We all rely upon and expect doctors and other health care providers to heal us when we are sick or injured, but unfortunately sometimes they do us harm instead. Florence injury lawyer William J. Tuck represents clients in Florence, Darlington, Hartsville, and throughout South Carolina who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice. Mr. Tuck is an experienced and accomplished attorney who has a record of helping clients get the compensation that they deserve from those responsible for their injuries . He guides clients through the legal process, taking the time to understand their needs and explain their options, and fights aggressively to maximize money damages and other remedies.Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim in South Carolina
Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional like a doctor, dentist or nurse or other caregiver makes a mistake that causes a person to be injured or causes existing injuries to become worse. The term refers to a specific legal claim that a person injured by an accident or mistake can file against the responsible person – and his or her employer – in order to recover money damages and other remedies. That includes money for doctors’ bills, missed wages due to time away from work and pain, suffering and emotional distress.
In order to prove medical malpractice, you have to show that the health care professional that you’re suing failed to live up to the “standard of care” expected under the circumstances and that this failure caused you to be injured. The standard of care is generally based on what would be expected of a reasonable health care professional in a similar situation. That means showing that the person failed to perform certain tests or to otherwise recognize a condition, or that the person ordered a course of treatment that wasn’t appropriate. Typical complications related to a surgery or other procedure are not likely to be considered malpractice.
A person suing for medical malpractice also has to directly prove that he or she suffered an injury as a result of the health care professional’s mistake, or that the mistake made an existing condition worse. That means providing detailed medical and other evidence that rules out other possible causes of an injury.
If you’re considering suing for malpractice, it’s also important to keep in mind the filing deadlines that can make or break your case. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in South Carolina is generally three years, although in some circumstances it may only be two years. In other words, a person has only two or three years from the date on which he or she was harmed – or, possibly, the date on which he or she could reasonably be expected to become aware of the harm, or claim – to file a lawsuit against those responsible. There are some exceptions to this rule, and a statute of limitations analysis should only be made by an experienced South Carolina medical malpractice lawyer who has been made aware of the specific facts of the case under review.Consult With an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
Florence accident attorney William J. Tuck understands just how traumatic and life-altering a bout with medical malpractice can be, both for the person injured and his or her family. With more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Tuck has a history of successfully helping the people that he represents maximize their compensation in medical malpractice and other cases. Mr. Tuck and his staff work diligently to help clients consider their individual situations, weigh their options and present their cases in the most convincing manner.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Hartsville, Darlington Florence, or elsewhere in South Carolina, contact us online or call Attorney Tuck at 843-393-2201 to arrange a consultation. We are proud to serve clients from our office in the historic old Bank of Darlington Building at 54 Public Square in downtown Darlington. Our clients come to us from across the state, including in Darlington, Chesterfield, Bishopville, Myrtle Beach, and Sumter.