Oftentimes, individuals who have been harmed as a result of substandard medical care hesitate to explore their legal options because they’re under the impression that pursuing justice won’t be worth their time and effort. Instead, they resolve to focus their energy on healing.
While it is critically important to devote one’s energy to healing, it is worth noting that pursuing justice can be part of the healing process. Dealing with the stress that often accompanies mounting medical bills and lost income caused by physical harm is an undertaking that will sap your energy time and again. If you’ve been injured due to substandard medical care, know that pursuing legal and financial justice may allow you to heal in peace.
What is a medical malpractice case worth?
Each patient’s case is valued based on a number of factors, including things like:
- The extent of the victim’s injuries and how that will affect their health and well-being in the future, both physically and emotionally
- The cost of past and future care related to any disabilities that the victim may have as a result of their injuries, including adaptive equipment and home modifications
- The cost of any past and future medical expenses related to their injuries, including corrective procedures
- The value of the victim’s lost income or earnings potential, or the value of their lost contributions to their family through services (if they are not employed)
- The egregiousness of the error and whether the court feels that punitive damages are needed to deter similar occurrences
While not every case is valued the same, it can be empowering to know that justice can be achieved under certain circumstances and that the full picture of your injuries and the effect it may have had on your family as a whole will be considered.
Securing fairly-valued medical malpractice compensation is rarely easy. But, by understanding that medical malpractice victims are awarded significant damages under certain circumstances, patients can be rightfully empowered to file complaints and to seek justice in court when doing so is warranted.