Medical malpractice lawsuits in West Virginia can be tough to pursue. In these types of cases, a personal injury attorney must prove that the victim suffered a significant injury or wrongful death after a negligent act or omission by a doctor (or other medical professional).
Intentional torts are not considered under this category; instead, crimes like assault by a doctor, threats of harm by a medical staffer or battery from a medical worker can be pursued in civil litigation or criminal court, depending on the circumstances. It takes an aggressive lawyer in order to pursue hospitals, doctors or other medical personnel for injuries sustained at their hands, but it can be done.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice Negligent actions by a doctor can cause serious and even fatal injuries. Under the law, patients who suffer needlessly are entitled to various types of compensation, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium (payments for the loss of a spouse’s ability to work) and more.
Damages are designed to put the victim back (or as closely as possible) in the same position as he/she was in prior to being hurt. If there is a permanent injury or ongoing injury, you may also be entitled to further payments for future lost wages, compensation for disfigurement or dismemberment or emotional distress.
Medical malpractice suits require a skilled personal injury lawyer in order to be successful. Especially when you’re dealing with pharmaceuticals companies or large corporations like hospitals, it can be a very long road to success. It’s important that you keep accurate records, get outside medical opinions, note lost work days and document each step of the recovery process.