When it comes to court cases, few have more myths and misconceptions surrounding them than medical malpractice. This type of case is somewhat shrouded in mystery because few cases make the news. Those that do are publicized for their enormous payouts, making a medical malpractice lawsuit seem something akin to winning the lottery.
The fact is that you do not ever want to experience the type of error or negligence that will help you build a solid, winnable medical malpractice case. If, however, you have been the victim of medical error or negligence in Charleston or elsewhere, you should know the truth about this type of lawsuit.
1. Myth: Most Medical Malpractice Claims are Frivolous
This is simply untrue. America became known as a sue-happy society some time ago, leading people to think that suing doctors and other medical professionals was simply a matter of an unhappy patient seeking revenge. According to studies, of all medical malpractice lawsuits filed, only 3 percent could be considered frivolous.
2. Myth: Medical Malpractice Victories Result in Huge Payouts
No. Debunking that myth is really that simple. Fewer than 1 percent of medical malpractice claims result in awards of $1 million or higher. Most people are only compensated for medical bills. Depending on the situation, some may be be compensated for other monetary damages, such as lost wages. It is not too often a large lawsuit as paid out as a result of pain and suffering.
3. Myth: Medical Malpractice Cases are Filed for Money
The real reason that many people file medical malpractice lawsuits is to get answers. Filing suit forces the medical professionals who made mistakes to testify or be deposed. For some families, this is the only way to find out exactly what went wrong and why.
4. Myth: Medical Errors are A Realistic and Expected Risk
No one should expect to be harmed by a doctor. Yes, there are complications that occur and in some medical malpractice cases, it is the patient who set off the chain of events that led to an injury. In many instances, however, the error was one that could have been prevented if policies and procedures were being followed.
5. Myth: Medical Malpractice Claims Cause Health Care Costs to Rise
The reality is that while health care costs have risen, medical malpractice claims have actually decreased. Blaming the rising costs of health care and health insurance on medical malpractice simply doesn’t hold any truth.
If you have been injured at the hands of a medical professional in Charleston, call our office with any questions that you may have. Don’t believe what you have heard about medical malpractice lawsuits until you speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We will give you the facts and help you determine if you have a case. Your first consultation is free. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm.