All too often we hear about the financial costs of medical malpractice. We hear from doctors and hospitals that they are struggling under the weight of malpractice insurance premiums, and the amount of money spent in legal battles every year. When this line of discussion is focused on the victims of medical malpractice, we hear about the cost of medical services, treatments and the stressors of lost wages. We hear about families struggling to care for loved ones living with preventable lifelong injuries and illnesses. We hear constant discussion about money.
What we don’t hear enough about is the physical and emotional cost inflicted on the victims of medical malpractice. Between the loss of identity that comes from no longer being able to earn a living, to the chronic pain and severe depression that can result from an injury that leaves the sufferer housebound, victims of medical malpractice face a steep, uphill emotional battle. The Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. understand this pain and have witnessed the relief that comes to these victims when a fair compensatory settlement is reached. Our Baltimore and Washington D.C. attorneys understand that no amount of money can undo the damage but believe that by removing the stress related to paying medical bills and supporting yourself, we can help you rebuild your life.
The emotional cost of medical malpractice
- Loss of Livelihood and Identity. Lost wages amount to more than a dollar amount. Lost wages often include a significant loss of personal identity, loss of purpose and loss of autonomy. The result of this, all too often, is severe depression, especially when it is compounded by enormous, unanticipated medical expenses.
- A Burden of Guilt. While counterintuitive, victims of severe injuries and illnesses resulting from medical malpractice often carry with them a serious sense of guilt over the amount of stress and the financial burden their injury or illness is placing on their friends and family. This leads to the disintegration of personal worth and familial relations.
- Disability-Related Depression. The suicide rates for those with life-altering physical and mental disabilities are nearly double those of the general population. Victims of medical malpractice that results in permanent conditions are at high risk for these mental and emotional impairments.
Find a compassionate medical malpractice attorney in Washington D.C. or Maryland
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you need more than a lawyer. You need a personal advocate. You need an experienced attorney who understands what you and your loved ones are suffering through daily. The attorneys at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. are your committed allies in your financial and emotional recovery. Call us today at 410-234-1000 to speak with a compassionate member of our legal team and get started on reclaiming your quality of life. We have offices conveniently located in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.