Medical bills can mount quickly, and when you have been harmed or injured due to a doctor or hospital’s mistake, you may feel you have been involved in an unjust situation. Your life has been thrown off track, the trust you confided in your doctor is violated, and you’re not sure where to turn.
According to a study done by Howard Ankin, the cost resulting from preventable medical errors to patients and families is between $17 billion and $29 billion dollars each year.
Being in the vulnerable position of a patient, it is easy to feel that you are at the mercy of your medical practitioner, but they are obligated to provide you with appropriate care that does not cause or lead to bodily harm.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical Malpractice is defined as an act of negligence or omission done by a medical professional that violates the “standard of care” and leads to the personal injury of a patient. The “standard of care” constitutes what a reasonably prudent medical provider would have done or would not have done in the same circumstance.
In the U.S., the average medical malpractice settlement is approximately $425,000.
Things That Can Affect Your Settlement
- Emotional trauma
- Severity of injuries
- Medical costs
- Number of liable parties
- Available evidence
- Testimony proving the suing party’s suffering
Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys
When seeking an attorney for guidance and assistance with your medical malpractice attorney, you want to find one that knows what they’re doing and has the expertise and knowledge to win your case. Attorneys Kaiman and Crahan understand this and want to help you get your life back on track. The clarity of an outside perspective such as that of an attorney dealing with this type of case can be a source of stability during a tumultuous time in your life. It is wise to hire an attorney to handle your medical malpractice claim to maximize your settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation.