When you are injured by a healthcare provider, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. But what types of damages can you seek with a medical malpractice lawsuit? And does it make more sense to work with insurance than an attorney?
Medical Malpractice Damages
In personal injury cases, such as medical malpractice, victims are often entitled to seek both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages will include things that are objectively verifiable, such as:
- Medical Expenses
- Wages Lost During Recovery
- Home Modifications
- Adaptive Technologies
- All Other Related Financial Consequences
In some cases, compensation for these damages will be offered by an insurance company.
Noneconomic damages are those that are more subjective. These include:
- Physical Pain
- Emotional Suffering
- Loss of Consortium
- Changes to Lifestyle
It is possible that insurance will offer compensation for noneconomic damages. It is neither common nor to be expected, however. In most cases, you will need a lawyer if you want to seek noneconomic damages.
Can I Do it Alone?
You can absolutely file a medical malpractice claim on your own. Bear in mind, however, that nearly all medical malpractice claims that do not involve a lawyer are settled in favor of the medical professional. Even with an attorney, these claims are exceedingly difficult to prove and even more difficult to secure fair compensation. Going it alone puts you at the mercy of insurance companies and attorneys who work for the provider who injured you. Without someone on your side, fighting for your rights, you may never see even a portion of what you are owed.
When you hire the Cirafelli Law Firm for your medical malpractice claim, we take time to understand how your injury has and will continue to impact your life. We are not afraid to stand up to powerful interests and we do not back down. Give us a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn more.
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