When people in South Carolina go to the doctor, they are going in order to either improve their health or help prevent future health problems. Doctors and other medical professionals go through extensive medical training to ensure that people are receiving the proper care. Through this training they are also taught how to diagnose the particular issue causing the health problems the patient is experiencing, how to conduct procedures and surgeries as well as prescribe and administer the correct medications.
Similar symptoms can appear due to different diseases and it is important that doctors treat for the proper disease. However, sometimes doctors misdiagnose the problem, miss the diagnosis or diagnose the problem too late. This can create additional complications for the patient. Additional complications can also arise if doctors make mistakes while performing procedures or surgeries or make mistakes made with prescribing or administering medications.
If people suffer additional complications due to the mistakes of doctors or other medical professionals, they may have a medical malpractice claim. However, there are always uncertainties in medicine and some of the complications that arise may be completely out of the doctor’s hands. In order for medical malpractice to occur certain elements must be met.
- There must be a professional relationship to provide medical care to the patient.
- The medical professionals much breach their duty to provide the proper care.
- The breach of the duty to provide proper care caused the injuries the patient suffers.
- The injuries must cause damages, which can be both economic and non-economic such as pain and suffering.
When determining whether a doctor breached their duty of care to the patient, the patient must demonstrate that the medical professionals deviated from the standard of care in the area. This is not something the average patients will know though and usually will require expert opinion from another doctor in the area.
Doctors in South Carolina have a responsibility to provide quality care to all their patients. When they make mistakes it can have devastating consequences for their patients. The victims of the malpractice can suffer significant injuries as a result and incur significant medical bills in addition to the physical pain they experience. Some of the victims may have a medical malpractice claim, but these cases are complicated and fact-specific. Consulting with experienced attorneys who understand the duty of care doctors owe their patients could be beneficial.