South Carolina Medical Malpractice
Perhaps no area of the law is more widely misunderstood than the law of medical malpractice. If you place your trust and confidence in a physician, nurse, hospital or other healthcare provider who chooses to subject you to unsafe, unreasonable or substandard care, there is nothing unfair about expecting to be compensated for the loss of your health through their mistakes, carelessness or neglect.
Yet in South Carolina and throughout the United States, we are repeatedly told that individual patients must sacrifice their right to fair medical malpractice compensation in order to make healthcare a more profitable industry for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies.
One almost universal characteristic about the medical malpractice area is that doctors, hospitals and medical care providers almost never admit a mistake or voluntarily pay a claim. Instead, it is not uncommon to see medical records being altered, destroyed or withheld in order to cover up malpractice. It takes a skilled trial lawyer like the attorneys at Leventis & Ransom to detect and uncover this sort of dishonest conduct.
We offer free initial consultations in medical malpractice cases
The notion that doctors are leaving South Carolina or stopping the practice of medicine altogether because of lawsuits is complete and utter nonsense. There are more doctors in South Carolina now than ever before. The truth of the matter is that powerful political organizations have teamed up with insurance companies and other monied interests to devise a clever way of blaming the innocent victims of poor medical care and their lawyers for the societal cost of a handful of people practicing bad medicine.
In 2005, the South Carolina General Assembly enacted a package of legislation specially designed to make it as difficult as possible for even meritorious medical malpractice claims to be successfully presented. Some of these new laws were so unreasonable that the South Carolina Supreme Court acted almost immediately to suspend their enforcement. Yet still surviving are arbitrary damage caps which have been placed on the amount of financial compensation you can recover from a negligent medical care provider, no matter how great your actual losses may be. These caps on non-economic losses and punitive damages are complicated and involve numerous potential exceptions.
In addition, a host of procedural obstacles can also bring you to grief in a medical malpractice case if you hire a lawyer who is not familiar with them. These requirements include obtaining an affidavit of merit, filing a pre-suit notice of intent to sue, and participating in a pre-suit mediation. At Leventis & Ransom, we can advise you about the implications all of these procedural requirements can have for your claim.
We handle medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. That means you are not expected to make any payment unless we obtain compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. In some cases, however, the client must first assume the cost of obtaining medical records and having them reviewed by a qualified physician in order to obtain the required affidavit of merit.
We are available to help people in Columbia, the Midlands and throughout South Carolina, including the Upstate and Lowcountry, with all types of medical malpractice cases, including those based on:
- Birth injuries (cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia)
- Failures to diagnose (failure to diagnose cancer, failure to diagnose heart attack)
- Misdiagnosis (misdiagnosis of stroke, misdiagnosis of cardiac arrest)
- Surgical mistakes (wrong site surgery, failure to remove surgical instruments)
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Medication errors (overmedication, failure to administer the correct medication, failure to predict drug interactions, prescribing drugs for non-FDA approved uses)
- Emergency room errors
- Charting errors
- Misplaced or lost medical records
- Failure to obtain or review test results
- Improper diagnosis or treatment of post-operative infections
Medical malpractice cases are complex. We have the significant experience necessary to build a strong legal strategy designed to achieve full and fair compensation. Part of that strategy is to enlist an experienced medical expert from the very start. We will set up a confidential review of your medical care to determine whether the proper standards were followed. The expert will work to determine exactly how the malpractice caused or contributed to your condition. Furthermore, the expert will be able to present this information in front of a judge and jury if necessary.
The lawyers at Leventis & Ransom are recognized throughout South Carolina as some of the best and most experienced trial lawyers capable of handling medical malpractice cases, and our results support that.
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The Leventis & Ransom law firm is available to serve people in Columbia, the Midlands and throughout South Carolina including the Upstate and Low-country. Our attorneys each have over 29 years of experience that we can put to work for you. To discuss your concerns or schedule a meeting, please call 803.765.2383 or Contact us.
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