Pain and suffering are routinely added to the damages that people seek in cases where they file medical malpractice claims. Calculating the exact amount that you want to seek damages for these aspects of medical malpractice can sometimes be difficult. It starts with finding a good lawyer.
What to Consider
While pain and suffering may seem like very hard things to put a price tag on, there are ways that an attorney can do it. First, they will look at claims similar to your own and see how much the jury awarded the plaintiff in those lawsuits for their pain and suffering. They’ll also take into account your unique circumstances. Perhaps you suffered more than the plaintiff in the cases that they looked at and, in those cases, they may advise that you add more pain and suffering to the amount that you are seeking. If the case happens to be the opposite, they may recommend that you seek less. Either way, there is a procedure that a competent attorney can follow to find how much compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Imagine that you are given a treatment that resulted in you suffering a condition that would endure for the remainder of your days. This is a situation where the attorney may advise adding more to your pain and suffering claim, because you are going to suffer more in the future due to the physician malpractice that you are suing over. Making sure that you take into account what the future holds for you is very important to making sure that you get a suitable amount for what you have been put through. These things may seem ephemeral and subjective on the surface of it, but there are ways that a person can receive some amount of justice for what they have been put through by an incompetent or negligent doctor.
Consulting with an Attorney
The good news is that consulting with an attorney is generally a free service. Lawyers that work on a contingency basis have to offer free consultations so that they can determine whether or not they can help the clients that have come to them. An attorney that has experience working with medical malpractice claims will be able to get a good idea of how likely it is that you would win your claim if you took it to court and whether or not they can help you at that consultation.