According to a recent analysis, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. Experts say that this "epidemic" claims at least 250,000 lives each year across the nation.
This shows that efforts made to keep patients in hospitals and other medical settings fall significantly short. Medical errors can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors, hospitals, as well as other professionals in the medical industry.
Types of Damages in Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical mistakes occur more often than many people realize. In most cases, these errors are caused by negligence on the part of medical professionals. Medical negligence or malpractice can cause a wide range of serious complications and health problems, as well as death, and can be claimed for compensation. Here is a look at some common types of damages that you can obtain from a medical malpractice claim:
· General Damages: In some cases, patients can experience severe pain, complications or physical disabilities after getting treatment. If they are a result of medical negligence, this type of damages is categorized as general damages. The damages are either determined by the court or by an agreement by the two parties involved in the claim.
· Special Damages: This type of damages involves financial loss suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the medical negligence and consequential injury or complication. Special damages commonly include losses of financial assets and expenses for medical bills. The bills referred to here are bills that the patient needs to pay after being wrongly prescribed a treatment by the doctor or other medical professional.
· Interim Damages: This type of damages is basically paid during the middle of the claim process. Patients and the negligent medical party will commonly agree on several arguments. In most cases, the patient receives interim damages right away. While they need to wait for the compensation, they do obtain a sum to pay for recent medical bills that need to be paid soon.
· Punitive Damages: This type of damages underlines a situation where the doctor should have recognized harmful symptoms or complications after surgery or treatment. When proper action is not taken, the condition can get worse and may even turn fatal. Punitive damages are usually several times the amount of the general and special damages sought by the patient.
To make sure that you obtain your rightful compensation for medical malpractice damages, you should hire an attorney with in-depth knowledge of medical malpractice law and experience in handling cases such as yours.
Get Legal Expertise for Medical Malpractice
If you or a loved one has been suffering serious injury or complications due to medical negligence on the part of a doctor or any other medical professional, you should immediately seek the help of a reliable medical malpractice lawyer Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000.
Our profound legal pros can help you through the complex process of a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit and make sure that your rights are protected. With an attorney of our firm by your side, you can increase your chances that you obtain the damages that you are entitled to by law for the injuries and pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the medical negligence.
We have won millions of dollars for past clients, you too can be on this righteous list. Do not sign anything with anyone, the hospital is no longer necessarily on your side and there is no reason to yell at the hospital staff since one or two of them or even more could be on your side. Do not burn bridges with neutral people. Call RMFW Law today! Let's get start down this road!
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