Charlotte Malpractice Lawyers
Malpractice is when a doctor or medical provider breaches or violates the accepted standard of care during your treatment.
Standard of care is defined as the generally accepted practices and procedures used by healthcare professionals in the same geographic area when caring for patients with certain conditions or diseases. The standard can change based on different conditions and other factors including age, sex and other accompanying medical issues.
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Compensation for Medical Malpractice:
Medical malpractice claims in North Carolina fall into one of three categories of damages.
1. Compensatory Damages
This type of compensation is intended to cover any medical costs, past, present or future and any lost wages that were a result of the injury. There is no cap on compensatory damages in North Carolina.
2. Non-Economic Damages
Compensation for intangible damage, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. There are no limits on the amount of non-economic damages that can be awarded in North Carolina.
Compensation that is intended to punish a medical professional or establishment for any injury that was intentional and reckless. The limits for punitive damages in North Carolina is $250,000 or three times the compensatory damages, whichever is greater.