Delaware Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Delaware Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Delaware medical malpractice laws

Due to the complexity surrounding many medical malpractice laws in Delaware, those who make themselves aware of these laws can increase their chances of success when attempting to win a case. Any time the standards of medical care are breached by a medical professional and injury occurs, medical malpractice becomes an issue.

Statute of Limitations

Individuals have two years starting on the date in which the injury occurred or three years after the discovery of the injury if it was not visible or noticeable to file a claim.

Damage Award Limits

There is currently no limit on damage awards; however, plaintiffs can only receive punitive damages if unethical or detrimental behavior occurred.

Joint Defendant Liability

Liability cannot be separated between defendants in the state of Delaware.

Expert Witness

In order to be considered an expert witness the individual must be knowledgeable in a field that corresponds to the defendant’s specialty or field.

Attorney Fees

The cap on attorney fees is dependent upon awarded damages and currently exists on a sliding scale.

Malpractice Damages Limits

Delaware differs from other states in that there are no limits placed on the amount of compensation received for damages from medical malpractice. Punitive damages are only awarded if malicious or unethical behavior occurred.

Collateral Source Rule

The collateral source rule states that a defendant cannot attempt to decrease their liability by proving that he or she received compensation from an outside source, such as an insurance company. However, this information is allowed to be entered in the case as evidence.

Attorney’s Fees

Delaware does limit the amount of money an attorney can receive from a medical malpractice case. In general an attorney can collect 35% of the first $100,000, 25% of the subsequent $100,000 and 10% of all other awards received. If the plaintiff dies before he or she can receive the total award, compensation will still be received.

Delaware - News Articles

Delaware Jury Finds Obstetrician Negligent & Awards Family $3 Million
25 oct
Delaware Jury Finds Obstetrician Negligent & Awards Family $3 Million

On April 9, 2008 Monica Broughton consented to her doctor’s recommendation that they induce labor. Broughton had just learned that she had developed diabetes during her pregnancy.  She had also recently been told that her unborn son’s shoulder was stuck behind her pelvis. She never considered an alternative, especially because, according to the lawsuit, Wong

Read More