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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.

South Carolina VA doctors feared reprisals for speaking out

Recent news reports indicate that the Veterans Administration waged a campaign of retaliation against employees who sought to expose allegations of medical malpractice in VA hospitals. Some of the “whistleblowers” who fought back anonymously against the intimidation include VA doctors in South Carolina.

It was not just the threat of possibly career-ending reprisals that apparently kept many VA workers from speaking out. According to information revealed by the Office of Special Counsel, nearly 40 individuals actually experienced forms of retaliatory behavior. The OSC has been seeking to address the punishments that several of these individuals received.

Surgical error results in $12 million judgment

As most South Carolina resident will tell you, going to the hospital for even a routine surgery can be a daunting prospect. Whether it is the cost of medical care, anxiety stemming from poor health, or simply a fear of the unknown, the hospital can be a stressful and intimidating place for many people.

With that said, the threat of surgical error on the part of doctors and medical professionals is enough to justify some fears, because when mistakes do happen, they can be life-altering for victims.

Delayed medical treatment scandal causes Shinseki's resignation

In a recent blog post, we wrote about the federal probe into the mismanagement and hospital negligence in Veterans Administration hospitals across the country, including in South Carolina. Now VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned as a result of the investigation. After the public urging of accountability for the secretary and other officials who presided over the potential widespread medical malpractice perpetrated against our country’s veterans, the oversight of the scandal will now fall into the hands of his successor.

A recently released report by the VA inspector general verified the rampant falsification of records for the express purpose of disguising treatment wait times that were far greater than those allowed by VA regulations. Congressmen issued a letter to the president, calling the VA’s inability to provide proper care to veterans “inexcusable,” and argued that naming a new secretary to the administration was the only way to restore America’s faith in a system that has clearly failed the heroes who have served our country. 

Columbia VA hospital included in medical malpractice probe

More information is being released about mismanagement and poor care at Veterans Administration hospitals all over the country, including the one in Columbia, South Carolina. What some have claimed to be a successful model of socialized medicine may actually have long wait lists for general care and procedures, delays that may have even led to wrongful death.

An increased demand for services means that staff are trying to handle more than some facilities are equipped to manage. Because pay is frequently not high enough to attract physicians, especially specialized practitioners like gastroenterologists, many of these facilities have backlogs of patients waiting to see doctors.

Birth center sued after woman's baby dies

A South Carolina woman recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a maternity center. In it, she is alleges that actions of individuals employed by the facility resulted in the death of her baby, after it became necessary during the attempted delivery to transfer the woman to a hospital, where the newborn died after the performance of a cesarean section.

In addition to the wrongful death claim, the lawsuit alleges that the defendant facility, which according to the complaint had been aware that the plaintiff had previously experienced a premature birth as well as a miscarriage, was not able to provide the medical care that the woman and her baby required and should not have attempted to assist in the childbirth. This inability, the complaint states, amounted to an unfair and deceptive trade practice because the facility was allegedly only for "uncomplicated" pregnancies.

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