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Economic vs. Noneconomic Damages - What's the Difference? New Orleans Wrongful Death Lawyer Explains

Medical malpractice can have far-reaching consequences for patients and their families. Many victims face permanent health problems; others can never work again or enjoy the same activities or lifestyles.

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If you or a loved one was injured due to a medical provider's mistake, then you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. If your loved one died due to a medical error, a medical malpractice attorney can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit.

David A. Bowling is a medical malpractice attorney in New Orleans who can represent your interests.  He will evaluate your case, explain your legal options and help you fight for the maximum compensation.

Call 877-757-3539 to schedule a consultation with the Bowling Law Firm. In the meantime, here is a brief overview of noneconomic and economic damages:

Noneconomic Damages

The consequences of medical malpractice extend beyond the lost wages and extra health-care bills. The victim and his or her family may endure emotional suffering. Although no amount of compensation can undo these hardships, plaintiffs in medical malpractice or wrongful death cases may be able to make a claim for the following damages:

Pain and Suffering

Medical malpractice victims often suffer a great deal of pain. If the patient endured severe discomfort due to the medical malpractice, or if the injuries are permanent or caused scarring or disfigurement, then he or she may be entitled to pain and suffering damages.

If the patient died due to medical malpractice, the surviving family may be entitled to pain and suffering damages if the victim endured severe discomfort before passing.

Noneconomic Damages Suffered by the Victim's Family

If the patient died, the surviving family also may be entitled to noneconomic damages for the loss of guidance, emotional support, care and companionship.

Economic Damages

As the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains, noneconomic damages are calculable monetary losses suffered by a victim or his or her family. Examples include:

Medical Bills

Medical errors can be particularly expensive to treat. The patient may have to endure additions surgeries, X-rays, hospital stays, and rehabilitation. Some medical malpractice victims need ongoing medical care. The patient may be able to recover these losses by making a medical malpractice claim.

If the victim died due to medical malpractice, the surviving family can claim health-care bills related to the medical error. They may also be entitled to compensation for burial and funeral expenses.

Lost Income

If a medical malpractice victim needs to take time off work to recover, then he or she can include those losses in the claim. If the injury prevents the patient from returning to work, then he or she may be entitled to compensation for the loss of future income. If the patient died, the surviving family may be entitled to compensation for the loss of income and benefits. 

If your loved one was injured or died due to the mistakes of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or another medical worker in Louisiana, contact the Bowling Law Firm. David A. Bowling is a New Orleans wrongful death lawyer who will gather evidence and structure your claim. He has more than 30 years of trial experience. Call 877-757-3539 to schedule a consultation.




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