When you go to a hospital or a medical provider, you are trusting in their care. You are never more vulnerable than you are when you are receiving medical attention. You are literally placing your life in the hands of your doctor.
Most medical providers are competent, dedicated professionals who do everything they can for their patients. They work hard and they do everything they can to protect their charges.
However, the tragic reality is that mistakes happen. And when they do, it's reasonable to hold the medical provider to account for their errors. This is where our medical malpractice lawyer comes in.
Bill Nettles can help you navigate the personal injury system and pursue the compensation you deserve as the victim of medical malpractice.
If you've been hurt by a medical provider's negligence in South Carolina and you want to know if you have a case, please call the Law Office of Bill Nettles today at (803) 828-6126.
What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice?
Medicine is obviously a highly complex field. It deals with difficult, life and death situations, and sometimes, tragedies happen. Quite often, these tragedies are no one's "fault-" a medical provider did everything right, and something out of his or her control happened.
The law recognizes this. As such, a bad outcome, no matter how tragic, is not automatically presumed to be a case of medical malpractice. You don't have a case simply because something bad happened to you during a procedure.
Instead, medical malpractice law operates according to so-called "standards of care." Defined simply, a standard of care is an accepted treatment or diagnostic routine that a reasonable provider could be expected to adhere to in a given set of circumstances.
For example, if you come to your doctor complaining of severe abdominal pains and shortness of breath, there is a certain standard of care for diagnosing the cause of those symptoms. If the doctor adheres to that standard, he or she is usually in the clear legally, even if they're not able to discover the condition afflicting you.
By contrast, if the doctor does not follow the standard of care and instead attempts to diagnose you in a fashion that is not recognized by the medical community, he or she might in danger of a medical malpractice action should he or she fail to discover what's wrong with you and you suffer significant harm as a result.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
We tend to think of medical malpractice in terms of doctors, but the reality is that any medical provider can be guilty of malpractice. Doctors tend to be the decision-makers, but medical malpractice cases have been successfully pursued against:
- Medical device manufacturers
- Hospital administrators
- Medical technicians
This illustrates the broad, expansive scope of medical malpractice. When you're hurt as a result of negligence or misconduct, it doesn't matter if the person responsible was a doctor, a nurse or in some position on the medical hierarchy.
Specific examples of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Mis-diagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Incorrectly filled prescriptions
- Post-operative infections
- Birth injuries
There are, of course, many different types of medical malpractice. We're equipped to help if you or a family member suffered grievous harm as a result of medical negligence.
How We Help
It's impossible to overstate the importance of experience in a medical malpractice lawyer. Every legal case is complicated, as they involve difficult issues of law and statutory interpretation. Medical malpractice cases involve the usual complex legal dilemmas and difficult-to-understand medical issues as well.
Put simply, there's no substitute for experience in your lawyer.
Bill Nettles has been a practicing attorney in South Carolina for decades. He understands the intricacies and complexities of medical malpractice litigation and knows how to successfully pursue such a case.
We'll help in the following ways:
- First, we'll listen to your story at a free initial consultation. This conversation costs you nothing and comes with no obligation. We'll ask some questions, answer yours and address any concerns you might have.
- Then, we'll advise you on the best course of action. Mr. Nettles will use his decades of experience to determine if you have a viable medical malpractice claim. You can trust in the honesty and wisdom of his advice.
- If you do have a claim and decide to retain our firm, we will launch a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the accident that resulted in your injuries. We will leave no stone unturned.
- Mr. Nettles is an experienced litigator, which means he knows how to navigate a courtroom. We cannot guarantee you a specific result or settlement, but our experience with successful litigation demonstrates our skill and value.
Of course, most cases are resolved long before they reach trial. Mr. Nettles is quite adept at plea bargain negotiations, where his reputation and experience have often proved invaluable.
The takeaway from all of this should be the importance of making contact with our medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. There's no substitute for a face-to-face conversation with an experienced attorney about your case.
If you've been hurt in South Carolina and you want to speak to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer about your case, please call the Law Office of Bill Nettles today at (803) 828-6126. We're located in Columbia, but we handle cases in Charleston, Greenville and every other South Carolina community.