When you put your physical health in the hands of a family doctor or surgeon, you trust that they will use their skills to help you. You hand over your insurance information and sign the release forms, expecting that all will go well and your pain will finally be lessened.
When things go wrong, you may find yourself in even worse pain and much worse off financially. Rest assured, you don't have to pay the cost of their mistakes yourself. You may very well have a case for a Missouri medical malpractice lawsuit.
There are two types of damages available to victims of medical malpractice in Missouri. First, economic damages cover specific expenses incurred as a result of the injury, such as:
- Current medical bills
- Expected future expenses
- Physical therapy and other rehabilitative costs
- Making your home handicap accessible if necessary
- Lost wages from a temporary absence from work
- Lost earning capacity if the injury left you unable to keep your current job
Second, a person suffering from medical malpractice may also be eligible for non-economic damages, a provision that encompasses the emotional pain and suffering that doesn't have an exact price tag. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anxiety
- Loss of pleasure or enjoyment of life
- Permanent injury
Each Missouri medical malpractice claim is unique, and there is no set standard for what compensation a person deserves for a particular injury. That's why it is important that you consult with a St. Louis medical malpractice attorney who can help you get the best possible settlement.
What that settlement looks like will be different for each person, depending on the extent of the injury suffered. Take for example the case of Regina Turner's botched brain surgery. When her neurosurgeon operated on the wrong side of her brain, he left her unable to walk or talk.
Her life has been greatly altered as a result of this critical mistake. She deserves a sizable compensation, and Alvin Wolff is working hard to get the full amount she deserves.
To see how we can help you get every bit that you deserve for your injury, call our offices at 314-241-2500 today. We'll even throw in a copy of our book, The Guide on How to Pick a Lawyer.