Our clients often ask us about damages in medical malpractice cases. Sometimes they tell us that they aren’t interested in financial compensation and only want to do something to make sure that their doctor doesnt hurt anybody else.
The remedy in civil medical malpractice is financial. When we proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit we go to court seeking money damages. What those damages will be is ultimately a decision that will be made by a jury after being presented with evidence of both economic and pecuniary loss.
Some of our clients are happy to learn that each and every malpractice claim is reported to a national databank which is more or less a doctor’s permanent record. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Professional Responsibility investigates every malpractice claim that goes to verdict or settles to determine if the doctor’s license ought to be affected.