Types of Medical Malpractice Cases in South Carolina

Types of Medical Malpractice Cases in South Carolina Doctor performs surgery on patient in operating room.

Medical Malpractice Types in South Carolina

Mistakes by medical professionals occur frequently, but not every mistake can be classified as medical malpractice. For starters, some types are more common than others. In addition, beyond identifying a mistake, the plaintiff (injured party) must show that the level of care that led to the mistake fell below the standard for the community. That is to say, the mistake was due to care that was not in keeping with the level of care any doctor in a specific specialty is expected to provide. 

Forms of Medical Malpractice That Cause Harm to a Patient

The error made by a medical professional must not only be below the level of care, it must also cause harm to the patient for a lawsuit to be successfully filed and resolved. That is why having a legal professional on board makes a huge difference when you or a family member believes the care they received was linked to physical harm.

Some of the most common types of medical malpractice are:

  • Medication errors: The prescription process relies on correct prescribing information, filling the prescription properly and distributing the medication appropriately. Errors anywhere along the line can cause serious problems for the patient and, in some cases, fatalities. At every step, the person in charge such as the pharmacist and physician will be held accountable. If the medication is dispensed improperly, the hospital will be liable, especially when a nurse gives one patient the medication meant for another. Medication errors can be due to a doctor prescribing erroneously due to a wrong diagnosis, or the strength of the drug may be inaccurately calculated. 
  • Misdiagnosis: The diagnostic process is one where a doctor uses the tools they have to determine why someone is ill. If the condition is not diagnosed correctly or early enough, the patient’s illness may progress to a later stage that is not as easily treated, if at all. When this happens, the patient’s life may be put in jeopardy or they may suffer immensely. During the malpractice lawsuit, your lawyer will rely on the testimony of expert witnesses who are able to prove that the doctor did not provide the level of care that was needed. The expert would explain how the wrong diagnosis was responsible for the patient’s worsening condition or demise.
  • Surgical error: Some surgical errors are clear cut such as when a surgeon performs a procedure on the wrong patient or operates on the wrong body part. In others, the surgeon may leave an instrument or sponges in the patient’s body. Other procedures may not be needed or worsen the patient’s condition. In the latter case, an expert may be needed when the case goes to court. 
  • Problems with anesthesia: An anesthesiologist’s job during surgery is critical to keeping the patient safe. One mistake can result in brain injuries or death. For instance, the anesthesiologist might administer the wrong dose. They may also choose a form of anesthesia that the patient had issues with in the past or has allergies to the medication. The anesthesiologist must carefully review the patient’s chart for anesthesia issues prior to surgery. They also need to carefully monitor the patient’s vitals and other signs that might indicate a problem during the procedure.

Liability Determinations

As you can see, medical malpractice is often complicated, and a knowledge of medical issues and the resources to hire experts during the lawsuit is essential for the successful outcome of the claim. Not all attorneys have the experience that is necessary. But, the attorneys at Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers do. 

Medical Malpractice Attorney in the Myrtle Beach Area

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to medical malpractice, call the Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers for help. You can reach us at (843) 232-0944, or contact us online to schedule a free case review. We will answer all your questions and give you your options moving forward. If you are unable to visit our office, we will come to you.


What Our Clients Say

Thank you so much for your advice! I highly recommend him! Mr. Morris was extremely helpful with helping me understand the situation.
What seemed very confusing to me he actually broke everything down so I could understand what everything meant. Thank you so much for your advice! I highly recommend him!

Crissy Blumer

I would highly recommend Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers firm for any legal needs. I chose Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers to represent me after a serious MVA. Jeff and Spencer worked hard to provide the best service by addressing all of our needs and concerns within a timely, professional manner. They were so friendly and alleviated all of the stress of our medical bills and legal issues. A 5 star rating is well deserved and I would use them in the future if needed!

Savannah Crosby

I highly recommend Jeff Morris and his team. They took really good care of me after my car accident.

Ashley Wright

I would absolutely recommend Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers. He and his staff took great care of me with my MVA case.

Kristen Danielle West

They are the best. Helped me with a car accident case and i came out on top. The way they showed how much they cared for me and not just about the $$$ was all i needed. JEFF MORRIS AND ASSOCIATES ROCK

Charrise Parker

When I tell you I had a great team, I mean I had a GREAT team!! Mr. Morris & Spencer did far better than I could have ever expected handling my MVA. The effort that was required from me was extremely minimal. I literally paid nothing upfront and they were worth every penny they collected from my settlements! If you’re in the area, check them out; at least meet with them and give them a chance to hear you out. They’re worth it!!

Marie Batey

I highly recommend Jeff Morris. Him and his team took really good care of me after my car accident. He was very informative of the process and answered all my questions. The whole team is great!

Ashley Killough

Schedule A Free Case Consultation

At Morris Law Accident Injury Lawyers, we have provided compassionate and aggressive counsel to personal injury victims in Horry County, Aiken County, and throughout South Carolina since 2016. We are available 24/7/365 days of the year. Reach out and get your case evaluated at no cost.