Patients injured by the negligence of a health care professional are able
to recover damages through a medical malpractice claim. While many states
have strict limits on what you can collect in medical malpractice damages, Florida has no caps when it comes to compensatory damages, which include
economic and noneconomic damages, but it does limit punitive damages.
Economic damages refer to compensation for objectively verifiable monetary
losses such as lost wages, medical bills, lost employment or business
opportunities and other quantifiable expenses related to the injury.
Noneconomic damages differ from economic damages because they compensate for
non-monetary losses, which are not easily quantifiable. Common examples of noneconomic damages
include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability or disfigurement
and loss of companionship or consortium. A jury determines the dollar
value for noneconomic damages based on your injury and situation.
While compensatory damages have no cap, Florida does limit the amount of
punitive damages awarded. Punitive damages are awarded in addition to
actual damages in certain circumstances, intended to reform or deter the
defendant from conducting medical malpractice similar to what brought
the lawsuit. Florida caps punitive damages against a physician in a medical
malpractice case at $250,000.
If you or someone you know was harmed as a result of negligence, our experienced
Orlando medical malpractice lawyers at The Maher Law Firm can help you pursue legal action in order to seek
compensation. We handle cases that involve nursing home abuse, birth injuries,
misdiagnosis, surgical errors and assisted living and home health care
abuse and neglect.
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