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When to Sue for Medical Malpractice

Posted in Personal Injury on May 14, 2020

It may not hit you right away that the losses you suffered because of a medical injury were due to medical malpractice. Your doctor may be a great doctor—except that this time, they’ve left you severely injured and suffering. 

The problem is, many malpractice victims don’t know when to sue for medical malpractice. You may be lost yourself, and now you’re worried about whether you’ll receive compensation at all for your losses. 

If you’re not sure when to sue, you may need a lawyer’s guidance on your medical malpractice claim. Making the right call for your claim can be tough. But if you wait too long or make a mistake, it could be the end of your claim. Reach out to an injury attorney today before you miss your window to sue. 

Medical Mistakes vs. Medical Negligence

You may need to determine fast whether you have grounds to sue before you file any paperwork. Not every medical injury or worsened illness is caused by negligence—sometimes, your doctor has done all they can to prevent your injuries. 

Medical negligence means your doctor was careless enough with your safety to cause an injury. For example, a doctor treating you for one illness when you really had a different one isn’t necessarily grounds for medical malpractice. If your doctor neglected to test you for other possible conditions before treating you, though, they could be held responsible for your losses. 

You Don’t Have Much Time to Sue in South Carolina 

When dealing with medical malpractice, it may be better to act sooner rather than later when it comes to suing. Your time limits in South Carolina could affect you, and the rules can get complicated fast.