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Medical malpractice can result in the need for extensive medical treatment which you would not otherwise have required. Your injuries may result in permanent disability or time off work while you recuperate. The physical pain and suffering and emotional anguish caused by medical malpractice can be extreme. In Florida you can receive compensation for your economic damages, limited compensation for your noneconomic damages, and in some cases punitive damages.
Economic damages are the financial losses you incur due to medical malpractice. This includes the money you have already spend or lost and the money you will spend or lose in the future sue to your injuries. Determining your existing losses is fairly straightforward. Future financial losses must be estimated and that typically requires the help of medical experts. Economic damages can include:
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses
- Expenses for care such as in-home or nursing home care
- Special equipment needed for disability caused by your injury
- 80% of lost wages, future lost wages, and earning capacity
Noneconomic damages are limited in Florida, but can still be significant. The limitations on the noneconomic damages you may be able to receive will depend on the circumstances of your case and severity of your injury. Noneconomic damages are nonfinancial losses including, but not limited to:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of capacity for enjoyment of life
- Physical impairment
Economic and noneconomic damages fall under compensatory damages, meaning damages meant to compensate you for your losses. Punitive damages are meant to punish the responsible party. In order to receive punitive damages you must prove gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, call Boynton Beach medical malpractice attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. at by calling (954) 473-1500 or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.