Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyers
An estimated 98,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors, according to a study done by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. Preventable medical errors is the sixth ranked leading cause of death in our country, just behind deaths from accidents.
In addition to the loss of valuable human lives, our nation suffers a $29 billion loss each year because of these medical mistakes. The doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, nursing home employees, and other medical professionals must be held accountable when they make these mistakes and harm one of their patients.
If you or someone close to you has been injured from negligent care while in a hospital, doctors office, nursing home, urgent care center, pharmacy or elsewhere, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The upstate South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers at Harbin & Burnett are ready to hear your case and fight to get you everything you are due under the law.
If you prefer to contact us online, please fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to the right. It's free and strictly confidential.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
Generally speaking, people enter the medical field because they want to heal others. The errors that medical professionals make are usually never intentional, but they still occur and victims need to be compensated.
Here is a list of common causes for medical malpractice:
- Hospitals and surgery centers are fast-paced and high-pressure workplaces.
- Most medical staff work long hours, with few breaks.
- Instrumentation used during an operation can be defective.
- Surgeons sometimes rely on the memory of nurses and themselves instead of charts.
Although there is a high amount of medical negligence in our nation, the number of medical malpractice suits is relatively low. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have been hurt by the carelessness of a medical practitioner.
Types of Medical Negligence
According to a 2016 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study, more than 251,000 deaths in the United States are due to medical errors, making it the third highest cause of death after heart disease and cancer. While many hospitals and healthcare facilities have extensive safety procedures already in place, it is clear from the data that mistakes still happen very frequently.
The unfortunate victims of these mistakes often suffer life-changing consequences that not only affect themselves, but also their families and other dependents.
Some of the most common medical misconduct errors include:
- Failure to treat
- Incorrect medication/medicine dosage
- Unnecessary or incorrect amputation
- Wrong site surgery
- Elder abuse
- Failure to properly monitor equipment
- Defective or damaged implants
- Inadequate sterilization procedures
- Surgical instruments left in the body
- Nursing errors
These are just some of the examples of mistakes made by medical professionals that can lead to serious injuries, permanent disability, or even death. If you believe that you have experienced any of these, our team of legal professionals can explain your rights to you and let you know how the legal process works.
Common Malpractice Injuries
A patient should never need to expect anything other than competence and expertise from their healthcare professionals. Medical practitioners are required to meet certain standard levels of care and follow specific protocols.
When these expectations aren't met, injuries usually happen. Some common injuries from medical malpractice include:
- Surgical burns
- Bacterial infections
- Loss of limb
- Respiratory problems
- Birth injuries
- Internal injuries
- Nerve damage
If you are unable to come to our office because you are suffering any of the injuries listed above, we offer free home consultations and hospital visits.
Contact our Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The trust and faith that patients put in the hands of doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals are not always rewarded. A victim of medical malpractice may be forced to deal with pain and suffering, depression, lost wages, additional medical bills, and other expenses.
At Harbin & Burnett, our medical malpractice attorneys have experience negotiating compensation for upstate injury victims and their families. We fight hard to get justice and maximum compensation for our clients.
Our office is located in Anderson, and we provide legal counsel and services to citizens throughout South Carolina, including those in:
- Travelers Rest
To learn more about how we can help you, please call us today at 1(888)821-0247 (nationwide) or 1(800)634-5328 (in South Carolina). A welcoming, professional member of our intake team will ask you about a few details of your case and then get you quickly connected to one of our highly-qualified upstate attorneys.
Alternatively, you can simply fill out the form at the top of this page and we will contact you about your claim. There are no obligations and your information will remain confidential.