although doctors may later correct their initial diagnosis, it may be too late to manage a fatal disease.
- Misdiagnosis. A more common occurrence in medical malpractice cases, doctors may fail to diagnose their patient correctly. There may be a basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit based on misdiagnosis if it can be shown that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care that other professionals would have provided under similar circumstances.
- Birth injury. From obstetricians failing to provide adequate prenatal care, to failure to anticipate complications of a high-risk pregnancy to preventable injuries caused during delivery, birthing injuries can cause the mother or baby serious harm.
- Surgical errors. While not all surgery-related errors qualify as negligence, those where too much or too little anesthesia was administered, the wrong part of the body was operated on, or surgical tools were left inside the person may support a medical negligence claim.
Our medical negligence attorneys at Joye Law Firm have helped patients and their families with malpractice claims in Columbia and across South Carolina. Because the circumstances surrounding each case are different, we encourage you to take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation to review the specifics of your situation with us right away.
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What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice happens when medical professionals and medical facilities deviate from the established treatment standards established and, as a result, cause serious or fatal preventable harm to a patient.
Medical professionals who may be liable for medical negligence include doctors, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, chiropractors, dentists, surgeons, pharmacists, hospitals, and others. An injured patient may hold responsible the health-care provider as well as the hospital or other medical facility that employed the at-fault provider.
Not every medical error constitutes medical negligence. To prove medical malpractice, the attorney for the injured patient will need to show through medical expert testimony that the doctor deviated from the standard of care and failed to do what a reasonably prudent doctor would do in a similar situation.