When it comes to a medical malpractice case, determining the damages is one of the most crucial elements. Damages are the things that a patient can be awarded compensation for. They can range and vary to different categories depending on the effect of the injury. Here are some general damages you can expect for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
General damages are related to the patient’s suffering. They include the costs for things like physical, mental, and emotional anguish, as well as the loss of income and loss of enjoyment. Depending on the specific circumstance, general damages can be tricky to define. But in most cases, it is associated with any negative, long-term effects the injury has on someone’s life.
Special damages are straightforward because they have fixed costs associated with them. These costs mostly include medical bills and the loss of income from being unable to work. Usually, determining special damages is a simple as bringing the medical bill to court. But there might be more speculation involved when calculating future medical expenses.
Punitive damages are for cases when the doctor knew their actions were harmful and, in fact, intended harm. Because of the malicious intent, this type of medical malpractice could be considered criminal in many cases. However, punitive damages are much rarer, and when they do come up, the compensation will be decided almost exclusively by the judge or jury.
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