Medical Negligence in Charleston, South Carolina
Medical malpractice actions arise when a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other party entrusted with the medical care of the victim makes a mistake in the course of their responsibility to the detriment of the patient's health.
The Law Offices of Gedney M. Howe, III, works with patients who have experienced doctor negligence and need help with a medical malpractice claim.
Doctor malpractice cases can involve many aspects related to the duty of care owed to the patient, including failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, medical procedure errors, and more. If a loved one dies, a plaintiff may have a wrongful death case.
South Carolina Medical Malpractice Law
The laws of South Carolina define the rights of the victim in medical malpractice cases. A statute of limitations exists, during which patients may bring suit against the nurses, doctors, or hospitals that may be responsible for malpractice. After the statute expires, the plaintiff may be out of options when it comes to getting help for damages.
Hiring a strong attorney is an important aspect of a medical malpractice case, though, because South Carolina law provides for a modified doctrine of comparative negligence, whereby plaintiffs who may be partially responsible for the damage to their health may be barred from recovery or eligible only for reduced recovery.
Additionally, South Carolina allows that defendants are jointly and severally liable, but also have a right to contribution.
Essentially, that means that anyone who is responsible to a victim for part of an injury can be held responsible for the full amount of damages to the victim, but also, that the same responsible party may pursue reimbursement of damages against other responsible parties.
The process can become extremely complicated quickly.
The Law Offices of Gedney M. Howe, III, seeks to resolve medical malpractice issues as efficiently as possible, so that patients may focus on physical and emotional healing.