Doctor-patient confidentiality is very important. All patients should feel confident that their doctors will not share their private information with others. The right to confidentiality allows patients to be candid with doctors, and in exchange, the doctor can more accurately diagnose and treat the patients. When a doctor or health care provider breaches that confidentiality, a patient may have a medical malpractice claim.
When someone is discharged from the hospital, it is a day of relief for the patient and loved ones. Whatever caused the patient to be hospitalized in the first place is under control to the point that constant medical monitoring is no longer required. The last thing that a patient wants to think of is a return visit in the near future.
If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice in South Carolina, there are steps you can take to claim damages against the offending medical professional. The first thing you should do is contact the necessary parties to make sure you have all the information you need to mount a solid lawsuit.
In South Carolina hospitals, doctors and other medical staff are highly trained professionals who have years of training in diagnosing and treating patients. Yet mistakes happen, and patients offer suffer due to it. When a worsened medical condition results from a doctor’s negligence, it is considered medical malpractice. Erroneous diagnosis and treatment fall into this category.
Conventional legal wisdom states you should never admit guilt. For many, this means never saying “I’m sorry,” as it could mean you have done something that warrants an apology. Yet, even when doctor error was made but injury still occurred from a medical procedure, the doctor may want the patient to know they wish the injury had not happened. In South Carolina, medical professionals can do just that.
Most people associate the term “medical malpractice” with something that physically injures the patient during the course of treatment, such as a botched surgical procedure, a prescription filled in error, or a misdiagnosis. In a recent post we discussed medical malpractice that occurs outside a hospital setting. But what about a doctor’s behavior that has nothing to do with the physiological aspects of the treatment?
When a doctor commits medical malpractice, the patient may be entitled to damages. Under South Carolina law, however, there is a cap on the amount of damages a patient can receive in a medical malpractice claim.
If you’ve ever watched a medical show or been friends with a medical professional, you have likely heard the term “July Effect.” This is a time when patient injuries and deaths seem to rise higher than normal. While this may seem like a spooky myth that gets circulated every year, one thing is for certain: there is much more inexperience in hospitals in July than any other month.
Few devices have simplified our lives more than cellphones. With a few motions, we can call our friends, surf the Internet and play our favorite games. Doctors, too, have benefited from having a cellphone on them at all times. While pagers are still widely used in hospitals, mobile phones have made communicating instantly with someone without a pager much faster and easier. But cellphones may do more harm than good, especially in the operating room — and not because they distract doctors. Rather, unwelcome hitchhikers could be causing more patients to get sicker while they are being treated.
When we go to the doctor or hospital in South Carolina, we expect to get treated in a way that does not lead to a worsened medical condition. Yet accidents happen, leading to all sorts of complications — sometimes even death. Often, these mistakes can be grounds for a medical malpractice suit. But how do you know if you have a case?