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Medical malpractice damages: what can you recover?

People that have suffered an injury or illness because of a doctor's surgical errors deserve to be compensated for their injuries. By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the parties that caused you harm, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages to help support you and your family during this difficult time.

Economic damages refer to the actual, out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury. In most medical malpractice cases, past and future medical expenses are particularly important. You may recover damages to pay for hospital stays and treatments you have already undergone, as well as any care you will need in the future. For future costs, the jury will estimate the expenses based on physician testimony and other evidence.

Economic damages can also include loss of earning capacity and lost wages. Many medical malpractice victims are forced to miss work during the recovery process and are therefore entitled to the money they would have earned had they not been injured. In some cases, these victims are physically or mentally unable to return to the job they had prior to the incident that left them injured. In such cases, they may recover damages for that loss in ability to earn. The recoverable amount will be based on a number of factors including the victim's age, education, skills, and health.

Non-economic damages generally cannot be calculated with any certainty because they are subjective in nature. Medical malpractice victims may receive damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life brought on by the malpractice. Their spouses may recover damages for loss of consortium, the loss of benefits of married life, and their immediate family may recover damages for loss of society and companionship.

Before you file your claim, you can talk to a Maryland attorney to determine what types of damages you may be able to recover. However, before getting to the phase of litigation where compensation is awarded, medical malpractice victims must put forth evidence in an attempt to impose liability. An experienced Maryland attorney will be able to help advise and guide you through this process, too..

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