Medical Negligence Compensation – What You Are Entitled To


If you are searching for medical negligence compensation, you probably want to know what and how much compensation you are entitled to as a result of a medical provider injuring you. Basically, if you can prove that you were injured by a health care provider, you are entitled to be compensated for all aspects of your injury.

The first, and most obvious, compensation that you are entitled to is medical treatment for your injuries. If you must have medical treatment for injuries caused by a medical provider, then you are entitled to be reimbursed for the costs of the medical treatment. This includes both present medical treatment and future medical treatment.

If the injuries that you suffered from a medical provider prevented you from working or continuing to work, then you are entitled to recover the lost wages. Again, this includes both current and future wages and income.

If your injuries caused by a health care provider caused you to have to spend money for items aside from medical treatment, you are entitled to recover the costs of those “out of pocket” items. For example, if your injuries were so severe that you had to modify your home so that you could move about your home, then you should be able to recover the costs of the home modifications.

One area of compensation that is difficult to calculate, but which is compensation to which you are entitled is “pain and suffering”. This is not only your being “paid” for the pain which you suffer, but also for your not being able to participate in your normal activities. For instance, if you are an avid golfer playing several times a week, but then you are injured by a health care provider and cannot play gold any longer, you are entitled to be compensated for your loss of not being able to play golf.

Another area of compensation that may be difficult to calculate is when you suffer a disability as a result of the medical negligence of a medical provider. Disability is when you can no longer work or can no longer do the same work and have to change your occupation.

Disabilities can be total disability (meaning that you cannot work at all) or partial disability (meaning that you can do some things, but you cannot do everything that you could before you suffered the injury). Disabilities can also be either temporary (meaning that you cannot work now, but that you should have full recovery and be able to work in the future) or permanent (meaning that you will not recover). Disabilities can be total temporary, total permanent, partial temporary, or partial permanent.

Depending on the severity of the disability, an economic expert may be needed to help calculate the compensation to which you are entitled due to the disability.

As you can see, medical negligence compensation includes your being compensated for just about any and all losses that you may suffer as a result of injuries caused by a health care provider.

The next question is how much or what amount to are you entitled to as compensation. Because every medical malpractice case is different, it is impossible to say how much compensation you should receive. You really have to look at each area of compensation, put a value to the area, and then add up the total compensation. In most medical negligence cases, an economic expert is called in to make these calculations.

The above is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.

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