What are “damages” in a medical malpractice case?
In Pennsylvania, victims of medical malpractice are entitled to both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are those that include medical bills, and other healthcare costs, as well as lost wages. Non-economic damages can include anything else that may have been lost as a result of the accident, such as pain and suffering.
How much will I be able to recover for a medical malpractice case?
here is no way to tell exactly how much a patient-client will be able to recover because there are many different factors at play. Of course, the amount will vary with the nature of the injury sustained as a result of the healthcare provider’s negligence. Also considered are the victim’s medical expenses, lost earnings before and after the event, and the extent of the pain and suffering as well as the permanency of the injury.
In a medical malpractice case, there are economic damages, non-economic damages, and in very rare cases, punitive damages.
- Economic Damages- These damages may include medical expenses, the inability to earn money, and lost wages.
- Non-Economic Damages- These damages may include pain & suffering and disability.
- Punitive Damages-If is found that medical professional intentionally harmed you, punitive damages may be awarded.