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Organ and tissue transplant rejection

Recipients of organ or tissue transplants in South Carolina face the risk that their body's immune system may reject the transplant. Doctors can help to minimize the risk of this reaction by ensuring that the transplanted organ or tissue is a correct match for the recipient. Medicines can also be used to suppress the immune system and prevent a person's body from rejecting a newly transplanted organ.

Physicians previously reluctant to discuss errors

As South Carolina residents may know, it may be difficult to obtain full disclosure of a medical error made by a health care provider. While only a small percentage of doctors admit to nondisclosure of medical errors, partial disclosure is more common than full disclosure. Attitudes toward disclosure of these mistakes have been changing among physicians and organizations and has led to some states mandating disclosure. Other states have barred information in a physician's disclosure from being used against them in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Doctor allegedly fails to diagnose black lung in miner

A miner who applied for federal benefits in 2005 had his claim denied by a judge in 2011. The claim was denied despite several doctors determining that he had severe black lung. According to reports, this was largely due to one doctor at Johns Hopkins University whose negative results superseded other opinions. The miner claimed that he was put on oxygen, slept upright in a chair and had trouble breathing due to the issue.

Why wrong-site surgeries occur

Although reports of wrong-site surgeries are rare, they raise serious questions for both patients and medical professionals in South Carolina. A patient may want to be assured that this scenario won't occur during their procedures, and surgeons and hospitals may worry about the legal and financial implications if something goes wrong. Individuals on both sides of the problem can benefit from the identification of causes and consequences connected to WSSs.

Standard of care breaches might lead to lawsuits

As a patient in South Carolina, you are afforded certain rights and generally expect that the individuals treating you should try to provide the best care possible for the situation. However, this does not always occur, and you may suffer additional injury while seeking treatment from medical physicians and health care facilities.

How do you prove fault in a medical malpractice case?

Most South Carolina patients know that, while doctors are often able to save the lives of many patients, not all will survive if they become sick or need life-saving surgery. However, patients and their families expect that their healthcare providers will provide them with expert care. If the physician fails to do this, however, the patient may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, they will need to provide proof that the attending physician was at fault.

Recognizing when standards of medical care have been ignored

In any profession, there are basic standards for appropriate conduct. Namely, employees shouldn't put themselves in a position that would adversely impact their ability to make positive contributions. In some occupations, however, the stakes for following professional guidelines are incredibly high. The medical field is certainly one of these fields.

How soon must South Carolina medical malpractice claims be filed?

Undergoing a major medical procedure is a stressful experience, no matter the situation. However, people trust that their doctors and nurses will provide the best possible care. This is what happens most of the time, but is not always the case. Due to a lack of caution or care, medical professionals can make mistakes that have lasting repercussions.

Understanding when a medical malpractice claim is the right move

Losing a loved one is never easy. Even when a person has lived a long, full life, it can be hard to say goodbye. Keeping in this mind, it's understandable why people feel upset and frustrated when a loved one's death could have been prevented. When put into this position, people may not know what can be done to respond to the situation.

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