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Potential Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Apr 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

From surgical errors to failure to diagnose a medical condition, instances of medical malpractice can have a devastating impact on a person's life. Those who are victims of medical malpractice do have legal rights, however—a person who can successfully prove a doctor's negligence can recover financial compensation for their injuries.

If you are suffering from injuries that you believe are caused by a medical professional's wrongdoings, the team of attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian is standing by to help.

Recoverable Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case

At its core, a medical malpractice case is a form of a personal injury lawsuit. Like other forms of personal injury actions, a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case can be awarded financial compensation—also known as "damages"—for the injuries suffered at the hands of a medical professional. 

Economic Damages

If you are the victim of medical malpractice, the procedures and treatments required to treat or alleviate the symptoms of your injuries can cause a great deal of financial instability. Through a medical malpractice case, you can recover damages for: 

  • Medical treatment such as surgical expenses and hospital stays;
  • Costs of rehabilitation and prescription medication; and
  • Income lost as a result of not being able to work after your injuries.

Non-Economic Damages

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you already know that your life is impacted far beyond a financial level. A patient who is the victim of medical malpractice may also experience: 

  • Physical pain endured as a result of his or her injuries;
  • Emotional trauma suffered as a result of the victim's injuries, such as depression, insomnia, or an inability to sleep; and 
  • Loss of a victim's ability to enjoy his or her life post-injury.

Although there is no way to easily quantify these forms of injuries into a dollar amount, a medical malpractice case can nevertheless provide financial compensation for these injuries. 

Punitive Damages

The purpose of economic and non-economic damages like the examples listed above is to make a victim of medical malpractice whole again. These are not always the only form of damages that a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case can recover, however. In some cases, a victim's injuries are caused by a medical professional whose actions are so reprehensible that the damages listed above are not enough. In this type of case, a plaintiff may also be awarded additional "punitive" damages. This form of compensation is meant to punish the wrongful medical professional and serve as a warning to those who might engage in similar conduct in the future. 

Injured by Medical Malpractice? We're Here to Help

If you have suffered injuries as a result of a medical professional's negligence, it's critical to secure legal representation from a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. When you retain the services of a Gilman & Bedigian attorney, you can rest assured knowing that your case is being handled by a seasoned attorney who knows the ins and outs of a medical malpractice case. To discuss your options with a member of our legal team, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today. 

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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