Reviewing a Med Mal Case
If you or a loved one was injured by a medical professional, one of the hardest things to do is separate the emotional response from the legality of the situation. This is not a negative: it’s good that you care about your family’s well-being. Therefore, it is our job to handle the research into the legal aspect of the matter.
South Carolina medical malpractice cases involve a hefty amount of up-front reviewing. However, we like a challenge. Here’s how Columbia attorney Andrew Littlejohn Johnson performs the initial review of a med mal case:
Meeting a Medical Malpractice Attorney
The potential client contacts us regarding an injury they suffered or the death of a loved one at the hands of a medical professional. Andrew meets personally with the family (in the case of a wrongful death) or the injured party (in the case of a non-lethal injury). We go over all information related to the person’s medical history, treatment, injuries, and related damages. We talk about how we can help, and we answer any questions the individual(s) has.
At this stage, the individual(s) can ask whatever question they want. We always say: “When someone signs up to be a client, we want them walking out with no questions about the matter at that time.” And when questions pop up later, the client should feel comfortable calling, emailing, or texting us, asking for answers.
Determining Med Mal Liability and Viability
After the individual(s) becomes our client, we request all related medical records. Once those records come in, we perform a deep-dive into them to determine the initial viability of the case: do we think this is something we can prove in court. Read here to learn more about the heightened level of proof required in medical malpractice cases.
If we believe we can prove the case, we hire an expert to review the records. If the expert concludes that the medical professional is liable, we file the lawsuit and the litigation steps begin, including learning more about the family and the effect of the injuries/death on everyone who knew the victim.
Experienced South Carolina Medical Malpractice Attorney
In all of our cases—including medical malpractice cases, which usually take more time to evolve—we pride ourselves on communication. Throughout the entire process, we keep the client updated. When the client has questions, we promptly give them answers.
If you aren’t sure whether you were the victim of medical malpractice, call or email Andrew. The consultation is free, and if we cannot prove viability and obtain a settlement or verdict, you owe us nothing. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your situation.