Medical malpractice can be emotionally devastating -- but it can also cause a financial catastrophe for victims. If you've been seriously injured by a medical mistake, you may need much more medical care to correct or compensate for the problem. In cases that leave the victim disabled, full-time care may be necessary for the rest of the victim's life. This can all be extremely expensive, and keep a formerly healthy person out of work. Those who lose a loved one to a medical mistake have funeral costs to think about, and may have suddenly lost an income. And of course, you may still be required to pay the bill for the original substandard medical care.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are designed to meet those financial needs, while holding careless medical providers responsible for their mistakes. They can bring in the money victims and their families need to get necessary medical care, and provide for victims left unable to provide for themselves. They can also bring in compensation for non-financial injuries, like a permanent disability, loss of a parent or physical pain and suffering. In some states, you may also be able to get punitive damages in cases where the provider acted recklessly, maliciously or deceitfully.
Nov 7, 2011 05:16 PM