As a patient you place an incredible amount of trust in the medical professionals responsible for your well-being. When that trust is broken by medical malpractice the results can easily leave you seriously injured and financially burdened. And of all the forms of South Carolina medical malpractice, surgical errors are some of the most destructive and life altering.
Surgical errors can include improperly administering anesthesia, puncturing internal organs, operating on the wrong body part, negligently leaving surgical implements, or any additional complications caused by the surgery. South Carolina surgical errors often leave patients in worse health than before the procedure and can result in not only permanent harm but in some cases death.
South Carolina medical malpractice laws are complex, but a knowledgeable surgical error lawyer can help malpractice victims or their families receive compensation and possibly prevent further errors from occurring.
South Carolina Medical Malpractice Settlement Awards
In 2007, a woman near Greenville died three weeks after gynecological surgery. A jury awarded her husband $2.4 million for his wife’s wrongful death. The jury found the doctors that operated on her guilty of medical malpractice when they carelessly punctured her bowel during the surgery and didn’t treat the mishap appropriately or promptly.
A medical malpractice case in Myrtle Beach led to a jury awarding another husband $3 million after his wife also died due to doctor negligence. She had gone to the hospital complaining of serious stomach and lower back pain. She was soon diagnosed with a kidney stone and released with pain medication. She died of septic shock two days later, and the doctors were eventually found to not have followed national standards of care when they failed to run the necessary tests that could have saved the woman’s life.
In 2009, a woman’s family received $3.25 million after being victimized by medical malpractice. In 2002 she had gastric bypass surgery. After the surgery she suffered complications, but it took three years for the stomach pain to become unbearable. One day in March of 2005, she ended up in the emergency three times with crippling stomach pain and was eventually sent home having been told it was only constipation. By the time doctors found that she actually had a twisted intestine due to her previous bypass surgery it was too late and she passed away. A successful wrongful death lawsuit filed by the woman’s family was won against seven practitioners from the surgeons who originally botched the surgery to the doctors that failed to identify the woman’s chronic pain.
South Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Whether it’s surgical errors, birth injuries, or misdiagnosis of diseases, malpractice is always devastating. Let the South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys at Harris & Graves fight to get you the money you deserve after you or a loved one has been victimized by the gross negligence of a physician.
Harris & Graves are dedicated to serving the people of Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Greenville, Florence, and throughout South Carolina. So if you’ve been injured by malpractice, contact them today and let them get started on your South Carolina medical malpractice claim with a free case review.