Medical Malpractice FAQ
Answers from a Skilled Charleston Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is a unique area of the law relating to those injured
as the result of some negligence on the part of doctors or other medical
personnel. At Kahn Law Firm, LLP our
Charleston medical malpractice lawyers are highly skilled at getting clients the compensation they need when
it comes to this complex field of law.
Below are some common questions regarding medical malpractice cases in
South Carolina. If you have other concerns, do not hesitate to contact
the Board Certified legal professionals at our firm and we can discuss
your questions during a
no-cost case consultation.
How do I know if I have a malpractice claim?
The only way to know for certain is to have a Charleston medical malpractice
attorney determine if your injuries constitute malpractice. This area
of law can be highly complex since your medical history and the law must
be analyzed before such a determination can be made.
Who can be sued in a malpractice suit?
In addition to the medical professional you believe was responsible for
the negligence, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, medical practices, nursing
homes or other health care facilities can be held liable depending on
your unique case.
If I am not happy with my medical care, can file a claim?
A malpractice claim can only be made if the outcome of your care was the
result of your medical provider’s failure to use reasonable care.
What are typical medical malpractice claims?
There are three broad categories of medical malpractice claims—failure
to properly diagnose a medical condition, failure to properly treat a
diagnosed medical condition, and failure to obtain the patient’s
informed consent before treatment.
How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim?
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations regarding malpractice is
three years from the date of the alleged act which gave rise to the suit.
The time limit may be extended in some circumstances; however, filing
can be a lengthy process making it all the more crucial you speak with
a qualified attorney.
What kind of damages can I be awarded from a successful suit?
You could be entitled to compensation which can cover your related medical
costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and potentially punitive damages
in rare cases.