Types of Damages in Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases
May 11, 2018
A patient injured by medical malpractice can recover a wide variety of damages, ranging from medical bills to the loss of enjoyment of life to future loss of earnings. Ultimately, the answer to the question of “What has the injured patient lost?” adds up to a dollar figure. However, there are actually two types of damages in a medical malpractice case; economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages, or special damages, are quantifiable losses. These damages can include the costs of hospitalization, diagnostics, medical procedures, medications, durable medical equipment, and home health aides related to the medical malpractice injury. Plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases may seek damages for both past and future losses, as some medical malpractice injuries require a lifetime of medical care.
Non-economic damages refer to compensation you may receive as a result of associated losses. There are no guidelines for determining the value of an injured person’s pain and suffering. Such damages may include your physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, or overall loss of quality of life. Every medical malpractice case is unique, so it is best to discuss possible non-economic damages with your attorney. At Potter Burnett Law, it is our job to give you our honest and educated opinion regarding the jury’s potential reactions to your case, evidence, and injury that resulted from said instance of medical malpractice.
Because medical malpractice law is highly regulated by a complex body of rules, it is often essential to get advice or representation from a lawyer, such as one of the experienced attorneys of Potter Burnett Law. Our attorneys have represented numerous clients in Maryland who have fallen victim to the effects of medical malpractice. Our firm recognizes the significant toll a medical malpractice case can take on your physical health, mental health, and quality of life. If you believe that you or a loved one have fallen victim to medical malpractice in Maryland or Washington, DC, contact Potter Burnett Law today for a free consultation.