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.