Medical malpractice doesn't just affect the injured patient - it can be devastating to the entire family.
An adult patient who can't work because of a preventable medical mistake needs to replace the income that was taken from him - and that includes future raises, bonuses and money he likely would have earned over his lifetime that would be used to support his family. And many times, a parent has to stop working or go part time to take care of a child who was affected by a medical mistake - she may need 24/7 care and Medicaid will only pay for and provide part of it.
So a critical part of the damages (really, a part of the harms caused by the hospital or doctor responsible for the injury) a family suffers is replacing that lost income. You prove that using a number of methods - prior tax returns, wage records, pay stubs, testimony from your employer. You hire experts, usually a vocational expert and an economist to project the lost income over your work life.
It's not really fair, but you have to re-create everything to prove how the life you once had changed so dramatically because of a doctor's carelessness or a hospital's system failure. Sometimes it's the only way to get back some of the economic loss you and your family suffered.
Because that's the whole goal of a medical malpractice case - to help the patient and his family.
Need more information on how a medical malpractice case can help your family recover some of what it lost due to a doctor's carelessness? Call us at (202) 393 - 3320 to discuss your situation, in confidence, at no charge.
We set aside time every week to talk to people just like you who have been seriously injured by preventable medical mistakes.