What Medical Malpractice Damages Can You Recover in Florida?

The purpose of a medical malpractice lawsuit is to compensate an injured patient for the mistakes their doctor or other medical professional committed. The money you receive is called “damages,” and you can receive damages for a variety of economic and non-economic losses.

Ideally, any settlement or jury verdict will fully compensate our clients, and we work aggressively to maximize the amount they receive. If you suspect your doctor committed medical malpractice, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Economic Damages

Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to receive damages for the following:

  • Medical expenses. These include all past, current, and future medical expenses, such as ER visits, hospital care, doctor’s visits, medical devices, prescription drugs, and more.
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity. If you could not work because of your injuries, you can receive compensation for lost wages. You can also receive compensation even if you took sick time or personal days, and even if you are self-employed.

Hold onto certain paperwork which helps prove economic losses, such as medical bills, prescription drug receipts, and pay stubs.

Non-Economic Damages

Medical malpractice does more than cost you money. It can dramatically reduce the quality of your life. Many victims also receive compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering. This refers to the physical pain and suffering your injuries have caused you.
  • Emotional distress. Bad injuries also cause severe emotional pain, such as anxiety or depression. You can receive compensation for any therapy or prescription drugs, but you also can receive a sum of money for the emotional distress itself.
  • Loss of consortium. In some cases, the spouse of a medical malpractice victim can receive damages for loss of consortium. This refers to loss of companionship and sexual intimacy. Loss of consortium damages are most commonly awarded if the victim has suffered life changing injuries, such as paralysis.

Punitive Damages

In addition to the above, you might qualify for punitive damages if the medical professional acted with gross negligence or maliciousness. For example, someone who intends to hurt you or who walks into the operating room high on drugs, is more culpable. Punitive damages can be awarded to punish the defendant.

For More Information, Contact a Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein has represented injured malpractice victims in Miami for decades. If you have a question about how much you can receive, please contact us today. Call 305-371-2692 to schedule a free consultation.