- Damages & Medical Malpractice Law
- A patient can recover damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit, including medical expenses, lost earnings, anticipated future expenses from the injury, and compensation for their pain and suffering. If the patient died from medical malpractice, the patient's loved ones could recover wrongful death damages.If you suffered injuries in a medical malpractice incident, you could be eligible for economic, non-economic, punitive, and wrongful death damages.For more information about damages and medical malpractice law, call Medical Malpractice Help at 855-633-2757 today.
Economic DamagesEconomic damages refer to losses that have a dollar value. These are actual, tangible financial damages, including:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages from work; and
- Anticipated future costs, such as future medical bills and reduced earning capacity.
Non-Economic DamagesNon-economic damages include all those that do not have definitive dollar values, like:
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Loss of consortium.
State Laws Impact Non-Economic DamagesIt is up to the patient's attorney to understand the state laws governing non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Some states, for instance, allow attorneys to use the multiplier method to calculate non-economic losses. This method takes the patient's total economic damages and multiplies it by a specific factor. Other states assign per diem amounts to pain and suffering, such as $50 for each day the patient had to live with their injuries.Some states place damage caps on the non-economic damages recoverable in medical malpractice lawsuits. California, for instance, caps non-economic damages at $250,000.
Punitive DamagesPatients can receive additional punitive damages on top of their economic and non-economic damages when a doctor or healthcare provider commits malpractice and:
- Acts recklessly or maliciously; or
- Attempts to conceal their actions from the patient after the fact.
Wrongful Death DamagesWrongful death damages are awarded to the heirs of a person who dies as a result of medical malpractice. Depending on the state, a deceased patient's loved ones can collect compensation to cover medical bills incurred up to the time of death, funeral and burial costs, and the deceased's lost future earnings.
Call Medical Malpractice Help at 855-633-2757 for a Free Case Evaluation.The legal team at Medical Malpractice Help focuses on medical malpractice law. We can help you build a strong case against the provider who injured you or your loved one with their negligent actions. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us at 855-633-2757 today.