October 28, 2016
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This is a very complicated area of the law arising out of the breach of a physician’s duty to adhere to a local, and often times national standard of care. Such actions require the hiring of multiple experts, the cost for which can be staggering. While there certainly are many lawyers within the State of South Carolina who are very talented in this area, it is also not uncommon to seek the services of a nationally recognized malpractice attorney. Over the years we have associated ourselves with a number of nationally known attorneys who specialize in this area, and who have been able to assist our clients in obtaining outstanding results on their cases.
If you believe you have been a victim of malpractice on the part of a doctor, it is important to document exactly what happened in your case as soon as you are physically able. While the medical records provide the initial basis for evaluating such a case, detailed accounts from you as the patient, as well as anyone in your immediate circle of family or friends who witnessed firsthand the treatment, or lack thereof, which forms the basis of your complaint, is essential to aid an expert in evaluating all aspects of the case to determine whether or not it is viable to pursue.
Under South Carolina law, there are numerous requirements which must be met before a malpractice action can ever even be initiated. Failure to understand these requirements could have disastrous consequences as concerns your case. While in obvious cases of malpractice an insurance company may reach out to you with an immediate offer of settlement, you should not entertain any such offer without first consulting competent counsel, because if you do, they may have you sign a document which precludes you from seeking further relief to which you would otherwise have been entitled. Also, once signed, you could be precluded from obtaining further medical treatment which might be absolutely necessary to a complete recovery, or you might have to pay for such treatment on your own, which could be extremely costly.
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