Medical and dental malpractice is a core practice area of Jordan Law Firm, PC. For every medical or dental malpractice case, our legal team exerts all our resources and personal attention to ensure that our clients are provided with the most effective legal representation possible.
As generally defined, medical malpractice is an act, or omission to act, by a medical professional or a health care provider which falls below the accepted standard of professional competence or professional practice in the medical community and results in provable damages to the patient. Such an act or omission may be the result of the health care provider's negligence, ignorance, or intentional wrongdoing, all of which could be actionable. Medical malpractice may occur in the initial diagnosis of a patient, when a doctor fails to notice an important symptom or recognize a serious illness, possibly discharging the patient or prescribing the wrong treatment. It may also occur before or during any type of medical treatment or procedure, or even in post-operative patient care.
As a sub-category of medical malpractice, dental malpractice occurs when a dentist fails to follow the accepted standard of care for his profession, resulting in harm to the patient. Dental malpractice can also occur when the dentist has practiced with negligence or incompetence. These types of practices by a dentist could cause complications and dental damages that could be lifelong for patients.
In the legal context, negligence is the predominant theory of liability concerning allegations of medical or dental malpractice, making this type of litigation part of tort law. Accordingly, a person alleging medical malpractice typically must prove four elements: (1) that a duty of care was owed by the physician; (2) that the physician violated the applicable standard of care; (3) that the person suffered a compensable injury; and (4) that the injury was caused in fact and proximately caused by the substandard conduct. The burden of proving these elements is on the plaintiff in a malpractice lawsuit.
Once a doctor or dentist agrees to treat a patient, he or she has a professional duty to provide competent care. The fact remains, however, that many patients today sustain significant physical, mental, or emotional injuries as a result of substandard medical or dental care provided at a health care facility. The medical malpractice attorneys at Jordan Law Firm strongly support the belief that every patient has the right to receive proper and competent treatment for their medical conditions, whatever they may be. Our law firm fights for injured patients and their family members suffering from medical or dental malpractice. Medication errors, surgical injuries, birth injuries, misdiagnosis, and anesthesia errors are some of the primary types of cases our medical malpractice lawyers handle.
If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic, life-changing injury as a result of the negligence of a doctor, hospital, nurse, or other medical professional or facility, do not hesitate to contact our medical/dental malpractice team in Charleston, or Rock Hill, SC.