Medical malpractice lawsuits often result when a medical professional fails to provide patients with adequate care. For example, a patient may be the victim of medical malpractice if the doctor did not diagnose a serious illness or prescribed the wrong dosage of medication. However, there are some medical malpractice limits that apply to these types of cases in terms of the amount of compensation the victim is able to receive. For instance, some states limit the amount of non-economic damages a medical malpractice victim can be awarded.

The Difference Between Non-Economic and Economic Damages

To understand how medical malpractice limits may impact your case, it is important to understand the difference between non-economic and economic damages. Economic damages refer to any monetary losses that were suffered by the patient. Examples of these damages include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings

In comparison, non-economic damages are awarded based on losses that cannot be quantified, like compensation for pain and suffering the patient endured as a result of medical negligence.

The limits placed on non-economic damages are an important factor to consider before you file a medical malpractice claim. To determine whether or not you should pursue your case, it may be wise to contact a group of medical malpractice lawyers that can help you understand these limits and ensure that you receive fair and proper compensation. To discuss your potential case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney from Friedman & Friedman, call (305) 446-6485 (toll free 800-446-6482) today.   

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