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West Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

The last thing that you expect to happen when receiving a medical procedure is to experience a worsened injury or a different injury altogether. This however is exactly what happens with medical malpractice, which is when a medical treatment results in injury. You are entitled to compensation for these injuries if they were due to negligent medical care.

To determine what your rights are, and what damages you may be entitled to, connect with a West Virginia medical malpractice attorney from the Salango Legal Firm.

What is Medical Malpractice?

As explained by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), medical malpractice “is defined as any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient”.

To collect damages for medical malpractice you must prove:

  • That professional owed a duty to a patient
  • That duty was breached
  • Injury happened from the breach
  • Damages resulted from the injury

The damages that are awarded to the victim of medical malpractice often include actual economic loss, and also non economic loss like pain and suffering. Determining what damages you are entitled to requires a careful consideration of the unique facts and circumstances of your injuries.

Types of Damages Available for Medical Malpractice

When the negligence of another party results in an injury that causes you financial and other damages, the negligent party is liable. Negligence is when a party breaches their duty to you, causing injury, and in medical malpractice this happens when you receive treatment below the standard of care in the profession. You must prove that the party is liable, and then gather evidence to prove the amount in damages that you are entitled to.

Medical Costs and Additional Treatments

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, there may be additional medical treatments and related costs necessary. When your injury leads to any additional surgeries, treatments, rehabilitation, medication, or other medical or mental health services, those costs should be included in your settlement.

You might not know what your future medical costs will be as a result of your medical malpractice injury. To accurately measure the present and future medical costs associated with your injury, an expert opinion is necessary from a medical professional who can accurately determine what your injury will entail for the remainder of your life. These professionals can be difficult to find, and even more difficult to schedule. However, if you work with Salango Legal Firm on your West Virginia medical malpractice claim, you also have the benefit of our network of medical and occupational experts.

Occupational Costs

Experiencing a long-term, life-altering injury from medical malpractice can not only result in substantial costs in terms of medical bills but also occupational costs in the form of lost wages and earnings potential. When your injuries prevent you from returning to work at all, or from being able to make the same amount of money as before your injury, you are entitled to compensation to cover that difference.

The purpose of pursuing a medical malpractice claim is to cover the full economic costs linked to your injuries. These include medical bills, and also coverage for any drop in earnings and other contributions to your household that you are able to provide due to your injury and any resulting disabilities. Outside of direct and measurable numbers from medical and occupational costs, you could also be entitled to damages for pain and suffering from your medical malpractice injury.

Pain and Suffering

Medical malpractice injuries can lead to the need for additional surgeries, treatments, rehabilitation, and other measures. The pain and suffering that results from a medical malpractice injury may be something that you deserve compensation for. A decrease in the quality of your life following your injury is also something that your damages may include.

Knowing what kind of evidence to submit to prove your damages with your claim can be confusing, and if you haven’t filed a medical malpractice claim before you simply might not know. To ensure that you recover the full compensation you deserve for your medical malpractice injury, it is helpful to work with an experienced West Virginia medical malpractice attorney. With decades of combined experience, the attorneys with Salango Legal Firm are prepared to step in on your behalf to ensure that you collect what you are entitled to.

Reach Out to a Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Help with Your Claim

Connecting with a West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after your injury will help to support the best outcome in your case. It is best to connect with an attorney before you accuse your medical care provider of malpractice. You are entitled to copies of the records associated with your treatment, and we will guide you through the process of gathering all the information you are entitled to before we file the associated claim or case. This helps to ensure that we are able to access the full information about your procedure before creating an adversarial position with the care provider that injured you.

Medical malpractice claims can be complex, and generally, you will be filing your claim with the medical malpractice insurance company of the car provider. It is essential to understand that the insurance company does not work for you, they work for profit. The insurance company’s goal is to deny as many claims as possible and to pay as little as possible on those claims they cannot deny.

Working with an experienced West Virginia medical malpractice attorney from the Salango Legal Firm will provide you with support throughout the process, and we’ll handle everything we can on your behalf. Reach out now to learn how we can help.