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Medical malpractice occurs when health care providers act negligently, do not adhere to the accepted level of practice associated with the field, or commit preventable error. The instances and damages surrounding malpractice are many, and the laws related to receiving compensation for medical malpractice are complex it is for these reasons that successful claims are generally handled by qualified medical malpractice lawyers. Enlisting the services of a South Carolina medical malpractice lawyer can provide your case with the expertise needed to win.

In recent South Carolina malpractice news, a patient successfully received $2 million from a dental clinic that accidentally pulled 13 more teeth than needed. The lawsuit claimed that all 16 of the patient's top teeth were pulled, and the claim was filed in Florence County. The patient, a 28-year-old woman, needed treatment for a few cracked teeth. Acting grossly negligent, three dentists pulled all upper teeth without true medical basis. What's more is, the clinic then tried to falsify documents once the error was realized. The clinic, the CEO of the clinic, and all three dentists were named in the lawsuit. While such negligence may seem impossible, it's not and it's more common than you may think.

In fact, seventy-three percent of settled medical malpractice cases to date have involved a medical error, and a recent study revealed that an average of 195,000 deaths in hospitals from 2000 to 2002 were related to preventable medical errors. Errors that do not result in catastrophic injury or death are not necessarily harmless, though.

Costly rehabilitation and return visit fees, equipment purchases, and loss of work can all be attributed to certain medical malpractices. Luckily, medical malpractice laws are in place to prevent victims from assuming the costs created by malpractice. Contacting a qualified South Carolina medical malpractice lawyer is the first step in filing a successful claim. Such attorneys can use years of knowledge and expertise to obtain what is rightfully due to you under South Carolina law.

While the above example detailing the hardships of a dental malpractice patient may be rare, other malpractices are not. Some examples of medical malpractice include:
Improper or inconsistent monitoring of a patient under the care of a medical provider.

Erroneous diagnoses based on sub-par research or detection methods.
Improper examination of medical history documents.
Failure to adhere to policies related to pharmaceutical drug history records, especially in cases wherein the intake of drugs may negatively affect a procedure.

Over- or under-prescribing of medical drugs and supplies, including but not limited to pain-killing medications, oxygen, and skin ointments.

Outright abuse.

Inexplicable negligence, such as leaving operating utensils inside of a patient after surgery.

Use of a lesser-equipped facility to conduct the needed surgery or procedure.

As with any lawsuit, obtaining the services of a medical malpractice lawyer can be a pricey pursuit. That is not to say that you should not pay an attorney, as they are masterfully proficient in recovering compensation. Instead, a potential malpractice victim should feel out a variety of South Carolina attorneys before making a decision. Most medical malpractice attorneys will gladly detail their experience in handling cases similar to yours and that can make a world of difference when considering which lawyer to go with.


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