Aiken Medical Malpractice Attorney
Aiken Medical Malpractice Attorney
We put our lives into the hands of medical professionals. When someone suffers injuries because of poor judgment or negligence, it can feel like a betrayal. You may wonder what options you have and whether you can hold your healthcare provider financially accountable after suffering harm. With Morris Law Firm, you can.
An Aiken medical malpractice attorney from our firm is committed to your case’s outcome. Through a claim or lawsuit, you could recover compensation for a host of expenses, from medical bills to lost income. Call us now to begin your free case review. Together, we can explore your options and start advocating for you.
The Many Benefits of Partnering With Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
At Morris Law Firm, we have extensive knowledge about medical malpractice. We know how to handle these cases and navigate the difficult issues that arise.
Our team can serve you by:
- Listening to your story
- Evaluating your case’s potential
- Explaining your legal rights and options moving forward
- Reviewing your damages and calculating their values
- Identifying who caused your injuries
- Protecting your legal rights throughout the claims process
- Talking to the insurance companies on your behalf
- Handling all case-related communications
- Negotiating a settlement
- Representing you in court (if your case requires it)
Our attorneys provide invaluable legal guidance while you fight to hold the liable party accountable.
We Offer Free Case Reviews to Prospective Clients in Aiken
We don’t give our clients empty promises—and we don’t sugarcoat anything, either. We want you to understand the reality of your situation moving forward. That way, you can make informed legal decisions that aim to hold the negligent party accountable for your losses. We also offer the tools you need to rebuild your life moving forward.
As noted, we offer free case reviews where we can discuss your situation. During the consultation, we can hear about what happened and how the medical practitioner’s negligence affected you. After learning your story, we can start advocating for what you need.
A Delayed Diagnosis
Someone could suffer life-changing consequences if a medical professional fails to diagnose a time-sensitive condition. Many injuries and illnesses require early treatment to prevent them from worsening. A delayed diagnosis means delayed treatment, putting a patient’s life at risk. IWe Follow All Case-Related Deadlines
There are time limits on how long you have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You generally have three years from the date of the error (or the date of the error’s discovery) to file a lawsuit against the liable party. If the three years end and you have not filed a lawsuit, you could miss out on holding the liable party accountable.
When you work with our firm, you can rest assured that you won’t miss any deadlines. We manage all time-sensitive aspects of your case, so you don’t have to worry about them.
We Prove Negligence in Your Medical Malpractice Case
The law requires us to show that because a healthcare provider didn’t uphold their field’s standard of care, you were injured and deserve damages.
This requires proving:
- Duty of care. Every healthcare provider, from doctors to nurses, has an obligation toBreach of duty. When a healthcare provider has a lapse in judgment or fails to act, they could breach their duty of care toward a patient.
- Causation. Because the healthcare provider made an error or omission, you suffered serious injuries.
- Damages. You have medical bills, lost income, and other damages because you didn’t receive appropriate care.
We need evidence to support our allegations. We may consult your medical records to learn more about the error that hurt you. Our lawyers may also consult with third-party healthcare providers to learn about what went wrong and why.
You Could Recover Compensation With Our Aiken Attorneys’ Help
Once our attorneys prove that you suffered injuries and medical malpractice, we can seek these (and possibly other) damages:
- Medical bills: This includes the costs of any medical care you received for your injury or illness.
- Lost income: You could recover compensation for any income-related losses such as lost tips, bonuses, benefits, and commissions.
- Loss of future earning capacity. Your injuries could affect your earning ability. If so, your case could account for any harm to your earning power.
- Pain and suffering: You could recover compensation for any pain, anguish, or discomfort you felt because of the injury or illness.
- Emotional distress: Going through treatments and dealing with severe illnesses can cause a lot of emotional distress. You can recover compensation for the emotional issues you dealt with because of medical malpractice.
When our attorneys begin working on your case, we can calculate your losses and evaluate what you could seek. We can then use this figure when we negotiate with the liable party.
We Advocate for Aiken Medical Malpractice Claimants in These Situations
When a healthcare provider fails to uphold their field’s standard of care, they commit medical malpractice. We advocate for injured claimants in the aftermath of suffering: your doctor failed to diagnose your condition promptly, and you suffered complications, you could hold them legally accountable.
Misdiagnosing an injury or illness can affect a patient adversely if:
- They get unnecessary treatment. Imagine a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a patient with cancer. The patient undergoes chemotherapy. Then, it turns out they never had cancer. This means the patient unnecessarily had to undergo an intensive treatment regimen.
- They don’t get treatment. Misdiagnosing a patient’s condition can delay treatment, allowing their original condition to get worse.
Healthcare providers must accurately diagnose conditions to promote patients’ health. Any failure to do so could constitute negligence.
Negligence During Surgeries
Surgeons must do everything possible to promote a patient’s well-being. This includes double-checking medical records, performing surgeries correctly, and refraining from leaving instruments inside the body. While not all surgeries go according to plan, a surgeon must do everything in their power to prevent possible complications.
A birth injury happens when the mother or baby sustains an injury during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.
Examples of birth injuries caused by negligence include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Fetal stroke
- Facial nerve palsy
These birth injuries could occur if medical practitioners do not follow proper procedures. If your child suffered from a birth injury because of the actions of their medical care providers, you could hold them responsible through a claim or lawsuit.
Medication errors are among the leading causes of medical malpractice.
These errors could happen when:
- A doctor prescribes the wrong medication, leading to adverse side effects.
- A doctor prescribes the wrong dose, leading to complications.
- A pharmacist incorrectly fills the prescription.
- A patient with a pre-existing health condition has a negative reaction to a medication —which the prescriber should have known about.
Your lawyer can investigate the prescription error and use their findings to bolster your claim.
Failure to Treat
If you go to the doctor and they fail to treat your illness or injury, and you sustain further injury because of that, you could file a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit against them.
The consequences of failing to treat a patient are vast.
- The illness could continue to thrive, endangering the patient’s life.
- Something that could have required simple medical intervention could now require extensive intervention if the illness progressed.
If you suffered from a progressed illness or further injury because a medical care provider failed to treat you, you could recover compensation through a claim or lawsuit.
During surgery or other procedures, an anesthesiologist administers anesthesia and monitors its effects on the patient.
However, problems could arise if:
- The dosage was incorrect.
- The healthcare provider delayed in delivering the anesthesia.
- The medical staff did not monitor the patient appropriately.
- The medical team sedated the patient for a dangerous period.
- The healthcare provider failed to recognize or respond to complications appropriately.
- The equipment was not maintained and failed during the procedure.
Any of these issues could cause someone to suffer severe complications. Anesthesia errors could cause someone to have issues as severe as a stroke or heart attack. It can also lead to wrongful death. If you or a loved one suffered harm because of an anesthesia error, you have legal options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Cases in Aiken
We want to offer the answers you need to make informed decisions about your next steps. Below, we’ve included some questions we commonly get from clients in your situation. Of course, if you ever have case-specific questions, reach out to our legal team.
Who Is Liable for My Injuries?
Liability depends on your situation. You could hold a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or another healthcare provider accountable for your losses. Many healthcare providers carry liability insurance. This pays for claimants’ losses if something goes wrong. So, we could file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurer to seek what you need.
What Challenges Could Arise in My Medical Malpractice Case?
There are many challenges that could impede your right to damages in a medical malpractice case. The biggest challenge you could face is issues regarding liability. Many healthcare providers are reluctant to own up to their mistakes. They may fear losing their license or sustaining damage to their reputation.
We use evidence to bolster your right to damages and refute any denials of liability. We consult with field experts, review your personal testimony, and implement other measures to demonstrate your right to damages.
Could I Seek Damages if I Lost a Loved One?
Executors or administrators of the decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death action. Our team can evaluate your eligibility for initiating a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. If you qualify, you could seek damages for funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and end-of-life care costs.
How Much Can I Recover for My Losses?
How much you can recover depends on your situation, including:
- The severity of the medical error
- The types of injuries you sustained
- Whether you lost a loved one
- Whether you now have a permanent disability
- The cost of your financial losses
- The injury’s effect on your day-to-day function and earning power
We calculate your losses and then use that figure as the starting point for negotiations. We hope to secure everything you need, so you can rebuild your life.
What Should I Do After Sustaining Medical Malpractice in Aiken?
Our attorneys recommend these measures while considering your legal options:
Seek Medical Care From Another Professional
You may be hesitant about seeking medical attention after suffering medical malpractice. It’s perfectly normal to distrust healthcare providers and be wary of your next steps. Still, seeking care from another qualified professional can address your condition and help you reach maximum medical improvement. We could also use their testimony to bolster your case later.
Limit Communications With the Involved Parties
You don’t have to give a recorded statement to anyone following your injury. The less information you share with others, the less reason the insurer has to dispute your case. Your lawyer can manage all communications with the negligent party, legal representatives, and insurance providers.
Consider Your Legal Options
Medical malpractice cases are complex legal matters. There are many obligations that go into preparing, filing, and completing a claim or lawsuit, too. By entrusting your case to our legal team, you get the time and energy you need to focus on your well-being. The team at Morris Law Firm can manage everything your case requires to reach a fair outcome.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Aiken Today
Today, you can start a free case review and learn about partnering with our legal team. For more information, contact us at (803) 470-4444. During your free case review, we can address your concerns and answer your questions. Or reach out to an Aiken personal injury lawyer.