Medical Malpractice Damages in St. Louis
What can you expect from your medical malpractice case?
Every year, thousands of lawsuits claiming
medical malpractice are filed. Most med-mal cases are the result of medical negligence on
the part of an individual or an entire organization. In some cases, the
victim of medical malpractice can sustain serious, lasting injuries and
even die as the result of such negligence. In a medical negligence lawsuit,
the plaintiff can files for actual damages and, in some cases, even punitive damages.
If you are considering filing for a medical malpractice, consult with a
St. Louis malpractice attorney at Millikan Wright, LLC. We are committed
to our clients and recovering the best outcome for their case, meaning
we stop at nothing when you have the right to recover compensation.
Actual vs. Punitive Damages
In general, anyone seeking a financial award for a medical malpractice
claim needs to illustrate that there are measurable damages that resulted
from the actions of a doctor and that these damages have a price associated
Actual Damages: Actual damages is the compensation awarded to the plaintiff to cover the
expenses incurred as the direct result of the injury. Actual damages include
cost of medical care and treatment, loss of wages while being treated,
loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Punitive Damages: Punitive damages is the compensation awarded to the plaintiff as "punishment"
to the medical professional or medical entity for the willful and negligent
behavior that resulted in the medical malpractice injury.
Some states have imposed laws that limiting the amount of compensation
an individual can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits. In Missouri,
non-economic damages, such as those for pain and suffering, are limited
to $350,000. However, there is no economic cap limiting the damages that
can be recovered. A medical malpractice lawyer can determine if you have
a valid lawsuit and are entitled compensation due to medical negligence.
Missouri Lawyers Dedicated to Fighting on Your Behalf
It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon
as possible to ensure evidence is preserved and to protect your rights.
Medical malpractice cases have a
statute of limitations, so it is important to seek legal advice quickly. Our injury attorneys
at Millikan Wright, LLC are dedicated to recovering your highest amount
of compensation during these times. Due to the limit on non-economic damages,
this may mean further showing how the doctor’s negligence affected
your ability to work and created an additional burden regarding your medical expenses.
Schedule your free consultation with our legal team to discuss your medical
malpractice case. We can meet with you in person or over the phone for
a no-obligation conversation about how we can be an asset to your case
during this difficult time.