“Medical malpractice” is a broad term. It covers a variety of types of negligence on the part of physicians and other health care providers, ranging from the mislabeling of a prescription drug to severe surgical errors. In some cases, an act of malpractice can result in the patient suffering a permanent disability. When this happens, the patient’s ability to continue to provide for him- or herself and live as he or she had been living previously is often destroyed.
The thought of being permanently disabled because of a health care provider’s error can seem like a nightmare scenario, but it can happen. If you suffer from any type of injury as the result of malpractice, whether it causes a disability or not, you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages through a medical malpractice claim.
Seeking Compensation for your Damages Related to the Permanent Disability
You have the right to seek compensation for any damages that result from your injury and resulting disability because of the malpractice. Medical malpractice damages are divided into the following two categories:
Special damages. These are the damages that can be quantified, like your medical bills and your lost wages. This category covers your past lost wages, not your projected lost wages.
General damages. These are the damages that cannot be quantified as easily as your special damages. This category includes your pain and suffering expenses, which can include the need for psychological counseling to work through the trauma of your injury. It also includes your projected lost wages as a result of the disability as well as your diminished quality of life.
Work with an Experienced Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Facing the prospect of living with a permanent disability can be extremely difficult. If you are facing this reality, know that you are not alone and that if another party’s negligence is to blame for your disability, you should not have to shoulder the financial aspects of this burden alone. Work with a compassionate, driven medical malpractice lawyer to pursue the monetary compensation you need to cover your expenses related to the disability – all of them. To get started on your case, contact our team at Baizer Kolar, P.C. to schedule your initial consultation with us.