Medical Malpractice FAQs

What else can I do besides sue for malpractice?

The first step, other than filing a lawsuit, includes informing the professional who performed the service. The professional may not know that there is a problem. Most doctors are honest and will take action to correct a mistake. This helps you to obtain immediate relief and allows the responsible party to correct the error before others are harmed.

State regulatory boards and licensing authorities can also review and discipline doctors. A penalty or fine, including the suspension or revocation of a license, can be imposed by state agencies and organizations.

If you feel that you have a claim after finding that your family member was seriously injured, please contact us. Our attorneys will review your case. The initial consultation is free and we are dedicated to recovering substantial damages for our clients who have suffered from medical malpractice.

What should I do if I have been a victim of medical malpractice?

You should not go through this difficult time alone. You, the patient, should not be paying for your doctor’s mistakes or negligence. If you or a loved one is living with the consequences of a misdiagnosis, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer who can protect your rights and get you the compensation to which you are entitled.

Contact us at info@hodgelawfirm.com or 864.585.3873 to request a free initial consultation. We may advise you to request a full copy of your medical records as soon as possible. We will review your medical records and will promptly let you know if you have a case.

When should I suspect that my injuries were caused by medical malpractice?

Not all medical mistakes are malpractice, but if you or a loved one has suffered an unexpected serious injury or death, you should question whether the injury or death was caused by medical negligence. You owe it to yourself and your family to know the truth and to hold the health care provider responsible for the harm he or she caused.

For example, perhaps your child was born with a brain injury due to the negligence of the doctor who managed your labor/delivery. The costs of providing proper care for such a child over a lifetime can be financially crippling. If your child has an injury that is due to the negligence of the doctor, that doctor should be held responsible for the harm caused to you and your child.

Likewise, maybe a loved one passed away unexpectedly. The emotional and financial affect on you and your family can be devastating. This should cause you to ask whether your loved one died as a result of malpractice. You have the right to hold the negligent party responsible for the harm his or her carelessness caused.

How common is medical malpractice?

Unfortunately, up to 98,000 people die each year in American hospitals due to medical mistakes. That means that medical mistakes are the 8th leading cause of death in our country.

Medical malpractice mistakes involving medication errors cause injuries to over 1.3 million persons a year.

What are typical medical malpractice claims?

Lawsuits against health institutions and/or physicians, medical malpractice commonly occurs under the following circumstances: Injuries during birth; Negligence during Surgery or Anesthesia; General Misdiagnosis; Misdiagnosis of a Heart Attack; Infection.

What is medical malpractice or medical negligence?

Medical malpractice (also known as medical negligence) means that a health care provider caused injury or death to a patient by failing to act within the applicable standard of care, meaning he or she failed to act reasonably under the circumstances and the unreasonable conduct caused harm.