Medical malpractice awards are not always particularly large. The idea isn’t to punish the doctor by making them pay out the proverbial nose. The idea is to make sure that the patient who suffered as a result of medical malpractice is provided with enough money to take care of the costs of the injuries. These costs are sometimes very high. Your attorney will help you to determine how much you should seek in damages as a result of a medical malpractice claim.
Most of the time, the media tends to lock onto stories that are built around huge medical malpractice awards being paid out, when they talk about medical malpractice at all. This is simply because the stories are somewhat shocking. They make for good reading and good viewing and the media, ever eager to keep up the excitement levels of their audience, puts the most striking news out there first. Smaller medical malpractice awards are sometimes awarded, however, and they can be just as meaningful to the people who suffered because of hospital mistakes.
Medical malpractice attorneys have to weigh the pros and cons of every case with which they are presented. There are instances where somebody was seriously wronged and the damage is so obvious that it is very difficult to conceive of a jury not offering them an award. There are other cases, however, where somebody may have been injured due to physician malpractice but where the likely payout for the claim doesn’t justify going to the trouble of going to court over it. Your attorney will speak with you about this and other concerns if you are pursuing a medical malpractice claim of your own.
Medical malpractice awards are sometimes blamed for the skyrocketing costs associated with healthcare. In truth, this is an effective political statement but has little grounding in reality. If you are wronged by a physician, the last thing you should be worried about is something so esoteric as the effects of tort law on medical costs. Medical malpractice laws are there to represent people who were injured because a physician provided negligent care to them. Even when the awards are smaller than the enormous awards that get featured in the media, they can make life much easier for the people who are injured and sometimes make it possible for the people who suffered to pay for their recovery and to convalesce fully.