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If you believe that you or a loved one was injured because of medical malpractice, it is important that you talk to a South Carolina medical malpractice attorney. These cases are usually very technical and require sophisticated analysis and review of pages and pages of medical records.


Our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys at Joye Law Firm can help you through the stress and confusion that follow an injury due to medical negligence. Respect, compassion and care are what you can expect from our lawyers and staff. Since 1968 we have helped injured people recover not just the money they are entitled to, but also their lives.

Joye Law Firm has offices in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Clinton, and Columbia, but our medical malpractice attorneys are ready to take care of your case anywhere in South Carolina. We represent clients all over the state, including Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, Horry County (including Conway and North Myrtle Beach), North Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Summerville.


Our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys at Joye Law Firm have over 150 years of combined experience helping victims of life-changing injuries in South Carolina. Our lawyers have received an AV rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell, and several have been recognized as Super Lawyers.

While every case is different, and past results are in no way intended to imply that a similar result can be obtained in a particular case, verdicts and settlements previously obtained by a law firm are an indication of the firm’s experience when it comes to serious injury cases. For more details about the results obtained for previous Joye Law Firm clients, please click on the Results tab on our home page.


Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional falls short of the standard of care in the treatment of a patient because the medical professional acts or fails to act, resulting in an injury to the patient. Medical professionals can include doctors, nurses, chiropractors, dentists, surgeons, physician’s assistants, pharmacists and more.

In addition to the individual who made the mistake, injured patients can also bring a lawsuit against the hospital, medical practice, clinic, nursing home or other medical institution that employed the at-fault professional.

In order to prove a medical malpractice claim, the injured patient must show that:

  • There was a relationship between the medical professional and the patient, giving rise to a duty of care;
  • The medical professional breached the duty of reasonable care; and
  • The patient was injured as a result of the breach of the medical professional’s duty of care.
  • That means that it is crucial that the patient suffered some sort of injury. If there was a mistake but no harm, there is no compensable claim. However, in many instances, medical malpractice causes serious, life-changing injuries, and even death.

Contact ImageSome of the damages that an injured patient might be able to recover include:

  • Medical costs to repair the damage caused by the negligent act, including future and ongoing medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish and other non-economic damages
  • A spouse’s loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages (in exceptional cases)

The Medical Standard of Care

One of the most difficult aspects to prove in a South Carolina medical malpractice claim is that the physician or health care provider did not act with the standard of care expected of such a professional in similar circumstances. This can be difficult in some circumstances – especially unique ones – because every health care provider has their own unique way of dealing with patients. In order to prove that the medical standard of care was not met in your case, our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys must do the following:

  • Establish what the appropriate standard of care should have been; and
  • Explain in detail exactly how the defendant (the doctor or health care provider) failed to meet that standard of care.

Usually, our medical malpractice team will hire a medical expert on your behalf to testify as to what the typical standard of care should have been. The medical expert will provide the judge and jury with a brief education on the type and amount of skill that a similarly trained health care professional in the same field and under similar circumstances would have applied.

Proving Medical Negligence in a South Carolina Medical Malpractice Claim

Once the medical standard of care for your particular case is established, our South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers will set out to show the court exactly how the standard of care was breached—or, in other words, how the doctor failed to meet the established standard of care when treating you. This is usually where the medical expert shines, as it is his or her ultimate duty to prove malpractice by walking the jury through your condition, the appropriate course of treatment, and what exactly your doctor did or did not do at each stage of care.

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