Economic Medical Malpractice Damages
Economic damages are awarded in New York medical malpractice lawsuits to compensate the plaintiff for financial losses incurred by their injuries. The following provides an overview of the economic medical malpractice damages a plaintiff may receive in a successful case. To speak with a New York medical malpractice attorney about your eligibility to recover economic medical malpractice damages, fill out our FREE case review form.
The costs of medical services may be recovered in a New York medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff may be able to recover for expenses such as doctor visits, hospital stays, ambulance fees and surgical procedures. To recover compensation for medical expenses, the plaintiff must demonstrate that these costs are related to medical conditions resulting from the medical malpractice injury. The total amount of medical costs can be used as a rough estimate to determine whether the overall award is reasonable.
These economic damages represent the wages the plaintiff would have made from the time of the accident to the date of the medical malpractice settlement or verdict. Those who were unemployed at the time of the injury may still be able to recover lost wages if they can demonstrate what could have been earned during this same time period.
Loss of Earning Capacity
These economic medical malpractice damages may be recovered if the plaintiff can show that their ability to earn wages has been impaired or reduced because of their injury. The plaintiff’s health, age, training, occupation and life expectancy, among other factors, will be considered when determining whether compensation for a loss of earning capacity should be awarded. Past earnings will be taken into account when determining the amount of such an award, but the claim will mostly examine what could have been earned had the injury not developed.
New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Economic medical malpractice damages fall under a general category of damages known as special damages. Recovery for such damages requires evidence that the losses were sustained and a demonstration of how much money was involved. To properly calculate and demonstrate economic losses following a medical malpractice incident, the injured patient must contact a skilled New York medical malpractice attorney who has experience handling these claims.
At Block O’Toole & Murphy, our New York medical negligence lawyers have experience helping injured patients recover economic damages to help them remain financially stable following their accidents. We have helped injured surgical patients, misdiagnosed breast cancer sufferers and families whose children needlessly developed birth injuries recover the compensation they needed to pay for current and future medical bills and make up for lost wages. To find out if our medical malpractice attorneys in New York can recover compensation for your financial losses, fill out our FREE case review form today.