Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyers
We put our trust in doctors, nurses, and medical professionals to take care of us. When they do us harm, it can be traumatic. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, we want you to know that you deserve justice. Our Mississippi medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. By holding the people who harmed you responsible, you might stop this from happening to someone else. Please give us a call today to set up a free consultation.
How to Determine If You Are Eligible for a Claim
Ask yourself these three rudimentary questions:
- Was I hurt by a medical professional acting negligently
- Have I suffered serious injuries?
- Have fewer than three years passed since I discovered the negligence?
Be aware that the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice case is different than those for most any other personal injury claim.
Personal injuries are more straightforward. You have three years to bring your claim. You get hit by a car and three years from that date your statute of limitations runs out.
Medical malpractice is trickier. You still get three years, but if you had an error with the prescription your doctor gave you or they left gauze in your abdomen after surgery, it could take you some time to figure out that malpractice was involved.
Discovery is a factor that plays into how long you have to bring your claim. You get three years from the date you discover that a medical professional harmed you to bring your claim. It might take you days or weeks or longer to figure out that you are a victim of medical malpractice.
Basics of a Medical Malpractice Claim
When you are in the aftermath of an injury, it’s hard to know if you have enough to bring a claim for medical malpractice. Recovery is important. We suggest you go to get the treatment you need. We know it may be hard to trust another doctor after you were harmed, but you need to get better from the malpractice you endured.
To better understand if you are entitled to a claim, you need to understand how a claim works.
There are typically four parties involved in medical malpractice. They include:
- You, the plaintiff who was harmed
- The liable party, either an individual or entity
- The insurance company that reps the liable party
- Your Mississippi medical malpractice lawyers
When you bring a claim, you are in essence saying that the liable party caused your injuries. Because they caused your injuries, you are asking their insurance company to cover your damages.
Damages that are included in a medical malpractice claim are:
- Lost earnings from missed time at work
- Medical bills
- Injury related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
As you can imagine, non-economic damages are hard to calculate. They are very subjective. It will take some time to determine the value of your claim. There’s no way you will know right away what a claim is worth. If a Mississippi medical malpractice lawyer tells you at the first consultation that they can get you X amount of dollars, run away. That’s just not how it works.
The Cap on What You Can Collect in Medical Malpractice Damages
Mississippi state laws say that there are caps on your non-economic damages for your medical malpractice. This is likely because these damages are so subjective that you could ask for really any amount, if you argued it well enough. You are, however, limited by law as to what you can be awarded for non-economic damages, such as mental anguish.
The cap is set at $500,000 for your non-economic damages. This doesn’t include your economic damages, such as lost wages. If you theoretically made $200,000 a year and your injuries were bad enough to put you out of work for several years, it wouldn’t be right to put a cap on those economic damages.
Because you can’t put a price tag on your mental health or suffering, non-economic damages in Mississippi have been capped. It’s a very important distinction to be made between non-economic and economic damages.
Our Mississippi medical malpractice lawyers will fight like you are family to get the justice you deserve. We won’t settle for a result that isn’t fair or full.
Call Our Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today
Being a victim of medical malpractice can make life feel hard. It’s miserable to be injured. We know that. We can help! When you hire our Mississippi medical malpractice lawyers, you are getting someone who cares about your story. You are getting a caring lawyer who wants to win justice for someone who has been seriously wronged. Call today to set up your first free consultation.