Earlier this year, a Charleston County deputy filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). According to WCBD, the deputy was taken to MUSC after he and a tow truck operator were hit by a pickup truck on Don Holt Bridge. The deputy and tow truck operator were on the bridge helping a disabled motorist prior to the crash.
The deputy suffered severe injuries during the incident, including traumatic brain injury, multiple orthopedic fractures, and polytrauma. The deputy had to be sedated and intubated following the wreck. He was also placed in restraints while in his hospital bed because he had a high fall risk because of his condition.
Despite his fall risk, the deputy’s restraints were eventually removed (against his family’s wishes). At some point, after his restraints were removed, he fell from his bed. The fall resulted in the deputy suffering a severe displacement of his right arm and shoulder. The deputy had to have surgery to repair the issue the next day.
The deputy’s medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that MUSC’s negligence led to him falling from his bed and suffering his arm and shoulder injuries. He is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages, consequential damages, and punitive damages.
At the time of this report, the trial was pending.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been the Victim of Medical Malpractice?
If you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. The reason it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible is because some forms of medical malpractice have time limits for how long you have to file a legal claim. If you miss those deadlines, you may not be able to bring those who did you harm to justice.
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer will be able to examine your case, determine if you have a valid claim, and help you hold those responsible for your injuries accountable through a lawsuit. This will include helping you recover compensation for current and future medical costs, loss of income/job loss, living expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
For more information about medical malpractice in South Carolina, or to speak with our experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Charleston about your situation, call Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC at (843) 968-0886 or contact us online today for a free consultation.