When you think of medical malpractice, you probably think about surgical errors in hospitals like most people. This channels the innate fear of the pain and suffering that a medical malpractice victim can endure. Indeed, medical malpractice victims can be seriously harmed. Injuries can be permanent, and often are. In fact, New York law has even acknowledged that these types of lawsuits can bring such serious pain and suffering, the amount of compensation that an attorney can recovery is capped. And some states have even capped medical malpractice recoveries for pain and suffering.
But one less commonly thought of recovery is lost wages. If you have been injured in an accident, you will think of this right away. But if you were not injured and just thought of medical malpractice, you may not have thought of this injury. Indeed, lost wages can be a very serious type of damages you can recover.
In fact, some medical malpractice lawsuits are really made strong with a lost wages case. For instance, if a person is making $70,000 and is unable to work for 3 years due to the medical malpractice of a doctor, that person is entitled to $210,000. That is even BEFORE considering pain and suffering!
Some injuries are so bad that a victim may actually be out of work for several years longer than you may expect. For instance, some back and hip medical malpractice victims may be out of work for five or more years if the medical malpractice is particularly devastating. If the income is over $100,000 during this time, a victim may be entitled to over half a million dollars or more! Wow!
Lost wages is also an important injury to add to all medical malpractice cases if you have a job that you lost time from. It is very important and a very good cause of action.
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