No matter how it happens, medical malpractice injures all aspects of your life. Even a minor mistake can significantly impact your life expectancy and physical comfort.
Unfortunately, malpractice also leads to pervasive psychological anguish affecting you and your loved ones. Whether the wrongdoing was intentional or arose from negligence, you deserve justice for your emotional and physical injuries.
Address mental anguish in your claim
Under New Jersey law, medical malpractice victims may seek restitution for the physical and emotional consequences of their injuries. Mental anguish can take many forms, including:
- Uncontrollable crying
- Intense feelings of fear
- Withdrawal and isolation
- Excruciating physical pain
- Loss of sexual ability or desire
- Chronic anxiety and panic attacks
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
These symptoms likely have a substantial effect on you, but they may also harm those close to you. When your family sees you suffer, they suffer, each in a cycle of anguish that is hard to escape.
Non-economic (pain and suffering) damages address the hard-to-define psychological injuries that arise after medical malpractice harm. Some states have limits on the dollar value of pain and suffering damages. Fortunately, New Jersey imposes no caps on the compensation victims can obtain.
How can these damages help?
Money cannot solve every problem, but it can help you and your family manage your new life circumstances. For example, everyone close to you can get the mental health support or treatment necessary to improve your life.
Another reason many pursue non-economic damages is to hold those who caused their harm to the highest degree of legal and financial responsibility. Continue learning more about medical malpractice compensation to determine if you qualify for pain and suffering.