Northern Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical Malpractice Litigation Is Challenging
Doctors pay an enormous portion of their annual income every year toward medical malpractice insurance to protect themselves from legal liability. If a doctor injures a patient or allows the patient to suffer a worsening of condition through some type of negligence, he or she is at risk of being sued for monetary damages. In order to avoid this possibility, doctors are willing to pay vast sums for malpractice insurance premiums.
In fact, an average of 10 percent of a doctor’s income is absorbed by the costs of medical malpractice insurance, according to a chief economist from the U.S. Department of Labor. As a result, malpractice insurance companies have vast financial resources to pay for the costs of defending against claims filed by plaintiffs.
Suing for medical malpractice, and winning, can be an enormous challenge. It is one that you should only undertake with the help of an experienced Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer. As evidence of this, consider that the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that there were 2,449 medical malpractice trials nationwide in 2005, and that the plaintiff prevailed in less than a quarter of these cases. On the other hand, the awards in medical malpractice jury trials were on average 17 times higher than in other types of personal injury or wrongful death cases. The stakes in a medical malpractice case are high for both the plaintiff and the defendant.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
When you go to the doctor or check into a hospital, you do so with the justifiable expectation that you will receive the highest level of care and treatment. You believe that you are doing the one thing that is most likely to improve your health and help you recover from injury or illness. What you may not realize is that you are exposing yourself to the very real risk of harm. Medical negligence is reported to cause approximately 98,000 deaths nationwide very year, making it the sixth-leading cause of death.
For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1.7 million patients suffer from hospital-acquired infections every year. Many cases of cancer go undiagnosed until it is too late, while many other diseases are misdiagnosed. Doctors sometimes order the wrong surgery to treat a condition, and surgeons sometimes make fatal errors during the operation. Patients may be written the wrong prescription for their condition, a fact which not only leaves the underlying condition untreated but also may result in serious side effects.
Medical Malpractice Claims in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, VA
If you prevail in your malpractice claim, you could stand to recover financial compensation for all of the medical treatment that you have needed in relation with the injury or illness. You could additionally receive monetary damages for your lost income and reduced earning power.
Furthermore, you could be awarded noneconomic damages for the pain, suffering and emotional distress that you have been forced to endure, and could even receive punitive damages for gross negligence or willful misconduct. Accomplishing this objective is no easy feat, but with three proven attorneys who have been including in the Washington, DC Super Lawyers® lists on your side, you can be confident that it is well within reach.
Find out whether you have grounds to sue and how much your claim may be worth by contacting a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
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