There are two types of damages available in medical malpractice cases; compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are designed to, in a word, compensate. To the extent possible, these types of damages are meant to make the person as “whole” as possible. Generally, these damages can be broken up into two sub-categories, actual damages and general damages. Actual damages seek to reimburse a plaintiff for financial losses sustained. Actual damages typically include:
Medical and hospitalization bills incurred to treat your injuriesWages lost due to work missed while you recuperateCosts of household or nursing help during recovery, including costs of wheelchair or crutches required
Malpractice victims can also sue for general damages in addition to actual damages. General damages include the things that can’t be precisely documented in dollars spent, including
Pain and suffering endured due to injuries and any subsequent mental anguishDisfigurementValue of medical expenses you are likely to incur in the futureValue of wages you are likely to lose in the futureLoss of consortium (benefits of a relationship)Loss of normal lifePunitive Damages