Valuing your claim fully: What kind of damages are common in a medical malpractice case?

You may be familiar with the term medical malpractice or medical negligence. It’s when a doctor or medical team has failed to provide the expected standard of care which has then caused the patient more harm, made their condition worse or in some extreme cases, caused death. This can be done in several ways including:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Birth injuries and trauma
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Incorrect treatment

When this kind of problem occurs, this is often when people file a personal injury lawsuit against their medical practitioners. You can speak to a lawyer by clicking this link – in the hope of claiming compensation and damages for the injuries they have sustained. But what can you claim for in a medical malpractice case? Here we’ll look at some of the most common damages in medical malpractice cases.

Medical expenses

Of course, this one sounds obvious and we all know how financially crippling medical bills can be. However, if the injuries you have sustained as a result of medical malpractice require you to have more surgery, more treatments, more nights in the hospital, and more medications then why should you have to foot the bill? Your medical team was supposed to look after you and improve your health, not make it worse! 

Lost wages

If the additional injuries you have sustained have now left you in a worse position then your ability to work, earn a living and support yourself and your family may be in question. If you’re injured then how can you pay your bills? This is why many victims file damages for lost wages and earnings.

Pain and suffering

The pain and the suffering you’re going through as a result of someone else’s negligence is heartbreaking, to say the least. It’s not always easy to place a specific figure on pain and suffering however if your pain is well documented e.g. in a diary, photographs of injuries and even those who are witnessing your pain and suffering, then that may help a jury reach a decision on your damages.

Loss of enjoyment

Do your injuries prevent you from being intimate with your partner, playing with your children, or partaking in your hobbies and passions? If so, the filing damages for a loss of enjoyment is justified. Hearing loss, the loss of mobility, loss of vision, etc, all these can contribute to your loss of enjoyment claim. 

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