Medical Malpractice Lawyers serving South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky
In the most basic sense, medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor or other medical professional who failed to competently perform their medical duties. Proving medical malpractice is not an easy thing to do in most cases, but Headley Ballard LLC and our team of medical malpractice lawyers in Mount Pleasant, SC and Pearisburg, VA Areas as well as WV, VA, PA, KY and OH will work diligently to help you heal if your case qualifies. Give us a call to learn more about filing a claim so you can get on the road to recovery.
Common Medical Malpractice Cases
The primary concern with medical malpractice cases is negligence. Common negligent acts concerning medical malpractice cases include misdiagnosis, medication mix-ups, failure to obtain consent and surgical errors.
To prove a medical malpractice claim it must be proved that the doctor or other medical professional was negligent in their care. In general, you can't sue because you were not happy with the way a suitable treatment turned out. To prove negligence it must be shown the doctor caused harm in a way that a competent medical professional would not have, under similar circumstances. A doctor's care doesn't have to be the best, but reasonably skillful and careful.
In many medical malpractice cases it is necessary to have another medical doctor issue statements saying that the original treating doctor acted negligently. This is because in many cases a doctor is treating an ill or injured person, and it can be difficult to determine if their care caused additional harm, unless a third party can offer their expert opinion to a judge. It is necessary to show that the malpractice led to specific damages, such as:
- Physical Pain
- Mental Trauma or Anguish
- Additional Medical Bills
- Lost Work or Wages
In worst case scenarios the specific damages could be death, which would result in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the deceased. If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in the Mount Pleasant, Charleston SC, or Pearisburg, VA areas or the neighboring communities of WV, VA, PA, KY and OH, don't hesitate to contact Headley Ballard LLC. Our team is uniquely qualified to file medical malpractice lawsuits in South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Ohio. Call the Mt Pleasant SC office at (843) 242-0703 or the Pearisburg VA office at (540) 235-5569 to schedule a free initial consultation for your case.