Disfigurement from a Medical Error or Medical Malpractice in Ohio Calls for the Help of a Cleveland Lawyer July 5, 2012.
The psychological ramifications of a serious medical error that results in disfigurement can be just as grave and traumatic as the injury itself. Medical malpractice such as amputation of the wrong limb or a surgical error that leads to scarring, nerve damage, or disability may entitle you to several types of compensation: economic (special), noneconomic (general), and punitive damages.
Economic damages are intended to compensate the plaintiff for any expenses resulting from past treatments that were required due to the error as well as anticipated costs for future rehabilitation or corrective surgery.
Noneconomic damages are awarded to compensate the plaintiff for something unquantifiable, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the psychological impact of disfigurement. In order to demonstrate this, it must be evident to the jury that you have endured something that would profoundly impact the average person and that your life has been disrupted as a result.
Finally, punitive damages are awarded when the doctor was aware that he or she was failing to uphold the accepted standard of care. These are awarded less commonly.
If you or someone you love was disfigured due to a medical error, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.