Greenville, SC Medical Malpractice Attorney
When you need medical treatment, you trust the doctors, nurses, and other professionals to give you the best care. When that doesn’t happen, you may continue to suffer and may even be hurt worse by poor medical treatment. That’s when you should contact a Greenville, SC medical malpractice attorney right away.
Attorney Venus Poe has extensive experience working with clients who have been injured by medical professionals. She will listen to your story and help you decide the next best steps in your case. Call (864) 963-0310 for a free consultation.
A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help You
Although you are not required to use an attorney to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, your lawyer can protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. At Venus Poe, Attorney at Law, we have helped countless clients who are facing health problems after poor medical treatment.
When you file a claim against a doctor, hospital, or other medical professional or facility, you will be dealing with their insurance company. These insurance companies have teams of lawyers who will do anything possible to deny your claim or pay you as little as possible. If medical negligence is obvious, they may even make you a lowball settlement offer that won’t cover all of your losses.
Attorney Venus Poe is familiar with all of the insurance company tactics. She knows how to demand a fair amount of compensation and negotiate the settlement you need. If they refuse to pay you for your damages, attorney Poe is not afraid to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and take them to court.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases Venus Poe Handles
Attorney Venus Poe handles all types of medical malpractice cases, including the following:
- Birth Injury or Birth Defects
- Failure to Diagnose Cancer, Heart Disease, or Other Conditions
- Failure to Treat a Condition
- Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
- Surgical Errors
- Wrong Site, Wrong Side, and Wrong Patient Surgery
- Medication Errors and Pharmacy Malpractice
- OB/GYN Malpractice
- Misinterpretation of Lab Results
- Anesthesia Errors
- Dental Malpractice
- Eye Injuries
- Hysterectomy Mistakes
- Medication Overdose
- Psychiatric Malpractice or Mental Health Malpractice
- Colonoscopy Mistakes
- Plastic Surgery Mistakes
How Much Is My Medical Malpractice Case Worth?
The exact value of your medical malpractice case depends on the severity of your injuries, how much money you have lost, and the amount of ongoing medical care and other losses you are expected to have in the future as a result of your injuries. Attorney Venus Poe will fight to make sure you get enough compensation to cover all of your damages – both economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are those that can be easily valued because you have lost actual money due to those damages. Non-economic damages are often harder to value because they are not directly related to lost money. However, you can get compensation to cover both types of damages.
Attorney Venus Poe can help you get money to pay for:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses
- Home Alterations Needed Due to Disability
- Permanent and Temporary Disability (Total and Partial)
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Consortium (Spousal Relationship)
- Loss of Quality of Life
In some cases, you may be able to get punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish a party for egregious, intentional, or especially wrongful actions. This is common when a medical provider has not met a required medical standard of care or violated a law in some way.
Who Is at Fault in a Medical Malpractice Claim?
It’s important to determine exactly what happened in your case so that you know who is at fault. In some cases, more than one person or health facility may be to blame. You must include all responsible parties in a medical malpractice lawsuit, otherwise you may not be able to get all of the compensation you deserve.
- Some common parties who are at fault in medical malpractice claims include:
- Nurse Practitioners
- OB/GYN Doctors
- Physical Therapists
- Plastic Surgeons
- Mental Health Counselors and Therapists
- Physician’s Assistants
- Alternative Medicine Providers
In addition to these people who provide medical care, the entity they work for, such as a hospital or clinic, may be vicariously liable for the actions of their employees. Vicarious liability means that a party is responsible for the negligence of another person because of their legal obligations to supervise or otherwise oversee the at-fault party.
What Is Medical Negligence?
The at-fault parties in a medical malpractice claim are guilty of medical negligence. Medical negligence is an act or omission (failure to act) by a medical professional that does not meet accepted medical standard of care. A medical standard of care is the quality of medical care that a medical professional is required to provide to a patient.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
South Carolina has a statute of limitations, or deadline, within which you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you do not meet that deadline, then you forfeit your right to recover compensation, no matter how strong your claim is.
The statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims in South Carolina depends on the specific situation. These rules are outlined in South Carolina Code of Laws Section 15-3-545.
Generally, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within three years of the date on which you were harmed or when the harm should have been discovered. However, in many cases, the statute of limitation may be as short as two years from the date of harm or when you should have discovered the harm.
Additionally, the deadline may also be extended for children and minors who are injured by medical negligence. In these cases, the statute of limitations “clock” is paused for up to seven years. However, it is not paused for more than one year after the person turns 18.
It is very important to speak with an attorney to discuss the proper statute of limitations for your specific circumstances.
Attorney Venus Poe Can Help with a Medical Malpractice Claim
If you or a loved one was injured by a medical professional who was negligent and harmed you instead of helping you heal, then you should immediately contact a medical malpractice attorney. Attorney Venus Poe is a compassionate lawyer who is ready to listen to your story and protect your rights against the insurance companies who may try to take advantage of you.
Call Venus Poe, Attorney at Law today at (864) 963-0310 or use our online contact form to reach out for a free and confidential consultation of your case.