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What Am I Entitled To As Compensation?

What Am I Entitled To As Compensation?

A serious injury that you or your loved one may have sustained because of medical negligence will likely be quite costly. The additional hospital bills are only one of the financial expenses you may have had to face; you may also have missed work, needed therapy, and suffered emotionally.

This is why you may be entitled to various monetary payments called damages. These include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation or therapy
  • Long-term care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Lost enjoyment of life

There is no precise way to estimate how much you may receive in a medical malpractice case. This depends on several factors including the severity of the injury, the circumstances that led to it, and more.

What is considered medical malpractice?

What is considered medical malpractice?

Common types of medical malpractice include:

Diagnosis errors

A missed, delayed, or inaccurate diagnosis could allow a health condition to develop into something more serious. For example, one in every 71 cases of cancer is misdiagnosed, so patients miss the window of time when treatment would have been most effective. Other ailments commonly misdiagnosed include heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary problems.

Emergency room errors

In the high-stress, fast-paced environment of the ER, all sorts of medical mistakes can happen, such as administering the wrong medication, overlooking the patient’s medical history, and failing to address serious signs of distress.

Surgical errors

You may have heard of cases where a sponge or a surgical tool has been left inside the body of a patient. This actually happens. Other examples of surgery errors include performing the wrong surgical procedure, injuring a nerve, operating in unsanitary conditions, and the like.

Anesthesia errors

Anesthesia is only one part of a medical procedure, but there are plenty of ways it could go wrong. The incorrect anesthesia or anesthetic dosage could be administered, the anesthesia delivery could be delayed, the patient’s health history could react negatively with the anesthesia, and so on. The effects could be as devastating as stroke, coma, or death.

Birth injuries

Birthing a child continues to be a highly delicate process today. It leaves room for some medical faults, from failing detect fetal distress to improper handling during delivery, and more. These can result in unfortunate conditions for the infant, such as brain damage, neurological disorders, and disabilities. The mother can also sustain injuries from these birthing errors.

Hospital neglect

A hospital or clinic itself may be held responsible for certain negligent actions. These can involve either the corporate body or the employees of the hospital. Examples of these include inadequate staffing, inexperienced employees, and failing to ensure hospital equipment are functioning properly.

Medical device errors

These may involve just about any medical tool such as defibrillators, implants, contraceptive devices, and stents. When a medical professional fails to sterilize, monitor, or properly fit the device, it may cause infections and other injuries, and may be considered negligence.

Medication / pharmaceutical errors

There are many ways a patient could be harmed through medicines and drugs. A doctor could prescribe the wrong medication, a pharmacist could mislabel the drug, a nurse could administer an incorrect dosage, and more.

Do You Really Need an Attorney?

Do You Really Need an Attorney?

You may consider filing a medical malpractice claim without a lawyer, but this is strongly discouraged. The complexity of the case and the capabilities of the defense can make it impractical for anyone to proceed without professional legal assistance.

First off, a medical malpractice case is often intricate as it involves two complex fields: medicine and law. It takes several proficient minds to investigate a medical scenario and then lay it out in legal terms. This, plus the circuitous nature of legal system, is a challenge even for the best legal teams.

Moreover, a malpractice case is often against professionals who are well-resourced: hospitals and doctors with the means to defend themselves from claims. They have a malpractice liability insurance policy, which almost always includes representation by experienced defense lawyers. Without your own attorney, you could be facing these defense lawyers by yourself.

Call Janssen Law Center at (309) 676-2341 for a free and confidential consultation with an attorney to discuss your situation

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