You are likely to feel confused and hurt following a medical malpractice. You may not even know for sure if you have been the victim of a doctor’s carelessness or negligence. All you know is that something is wrong. However, you should never have to suffer through this often painful process alone. You should instead look for legal counsel during this time to alleviate your fears and determine whether or not further action should be taken on your part.
The team at the Tatum Law Firm has been serving the North and South Carolina areas for many years, and we are well versed in personal injury law in addition to medical malpractice suits. We have also provided the following information for you to keep in mind when deciding to pursue a medical malpractice in North and South Carolina.
What Is a Medical Malpractice?
Understanding what exactly a medical malpractice is can be tricky. Put simply, medical malpractice occurs in situations in which a healthcare provider does not live up to the expectations of a similar provider under the same circumstances. In other words, doctors can only be judged against what another doctor of the same specialty would have done.
What further complicates medical malpractices is the fact that medical standards and other regulations will naturally vary among the states. If you think you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you will therefore likely want to contact a personal injury lawyer in your specific state.
How Common Is Medical Malpractice?
Surprisingly enough, medical malpractices are a lot more common than you would think, and many of them can be fatal. According to the Institute of Medicine, almost a whopping 100,000 Americans die every year because of medical malpractices, which easily outpaces the total number of deaths from most other fatal sources. In many of these situations, the type of medical malpractice alleged tends to be “failure to diagnose.”
What Do You Need to File a Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice results from a professional’s negligent actions or inactions, but these can be hard to claim in a court of law. As a result, you will need to prove the following to win a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- The doctor owed you duty of care.
- The doctor did not live up to his or her professional standards and so breached this duty.
- You were injured as a result of this breach of duty.
Proving this is easier said than done and will likely require multiple expert witnesses as well as lengthy medical records detailing the source of the injury. More than ever, now is when you will want a personal injury lawyer on your side.
Learn More About Filing a Medical Malpractice in North and South Carolina
Depending on where exactly you live, there might be different time limits for filing your medical malpractice, and you should get in touch with an attorney right away if you think you have been a victim.
2The attorneys at the Tatum Law Firm have many years of experience representing injured patients, and we can do the same for you. For further information, contact one of our representatives today.