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Medication error is one type of medical malpractice

Most often when people hear or read about medical malpractice incidents, they have happened in the setting of a doctor’s office or a hospital. This is understandable, as the kinds of medical mistakes that can take place at these locations, such as a misdiagnosis or a surgical error, tend to make the news more often than other forms of medical malpractice.

It is understandable, therefore, that if you have been to a hospital for a medical procedure and have made it home without experiencing any unexpected problems you may believe that you are out of the danger zone. Such a belief may, however, be premature. And the consequences for not being aware of the potential to be harmed by medical negligence outside of a healthcare facility can be very serious.

How can hospital negligence contribute to medical malpractice?

In South Carolina as well as elsewhere in the United States, if a hospital patient is injured as a result of a negligent action or failure to act on the part of a doctor then a claim for medical malpractice may ensue.

In the legal sense, one potential factor of medical malpractice can include the concept of hospital negligence. The two legal theories are distinct from each other, but they are frequently found together in a plaintiff's medical malpractice complaint. 

The urgent issue of medical malpractice due to misdiagnosis

When we read news stories about medical mistakes, surgical errors or negligent behavior on the part of a healthcare provider, it is often in the context of a very specific incident. One person may have been the victim of a surgical error or a doctor may have routinely neglected to conduct adequate examinations.

Medical malpractice claims like these are often reported in the media but, since most of these are focused on a single case, the bigger picture may be missed. The recent release of statistics on the percentage of misdiagnosis cases is an example of how easy it can be to miss widespread issues when the focus is put on individual scenarios.

Mediation first step in South Carolina medical malpractice claims

Medical malpractice claims are based in the concept of negligence, and under many circumstances lawsuits that allege negligence are not based on statutory law passed by the legislature.

In South Carolina, however, before one may file a claim for hospital negligence, surgical error, misdiagnosis or delayed treatment to court, state law requires that another step first be taken: mediation.

What goes into preparing a medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice is a term that is frequently heard in news stories and conversations. You may be wondering, "What exactly is medical malpractice?" and perhaps more importantly, "If I believe that I have been a victim of medical malpractice, what should I do about it?"

Medical malpractice is a variation of the civil law tort of negligence. Generally speaking, someone is negligent when he or she owes you a duty of care and in failing to observe that duty causes you harm. 

New assisted-living facility in SC to help aging patients

When an individual is sick or elderly, he or she will likely depend on medications to help moderate physical or mental conditions. In this regard, prescribing the wrong medication could mean serious injury or possibly death for the patient.

In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has been the victim of a medication error by a physician or pharmacist, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to seek the advice and guidance of a legal professional who can explain your options and who may be able to help you to pursue your civil legal options.

Sponge left after surgery leads to medical malpractice lawsuit

Many times when a patient undergoes surgery, speculation may arise about the nature of whatever it is that the surgeon may have removed, be it an appendix, a gall bladder, or a foreign object. Occasionally, however, the issue involves the opposite: What was it that the surgeon left behind?

A recent example of this form of potential surgical error has gone to trial, with the plaintiff alleging that a surgical sponge that was left behind in his wife ultimately caused her death. He is suing based on claims of medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Medication errors can be a source of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice often involves surgical errors or a misdiagnosis of an illness. But there is another area of medicine that is also a common source of unintended and negative consequences, which South Carolina residents should be aware of. It happens in the place where the medicine itself is distributed: the pharmacy.

Human errors in the healthcare field can happen anywhere. Physicians and surgeons are under intense pressure to make the correct diagnosis in a timely manner, and to provide the right treatment. 

Jury holds that doctor negligence caused delayed cancer diagnosis

Most residents of South Carolina have probably seen a medical professional at some point in their lives, and every one of those people knows that when receiving medical care, there is a certain amount of trust that has to be placed in the judgment or decisions of a chosen medical professional. After all, medicine and health can be complex topics and there is a reason that we are willing to pay the often high cost that medical professionals charge.

With that trust however, comes a responsibility on the part of medical professionals to give every one of their patients the best care possible. That means doing the best job possible when analyzing medical conditions and determining the best course of action for treating a wide number of conditions and ailments. Unfortunately, thousands of medical mistakes are made every year resulting in serious injuries or death.

Wrong medication disables patient and results in blindness

When most of us think of medical malpractice claims, we see the defendant as a doctor or hospital, or perhaps another other medical professional or facility that treated the patient. However, there are other types of common medical malpractice cases. Medication errors, which can cause everything from mild discomfort to death, are often the subject of medical malpractice lawsuits.

A recent example of this type of medical malpractice has cost a man his sight in one eye. The 65-year-old man had been diagnosed with pink eye, also called conjunctivitis. He took his prescription for eye drops to a pharmacy, where he was given antibacterial ear drops instead. Even though the solution’s packaging contained the term "EAR SOLN," the written instructions stated that drops of the solution were to be put into both eyes.

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