Medical malpractice can happen in many forms, from being misdiagnosed to having a foreign object left inside your body. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to pursue compensation from the negligent medical professional, facility, or another relevant party.
Our team at Hammack Law Firm assists people like you who have suffered injuries and illnesses in Spartanburg, South Carolina, due to medical malpractice. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you build your case and fight for the compensation you need. We offer free consultations should you have questions about your case.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation for the Medical Error You Endured
Our team can help you calculate the value of your case. We may first categorize your damages and review the evidence available to determine how much compensation we should pursue on your behalf.
The following are a few examples of damages we may consider in your case:
Many people seek compensation for the medical treatment they received and the treatment they will need to receive to heal from their injuries. Within this category, you may be entitled to collect compensation for various medical care services, including:
- Emergency room treatment
- Hospitalization, including ambulance rides
- Doctor’s appointments
- Diagnostic testing, including bloodwork and other lab work
- Imaging exams, such as X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and CT scans
- Physical therapy
You may also be reimbursed for the costs of prescription medications, medical support devices (e.g., wheelchairs), and other medical equipment you needed to purchase or install in your home to accommodate your injury or illness.
Your injury or illness may have prevented you from going to work because you needed to heal and attend medical appointments, or you were physically or mentally incapable of working. If so, we can fight for compensation to recover your lost wages.
If you continue to lose income and benefits because of your injury or illness, we can also calculate the total amount you anticipate losing until you heal, if at all. We may also account for the difference in income if your condition prevents you from working your regular job, as in you are forced to take a lower-paying position or leave your field of work entirely.
Pain and Suffering
Medical malpractice can result in significant physical and emotional pain for victims. Pain and suffering is its own type of damage, but along with it may be other forms of physical and emotional damages you might claim, such as:
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of enjoyment in former hobbies and activities
- Loss of consortium
- Psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Permanent Disability or Physical Disfigurement
If the medical error(s) that took place permanently disabled you or altered your appearance, you may be entitled to receive compensation for this damage. This category also includes:
- Loss of bodily function
- Vision or hearing loss
- Burn marks
Unfortunately, in severe cases of medical malpractice, victims might not survive their injuries or illness. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to additional damages, such as:
- Funeral expenses
- Burial or cremation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of parental guidance and companionship
- Loss of society
For a free legal consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer serving Spartanburg, call 864-326-3333
A Medical Malpractice Attorney on our Team Can Handle Your Case for You
Our legal team serves people in Spartanburg and surrounding areas in South Carolina, and we take an active approach to keeping up with our clients and their needs. When you decide to work with a medical malpractice lawyer from our team, we work together to build your case.
- Identifying who may liable, such as the physician or nurse who treated you, the medical facility, or even a pharmacist
- Retrieving evidence on your behalf, including testimony from a medical expert witness
- Speaking with insurance companies and attorneys on your behalf to protect your right to compensation
- Negotiating a potential settlement deal for you to avoid taking your case to court
- Representing you in court if necessary
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Other Notices You Must File Before You Can File Your Lawsuit
While many people opt to file an insurance claim to avoid taking their case to court, in some situations, a plaintiff might choose to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to pursue compensation. However, there are other notices you must file with the court beforehand.
Before taking civil action, you must file:
- A Notice of Intent: Per C. Ann §15-79-125, you must alert the court and all involved health care providers of your intention to sue. In this notice, you must identify who you intend to sue and why, among other aspects of your case.
- An Affidavit of Expert: Per C. Ann §15-36-100, you must also provide the court with a medical expert witness who can provide analysis and explanation on the medical error(s) that occurred.
Our team understands these legal requirements and the deadlines you must abide by, so we can handle this for you and keep you updated on the proceedings.
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Filing Deadlines Vary When it Comes to Medical Malpractice Cases
All personal injury lawsuits must meet their deadlines according to the statute of limitations. However, separate statutes of limitations set varying deadlines for different types of cases.
In South Carolina, S.C. Ann §15-3-545 dictates how long you have to file your medical malpractice lawsuit. These deadlines are as follows:
- You generally have three years from the date of injury to file your lawsuit, assuming you were aware of the injury.
- If you could not have known about the injury or illness that occurred, you have up to six years to file your case.
- If you discover a foreign object in your body, you generally have two years from the date of discovery to file your lawsuit.
Medical malpractice cases can require an extensive amount of time and work to build, so take action as soon as possible. Our team can retrieve the evidence you need to support your right to damages and take appropriate legal steps to file your lawsuit on time.
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Call the Attorneys at Hammack Law Firm if You Were a Victim of Medical Malpractice
If you were a victim of medical malpractice in Spartanburg, reach out to Hammack Law Firm and hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you. Our team can review your case to identify who may be held liable for your damages and help you hold them accountable.
For a free consultation about your case, call our team today.