Medical Malpractice Compensatory Damages
To build a case for medical malpractice the plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to meet the appropriate standard of care; that the defendant’s action or lack of it caused the plaintiffs injury and the doctor or other medical professional’s negligence caused damage to the plaintiff.
Compensatory Damages is the amount of money that is actually intended to compensate the plaintiff. It covers the cost of the injury, economic losses, pain and suffering and more. Compensatory damages are basically intended to try to put the injured party in the same position as he/she was prior to the injury. It can be broken up into Actual Damages and General Damages.
Actual Damages typically include the following:
- All medical and hospitalization bill for the treatment of the injuries
- Wages lost due to work missed
- Cost of prescription and maintenance drugs
- Cost of wheelchair, crutches and other needs
- Cost of household and nursing help that is needed until full recovery
General Damages are actually damages that are difficult to put value and quantify like:
- Pain and suffering including mental anguish
- Loss of relationship
- Loss of having a normal life
- Value of future medical expenses
- Value of future wage lost
If you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, Oliver Law Office can offer the highest and best results in legal assistance. With more than 20 years of experience as a Columbus Ohio medical malpractice attorney, Jami S. Oliver is committed to serving the seriously injured or those wronged by negligent or intentional acts of others.
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