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Medical Malpractice Damages Limits in South Carolina

South Carolina places limits on how much money or damages a patient or injured person can sue for in a medical malpractice lawsuit ­­–– no matter how bad the injuries. Those “caps” apply to non-economic damages, those that don’t have a fixed dollar amount, such as pain, suffering, loss of quality of life, embarrassment, anxiety, and the like.

Each year, those limits are adjusted for inflation and were recently updated in the South Carolina State Register. Currently, the noneconomic cap for medical malpractice for private, non-profit health care providers are as follows:

$479,064 for civil liability for noneconomic damages for each claimant.

$1,437,192 for each claimant against ALL health care providers involved in a medical negligence claim. This combined limit means if a patient sues many doctors or institutions for a medical malpractice claim, this is the maximum non-economic damages amount one can receive from all entities combined.

Although these amounts are slightly higher than last year’s, patients and injured people should be aware that, in many cases, there are limits to the amount of damages available. South Carolina also limits or “caps” how much an injured person can collect from government-sponsored health care providers and health care providers that are deemed charitable.

If you have questions about a potential medical or dental malpractice claim, or the limitation on damages that may be available, please call the attorneys at Kahn Law Firm, LLP.