Is medical malpractice litigation a viable option for me? P.1
When a patient is injured by a negligent physician, the costs can be significant, not only in terms of health, but also in terms of money. Naturally, patients should expect that the medical provider will take responsibility for the mistake and assist the patient when negligence occurs. The unfortunate reality is that this doesn’t always happen, and medical malpractice litigation is sometimes necessary.
Pursuing medical malpractice litigation is not always an automatic decision, and it is important for those seeking relief from a negligent physician to have their case evaluated by an experienced attorney to determine the best course of action in their case. Whether or not litigation is a viable option depends on various factors. One of them is the type and extent of the injuries caused by the negligence. Obviously, more serious injuries are going to require more corrective medical care, which costs more money.
More serious injuries will not only require more medical care, they will also have a bigger impact on the patient’s ability to return to work and continue earning money. So there is not only the extent of the injury to consider and the costs of addressing the injury medically, but also the loss of earnings. Depending on the patient’s salary at the time of the injury, the loss could be great or small, with high-earners seeking out more compensation in medical malpractice litigation.
In our next post, we’ll take a look at another factor that has to be considered when considering medical malpractice litigation: medical malpractice damages caps.