Medical professionals and facilities have a hefty responsibility to provide reliable medical care for their patients. So, when patients fall victim to subpar care due to a provider’s negligence, they are entitled to hold the provider accountable.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of medical malpractice, you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the liable party or parties. At Hammack Law Firm, we serve people in Pickens and other cities in South Carolina. We also offer free first consultations for those interested in working with a medical malpractice lawyer from our team.
You may be Entitled to Collect Compensation for the Damages You Suffered
If our team can tie your injuries back to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to several types of damages, such as:
- Medical treatment costs, which includes past medical care you received to treat your injuries and future care if you still require it
- Loss of income if your injuries put you out of work temporarily or permanently
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries now affect your ability to perform regular work tasks
- Pain and suffering, which includes physical and emotional forms of pain
- Damages related to living with disfigurement or a permanent disability
- Emotional distress or mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
Note that this is not all the damages you may be able to pursue, so we might suggest additional damages after reviewing the case. During your free case review, we can also speak about whether the case falls under medical malpractice or if it might serve under a different category of law.
Negligent medical care can not only injure a person, but it can also cause their death. If you lost a loved one due to a medical professional’s or facility’s negligence, you may be able to pursue the following damages:
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship
- Medical expenses
At Hammack Law Firm, We Work Hard to Build Comprehensive Cases
It might be intimidating to go up against a medical professional or facility, especially without a background in medicine. However, when you work with our team, we use our resources to build a case for you that establishes the negligence that occurred and how it led to your injuries.
When you become our client, we get to work and begin fulfilling several services to help you put a case together.
We Investigate the Case
Our team may want to conduct a separate investigation into the medical care you received in Pickens. The lawyer assigned to your case will want to search for who may have contributed to your injuries and confirm whether medical malpractice took place.
In our investigation, we may:
- Gather evidence to support your claims with evidence ranging from medical records to video footage that captured the injury event
- Interview witnesses who saw or can confirm that medical malpractice took place
- Interview expert witnesses who can analyze whether the medical care you received was below industry standards, as required by S.C. Ann. §15-36-100.
We Manage Your Paperwork
Preparing a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit requires an extensive amount of paperwork, some of which must be prepared within certain deadlines for the court to register the case. Also, other parties may reach out to you to get a statement or offer a settlement deal.
Our team can take care of all administrative tasks involved in preparing the case and handling other parties that may contact you. We can also keep you updated on approaching deadlines, settlement offers, and new information.
We Advocate for You
Our team will assign one of our medical malpractice lawyers to the case to represent your legal interests. They can attend mediation meetings on your behalf and negotiate an out-of-court settlement for you, or they can appear in court hearings to present the case in front of a judge and jury.
Your lawyer serves as a legal guide, so they will also be available for questions and concerns you may have. We care about each client we serve and take the time to understand the suffering they have gone through. When we represent you, we fight for you like you’re part of our family.
The Date You Became Aware of Your Injuries Determines the Legal Filing Deadline
In South Carolina, the deadline for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit varies depending on when you became aware of your injuries. In some cases, patients may know right away about their injuries. In this case, you have about three years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit, per S.C. Ann. §15-3-545.
However, if you discovered the injuries later, you have about three years from the date of discovery to file a lawsuit as long as this discovery is within six years of the initial occurrence.
You Must File a Notice of Intent Before Filing a Lawsuit
Per S.C. Ann. §15-79-125, you must file a notice of intent with the parties you intend to sue. This notice must include a statement about the injuries you suffered and the facts of the case that led you to take action. This notice tolls the statute of limitations applicable to the case.
Afterward, you may be able to negotiate outside of court through the mediation process. Our legal team can update you on the progress of the case and advise you accordingly.
Do not Wait to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
There are many reasons why you should file your lawsuit as soon as possible, some of which include:
- The longer you wait, the harder it might be to tie your injuries to medical malpractice as opposed to another cause.
- Certain evidence may not be available by the filing deadline, such as surveillance footage.
- If the case also relies on eyewitness testimony, their recollection may not be as accurate as time passes.
If you miss the filing deadline, the court may dismiss the case, which would force you to cover your damages yourself.
Call the Attorneys at Hammack Law Firm Today to Start Preparing Your Medical Malpractice Case
We invite medical malpractice victims in Pickens, South Carolina, to work with a lawyer from our firm. Our team at Hammack Law Firm helps people who have suffered injuries caused by negligent medical care. We fight for the compensation they need to recover.
Call today to get a free case review from a member of our team.