Can I Collect Compensation For Suffering Caused By Hospital Negligence?
The last thing you should ever have to worry about when you get to the hospital is that your pain and suffering will be exasperated due to the negligent actions of a health care professional. However, medical mistakes are not uncommon. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, our Charlotte medical malpractice attorneys want to discuss whether or not you can recover compensation for pain and suffering damages in the aftermath of sustaining a medical mistake or hospital negligence.
What compensation can be recovered in these cases?
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the country. Researchers say that as many as 250,000 people are killed each year due to preventable medical errors and that millions more are harmed by these mistakes. These victims are left dealing with the consequences.
Most people understand that they may be able to recover compensation from negligent parties in the aftermath of these incidents, particularly for their medical expenses and any lost wages they incur if they are unable to work. However, a medical mistake can lead to immense physical and emotional pain and suffering for victims.
Can a victim of hospital negligence recover compensation for the suffering they endure?
The answer is, yes, those who file a medical malpractice lawsuit and are successful are often able to recover compensation for pain and suffering caused by hospital negligence. Unfortunately, this type of compensation is going to be more difficult to prove than damages related to medical bills and lost wages. There are no receipts, bills, pay stubs or tax returns that can be used to calculate pain and suffering. Instead, these damages are typically calculated using various formulas, one being the multiplier formula. This means that a patient’s total quantifiable expenses are added up and multiplied by a certain number (usually 1 through 4) to arrive at a fair amount for pain and suffering.
North Carolina law places a cap (or limit) on the amount of money a person can receive for non-economic damages in a medical malpractice case. This includes compensation for pain and suffering. A Charlotte medical malpractice victim will only be able to recover $500,000 for their non-economic damages. However, there is no limitation on the amount of money these victims can receive for economic damages.
Our Charlotte medical malpractice lawyers are here to help
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury or illness caused by the negligent actions of a hospital worker, contact an attorney immediately. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, our compassionate and experienced team is going to investigate every aspect of your claim so we can secure full compensation. This includes the following:
- Compensation for all medical expenses related to the hospital negligence
- Coverage for your lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Possible loss of future earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent medical professional or hospital