Medical malpractice is considered to have occurred if the care provided to a patient by a medical professional falls short of the standard of care and results in an injury to the patient either because of an action or failure to act on the part of the medical professional.
Medical malpractice lawsuits may seek compensation from individual health-care professionals and staff and from the organizations that employ them.
If you or a family member has been injured while under medical care, you may be eligible for compensation through a lawsuit against an individual or institution responsible for the care. An experienced South Carolina medical malpractice lawyer from Joye Law Firm can help you identify any persons or organizations that may be held liable for the harm you have suffered.
Liability for Medical Malpractice
A successful medical malpractice lawsuit in South Carolina must show that:
- There was a relationship between the medical professional and the patient that gave rise to a duty of care;
- The medical professional breached the duty of reasonable care; and
- The patient was injured as a result of the breach of the medical professional’s duty of care.
It is important to understand that “medical professional” includes individuals in health care or medical services positions that may not normally be considered “professional.” Those who may be held liable in a malpractice claim include, but are not limited to:
- Physicians (specialists and general practitioners)
- Surgeons (specialists and general surgeons)
- Nurse anesthetists
- Physician’s assistants (PAs)
- Nurses (RNs, LPNs, LVNs)
- Nursing aides
- Emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
- Therapists (physical and psychological counselors)
- Dental hygienists
A medical malpractice lawsuit may also seek to hold a medical institution accountable for a patient’s injuries inflicted by an employee. Health-care organizations that may be liable in a medical malpractice suit may include, but are not limited to:
- Hospitals and medical centers
- Clinics (outpatient medical care center, ambulatory surgery clinic, abortion clinic, for example)
- Medical practices (doctor’s office, dentist’s office, chiropractor’s office, for example)
- Nursing homes (rest home, convalescent home, skilled nursing facility (SNF), care home, intermediate care facility, for example)
- Rehabilitation center (physical therapy, alcoholism or drug abuse rehab, psychiatric rehabilitation, for example)
Contact A Medical Malpractice Attorney at Joye Law Firm
If you have been injured while under medical care, a South Carolina medical malpractice attorney from Joye Law Firm can review your case to determine whether you have a potential legal claim and who or what organizations could be held liable for the harm you have suffered.
If our lawyers and medical consultants believe we may be able to pursue a claim for you, we will work diligently to obtain the compensation you deserve. A medical malpractice claim may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and punitive damages, in some cases.
Call Joye Law Firm. We are ready to provide a free and confidential initial consultation about the legal options available to you. Call (888) 324-3100 or use our online case evaluation form today.