Types of Medical Malpractice Compensation
When you have been the victim of doctor or hospital negligence, you could be entitled to medical malpractice compensation in Ohio. You will need the experience of an Elyria medical malpractice lawyer who can help determine the types of compensation you could be eligible to receive.
Overview of a Medical Malpractice Claim
In order to qualify for compensation related to a case of medical malpractice, you will need to first establish that a doctor, hospital or any other medical professional acted in a careless or reckless manner. This is not always easy to prove, which is why you will need the assistance of a lawyer.
Medical malpractice cases can arise from surgical errors, misdiagnosing a patient or giving the wrong medication. These are just some examples of negligence that may lead to filing a claim.
In addition to proving that there was medical negligence, you will need to show that it was the direct cause of your injuries. In other words, a pre-existing condition would not be a direct cause.
Finally, you will need to show the severity of your injuries and how they impact your life. Your injuries must be serious enough that it would warrant the pursuit of a claim.
Medical Malpractice Compensation
If you can establish that medical negligence caused your serious injuries, then you will be able to pursue medical malpractice compensation in Ohio. The amount of compensation you could be entitled to will depend on your injuries and how they have or will impact your life.
Some types of compensation have a specific monetary value attached to them. For instance, the following medical bills could be recovered through a claim:
- hospital stays;
- surgical procedures;
- doctor visits;
- medication; and
- physical therapy.
Lost wages are another type of compensation that has a monetary value attached. The time you have missed from work and any future time that may be missed because of medical treatment that will be needed later on could also be recovered.
You may even be compensated for services that you are no longer able to perform, such as taking care of your home, children, cooking or cleaning. If you must pay someone to do these things for you, then compensation could be available.
In addition to being awarded for those things that have a monetary value attached to them, you could also be entitled to what are known as indirect damages. This is compensation that addresses those losses that don’t have a set monetary value such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, or loss of companionship.
Although not commonly rewarded, in extreme cases of gross negligence, punitive damages may also be awarded. These are a way to punish the medical professional for their willful or malicious actions and to help prevent future problems. However, proving gross negligence is not an easy task.
You should speak with an Elyria medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to learn what your rights are and if you are entitled to pursue medical malpractice compensation in Ohio after being the victim of medical negligence. To arrange for a no-cost consultation, contact us today at (440) 252-4399.