We place a great deal of trust in physicians to do right by us and help us in our time of need. Unfortunately, this is not always enough, and if you were harmed by a physician’s actions, you should speak with a Chesterfield County medical malpractice lawyer at once. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today.
Chesterfield County Medical Malpractice Lawyer | Helping Victims of Malpractice
Often, when a doctor is accused of medical malpractice, it may potentially mean the end of his or her ability to practice medicine, and you can expect the physician to hire aggressive legal representation to disprove your claim. You must do the same. You can rely on a Chesterfield County personal injury lawyer from our firm to fight for your right to compensation, every step of the way.
Medical Malpractice Examples
Since there are so many areas of practice within the medical field, there are many ways in which physicians could unintentionally harm their patients. Some of the most common actions and injuries pertaining to medical malpractice or medical negligence are as follows:
- Surgical errors
- Errors during childbirth
- Failure to diagnose an illness
- Misdiagnosis an illness
- Delayed diagnosis of an illness
- Medication errors
Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim
To win a medical malpractice claim, plaintiffs are required to prove the following:
- They were the physician’s patient, and the physician, therefore, owed the patient a duty of care.
- The physician breached his or her duty of reasonable care.
- The breach of care caused the patient to sustain an injury.
- The injury resulted in damages, such as the cost of additional medical bills, lost wages from being unable to return to work because of the act of malpractice, and more.
Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in South Carolina is, typically, three years, meaning the injured person must sue the party responsible for their injuries within three years of the date of their accident. That said, when it comes to medical malpractice claims, in some cases, the statute of limitations can be extended due to discovery.
Therefore, in some cases, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims isn’t necessarily three years from the exact date of the injury, but rather three years from the date the victim should have reasonably discovered the injury. This is because sometimes, for example, after surgery, it may take months, or even a matter of years for an act of malpractice to manifest. Despite all this, it is still best to bring your claim to the attention of a Chesterfield County medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you realize you’ve been hurt.
Contact a Chesterfield County Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to competent legal representation that is familiar with the ins and outs of medical malpractice claims. Our firm is here to help. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule your initial consultation with our legal team.