Suffering from an injury, an adverse reaction, a dangerous side effect, or simply a stagnant illness because of a healthcare provider’s negligence can weight tremendously on your psyche. It can cause you to suffer from depression or anxiety, develop a phobia of healthcare providers or certain medical treatments, or cause you to become irrationally angry, vindictive, sad, or frustrated. When any of these mental health issues follow an act of physician negligence, the victim should seek professional help to overcome his or her mental health problems.

Like other types of reparative treatment a medical malpractice victim may seek compensation to cover, a victim can seek compensation for his or her mental healthcare costs through a medical malpractice claim. This compensation falls into the category of “pain and suffering,” which is the category that includes all intangible expenses related to an injury. If you are suffering mentally after becoming a victim of medical malpractice, talk to your lawyer about seeking compensation for your pain and suffering.

Seeking Compensation for Damages Related to Psychological Trauma

It can be difficult to attach a dollar amount to your psychological and emotional suffering, but it is not impossible. To determine a value for a victim’s non-economic damages, all factors related to his or her case are considered, such as his or her economic damages, the length of time he or she is expected to suffer, and the evidence he or she provides. When an insurance provider determines a compensation amount, it does so using an algorithm that involves the claimant’s economic damages and a multiplier. When a court determines a compensation package, it uses all the evidence and arguments presented to reach a fair settlement amount.

Work with an Experienced Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer

The injuries caused by negligent healthcare providers are not always physical. Sometimes, they are psychological. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue following an act of negligence by a healthcare provider, you may be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your damages related to this trauma. To learn more, schedule your initial legal consultation with our team at Baizer Kolar, P.C. today.