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.
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.
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.
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.