A Skilled Attorney Helps Seek Damages in a Medical Malpractice Claim
Individuals who have been injured or suffered illnesses due to medical malpractice may have the ability to recover damages. And if the instance of medical malpractice resulted in the death of a patient, that person’s family could seek compensation through a wrongful death claim.
By working with an experienced injury lawyer, you could recover damages in the following categories:
- Economic damages. This is compensation that has some sort of fixed value. For example, you can easily calculate the amount of wages you lost as a result of missing work while incapacitated or receiving treatment. Additionally, you can place a dollar figure on the total amount you had to pay for medical bills or the amount of money it cost to repair or replace your vehicle after an accident.
- Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are those not easily defined with a set dollar amount. Common examples include the loss of enjoyment of life, the loss of future earning capacity, and physical and mental pain and suffering. In the past, Florida law had put caps on the amount of non-economic damages a claimant could receive in medical malpractice claims. However, in early 2014, the Florida Supreme Court overturned that law, ruling it unconstitutional. Today, you could potentially recover a significant amount of money in non-economic damages, depending on the degree and nature of the injuries in question.
- Punitive damages. These types of damages are meant to punish the defendant for egregious wrongdoing. For a plaintiff to recover punitive damages in a medical malpractice claim, the doctor or healthcare professional at fault must have known that he or she was behaving in a manner that a reasonable professional would know was harmful.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a physician or other health care professional, call 813.379.2007 or contact us online to speak to a skilled Tampa medical malpractice attorney with the Matassini Law Firm, P.A.