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Knowledgeable Attorney Fights Medical Malpractice in Murrells Inlet

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When you see a medical doctor or any other healthcare provider, you have a right to expect professional-level services. But when a doctor you’ve trusted makes a careless mistake, you can suffer terrible consequences to your health and to your savings. That’s why the Law Offices of David L. Hood fights so aggressively to hold negligent healthcare providers accountable. We thoroughly investigate your case, consult with qualified medical experts and assemble the evidence you need to obtain full compensation. Proving medical malpractice is often a complex and difficult undertaking. Fortunately, we have the knowledge, skill and resources to manage your case effectively to a successful completion.

Common examples of medical malpractice in South Carolina

Despite the amazing advances in medical science, errors due to negligence continue to be a threat to patients’ health and even their lives. Common examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Anesthesia errors — Too much or too little anesthesia is extremely dangerous for patients. Patients can experience trauma by regaining consciousness during surgery or sustain brain damage when they are deprived of oxygen.
  • Delayed diagnosis — A doctor’s failure to recognize the signs of heart disease, cancer or an infectious disease delays treatment and allows the disease to further ravage the patient’s body.
  • Misdiagnosis — Mistaking one condition for another deprives a patient of proper, timely care.
  • Medication errors — Mistakes often occur when prescribers fail to accurately communicate what drug in what dosage the patient is to receive, when pharmacists misread instructions or fill prescriptions with the wrong medications or when nurses dispensing drugs give the wrong pills or the wrong dosages.
  • Surgical errors — Hospital protocols are supposed to eliminate obvious errors, yet surgical patients are too often victims of hasty conduct and sloppy execution. Incision errors can cause internal bleeding. Failing to verify all facts before beginning a procedure can result in the wrong operation being performed on the patient.
  • Failure to monitor — When hospitals provide in-patient services, they have a duty to monitor patients and render appropriate treatment whenever necessary. Failing to catch a postoperative infection or another adverse reaction to surgery seriously endangers the life of the patient.

Of course, healthcare providers are human, and they make mistakes. And not every mistake a doctor makes is grounds for malpractice. To assert a malpractice case, you must be prepared to prove that the doctor made a mistake that a reasonably well-trained and prudent professional would not have made and that the mistake injured you directly. This can be a tall order for a personal injury attorney, but with our knowledge and experience, we are prepared to manage such cases capably and give our clients an excellent chance to recover the full compensation they deserve.

Caps on noneconomic damages in South Carolina medical malpractice cases

In an effort to control healthcare costs within the state, the South Carolina legislature passed limits on noneconomic (“pain and suffering”) damages in medical malpractice cases in 2005. The maximum amount a plaintiff can recover depends on the number of defendants in the case as follows:

  • In any case against a single healthcare provider or institution, the maximum recovery is $350,000.
  • In any case against more than one defendant, the total cannot exceed $1.05 million, and each defendant cannot be ordered to pay more than $350,000.

The caps do not affect the amount a plaintiff can recover for economic losses, including future medical expenses and future lost earnings.

Contact a reputable attorney in Murrells Inlet, SC for your medical malpractice claim

The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides highly responsive counsel and determined advocacy for patients injured by negligent healthcare providers. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 843-485-0011 or contact our Murrells Inlet office online. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office, we can come to you.

 

Our Offices
  • Charleston
    170 Meeting St.
    Charleston, South Carolina 29401
    Phone: 843-444-4663
  • Columbia
    1320 Main St., Suite 300
    Columbia, South Carolina 29201
    Phone: 803-227-4668
  • Georgetown Office
    601 Front Street
    Georgetown, South Carolina 29440
    Phone: 843-527-8010
  • Greenville (Downtown)
    220 N. Main St.
    Suite 500
    Greenville, South Carolina 29601
    Phone: 864-272-3992
  • Greenville (Millport at Butler)
    128 Millport Circle
    Suite 200
    Greenville, South Carolina 29607
    Phone: 864-272-3992
  • Hilton Head
    110 Traders Cross
    1st Floor
    Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
    Phone: 843-663-4040
  • Mt. Pleasant
    1240 Winnowing Way
    Suite 102
    Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29466
    Phone: 843-491-6025
  • Myrtle Beach Office
    1293 Professional Dr.
    Suite D
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
    Phone: 843-444-4663
  • Murrells Inlet(Principal) Office
    11919 Plaza Drive
    P.O. Box 2070
    Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
    Phone: 843-491-6025
    Fax: 843-357-0068
  • N. Charleston
    4000 S. Faber Place Dr.
    Suite 300
    N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405
    Phone: 843-779-7567
  • North Myrtle Beach Office
    1019 Highway 17 S.
    North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
    Phone: 843-663-4040
  • Rock Hill
    331 E. Main St.
    Suite 200
    Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
    Phone: 803-227-4668
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