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Deputy files medical malpractice suit against university

When people are admitted to the hospital, they naturally assume they will receive proper treatment and care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and some people suffer further harm due to their medical providers’ negligence or wrongdoing. One deputy in South Carolina recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a prominent medical university.

Initial injury and subsequent care

In July 2020, a deputy with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department was seriously injured in a crash on the Don Holt Bridge. He was hit by a pickup truck pulling a trailer, and he was admitted to the Medical University of South Carolina with traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures and other injuries. While there, he had to be sedated and intubated, and he also had to have restraints placed on him due to his being deemed a “high fall risk.”

However, some member of the medical staff who was not identified apparently removed the restraints. The action presumably occurred sometime between July 14 and July 16. The deputy then fell from his bed and struck his head, and he suffered displaced fractures in his right shoulder and arm.

Medical malpractice

The deputy and his legal counsel assert the hospital was negligent in the care it provided. The deputy has filed suit against UMSC for damages related to the incident, including consequential and punitive damages. Similarly, anyone in South Carolina who has suffered further injury and harm at the hands of their health care providers is entitled to seek the counsel of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer will help a client prove negligence on the part of the medical providers and work to help the client obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible from all applicable sources.